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GIG REPORT  for 21 July 2015 at The Castle, Wellingborough

Friday the thirteenth may be unlucky for some but not for this jazz aficionado, who was fortunate enough to attend the first session of this year’s Valentines  Jazz Festival at The Studio, one of the most suitable jazz venues in the district, yesterday evening.

And what a great start it was to the weekend, with Tad Newton’s Jazz Friends and guest Julian Marc Stringle all in very fine form, “blowing up a storm” from the first bar to the last. A stirring sight, indeed, to see and hear an excellent four-man front line backed by one of the finest rhythm sections in the country. Nice to hear some new additions to the Friends’ repertoire, including Doggin’ Around, Isle of Capri, All the Things You Are and Crazy Rhythm.

The front men sported nine instruments amongst them, with Tad on trombone, Gary Wood playing trumpet and flugelhorn, Trevor Whiting switching from clarinet to soprano to alto to tenor, as the numbers dictated, and JMS providing us with superb work on his clarinet and tenor. Stringle was a name well known to me but unfortunately I had never before heard him play. This was his first appearance with TNsJF; we can only hope that he will return before long, the sooner the better.

The rhythm section has to be one of the finest in the country, with Alan Haughton on piano playing some outstanding solos, Tomas Pedersen providing his usual steady and rhythmical bass and Ronnie Fenn with his faultless drumming.

A very appreciative audience - and rightly so - applauded all the many fine solos, duets and ensemble work during this evening of truly memorable, swinging, jazz. My sort of music!

John Shaw  Gayton Jazz Appreciation Society  February 14 2015