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Sunday, June 10, 2012

Don Fairley and the Friends of Jazz. ASHINGTON JAZZ CLUB - 06. 06. 12

(Review by Peter S.)
This review is written at a time of sadness. Many of you will now have heard of the passing of Sheila Taylor on Friday. John’s wife had been bravely fighting her illness during the past twelve months while supporting and encouraging John to manage the progress of AJC. All the members were aware of Sheila’s illness and appreciated the time and energy she continued to give to the Jazz Club. She attended as often as was possible and would be seen on the door greeting members as they arrived, managing the admissions and the raffle tickets and generally making herself useful during the evenings. A friendly and lovely lady whose company we enjoyed and who will be missed by all members and visitors. 
On behalf of Ashington Jazz Club members I offer our condolences and support to John and his family during this difficult time. We shall miss her greatly and I personally will miss her friendship and company. She made everyone welcome and comfortable despite her own illness and everyone appreciated all that she gave in time and enthusiasm to John and the members . It was her wish that John and his planning for this Jazz evening should carry on as normal. It has been a privilege to have known Sheila and we shall never forget her and the contribution she made to ensure we enjoyed the music we love. She enriched our lives and was a wonderful friend.
FRIENDS OF JAZZ took to the stage as always immaculately presented and gave us two sets of superb music. All together we enjoyed 20 musical treats from six versatile musicians who supported Mia during ten vocals. The front line played its part with good arrangements and accomplished solo performances while the engine room section at the back drove every musical nuance forward with such skill and energy. The Programme was interesting and varied and helped us shake some of our Blues away. A big thank you to Don Fairley (tmb), Laurie Brown (dms), Mick Hill (tpt), Bill Colledge (bs), Bill Britain (pno), Andy Bennett (sax/clt) and Mia Webb (vcl) for the musical entertainment and for your understanding on what was a difficult evening for us.
Peter S.

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