What's better than jazz on a summer's afternoon? Well, jazz, tea, cake and bubbly on a summer's afternoon - making a most enjoyable celebration of Martin's big birthday! The first (but we hope not the last) appearance in Christ Church of local jazz legend Peter Ripper with his band, collectively All That Jazz... That's Richard Whennell on the piano, Dave Richmond on bass and Barry Kirton on the drums. And Peter himself on clarinet, alto, tenor and (most unusually) C-melody saxes. Four for the price of one!
It was a very relaxed gig, just what was called for, and Peter's easy-going style went down very well indeed with our audience. When we fixed the date for this we didn't realise that we were going to clash with just about every event in the sporting and local calendars, including the Wimbledon men's final and the F1 at Silverstone, so it was a huge relief to see a good number in the audience. Thanks to them as well as the quartet.
And, speaking of the band, we went from Strike up the Band via the Girl from Ipanema, Lullaby in Rhythm, Satin Doll, Misty, Limehouse Blues, S'wonderful, Bernie's Tune (a new one on me) , Honeysuckle Rose, Stoned (on the C-melody) and plenty more, to a very fitting finale with an upbeat Get Happy. Which the audience certainly did! So thanks again to Peter and the guys, and now on with the summer hols!
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