This photo of Simon is especially for Amy, thank for the nice message..
Last jazz session of 2011 at the Pavilion, and a good time was had by all, a nice lot of laughs and some good music..
It was so good to see so many people supporting the band last night as the weather was not good, also a nice lot of new folk coming to listen, it is proving to be a really good move, and we are looked after so well, tables and chairs can be moved around to suit peoples needs and the coffee is great..
I would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year and good health to all, some have really suffered bad health this year, so lets hope good health will prevail in the coming year..
Will see you all next week , I will pop the line up on when I hear from Alan...
A bit out of sequence this as it was on the 20th December, I was spoilt once again and taken to the Green Man at Rackheath.. Thanks also to Pete who had a table so we were able to join him. This is a very busy pub!
This was just a little Christmas song that I could not resist, even if it is only a clip. Phil Brooke is a great favourite of mine. both Tim and Ray also played a few numbers, another great night. Derek was playing as well, and we wished him a Happy Birthday for the23rd December, such a lovely man and hope he will not mind me saying very fit for being 84.
A few instruments that are hanging about there!
The pianist was very very good and nice to see a real piano! thank you everyone you sounded great.
I am just popping on here to hope you are enjoying Christmas Eve Day is that the right way of saying it?
Also to sit a few minutes as have been in the kitchen all morning baking, smells lovely, hope it tastes as good tomorrow...
When the red cabbage is cooked will be off to deliver some presents, then back for a bit more prep ready for tomorrow, then can just relax and cook the meal, and maybe have a walk then just sit with my two wonderful lads, who will probably be bored with having to come to Mum's at Christmas yet again...
Just also to say I hope anyone looking in who has not got family and who may be on their own at this time of year, try and remember the true meaning of Christmas and that you are never really alone while you have in your heart memories of lost loved ones ..and that is is really someones birthday we are supposed to be celebrating, and he is always with us all, whether we believe or not.
Roy Waller a dear man from Radio Norfolk who is sadly no longer with us always used to say remember the good times, so please do.
What a great night at the Ditchingham Sports Pavilion with the Sole Bay Jazz Band last night.
Such good musicians and more guests than I stated in the earlier post..., also so many friends of the band enjoying a pre Christmas party.
I have been rather busy today so sorry I have not had time to put the photo on, but hope to do so soon.
I would like to thank the band obviously, for the very entertaining jazz, but also the staff at the Club, thank you Marilyn for heating the food for us, for Jon and Heida as well, June and Jane for helping to hand it round..and for all the compliments, glad you enjoyed it. So many lovely friends that make my life much happier for being with you all. Thank you.
We are so lucky to be able to have a venue that everyone who comes to hear the band can be in the same room, and have such pleasant people to look after us.
I am sure you will join me in wishing them all a very Merry Christmas and we look forward to many more happy musical nights.
Nice also to see more people coming to the jazz that have found the new venue, someone did mention that the EDP has stated a later time in their publication, so I will repeat on here that the band now starts at 8pm and finishes at 10.30pm. if those who look in here could tell as many as possible.
Look forward to the next session on the 29th December.. I will be putting the line up soon..
Now why did I win a Tiger in a raffle what is wrong with a bottle of wine?
At Tesco this morning I put my change in a charity tin, and had a go at a raffle and this is what I won! it just fitted on the back seat of my little KA car, but I have donated it to a gentleman that does a lot of charity work, and he is going to put it in a Christmas raffle that he holds in Beccles next Wednesday, I will donate some money but dare not have a raffle ticket he he.
The Tiger is sitting on my sister in law Phyllis's sofa as we always go shopping on a Friday morning together. she is going to get John to collect it as soon as possible as I do not think her cat would approve, and neither would my Oscar.
Friday evening I was once again spoilt by getting invited to join some friends at the Southwold Pavilion to hear Dixiemix perform, the Pavilion has recently been updated and the acustics were really good.
The line up was a bit different than I had seen before, but what a great night of music, and of course fun as they usually have lots of that in between playing..
They were all really good, but have to mention the drummer who was sitting in as he did a solo which went on for a long time and was very very good, like the old big band drummers we used to go and listen to.
Thanks Simon for the welcome, you are good to your second Mum and I hope the photos although not good are OK for your lady to see you.
So if that is the first of Southwold having Jazz back it will be a success I am sure...
Thanks to all on our table for the company, and congratulations to the staff who made everyone welcome, the food was very nice as well...the tables looked really good with white cloths the chairs were comfy as well.
Another great night of jazz on Thursday, It was amazing how many people came to support the band as it was really horrible weather, but great fans turned up and enjoyed a night of good music. Thanks June for taking me think we were a bit more cosy in your car than mine in that weather.
Ray Simmons came along as well as the members I had posted earlier, so we had 7 musicians.
I would like to thank the staff, who have been providing food for some of us, they did not 'do' food before we came along, as the facilities are not there, they have tried their best but are no longer able to provide meals. I am sure we all appreciate they have 'given it a go' so please eat before you come to the jazz..or just feast on the music.. and again we thank them for giving the food a try for us.
It is a lovely venue and everyone has made us all welcome, and like Alan say's you all make the night by turning up and supporting these great jazz players...
Next week do not forget, there is a prior booking, so no jazz for the 15th, but looking forward to seeing a good crowd for the 22nd..
Alan will be giving me the line up at a later date.
Sole Bay Jazz playing at the Maltings Pavilion Ditchingham
Nearly another week gone by, and time tomorrow night for some more live jazz music..
This week the line up is..
Alan Cugnoni.. banjo/guitar..Tony Jullings.. double bass..
Neil Kane.. drums.. Tim Densham.. saxophones and clarinet..
Guests are Derek Cubitt.. reeds.. and Tony Parsons.. trombone..
As I always say one never knows who may come along and join in..
The new start time of 8pm-10.30pm, seems to go down well, so hope to see another great crowd to support these fine musicians.
Next week the 15th of December as I have mentioned before, the new venue had a prior booking so we will miss a night of jazz that week, but not long to wait until the 22nd and they will be back again..
Last night at the Maltings Pavilion Ditchingham the lovely new venue where the Sole Bay Jazz Gentlemen now give us the pleasure of live jazz music on a Thursday, was as ever a great night.
We had Tim, Alan, and Tony, with guests Ray, Craig,Trummy and Ron, what a line up, you would have to go a long way to hear better jazz, and with the really good crowd of fans that follow the Sole Bay it turned into another night of music, laughter and friendship. Thank you all.
Roy gave us a couple of good songs as well, have done a couple of videos so will see how they turn out at a later date, mainly because I have to remember how to put them on here!
As I mentioned in the last post it is a really nice friendly place and pleasant people who take care of us all.
Hope to see another good crowd next week, Alan will give me the line up after the weekend, so watch this space.
I have decided to split the report of the Sole Bay Jazz from last night as wanted to just say a few thank you's.
Firstly of course to the band, who last night once again gave us some really great live jazz music, I have taken some photos and will post later, and maybe a video at a later date albiet a rather shaky one I think.
Thanks go I know from the Sole Bay to all the great fans regular and occasional who support these musicians, and I am proud to be one of them.
A thank you to the Social Club who have let us into their premises and for the football players who suddenly have found their venue overtaken by jazz fans..I do hope that some of them will join the jazz crowd when they realize what good jazz musicians we have that come to play for us.
The staff at the club have welcomed us with open arms, and a big thank you to them, I think I can say that we were all a little worried what it would be like at a social club, but I think it is also fair to say that the venue is proving to be a success thanks to them all, how good of them to let us move tables and chairs, have a warm and comfortable clean spacious place to listen to the jazz, and the bar staff who provide a smile and the drinks to us all, having been a landlady I do appreciate them..also thanks for having some food laid on, something which was not expected at the start of moving to the Maltings, I have managed to not have a peep in the kitchen as yet, but having spent a lot of my life loving cooking, am always interested in other peoples kitchens!
I personally would like to mention a thank you to the landlord of the Buck who decided he did not require the band or us fans anymore, because he has done us all a great favour by not appreciating the musicians or the wonderful crowd of people who support them, thank you all and hope that it may continue to flourish at the new venue.
Thank you to all who do look in on my blog, I do hope you forgive some of my ramblings, but I also hope that you will pass on news of the jazz to those who do not have a computer.
Just to add how good it was to see the Denny family back again and Keith looking in much better health.
Look forward to next week and meeting up with you good people, but I will post some photos when I get home from shopping of last nights gig.
Sunday lunchtime at the Beccles Conservative Club brought forth another fun time.
Lovely to see some of the "old crowd" from Ipswich who paid a visit and kept everyone in high spirits, they are a lively bunch, and the bass player who will be 91 next year gave us a melody.
Dave and Tony gave us a melody called Cute and it was..Craig gave us a few numbers on the drums as well...Barbara on the banjo you were great, well everyone was really and thanks for the trumpet player who came to stand in.
Live music is always good as mistakes are turned into fun, and somehow there were a few this week, but handled well as it is a cosy venue and they took the laughter well. Hope we did not offend, as always the music is always appreciated, I must mention Chris how well he managed to carry on with one of the songs as he had a lot of help! I think that is what it was called.
So all in all a great lunchtime thank you all.. Next one January.
Another good night at the new venue, and they had a football match going on at the sports centre, so lots of football fans about, Hope they liked the jazz and then we will have a few more people to appreciate the Sole Bay.
Lots of concentration going on in these photos.
As you can see we had Simon singing for us, and very nice to... also Ron Hockett who came along and played some very good clarinet.
I have just heard from Alan that Ron Hockett is on u tube and wow if you get a chance watch him. my goodness no wonder we all thought he was good! Maybe he will be there again watch this space..
Another very good crowd of regulars so good to see, and the staff provided some food, even though they were very busy with both the jazz folk and the football crowd they did well so would like to thank them for the good service, a very good bar.
I hope they are enjoying saying yes to having the Sole Bay at the sports club, I think I can say for us fans it is a nice place to be...
I would like to also add, that Keith has been very unwell of late, and so we wish him a speedy recovery, nice to see the family there to support Sheila and Simon..
Looking forward to the line up for next Thursday.
Will just remind folk that the Band now starts at 8pm until 10.30pm, also that on the 15th December we will not be able to use the club as they had a prior engagement from before Alan was able to book the venue.
Although the number playing was reduced this week to 5, they gave their all, and it was really great..Simon sang a nice lot of songs, also Chris gave us a number..
Very pleased to see a nice lot of jazz fans turning up, some more of the old crowd found the new venue thank goodness, and by the sound of it they really enjoyed themselves..
The Club did some meals so that was good of them, and the service and friendlyness of the place was commented on more than once, so well done Alan for finding this little gem for the Sole Bay to play. And thanks to the staff we appreciate you. As Alan commented it is the fans that encourage the band to play, and they are loving the feed back from everyone.
Thanks Dave for making some posters which are now spread far and wide, so hope they may bring a few more people to join in.
Next week the session will start at 8pm and end at 10.30pm this will be nice for the winter months especially, and will allow the staff to clear up after us all.
Sorry Simon could not resist this one of you dancing!
Just a view of some of the crowd enjoying the music.
I will post the line up for next week when I hear from Alan.
I cannot believe how fast the years have flown by, I wish you good health and happiness, and I will be good and not post any baby pics today ha ha!
I thought I had better post this on here rather than your blog, just in case some of your folk do not know it is your birthday.. whoops I have just remembered how many of your pals look in here...sorry.
What a great night as I have said in the last post below, the photos were taken very early on in the evening, and I was so pleased that in the end over 60 people turned up and it was such a friendly happy evening.
There will be food of some kind, as no one knew they could provide it at all, this will be appreciated in the future and I am sure Alan will be able to get some idea on suggestions that may be used in the sort of food the fans may like, without it being too much trouble for those providing it.
I have been asked to say that next week the 17th the jazz will start at 8.30pm until 11pm as usual, but from then on they will be starting at 8pm and finishing at 10.30pm.
I would also like to thank Neil for pointing a few facts to me, as I had spelt something wrong and I do appreciate that he looks after me as to the contents of my blog, usually I just write how I feel, but as now a lot of folk look to see what is coming on I must be more careful.
One of the facts is there was a flyer last night about a DixieMix gig at the Pavilion at Southwold . Which I am sure will be another good gig on the 9th of December, I am sure a lot of jazz fans will be going to it!
This is of course different to The Maltings Pavilion at Ditchingham and the Sole Bay Jazz that is the new venue for the them on a Thursday night every week.
Now Neil have I nicely muddled everyone up by putting that on here.!
I will post photos tomorrow, but I had to pop on here as I am just back from a great night at the Maltings Pavilion and wanted to say some thank you's.
The Sole Bay played as always great.. but somehow it was even better tonight, we were in a great new place and very good bar and club staff, so thank you from the Sole Bay, it was a pleasure to be made welcome, and hope it will be the start of some really good evenings of jazz.
Thanks to the fans as well I was so pleased to see so many there to support the band, and hope you enjoyed it as much as I did..
I have borrowed the title from Jean and Vic's flyer as it is cute!
Yesterday I was spoilt again, (getting a habit! )
I was invited to the Diplomat at Coltishall to see the Norfolk Dixieland Jazz Band, thank you Tim and for lunch, great company as always...hope I did not chat too much. thanks also to the three "J's" for making it an enjoyable lunchtime, Jean, Judy and Jill.
I think the guys were really good, I am very partial to the guitar as both my boys play, so maybe the old ears are tuned to that... it was jazz which was uplifting and fun, I am sorry I clap so much Judy, habit from the weekly gigs.
Vic on the drums, Tim reeds.. Bill trombone..another Vic on double bass..and John trumpet and songs..as I said Peter on guitar.
Why they always put a light behind people when I want to take photos I had better get back to the drawing board with this camera, hope yours came out better Jean.
A lovely venue and such friendly people, (nice clean loo's). Thought you ought to know that. An ex landlady always looks for clean loo's..
You will notice Jill singing with the band she did a couple of numbers,she is with the double bass player Vic, Jill has her own band where she lives, and what a gorgeous voice and great personality, she hopefully will be moving this way in the future, so I do hope she will sing sometimes with the Sole Bay Jazz, will have to chat Alan up to include her. Tim I think would be pleased to hear her again.
We always used to go to the air base to watch the displays when it was a working base, and so brings back good memories.
I have chosen 'AMEN 'as the title of this post, as last night the landlord of the Buck at Flixton, decided he no longer wished for the Sole Bay Jazz Band to be held there. For strange reasons I must admit, as having been in the trade for many years, I would have loved to have such a good friendly crowd in my public house , but after nearly 3 years we say goodbye to the Buck.
So it was our last night..
All night I have been going through what I would like to put on here, but 'so be it' will say it all and we start a new Thursday night Sole Bay at a new venue.
First I would like to thank Alan as he has worked hard with others to sort this problem out, I cannot believe that such a brilliant crowd of jazz musicians cannot find a decent place to play on a Thursday night, but thanks to him and friends the Thursday night venue will be..
THE MALTINGS PAVILION, PIRNHOW STREET, DITCHINGHAM, BUNGAY NR35 2RU..
They have a bar and a dance floor I have been informed but no food, but do we need food? have something to eat earlier before you come and hear these great musicians. I am sure we will have a wonderful time. Alan has sent the line up but I will pop that on the next post, because, I wish to say a few things on here.
Last night was a great night of jazz, thank you all the band and although spoilt a bit with the worry of being the last time there, the music and singing was a really high standard. Among the line up ,which was in the below post, we had Roy singing as well...
I would just like to say a big thank you to all, I think myself so lucky to have found such good friends to share Thursday nights with.
Now Sheila, our dear friend who has had her operation, which thank God has turned out well, and such a brave lady, would like to say a huge thank you for all the cards and messages of good will she has received since her op..I must say her family rallied around to make life more comfortable, and Keith we know how hard it has been for you to see your loved one go through all that, but onwards and upwards, keep up the good work Sheila we are all behind you.
So Adieu to the Buck and on to the Maltings Pavillion. Look forward to seeing a good crowd to ensure the Sole Bay know how much we think of them..
I know I have mentioned below that tonight the Landlord of the Buck at Flixton is having the Sole Bay Jazz Band back after a two week break, so thought I would just remind the folk who look in here. I know a few are going to telephone me who have no computer.
Alan has been very busy getting it all up and running again, so come and support them please.
Would be nice to see a good crowd to hear these great musicians...
So as our Delia has said in the past.." Let's be having you"
I am going to try harder with this new system of putting photos on here as I do not seem to have a space to write under each one forgive me it will be back to the drawing board...
The Footwarmers who I named a few posts down.. had an added bonus yesterday lunchtime at the Conservative Club as Ray Simmonds played Trumpet, as you will know a few playing here are with the Sole Bay Jazz band, and they mixed in well with the other Footwarmer players.
They gave us a really great jazz lunchtime, I must say it was a real treat and all the customers joined in the applause even those who just came for a quiet drink.
Chris hid behind the pillar but he not only played but sang as well.. good to see Barbara again on the banjo, Peter Elliot gave us a couple of numbers on the drums, whilst Dave had a break. then Roy Symonds popped in and so he was asked to sing, and hopefully he will do so again, as he went down very well.. Of course I must mention the great number of Tony on double bass and Dave on drums it was so wonderful ..well done you two.
It is really good that the Club encourages Jazz wish the Sole Bay could play more often there, although I must say that Mikes Footwarmers always give a great jazz session. Hope they enjoyed the addition of some of the Sole Bay folk.
Thank you all the band as I said you were great....and friends for the company you know who you are, and the dog well he is not with the band , he is Peter's (who will not mind me saying is blind), and as some of the customers had food, he was looking longingly at that and so could not resist taking his photo, what a wonderful thing the dogs are who help our blind people, he was so good.
I do hope that we can get a few more members to join the Club, as like all businesses if we do not use it we will lose it, It is a beautiful building with so many facilities a snooker room, function rooms, and a great bowling green..so please pop along anytime and ring the bell and I am sure you will be made welcome, have a coffee, we have some really good directors now who take part in a lot of the running of the club, so do come and support it.
Then of course you can listen to some great music as well as the other items that are on the agenda.
Last evening at the Beccles Conservative Club, we celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Club, they had a dinner a week ago but not all of us could go to that, so we had an evening for those who missed out. And the cake..Which turned out OK, madeira is so hard to get right, but everyone said nice things....and thanks to Julia and Michael for a nice buffet meal as well.
Toccata have been at the club several times, but each time I missed them, but not again, they are a fantastic duo, not only great voices, but a real feelgood act. From pop to musicals and then at the last a request from Jim as it was his birthday, Ava Maria, sung by one of the girls.wow is the only word I can say, what a performance. You truly could have heard a pin drop even on the carpet.
Tears were flowing when they sang some of the hit musicals past and present, it really was like being at a theatre and Les Mis. was mind blowing. As you can see I enjoyed it very much.
Jim I hope you like the photos , you were very brave. phew that was great entertainment.
I was not sure I wanted to go on my own, of course I know nearly everyone there, but it was 9 years since my darling John passed away, although I felt he was there with me as he is always, he and my brother Derek who we sadly lost this March loved the club where they spent many happy hours playing snooker, maybe not well but with enjoyment.
So thank you friends for making my night, and keeping me company..and today, as the post says below, today we have the Footwarmers playing jazz at lunch time. Watch this space..
I would not say this was my best cake as I really am not good at some of the requests I get for the tops of cakes, The writing looked better on the actual cake than on here! I suppose I like doing my flowers best, however I did enjoy making the car..and they said it was just what they wanted, so should be happy.
The cake was a 10" madeira with marzipan and icing made with 10 eggs, so hope it ate well, as have another one to do this week.
Sorry 'Full' if you look in, the finish on the car is not as you would do on the real thing, but I did my best.
Last night, as we could not have jazz at the Buck, so a few of us went to the Pier Hotel at Gorleston, as one of our jazz players was asked to play there , and we went to support him...
Thanks Dave for the lift, really appreciated it and nice to catch up on old times...I think you can see we all had a great laugh and the jazz was good...Just a few of us enjoying the night out, I am the lucky one who can hide behind the camera!
Ian on the sax here, and Roy was asked to give a few songs as well.. Nice music lads a bit different to what we normally hear on a Thursday night. but good.
A really good meal with prices very reasonable, lovely white linen cloths and napkins, which of course makes a difference when eating....the staff were very nice and friendly, and so a good night was had by all.
A shame that the the Buck decided to give the jazz a miss for a couple of weeks, but at least there are other places that are available for a good night out, maybe the landlord of the Buck missed us all and the Sole Bay Jazz Band will be back there soon.
If not you will have to watch this space for future nights of jazz....
I have borrowed this from one of my Son's blog, it reminded me how much I am going to miss our jazz on a Thursday night. A sad Sousaphone and straw hat...
Then even more of a need to make my brain work, blogger has changed its image, I had noticed that some of my photos would not get bigger when clicked on, and now the whole thing has decided to have a different outlook, however this may be a good thing as a lot of my followers have not been able to comment, so hope the new format will allow a few of you google folk who have a password to have your say, it is nice to see how many do look in, but would be nice to see it!
Still hoping that one of the jazz lads, will have found a venue for Thursday nights for the next two weeks, and that the landlord of the Buck will have us back! I do thank all who have phoned me in the meantime, it is sad but nice to know I am not the only one who will miss our nights...
This Thursday at The Buck we had "Roy and Friends" playing for us, and what a great night, thank you lads you did us proud..
Roy and Ian always play well together and Barry on the keyboard, what a good voice he has, we had a lot of different music, with backing from a couple of the Sole Bay ..Tony on the bass, and Neil on drums..
A nice grin from Neil, and Ian giving us some great music, everyone played so well together, and some people who had not heard Barry, Ian and Roy play really enjoyed the mix of music.
Barry ..I did as you asked and put the unsmiling one up of you, do not want to ruin your reputation..ha ha.
Another smile from Dave who gave us a few numbers on the drums.
One of Tony who always hides in the back but who has a magic touch with the bass...
Thank you Roy for taking me and Stella, lovely to see so many fans there. Colin and Duncan thanks you know what for..!!
Now this was a sad night in a way, because the landlord has decided to have a 2 week break from the Sole Bay at the Buck , which means we either have to go without our jazz for two weeks or find somewhere else to meet up and enjoy the music...So hope we have lots of people looking in on here so they know what is going on. and hopefully I will be able to tell you when and where the Sole Bay will be playing again...
I did try to get him to change his mind as we have been there for nearly 3 years after losing the venue at the Tally Ho where the Sole Bay had played for nearly 25 years...
I hope he will miss us all and have us back soon...We have such a great crowd of jazz lovers, and I am sure we will miss our Thursday nights. hopefully for a short time.
Lovely to see some of the swing dancers there, and hope you enjoyed your Happy Birthday we all sang to you Haley..
Good news that Sheila our dear friend is doing well and getting better everyday..
Keep smiling ...just wish I still had my "pub" I would welcome you all with open arms.