November 2023 Gigs – Reviews & Photos

1stPaula Jackman’s Jazz Masters

Tim & Andrew: “Great performance by all the band members. Good music.  We enjoyed it and so did the band it seems.  Especially enjoyed the solo performances.”
Maureen & John Carter: ”A band new to Gosport but most of the players are known to us from other bands.  As Paula’s on line blurb says ”Playing Dixieland jazz from New Orleans to the Trad revival” and doing it very well indeed.”
Nick & Heather and Carole Mort: ”A very talented and versatile band we hope will be rebooked.  Brilliant”
Malcolm: “Very entertaining, with a lot of vocalists, and a varied repertoire and tempi.  Good that Megs could stand in at short notice.  Book ‘em again!”
Roger & Lesley: ”A very entertaining evening, lots of fizz and variety.  A great mix of tunes played by a group of talented musicians who had a great rapport with the audience.”
Jim & Margaret Bevington: ”Lovely familiar tunes and lots of good vocals.”
Barry Lomas & Trish Emm: ”Cheerful with a different repertoire.”
John & Rita Porter: “Great band and a most enjoyable evening.”

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15th – John Maddocks Jazzmen

Richard, Gill, Gwynn & John: “As expected, a brilliant night of jazz from this band.”
Julia Hubery & Mark Willis: “As always, a truly quality evening when we are privileged to listen to Maddocks magic fingers on the clarinet.  Great band performance, individually and ensemble.  Especially loved Lull in the Dawn and the bluesy numbers.  Thank you all.”
Yvonne, Juliette, Malcolm & Tessa: “Seven great musicians ably led by the great John Maddocks.  Varied and unusual repertoire giving a most enjoyable evening.  Especially loved St James Infirmary Blues.  Book again soon please.”
John & Brenda:
“John Maddocks praises we will sing
He can play Baby Dodds, Bechet, anything,
Of his solos we’re in awe,
That we soon shout out for more.
Of all reeds men he is the king.”
Lesley & Roger: “Wednesday jazz is most enjoyable when the musicians are hugely talented AND FUN.  Tonight was one of those occasions and we hope they can come again soon.”
Jim & Margaret Bevington: “An entertaining evening with John on top form as usual.”

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29th – Lonnie Donegan Story

Julia Hubery and Mark Willis: “Fantastically energetic, informative & fun night. We especially liked “Sloop John B” never heard it played like that! Hope we’ll be seeing more of this great mix of musicians again.  Would have been happy to listen to them till 4am.”
John & Brenda Bugg: “All together now,
Putting on the mimicry, but with loads of style,
That’s what Warren James does, and makes the whole club smile.
Like us, he loves dear Lonnie, he sings right from the heart,
His old man, may be a dustman, but we’re all aboard his cart.”
Gill, Richard, Gwyn and John: “Good to have this band back again.  Brilliant evening’s entertainment and historical information about Lonnie.”
Maureen & John Carter: “A wonderful trip down memory lane.  A vivid reminder of out teenage years in the late 1950’s, pure nostalgia.”
Bob, Stella, Veronica and Jan: “Absolutely fantastic – what a wealth of knowledge.  Great musicians & entertainment.”
Nick & Heather Anderson and Carole Mort: “Great perspective on the life of an entertainer.  Very brilliant.”
The Pittard Family & friends: “Brings back many memories, they done Lonnie Donegan proud.”
Yvonne, Jenny, Juliette and Tessa: “Very enjoyable evening of excellent musicianship.  Took us back to our misspent youth, and all the fun we had.”

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