Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year

Hi Folks,

I'd just like to wish you all a Happy New Year for 2015. 

We have some happy memories from 2014, and if you would like to copy and paste the link below you can download all the music from our Christmas Party Show. I will keep this available for about 1 month, after which I will take the files off, so do download the files now and burn your own CD's of the show.

We have some super gigs to look forward to in 2015, starting again at 8.30 pm on January 8th with our regular quintet.

On January 29th we will have another in our long line of famous guests joining the Clive Burton Quintet, non other than Vasilis Xenopoulos!! put it in your New Diary NOW.

That link:-

Some of the Photos of the show:-

Alan Grahame
Gill Cook
 A Guest
 Clive, Stuart Henderson, "Tolly", and Mike Wills
Gill Cook and Ken Rankine
 Clive, Martin Hart, Gill and Ken
 A Guest
 Stuart Henderson
Stuart and Steve pickings

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Just a brief reminder 

for everyone that tomorrow night is our Christmas Party at Hedsor Jazz. It would be lovely to see you all. Singer Gill Cook heads our star guest list, with Alan Grahame on vibes, Stuart Henderson trumpet, “Tolly” on tenor sax, all alongside The Clive Burton Quintet. There could even be some sitters in from past Hedsor Jazz gigs. Its live jazz, so you never know!

After the 18th, our next regular weekly jazz club nights start on January 8th. I think that is probably the longest gap we ever have!!

Do remember Hedsor jazz, with its regular band of the Clive Burton Quintet, have frequent top name guests. We run every week and have done so for over 12 years. It would be great to “shake hands with a few new faces”; you could always make your support for live jazz your New Years Resolution!!

Most weeks our sessions start at 8.30 pm, except on special nights like tomorrow, which always have an 8 pm start time. That is usually so that you can digest the buffet that is on offer on those nights.

Hedsor Jazz takes place at The Hedsor Social Clive, Hedsor Road, Bourne End, Bucks, SL8 5ES. We have some interesting gigs lined up for next year, many in the planning stage. Always keep your eye on my blog for weekly information and the occasional CD review.

So have a good one, and whilst we are gone, why not play some jazz CD’s! Look back at past Blogs to see what I have enjoyed in the over the years.

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Hi Jazz Experts

Today is one of my travelling blogs, and therefore may not be as full of interesting things to read as usual (who am I kidding!). The most vital thing to know is of course that Hedsor Jazz WILL be again this week!! with The Clive Burton Quintet (in it’s entirety) at The Hedsor Social Club from 8.30pm on Thursday.

THEN on December 18th we have our Christmas Party Special This has a start time of 8pm, and will include a light buffet all for the amazing TICKET price of £10. Lots of great guys and girls are coming to play for us and Tickets sales are progressing well. So do ensure that you get yours either from Me, or Dee at Hedsor this week, or from Cookham’s Stationery Depot.

Next week looks like a bonar jazz week, as in addition to our Christmas Celebration on the 18th, Marlow Jazz Club has The Nigel Price Organ Trio plus Vasilis Xenopoulos on TUESDAY the 16th of December. I intend to get there early to ensure I get in.

I have been in contact recently with Nigel over a future event, which you may like to put in your new next year diary. On September 28th 2015 we are planning a day of jazz in Maidenhead’s St. Pirans School. That’s a Saturday, so make sure you keep it clear. Watch this space for more detail as our plans progress.

Finally, a CD that you may like to buy for a jazz friend or relative, or even for yourself.

“The Skelton Skinner Allstars Septet Play Ellington and Basie” is on Diving Duck Records  DDRCD022 I last mentioned Skelton Skinner in 2011 for their Big Band release. This time they shine through on a small group release playing Big Band tunes. They are joined by one of the UK’s hardest working musicians (well he gets about a lot) Alan Barnes. Matt Skelton (drums) Colin Skinner (alto) are joined by Alan on baritone, tenor and clarinet plus Mike Lovatt on trumpet, Gordon Campbell on trombone, Rob Barron on piano, and Jeremy Brown bass. They all make a lovely noise playing tunes like “Good Queen Bess” “Splanky”, “I’ll Take Romance” and “Jive at Five”. A very happy CD, made to look like an LP (who remembers vinyl!!?).

Well, as we all know recordings of ANY kind are only a poor substitute for live jazz, so do keep supporting the live stuff, or eventually you will only have “Sweet Substitute”.

Thursday, December 04, 2014


Hedsor Jazz will have the regular quintet tonight with the exception of a replacement bass player. Steve Pickings will be depping for Ken Rankine who is with "The Sound of 17" tonight.

One extra notice. 

Our Christmas Party on December 18th will now be without saxophonist Peter Ripper, who has unfortunately had to drop out of our extended line up. 

It will still be great value at £10!

PS. If you right click on the poster, you could save and print!!