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Monday, May 05, 2014

Jeff Barnhart @ Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club May 3.

Jeff Barnhart (piano), Anne Barnhart (flute & vocals), John Hallam (ten/bar sax & clarinet), Nick Ward (drums)
(Review / photo by Ray)
Rather than stay at home & fret away our day worrying about the fate of the local football teams, we packed up our troubles & headed south for our monthly "jazz fix" with our friends at St Augustine's.
Entertainment was never likely to be in short supply with Mr Barnhart in town ....his musical knowledge & anecdotes together with his rather zany humour will always brighten your day - then there's that scintillating "stride" style which has you yearning for more...
"Support" today came threefold ...Mrs Barnhart (Anne) providing vocals & the magical notes of the flute; Monsieur Hallam as ever oozing class on reeds; & last but not least Nick Ward showing that classic jazz drumming brings an extra edge to the music we love so.
A swing number to start As Long as I Live led us to In the Middle of a Kiss before the pace upped with Mr Fine & Mr Dandy. Anne then serenaded us with Exactly Like You & Lady be Good with flute too.
The flute has for us been a fairly recent Jazz discovery ....apart from Anne only Amy Roberts (she of Chris Barber Band fame now but thankfully still a regular Jazz at the Spa visitor) has brought the flute to our Jazz world, yet it fits well, & gives a pleasant alternative sound.
I digress ...Just In Time, Irving Berlin's classic Blue Skies then the beautiful ballad A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square saw John at his best on sax. Time for a couple of stride solo's from Jeff ...Jelly Roll  Morton's Some Sweet Day & Pretty Baby before the Benny Goodman hit Stealing Apples took us to the break.
A Cakewalk rag started the second set, a blues in Oh my Babe before Gershwin's  S'Wonderful, then        
Dream a little Dream of me; Love me or Leave me; Burgundy Street Blues; I've got a Feeling I'm Falling.
Jeff reminded us that It don't mean a Thing if it ain't got that Swing before I got Rhythm closed the day to loud applause.
Personally I thought there were a few to many vocal numbers, with three such fine musicians my preference was to be able to appreciate their talents fully. However the audience seemed very happy - who am I to argue or quibble ?
A good crowd of 70+ today, Darlington's numbers are picking up nicely & little wonder with the calibre of musicians they bring to us - next up is Swing City on 5th July, a fine trio.

Ray R.

1 comment :

Patti (on F/b) said...

It was a great gig, indeed!

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