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!