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Monday, November 04, 2019

Mike Durham's Classic Jazz Party @ Village Hotel - Oct. 31

(Review by Russell)

The traditional eve of CJP (that's Mike Durham's International Classic Jazz Party) late night welcome concert attracted a full house to listen to an all-star cast led by Duke Heitger. Lights dimmed, the all-star line-up took to the stand for a rip-roaring, humdinger of a set. Class acts all, the American/Australian/British/European gathering played a selection of dead-cert crowd pleasers.

Lars Frank blowing late night tenor sax on a beautifully restrained Out of Nowhere, an impossibly hot Cake Walking Babies Back Home (Frank's sizzling clarinet), a Heitger vocal (the American standing well back from the mic) on Sleepy Time Down South, this year's edition of the CJP was well and truly underway.

Duke Heitger (trumpet, vocals); Claus Jacobi (alto sax); Lars Frank (tenor sax, clarinet); Graham Hughes (trombone); Andrew Oliver (piano); Martin Wheatley (guitar, banjo); Phil Rutherford (sousaphone); Nick Ball (drums)

And that was it, a one hour set, the scene set for three non-stop days (from noon 'til late) of 'classic jazz'. Well, not quite. Following a full day of rehearsals (a prompt 8:30 am start!) some of the other musicians wanted to have a blow. An impromptu jam session broke out as, one after another, an international cast joined the party. Blowing beyond midnight the crowded room was treated to a fun, freewheeling session from some of the superstar exponents of the music including, from America, David Boeddinghaus (piano), Andy Schumm (trumpet), Dave Bock (sousaphone), Josh Duffee (drums) and Young Talent Award winner Colin Hancock (cornet), from Germany Claus Jacobi and Matthias Seuffert (reeds) and Aussie Michael McQuaid (reeds). Two of many highlights featured the man from Buda, Texas - that's the polite young man Mr Hancock - playing, not cornet, but clarinet, and a piano four-hander courtesy of Andrew Oliver and David Boeddinghaus. It had been a fine hors d'oeuvres, in a few hours the main course would follow...
Russell

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