Apollo may well have been the Messenger of the Gods according to Greek mythology.
Though throughout Yorkshire and often far beyond, trombonist Mick Taylor, clarinettist Geoff Patterson and jazz & blues singer Shirley Patterson together with more recent additions Colin Wood piano, Dave Green double bass,
and Roy Walker (drums) have for several decades have helped to spread ‘The message of Jazz’ to eager fans and converts hence the apt chosen title of the band The Jazz Messengers even without the aid of winged heals.
And good news is that the talented half dozen are set to make another more than welcome return to the ‘Con’ Club on Thursday May 3, when a foot tapping and varied evening of infectiously swinging Traditional Jazz, Mainstream and Blues will be the order of the day featuring of course the one-and-only ‘Shirl’ with her own unique take on vocal jazz/blues greats Billie Holiday and Bessie Smith etc.
The action begins at 8.30pm, admission £5 at the door at the comfortable and welcoming Conservative Club venue at the corner of South Parade and Waterdale
(DN1 2DJ) next to the Civic Theatre....Don’t be late.
On Saturday May 5, the eclectic sounds of The Terry Allonby Trio and probable guest ‘musos’ with be reverberating from The Horse & Groom, East Laithegate
between 12noon to 3pm, free admission, when Terry on guitars, keyboards man Nigel Chapman and drummer Mark Corrigan will be entertaining with their own special brand of contemporary jazz, swing, blues, rock, Latin, plus versions of popular numbers associated with the likes of The Beatles, Santana, Paul Simon, Ray Charles, Dusty Springfield and others plus ‘originals’ by Terry and Nigel.
Liberty Bar & Grill on the corner of Wood Street and Cleveland Street presents ‘Louis-Louis-Louis’ led by Sam Thornton on alto sax and vocals-every second Wednesday of the month, with their bristling brand of ‘Jump-Jive’ flavoured jazz associated with Louis Armstrong, Louis Prima, Louis Jordon. Plus a few suprises also. The action starts around 8pm and admission is free—what more can you ask. Give it a ‘whirl’.
Local Treasure Dickie Emmerson’s Duo is set for their regular monthly Monday night session of swingin’ standards ballads, Rn’B, and Rock n’ Roll etc at The ‘Con’ Club on 14th May—starting around 8.30pm / Admission £3-50 at the door. Plus fine contributions from several guest vocalists also. Usually including Sue Fisher, Eddie Kell, John Noble and The Mighty Bob Quinn.
For Something completely different The Con Club is also the place to be on Thursday May 17, when trumpeter Jon Scully brings his Cajun influenced jazz group Alligator Gumbo to the venue for their debut session. In addition to Jon, the unconventional line-up includes Greg Surmacsz clarinet, Matt Tiffany violin, Chris Lloyd accordion who also is pianist with ‘Louis-Louis-Louis’ at Liberty, Mike Simpson guitar,James Paylor (bass). Start time is 8.30pm Admission £5 at the door.
Saturday May 26 is Doncaster Markets Jazz Day from 11am to approx 3pm, featuring Tradtastic who congregate at Priory Walk for their parade along High Street and Baxtergate into the Market area at 11am, 40’s style Swing band Swingamathing Winston’s Pennine Jazz, The Blues Connection guest Blues harmonica man John McKevitt and a Mason’s Arms session by blues group The Nervous Triggermen. Also performing a half hour set will be Balken/Yiddish style band She ‘ Koykh part of The Hothouse Festival in advance of their Saturday evening Civic Theatre concert.
Barnsley Jazz at Fairway Hotel (S75 4LS) present New Orleans Heat Monday May 7The Reunion Jazz Band Monday 14th May 14 01226-281805/290105.
Sheffield Jazz presents The Chris Allard Band at The Greystones (S11 7BS) on Friday 11th May Brandon Allen-sax/ Chris Allard guitar, Ross Stanley piano
Oli Hayhurst bass, Nick Smalley drums: 0114 266-5599 And at The Crucible Studio on Friday May 18 The Tina May Quartet with Nicki Iles piano, Karen Street accordion, Julie Walkington bass: 0114-249-6000 Sheffield Jazz