Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Sole Bay Jazz and friends…

This week Alan has found us another great line up… for Thursday 20th November 

at the Sports Pavilion… Ditchingham…

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~Keeping the beat will be our usual mainstay of…

Alan Cugnoni…Banjo/Guitar…

Tony Jullings…String Bass…

Craig Hipperson…Drums…


Welcome back to Ron Hockett … Saxophone/Clarinet ……

also  back Ray Simmons…Piano…

keeping company with …Tim Densham … Clarinet/Saxophone…


How about that for a line up…We may see Simon Denny for some vocals 
which would be good…

Hope to see a good crowd to support these great musicians…

The raffle will I hope bring you a prize?  but it helps as you know to get these musicians playing for us each Thursday evening…

8pm-10.30pm

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Another great night from our talented gentlemen in the Sole Bay Jazz Band…

Tim, Ron and Ray providing us with some really grand music, with Clarinet and Saxophone and piano magic solos, while our back line kept the beat and some good drums from Craig as always…

We did have Geoff playing his harmonica for a number again, and Roy gave us a few songs whilst being entertaining…

A lot of folk had aches and pains and colds etc, so hope everyone soon feels better.

A good crowd once again to support the band, and hope they enjoyed it us much as I did. It is so good to see live music appreciated.

Thanks to Heidi as well for her swift serving and lovely smile…

Lovely friendly evening, and thank you for digging deep for the raffle.

Looking forward to Thursday evening for another live jazz session. thanks one and all…

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Sole Bay Jazz…

This Thursday the 13th November at 8pm -10.30pm the line up for the Jazz will be…

Tim Densham…Clarinet/Saxophone

Dick  (Trummy) Mayhew …Trombone…

Bill Skinner…Saxophone…

Tony Jullings…String Bass…

Alan Cugnoni…Guitar/Banjo…

Craig Hipperson…Drums…

Maybe one of our singers will come along for some vocals to add to the above…

That looks like a great line up nice to see Bill again…
Come along to a friendly night of jazz and fun…


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Another great night of jazz from the Sole Bay Jazz Band and guests…

Some different music, even if it did take a while between tunes to decide what to play and what key! but they got there in the end…and provided us with a good night, with many notes coming from Trummy on the trombone and the 'arsonium' Tim mostly on Clarinet lovely as always, Bill with his saxophones nice to see him well again, they formed the front line, and our 3 back liners Tony on String Bass making it talk, Alan keeping the beat… and Craig what a great drummer he is lovely to hear a couple of good solos even if they were short!

Simon gave us some really touching singing, us 3 'Andrews Sisters' joined in but unfortunately the band did not notice us, but we had fun! Thanks Simon good to see you back as well…

A good crowd turning up again and some more new faces amongst the regulars…

Thanks as always to Keith for getting the raffle prizes and sorting the money side, and for all of you who did dig deep as I keep asking as we do not charge an entrance fee, so what you give goes mostly to the band and a little for prizes, so we can have our Thursday night Jazz sessions… and of course thanks to Alan who gets the line up each week… a little bird told me some of the line up next week and it will be another good one!!!

Thanks to Heidi as she always manages to keep up with the flow of people at the bar, with a smile on her face…

Cannot believe we have been at the Sports Pavilion for 3 years this month, hope Jon has never regretted letting the band play there as we now get so many people attending, the chairs run out, but as always some of our regulars bring garden chairs…

Looking forward to next Thursday night, a great friendly crowd, even if some are rather noisy, ha ha you thought I had forgotten to mention the loud talk!

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Dixie Mix at the Southwold Pavilion

Last night a crowd of us fans descended on the Pavilion at Southwold for an evening of entertainment, and we certainly got that…Thanks Jan for driving us all…

Dixie Mix are all talented musicians in their own right, but put them together, and you get a fast and furious and some gentle moments, that make the band what they are, so Thanks Boys you did it again…

Wow is all I can say for Pete's Clarinet rendition of Acker Bilk's Stranger on the Shore, tingles up my back, and the applause was loud… Pete is the butt of many 'Old' jokes but of course his playing is so good he can enjoy them! Tony on the Drums, what a player, and singing as well, love it when Simon and him do a duet…Kevin on the Guitar mmm love guitar… and of course the banjo, great playing… Chris that Trombone speaks volumes not too sure about the 'Ad' ha ha hope it was just a rubber joke. John  as usual putting his all into that Bass playing… and Simon a star… you always can make some banter and still loving the 'famous bit' well done to you all…

Great night, good company and a nice lot of cuddles…Good when one gets older to have hugs and they are good at hugs as well as music…

Lovely to meet up with some old friends as well …and a nice lot of the fans from Sole Bay Thursday evenings went along…

The photos are not great, but my little camera is not good with poor lighting, and of course the place was packed, so could not get near to the band without disturbing people, but thanks guys for posing for a few!

The committee  do a great job down there and give a lot to Charity so well done to them let us hope they can get a few more bands down over the winter for us all to hear, a hard job to organise these things, but so good to see it supported so well, the food was good as well,  well done to the kitchen staff…and the bar staff… mostly soft drinks as drink driving not a good idea…








Friday, November 07, 2014

Sole Bay Jazz + Guests + Friends…

Well that was rather a good evening of jazz… at the Sports Pavilion Ditchingham

A good crowd came along to enjoy a first half of great jazz, and some vocals from Simon Denny (nice to see you back Simon) and Tony P…

Not enough chairs and some were kept for people that were expected later, which of course meant that some of the regulars had to stand, but as always some very thoughtful folk brought along garden chairs…

The second half after the raffle (thank you for those who let me talk them into paying a bit more)…

The 'friends' then arrived, …Ron Hockett and Ray Simmons who brought a Clarinet and Trumpet,  also  we had  melody from a harmonica for one number …sorry think his name was Geoff I apologise if I have got the name wrong… so much happening at that time…

So the fun began, so much banter going on with the musicians either playing all together, and others playing musical chairs as they sat out on some numbers, so created a great sound and also the audience were treated to a real jazz session, so thank you one and all…

Still some folk who do not come to hear the jazz and persisted in chatting all the way through, but thankfully the band played some loud numbers so it drowned them out!!

So I do hope that everyone appreciated how brilliant these musicians were as they just set to and provided us with a superb night of music and fun…

Tim.Tony J.Ron.Craig.Derek.Simon.Alan.Ray.Tony P…



I did take a lot more photos but I was so into the music, the old hands were shaking, but I know a lot of folk took some as well… but hope you can see how good it was and how lucky were we to be party of listening to them all…

Thanks Heidi as always a bright smile and how busy you were, well done…

Hope to see a nice crowd again next week to support these fine musicians…And of course thanks to all my friends who gather around on a Thursday night and make it a lovely evening…

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Sole Bay Jazz…

This Thursday the 6th November… at the Sports Pavilion Ditchingham…

The line up for this week is so far……

Tim Densham…Clarinet/Saxophone…

Derek Cubitt…Clarinet/Saxophone…

Tony Parsons…Trombone/Vocals…

Alan Cugnoni…Guitar/Banjo…

Tony Jullings… String Bass…

Craig Hipperson…Drums…

Hope to see a nice lot of support for the band, do not forget, we are so lucky to have live music each week, most places you have an entrance fee, at Ditchingham, you just have me or JJ getting you all to buy raffle tickets, so it helps to keep the band going…

Come along and enjoy the talent with the friendly regular crowd that support Sole Bay…enjoy a drink at the bar, (not to many if you are driving!)

8pm-10.30pm

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Another walk…

Yesterday Jan and I had a trip to Lowestoft… had a good time wandering around the shops but still could not find a decent skirt!!!Mini's are for the young and tube skirts are for the thin!

So we went and had a bacon sandwich and a nice coffee in Godfrey's a favourite spot for us…

Wandered a bit more then decided time for a walk, so drove down to Sparrows nest, and managed to find a parking space as they are doing the car park up!!

We went back to Sparrows nest and then on to the prom…through the caravan park…and no Jan you do not need a mobile home!!

We then had a good walk right up and past the wind turbine, and as you will see Ian, as requested, I did manage to get Jan and a fisherman in the photos…

It was not such a good day weather wise and very windy, but some fishermen trying for a catch…

We should be getting nice and fit shortly ha ha  or not! very healthy walk nice sea air, feet and back aching ha ha what are two rather over past the age of long walks doing… there were not a lot of folk around I must admit, would not like to be there on my own! But thanks Jan we were lucky with the weather considering it was October 31st!

Started off with a bit of sun although windy…


A lone fisherman… no catch at that time…


Where did the fisherman go?

Wind turbine with Jan striding along…

Very stark along there yesterday…

Nice view of the lighthouse nestled in the trees…

Got a bit cloudy…

As it was Halloween night, found these two shadowy figures… spooky…

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Sole Bay Jazz…

This Thursday the 30th October at the Sports Pavilion Ditchingham…

The line up for jazz will be…

Tim Densham…Clarinet/Saxophone…

Derek Cubitt…Clarinet/Saxophone…

Allan Bradley…Trumpet…

Alan Cugnoni …Guitar/Banjo…

Tony Jullings…String Bass…


Craig Hipperson…Drums…


I expect we will have one of the regulars for some vocals, hope to see a good crowd to support these fine musicians…


8pm-10.30pm

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Another good night of jazz …

Nice lot of solo playing a good crowd as well, nice to see yet more new faces, as not all the regulars can attend each week.

Everyone played well, Tim, and Derek up front supplied us with a lot of skill, and of course, Alan and Tony keeping the beat, I do love the Bass… Allan gave us some vocals as well as the cornet. Craig as always supplying the great beat nice one Craig…
Allan did a good job by halting some of the rather loud talking! and nice to hear an apology from one of the culprits,  Sorry my old rant again, I still cannot understand how people find so much to talk about constantly when they could listen to such good music, however we do all chat, but maybe some could do so a little quieter as it is so unfortunate to those especially at the back who do like to listen. It is a Jazz night after all…

We did have a lot of spaces (in between the music when everyone could chat)…while the band had to decide which key to play in! but we had a lot of different music. Thanks Band…


Thanks as always to Heidi who brings a ray of sunshine …

I did manage to do the raffle this week, my thanks to JJ who has been sitting in for me for a while, nice to torment everyone again! I do thank a lot of you who did up the ante and help a bit more as it does help to keep the band coming each Thursday…

Keep well everyone and hope to see a good crowd again next week…