Monday, April 14, 2014

Thursday 17th April…Line up…

This week at the Sports Pavilion Ditchingham. The Sole Bay Line up will be…

Tim Densham…Clarinet/Saxophone…

Tony Parsons…Trombone/Vocals…

Ray Simmons …Trumpet…

Tony Jullings…String Bass…

Alan Cugnoni…Guitar/Banjo…

Craig Hipperson…Drums…

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Look forward to seeing a good crowd of fans again to support these fine musicians…

8pm-10.30pm

Friday, April 11, 2014

Sole Bay Jazz with friends…

What  great night of live music at the Sports Pavilion last evening, and also what a good crowd of people listening to some really talented musicians…

Some really good solos from all the members…A fabulous musical treat, thank you band…

Ron as always when he comes to visit plays with such feeling, Ray on the piano seems to find more notes than there is on the keyboard…Craig with some good drums as always, Alan a duet with Ron was so nice…Alan  well done with the line up as always something different each week, you are appreciated …Tony on his string bass with some magic in his fingers with that big instrument…Tim at the helm playing well as always,  on Clarinet/Sax and that Baritone sounds so good…with Ron and him on the Clarinets and Saxophones giving us some talented magic…How lucky were we all.

Then to top it we had Simon Denny to sing for us, some real moody yummy songs, nice to see you back Simon. Roy and Jenny could have a rest from singing for a change.

Great as well to see some friends from the Norfolk Dixieland Band on a visit to listen.

Thanks to Jazz Janet again for helping me with the raffle, I do appreciate it, I did a little to help last night I hope, I miss chatting to all the folk, and I am sorry if I did not speak to many of you as still unable to see much without my specs! Thanks as well to Colin, Duncan, Don and Jan for the folding of the tickets as they always do, and of course Keith who organises it.and well done to everyone who put their hands in pockets to help with keeping these talented gentlemen coming to play live music for us all on a Thursday night. Sorry you cannot all win a prize…but it is mainly for the band…

Heidi what a great young lady looking after the bar,  making a fantastic job of it and always with a smile, thanks Heidi.

I think we will have to start bringing our own chairs, as some already do, it will soon be better weather and then we can sit outside as well…amazing that we have such talent on our doorstep, and so many people are making the most of it, so thank you all…


Tuesday, April 08, 2014

The Sole Bay Jazz Thursday gig…

Alan has once again found a great line up for Thursday evening the 10th April… at the Sports Pavilion, Ditchingham.

Tim Densham…Clarinet/Saxophone

Ron Hockett… Saxophone Clarinet

Ray Simmons…Piano

Craig Hipperson…Drums

Tony Jullings…String Bass

Alan Cugnoni…Guitar/Banjo

That is a lot of talent on show… and I am sure someone will get invited to give us a song as well…

Always a different line up of talent on a Thursday night, so hope a good crowd turns up as usual, you cannot get such a good night of live music with such talent for free very often… whoops well apart from Jazz Janet or me selling raffle tickets … I must say most people are so generous as it helps to keep the band coming along and live music is the best! as you all know…

8pm-10.30pm

Monday, April 07, 2014

Norfolk Dixieland Band

Yesterday, the Norfolk Dixieland Band played an extra gig at the 'Goat' Skeyton, and once again the place was packed full.

It is a great place for a meal as well as listening to the Band, and the word spreads each time, and however many times one goes, the meals and the friendly staff never let you down.

Thanks as always for taking me Tim, and the meal, so lovely to meet up with Jean and Judy and the gang as always. Hope you get to the Dr's Jean take care, get some wheels on those drums! Judy hope you got to see a repeat of the boat race!

We have to sit away from the band which play in the garden room, as people book to sit and eat and listen from one time to the next, so we wait until a table becomes clear so we can join in the band, but of course we can hear from the bar, and we can chat …

Sorry no photos, but they looked good as always in their blue shirts black trousers and yellow ties, great playing, and lovely to see Liz on the bass again, with Dad Peter guitar/banjo and that great voice…Vic on drums, John on cornet and vocals, Bill as lovely as ever on trombone, and of course Tim on clarinet and saxophone…

Thanks for a great day out.

Friday, April 04, 2014

Sole Bay Jazz 3rd April…

What a great night of live music and fun…

Have a lot of  'thanks' to put on here this week……

Thanks Jan for taking me and of course thanks to all the good wishes about my eye,, which is great, felt a bit strange wearing sunglasses, but being a very short sighted person, and having to wait 4 weeks for eye to settle down and have new spec! , must take care as eyes are precious. Great that Jean is doing well with her new eye! and good luck for the end of April when she has the other one done.

Thanks of course to dear Jazz Janet who has taken  on the raffle for me…

Now enough about me …

A really good crowd came along to listen to the Sole Bay and they were not disappointed …and that includes our little 'crowd' our table gets bigger by the week… But will either have to move our chairs up a bit (are you reading this Les??? or the band will have to go back a bit as that post certainly blocks the view.…

A group of talented musicians making it again a bit different. of course Craig gave us some very good drumming, and Ray on Piano tinkling the ivories…Derek what a player. Allan gave us some vocals as well as cornet and trumpet, Tony on bass, mmm very nice, Alan on guitar and banjo keeping the beat…Tim as always our main stay a great musician and witty with it! some great music all round thank you all…I hope you the band …enjoyed it as much as everyone there…

To add to the night we also had our Roy singing, and a new one from him, very classy Roy …think Derek might have had a hand in the arrangement? anyway it was good, then our Jenny, a nice quiet one to start with, and then' Hard Hearted Hannah' wow Jenny well done, as you could tell by the applause, you know how we all admire you for your determination to fight your illness and you can have a gold star for last night!

Heidi as always such a worker, and that lovely smile thank you…

So if you missed the night, (as I had to last week) sorry but you missed a good one…

Hopefully some photos next week…

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

SOLE BAY JAZZ…

This week at the Sports Pavilion Ditchingham, the Sole Bay Jazz Band will be playing their talented best for you all…

The line up this week…3rd April…

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Tim Densham…Clarinet/Saxophone…

Derek Cubitt…Clarinet/Saxophone…

Ray Simmons…Piano…

Tony Jullings…String Bass…

Alan Cugnoni…Guitar/Banjo…

Craig Hipperson…Drums…

Allan Bradley…Cornet/Trumpet…

8pm-10.30pm

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Report on last Thursday's Jazz…

Thanks Neil for giving me a little piece for the blog on last Thursday's Jazz at the Sports Centre…You are so much more eloquent than I am…

I certainly missed you all, and hopefully will be there soon…

Ditchingham, Thursday 27th March 2014

The jazz presented to us all was, as expected, up to the usual excellent standard of the Sole Bay Band. In fact, it has crossed my mind on more than one occasion that their standard is something that many other bands must surely wish to emulate. 

From well before the word 'go' there was an atmosphere of anticipation by the large number of early regulars, and the stage was set when the band opened with a swinging version of Perdido. Mostly the evening continued in a similar vein, with the occasional respite of some more relaxed tunes; also some songs by Roy Symonds for good measure. The only slight disappointment was that the well known and respected 'Jenny D' could not be persuaded to sing, but we all understand that she sometimes does not feel motivated for various reasons - she is a lady who herself has very high standards.

So there is not much else to say Beryl, except that you missed a good night, and please may I add my best wishes to you for a satisfactory result to the work you have had done on the 'peepers'. Also the others who are currently having similar work done - it seems to be a trend!

I would just like to mention one item about Dixie Mix, not necessarily directly related to our Thursday evening sessions, other than that various members have guested very successfully at Ditchingham. According to news reports, Dixie Mix have apparently secured a contract as support act on Rod Stewart's forthcoming tour. In my view, this would only be good for the promotion of jazz in Norfolk and the adjacent areas. It will be interesting to see how the East Anglian blend of this band is received by the huge audiences they will most likely encounter, if this all goes ahead as reported. Best wishes to this band for a good 'voyage'.


Regards to all, Neil

Thanks Neil…Yes and good luck to the other 'peepers' operations. mine is doing fine!