The youngsters swung into action with Perdido, followed by Coltrane’s Equinox and then Killer Joe. As the MD Paul Edis said, “classics which you just HAVE to learn – like Beethoven’s Fifth if you are studying classical piano.”
Blue Monk followed, featuring a solo by Aidan Crawley, the band’s youngest member, who sported a sartorially elegant hat as if auditioning for the trumpet section of the Gala Big Band. Well done him! On the same number the drummer, Jo (sorry, I didn’t get the surname) enjoyed trading fours with the MD on alto sax.