Here’s wishing a hearty ‘Swinging New Year’ to all ‘Donny’ area jazz followers and those who visit our town from further afield, with plenty of diverse and stimulating live gigs to attract all tastes over coming months.
Laying claim to first of the New Year blocks is the eclectic Terry Allonby trio, fronted of course by boss man Terry on guitars and Nigel Chapman, keyboards plus Mark Kerrigan on drums, who will jointly be holding court at The Horse & Groom (East Laith Gate) on Saturday January 7 between 12 and 3pm, with various guest musicians also likely to sit-in on several numbers throughout the free admission session.
On the musical menu will be contemporary jazz, blues, rock, swing, Latin. Allonby/Chapman originals, takes on popular songs by the likes of Simon & Garfunkel, The Beatles, Ray Charles, Dusty Springfield and many more surprises too. A great way to brighten a dreary winter afternoon and launch 2012 in memorable fashion.
Following closely on the Allonby heals will be the much loved and admired talents of guitarist/singer Dickie Emmerson’s Duo, who will be in action at the Con’ Club (South Parade DN1 2DJ) for their first monthly Monday date session of the new season at the popular venue on Monday January 9. The music kicks off at 8.30pm, admission £3.50 at the door and will no doubt include welcome swingin’ contributions by Bob Quinn, Eddie Kell, Sue Fisher and Johnny Noble, who are regular vocal guests at the monthly gigs.
The Jazz into Doncaster voluntary committee launch their new season’s live events on Thursday January 26 at the Con Club, when the popular attraction is the vibrant six piece band Winston’s Pennine Jazz, led as ever from the rear by founder and double bassist Keith Shone, with all star support from trumpeter Dave Kendall, Eugene Farrar trombone/harmonica/vocals, Andy Wallis, Brian Herbert guitar/banjo/vocals, and with drummer man Ken Hickey providing the impetus plus several fervent vocals also, on pleasing and varied sets of Trad, Dixieland and Swing Era styled foot tappers. Stomp off time is 8.30pm and admission is £5 at the door.
Set for February Con Club sessions in February is the sensational Hot Club du France styled group The Djangonauts (Thursday 9) featuring Chris Walker lead guitar, Piero Tucci accordion, Phil Johnson, rhythm guitar, and Kevin Walker double bass. Followed on Thursday 23 by a Special featuring multi award winning trumpet star Bruce Adams with the dynamic Eugene Farrar Band. Advance tickets £7 available from The Blue Building, 38-40 High Street, DN1 1DE, Tel. (01302) 734309 or £8 at the door. Watch out for news of Sunday afternoon sessions with trombone super star Dennis Rollins and superlative sax man Mark Ellis etc at Bawty’s Coco Ice venue Coco Ice 31 Market Place DN10 6JL, tel (01302) 711766 and Sunday Jazz sessions at Doncaster’s Bistro venue.