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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Jazz Esquires @ The Porthole

Miles Watson (tpt/vcl), Andy Lee (alt), Tony Winder (ten/clt), Terry Dalton (tmb), Roy Gibson (pno), Laurie Brown (vbs/dms), Stan Nicholson (bs), Robin Douthwaite (gtr), Ray Walker (dms). Teresa Armstrong (vcl), George Laing (piano). Close your eyes and you could, with a bit of imagination, imagine this was a Buck Clayton Jam Session - as the song says - Imagination is funny...
Yes it required a lot of imagination today...
However, to be fair, Laurie did announce that they were trying out some unchartered charts so full marks for effort.
Poor Butterfly, it has to be said, was still in the caterpillar stage but I'm Beginning To See The Light and Mean to Me (with a vocal by Miles) sounded good and any fragility in the ensembles was more than made up for in the soloes.
Laurie swung things along on vibes whilst that musical maverick Andy Lee stumbled delightfully through the changes.
George Laing played intermission piano with Over The Rainbow and Applehoney before Teresa gave out with Bewitched and Out of Nowhere.
The afternoon rounded off with Just In Time (for me to catch the ferry). Photos.

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