Had a very nice New Year’s Eve at the Chequers in deepest Hertfordshire. Big thanks to Martin for booking the band again – also for feeding us so well! We’ve been kept busy with private parties – a 21st birthday party, works parties for Oxford University Press & the staff of JR hospital intensive care … [Read more…]
Getting a bit behind with the blogging! Suffice to say Jazz Menagerie had another fine summer of enjoyable gigs. Highlights include a jazz evening in a Cotswolds village hall, a surprisingly pleasant wake party in Oxfordshire, a number of Oxford college garden parties and a sunny outdoor wedding party in Hertfordshire. We’re now heading for … [Read more…]
It was good to dust off the French song book last week. Friday was of course Bastille Day so it was out with the Piaf and Charles Trenet and the Gypsy Jazz guitar- only space for a duo. Merci to the staff at the George Street Social in Oxford for having us play – vive … [Read more…]
What better way to finish a busy week for the band than the Nuffield College garden party? We were very pleased to be invited back to Nuffield Place this year. Luckily the weather was fine again, though it was good to have the gazebo, just in case. We’d played at the Madhatter jazz club in … [Read more…]
We had a lovely time playing at Oriel on Saturday – great weather, excellent strawberries, lots of nice comments from alumni. Thanks to Bobby and to the college porter for being so he helpful.
Here’s a short video of us having fun at the Fresh Art Fair in Cheltenham: Jazz Menagerie at the Fresh Art Fair
We very much enjoyed taking part in a brilliant gig celebrating the centenary of Ella Fitzgerald on Wednesday. Alison Bentley sang a selection of some the songs Ella sang so well, including Midnight Sun, Autumn Leaves and What is This Thing Called Love? https://www.facebook.com/cahootsjazzcollective/
Great to be back at The Manor House Hotel, Castle Combe, Wiltshire this Christmas. It was the fifth year in a row we’ve performed there – a really quaint old hotel. Always a treat to play there and the quintet were on excellent form. For New Year’s Eve it was up to Buckinghamshire where we … [Read more…]
A big thanks to actor/director Ian Flintoff for having us play at a bash last week in Oxford. Anyone who’s been in Prime Suspect is all right by me!
It was a pleasure to perform some laid-back swing last week at Freeths Solicitors – our favourite Oxford law firm! – for an award ceremony. Jazz improvisation mostly follows the laws of functional harmony, sort of; but on the other hand, it goes best if you don’t analyse it too much. Anyway, there’s always a … [Read more…]