17 December 2017 – JB Jazz & Blues Band
This was a good choice for our last concert
before Christmas. The band were in fine
form and played a range of numbers from “Please Don’t Talk About Me When
I’m Gone”, through “Is You Is Or Is you Aint My Baby” to
“Mister Sandman” with lots more in between. On keyboard/vocals was John Beckingham
(leader), reeds/vocal – Roger Mainwaring, Guitar/banjo/vocals – Phil Probert,
drums/vocals – Paul Holder and double bass/vocals – Ed Millar.
During the interval there was a
presentation by Jenni & Ian D’Arcy of the SJS Band of the Year Trophy –
third time and thus making a new record – to this much appreciated band.
Also during the interval there
was as presentation by Jenni & Ian of a special retirement award to
reedsman, Roger Mainwaring, who made this appearance at the White Eagle Club
his final performance. I am sure he will
be sadly missed.
And finally a presentation was
made to Ann Crofts who won the SJS Member of the Year trophy for 2017.
10 December 2017 – sadly this concert by Kevin Grenfell’s Jazz
Giants had to be cancelled due to the weather.
3 December 2017 – Savannah Jazz Band: The room was packed and the music hot. Their New Orleans style jazz had feet
tapping. The pace switched back and
forth from frenetic to gentle. The
fabulous sound of the harmonic worked its magic along with the merry humour of
this great band. On
trumpet/harmonica/vocals was leader Bill Smith, trombone/keyboard – Brian
Ellis, double bass – Tony Pollitt, drums – John Meehan, Reeds/vocals (and
jokes!) – Roger Myerscough and on banjo was Chris Marney.