The temporary lull in local live jazz activity by Jazz into Doncaster during July and August provided the opportunity for me to visit my brother Frank and his family in Edinburgh, and of course-take in some of the numerous attractions at the annual internationally renowned Edinburgh Jazz Festival
Frank and I took in the varied delights of The Mardi Gras in the city’s Grassmarket, featuring the high energy Stooges Brass Band from New Orleans, The Savannah Jazz Band, Al’s Dixie Pals, Freddie King, Dana Dixon’s Band, acoustic blues from Lazy Eyes Nelson and regular stalwarts The Criterion Parade Band, before catching The Savannah Jazz Band in action again at the Edinburgh ‘Mecca’ of traditional jazz Heriot’s Rugby Club, which found the lads in foot-stomping fettle and we were also able to renew acquaintances between sets with the band’s leader and drummer John Meehan, trombonist and pianist Brian ‘Sam’ Ellis, clarinettist and sax man Roger Myerscough, hot cornet man Bill Smith, double bassist Tony Pollitt and Louis Lince on banjo, all of whom are well known and highly regarded on the Doncaster and Yorkshire scene. Definitely worthy of a welcome long overdue gig in Donny, hopefully which will come to fruition in the new year.
Other highlights included an intriguing and delightful concert featuring Swedish born clarinettist Orange Kellin, who moved permanently to New Orleans in 1966 and has performed with such luminaries as Earl Hines, Teddy Wilson, Zutty Singleton and even accompanied Louis Armstrong at his 70th birthday party. Plus Norwegian star pianist Morten Gunner Larsen in a special concert spotlighting compositions by Jelly Roll Morten, Eubie Blake and Jabbo Smith. (Check them out on Google). And the launch of the book ‘Edinburgh Jazz Enlightenment’ The story of Edinburgh traditional jazz by Graham Blamire on Fastprint Publishing (ISBN 978-178033-290-9/www.fast-print.net/bookshop) Recommended reading for traditional jazz avids.
Back on our local scene, it’s sad to report the recent passing of much loved and respected pianist Mick Bisby, who played an integral part in the Doncaster Jazz and Dance Band scene for so many years, and will be associated by many for his fine contributions to the music of Dickie Emmerson, Roy Gale, The Jazz Messengers and many more. Mick will be greatly missed by us all.
Saturday August 4 sees The Terry Allonby Trio in lunchtime action at The White Swan, 12 noon, Louis Louis Louis at The Liberty Bar & Grill (from approx 3pm)
John McKevitt’s Nervous Triggermen at The Cask Corner from around 3pm as part of the Mapfest Festival. Local ‘treasure’ guitarist & vocalist Dickie Emmerson hold his regular monthly Monday date on August 13 along with Norman on keyboards plus guest singers at the Con Club, 8.30pm, admission £3.50.
Barnsley Jazz at The Fairway Hotel (S73 4LS) presents New Orleans Wiggle August 6, Yorkshire Stompers August 13, tel (01226) 281805.
Jazz into Doncaster returns on September 13 at the Con club with Roy Williams, Nicola Farnon Quartet plus Roy Norton trumpet & Jon Taylor reeds.