Jazz with CJ Worsdale

Jazz trumpet
Jazz trumpet

Along with ‘Jazz into Doncaster’ colleague and announcer Malcolm Silverwood, I recently made my first visit to Bawtry Phoenix Theatre at the invitation of trumpeter and band leader Jon Scully.

A mixed bag of varied and pleasing performances from The Leeds Jazz Quintet, the duo of ‘MC’ Barrie Scully (Jon’s dad) and guitarist Nick Moorhouse, and folk singer/guitarist Matthew Jones, who joint talents assured an impressive and satisfying evening of entertainment.

Barrie and tastefully rhythmic guitarist Nick’s repertoire included relaxed versions of ‘Fever’ (made famous by Peggy Lee) ‘Hallelujah, I love her so’

‘You ain’t nothin’ but a hound dog’, cheerful audience participation numbers ‘Saturday night at the movies’ and ‘On the boardwalk’ and a delightful take on ‘Dancin’ on daddies shoes’ reminding that US singer songwriter and guitarist Leon Redbone remains comparatively neglected in Britain and is deserving of much more recognition.

Gifted local folk singer songwriter and guitarist Matthew Jones, a former classical guitarist delivered several heartfelt and emotionally charged songs,drawing attention to the fruitlessness of war, closure of coal mines and even a ‘short history lesson’ relating the story of the famed ship USS ‘Constitution’ which earned the nickname of ‘Old Ironside’ in it’s battle with HMS ‘Guerriere’ in the 1812 war with America.

Led by Jon Scully on trumpet and vocals, the jazz interest of the evening was provided by talented young band The Leeds Jazz Quintet, who played two impressive sets with Chris Lloyd keyboards Ben Pike guitar James Paylor bass guitar and David Gracey drums) all contributing excellent nonchalantly delivered solos on numbers including ‘Exactly like you’ ‘Round Midnight’ a double tempo ‘My funny valentine’/and the bristling closer ‘A night in Tunisia’ reflecting Jon’s admiration of the late great Dizzy Gillespie.

A truly memorable evening, check out the venue for forthcoming productions, there’s plenty in the pipeline to suit every taste. And jazzers should not miss Jon Scully’s Cajun influenced jazz outfit Alligator Gumbo, which is set for a ‘Con’ Club debut on May 17,

Meanwhile ‘Jazz into Doncaster’ present a change from the ‘norm’ on Thursday April 5, when fans of ‘cool’jazz can enjoy the revolutionary jazz sounds of

Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker, which will be revisited by the highly talented Al Wood, Trevor Vincent Band, featuring Al on baritone and other saxes Trevor on trumpet and flugelhorn Vinnie Parker piano Ken Marley double bass Bob Howard (drums. Almost certainly we can expect versions of ‘Walkin’shoes’ ‘Bernie’s tune’/‘Nights at the turntable’ and many other Mulligan Mania numbers throughout the evening!! The music kicks-off at 8.30pm. Admission £5 at the door.

At the ‘Con’ Club on Thursday April 19, fans of purist New Orleans Jazz are in for a treat from The Reunion Jazz band fronted by Alan Hippsley on trumpet when we will be musically transported back to the Mississippi Delta.

Hot news is that local trombone superstar Dennis Rollins band The Velocity Trio have added yet another accolade to their impressive list after winning the Best Band Award at the recent Jazz Yorkshire Awards Ceremony. You can catch them in action locally at Doncaster Civic Theatre on April 25.

Disappointingly, Jazz into Doncaster at the ‘Con’ Club did not win the Best Club award, but grateful thanks to trombonist band leader for his nomination and kind appraisal of our efforts better luck next time, maybe.

The Terry Allonby Trio and guests are in regular monthly Saturday lunchtime action at The Horse & Groom (East Laithegate) on April 7, from 12noon to 3pm free admission. The Dickie Emmerson Robert Baker duo and guests hold their monthly Monday date at the ‘Con’ Club on April 9, Barnsley Jazz at the Fairway Hotel (S75 4LS) present Kevin Grenfell’s Jazz Ginats with Paul Harrison Monday April 2 and Cafe Society, April 9.

Newark’s Ann et Vin presents a weekend of jazz on May 19, 20 , including The Good Guys Orchestra, Tim Kliphuis & Friends, TJ Johnson Band plus free live programme on Saturday. Call 01636-700900 or email info@annetvin.com for more information.

Saturday May 26 is Docnaster Markets Jazz Day, 11am to 3pm with Tradtastic winston’s Pennine Jazz, Swingamathing, The Blues Connection, John McKevitt.