Contributed by Carole Hickey.
On Friday, 7th April, nine IOG jazz fans joined our candlelit table at St. Peter’s by the Waterfront for an evening of musical delectation supplied this time by DixieMix.
We enjoyed a foot tapping couple of hours of traditional style jazz which rolled along at rapid pace and kept us smiling with favourites like It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Got That Swing, Petit Fleur, Gee Baby Ain’t I Good to You, Bourbon Street Parade, Some of These Days, Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans? and others from their songbook.
Led by Simon Nelson, band leader, top class trumpeter / cornetist / vocals and very funny front man, with Chris Wigley – trombone, Pete Oxborough – clarinet and saxophones, John Benson – double bass and vocals, Kevin West – guitar and banjo, Tony Wilkins – drums and vocals. This band of top musicians who clearly know each other well and enjoy their own music, conveyed their love of performing jazz by communicating it to their audience with enjoyment and enthusiasm. It was a lovely, lively evening. A stomping start to the weekend.
Next month’s Jazz Night will be Friday, 5th May, and the performing band will be the Selion Swing Band. This is not to be missed as our very own IOG-er Celia Ward will be joining them as their vocalist and saxophonist.