Following on from the recent successful and musically gratifyingly diverse Con Club session by multi-reed man Matt Palmer’s Quartet.
Spanning several eras of jazz from early New Orleans styles George Lewis/Bechet etc to Be-bop and beyond Sonny Rollins etc, tonight’s debut gig at the venue Thursday November 10, by young seven piece band ‘Swingamathing’ is fully anticipated to also be a crowd pleasing success.
The sparkling array of talent in the band consists of Suzanne Tomlinson, vocals, who has explored a variety of music genres including Folk and Trad Jazz and has trained with jazz divas Tina May and Anita Wardell, also teaches singing and piano and runs the Opus School of Music alongside band member sax player Helen Madden. On trumpet and flugel horn, also a gifted trombonist and keyboards player is Simon James; the afore mentioned Helen Madden a graduate of Leeds College of Music, plays saxophones/clarinet and flute alongside fellow saxophonist Penny Millen, who also studied jazz singing with Tina May, and has recorded a jazz session for Radio Two.
Taking charge of The Engine Room is the rhythm section of Dave Kirkwood on guitar, who has a love of American ‘Roots’ music/West Coast Blues/40’s-50’s RnB and Jazz and cites Charlie Christian, Freddie Green, Tiny Grimes and ‘T’ Bone Walker as major influences. With Mark Lakesvics on double bass, who jokes that his father was second thimble in Derek Guyler’s Washboard Allstars and his mother sang in the bath, and Jonathan Rawson-Tetley on drums and percussion, whose main influences are Gene Krupa/Billy Cobham and Steve White.
Collectively, Swingamathing are expected to ‘raise the rafters’ with their vibrant approach to Jazz and Swing, with such show-stoppers as: I Got Rhythm/It Don’t Mean a Thing if it ain’t got that Swing/Oh Baby/Undecided/Choo Choo Cha Boogie/It’s a sin to tell a lie/I’m confessin’ that I love you and other gems. The action kicks off at 8.30pm, admission £5 at door.
Another debut band entitled Steel City Bones which sports a five trombone front-line plus four man rhythm section is set to blow up a storm at the Con Club on Thursday November 24, £6 admission for this one, to cover the nine piece band.
Also at the same venue on Monday November 14 is local treasure Dickie Emmerson guitar/vocals, who will be introducing Trevor Allroyd on piano and doubling on guitar at his Monday Date gig, with guest singers expected to include Sue Fisher, Bob Quinn, Eddie Kell and Johnny Noble. The music starts at 8.30pm, admission £3.50 at the door. Barnsley Jazz at Silkstone Lodge have Peter Franks’ Dixieland All-stars November 14; Dennis Armrstong’s Great Northern Jazzband November 21 and Spirit of New Orleans November 28.