My plans to catch local rising star saxophonist Nadim Teimoori in action at the Proms with NYJO at the Royal Albert Hall on BBC 4 were twice thwarted.
However, compensation came unexpectedly during my holiday, as our Treyn tour guide Caroline, who we sat opposite on coach outings just happened to be an alto saxist with soul and jazz groups, who was most knowledgeable in jazz matters, citing the late great alto man Art Pepper as her favourite saxist and as a ‘kindred spirit’ was happy to chat about music matters during our outings by coach and steam train to Whitby, Howarth and York.
Further compensation also arrived shortly after arriving back home, in the form of a DVD of the concert, kindly sent by Nadim’s devoted and encouraging Grandma Marion, so I’ll be able to relax and enjoy the notable landmark in Nadim’s career whenever I please. Grateful thanks to Marion and good wishes to Doncaster ambassador Nadim whose sparkling saxophone talents remain in the ascendancy, with news that offers have been made for him to record at the famous Abbey Road Studios and Pinewood Studios have apparently also shown interest.
On our local scene, September kicks of jazz on Saturday september 1 when The Terry Allonby Trio are in lunchtime action at The White Swan, Frenchgate, 12noon - 3pm, with guest musicians often dropping in for a few numbers. Admission is free and guitar maestro Terry, Nigel Chapman on keyboards and drummer Mark Kerrigan are bound to satisfy music fans of all tastes with their eclectic and swingin’ sounds.
On Monday September 10, The old team of guitar/vocalist Dickie Emmerson and piano wizard Tony Spragg will be united for a one-off reunion which will delight their many fans and should see a big turn-out at The Con Club. The music kicks off at 8.30pm, admission is £3.50 at the door.
Jazz into Doncaster, in association with John Sheppard of the former Lodge Jazz Club, launch the Autumn/Winter season at the Con Club on Thursday September 13, with no less than internationally renowned trombone star Roy Williams plus The Nicola Farnon Quartet and trumpeter Roy Norton and multi-reed player Jon Taylor. Tickets are available from The Blue Building on High Street, £7 advance, £8 at the door. The special jazz event takes place during St Leger week, ladies day racegoers are more than welcome also.