Clubhouse & Social
|Trad Jazz with a Quartet from Mart Rodger's Manchester Jazz - June 2010|
A Quartet from Mart Rodger's Manchester Jazz visited in June
Four members of the well known Traditional Jazz band ‘Mart Rodger Manchester Jazz’ performed a stunning set in the clubhouse on Wednesday 2nd June, for over 50 members, their spouses and friends.
We invited two of our non-golfing friends from the Hope Valley, who are avid Trad Jazz fans, to come along. As Keith said “Evenings like this take me back to my miss-spent youth in the early 60’s in the Jazz clubs of Sheffield and sitting on the stage at the City Hall next to those two ‘B..... Lions’ watching all the greats of jazz perform”.
As for the evening, watching and listening to Mart with all his energy and vitality was inspirational to us ‘youngsters’ in the audience. Years of performing at the highest level have enabled him to perfect his art and despite the advancing years he still must be one of the best clarinettists on the North-West Jazz scene.
Eric Brearley combined some fine trombone playing with great blues vocals which provided yet another highlight of the evening. Charlie Bentley left me spellbound with his amazing finger work on banjo whilst his rendition of George Formby’s ‘Grandad’s Flannelette Nightie’ brought rapturous applause from those of us ‘young’ enough to remember the great man from Wigan.
Finally. Colin Smith on bass provided the balance necessary for a great trad sound. Thanks guys for a great evening of trad delivered by some of the most accomplished and talented musicians we’ve ever had at the club. Come again soon!
Finally thanks to Alan for once again organising a great evening and for his role as supporting act to the band whilst they had their time out.