Jazz with CJ Worsdale

Terry Allonby on acoustic guitar - engrossed in Rodrigo's Guitar Concerto - at The White Swan.
Terry Allonby on acoustic guitar - engrossed in Rodrigo's Guitar Concerto - at The White Swan.

Back in the jazz saddle after a spot of ‘R & R’ it’s a pleasure to put Doncaster’s own magnificent, though perhaps somewhat under appreciated—Terry Allonby Trio under the local spotlight and hopefully attract new followers to sample the ‘Allonby Experience’ at the threesome’s regular monthly Saturday lunchtime sessions at The White Swan pub on Frenchgate.

The dynamic and eclectic combo comprising of Terry on guitars, Nigel Chapman keyboards, and Mark Kerrigan on drums were on form at the July gig attracting generous rapturous applause from the appreciative audience following such numbers as Bridge over troubled water and the newly introduced take on I heard it through the grapevine featuring a smoulderingly soulful solo from Nigel on keyboards plus Terry’s nod to long term friend and fan Ken Jordan, on the jaunty Allonby original Ken’s Tune also known has ‘Hexthorpe Flats’ and a daredevil conversation between Terry on guitar and drummer Mark, with ever diminishing breaks from eight bars down to only one astonishing bar, for which the late and much missed former drummer Mick Yates would surely have enthusiastically approved.

(Due credit also to drumming man John Watterson, who has also risen to the challenge and impressed on the tricky number at a previous session).

Switching to acoustic guitar, Terry and the boys delivered a haunting version of Rodrigo’s Guitar Concerto conjuring images of the rugged Spanish Sierra and I venture to suggest, would make great soundtrack music, should a re-make of For whom the bell tolls ever be considered.

If your appetites have been sufficiently whetted, the next session is set for Saturday August 4, 12noon to 3pm, free admission so head for The White Swan to be amazed by Donny’s very own guitar hero in action with his trio.

There is plenty more live music taking place in town on August 4 as part of the music festival Mapfest, including The Nervous Triggerman featuring John McKevitt on harmonica, who fitted in superbly with Winston’s Pennine Jazz at Doncaster Markets Jazz Day in May, and other Blues attractions at Cask Corner from 3pm, Louis-Louis-Louis a four piece outfitled by Sam Thornton on alto sax and vocals which bases most of its material on Louis Jordon, Louis Prima and Louis Armstrong at Liberty Bar & Grill from 3pm (where you can also catch them in action every second Wednesday evening.

Looking forward to September, ‘Jazz into Doncaster’ kicks off it’s Autumn/Winter programme with a special featuring internationally renowned jazz trombone star Roy Williams together with Roy Norton, trumpet, Jon Taylor reeds and The Nicola Farnon Quartet. All taking place on Thursday September 13 at the ‘Con’ Club, Ladies Day racegoers welcome.

There is live jazz/blues every Thursday night at Relish Bar & Grill, East Laith Gate.

The Dickie Emmerson Duo’s next Con club gig is on Monday August 13, 8.30pm, tickets £3-50 at the door. The Knights of Jazz are in action every Monday evening at The Butcher’s Arms, Braithwell. Barnsley Jazz at The Fairway Hotel (S73 4LS) presents Peter Frank’s Dixieland All-stars July 30, New Orleans Wiggle August 6. Yorkshire Stompers, August 13, Tel. (01226) 281805/290105.