New Year

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…]

Another Fine Summer

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…]

A La Francaise!

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…]

Celebrating Ella Fitzgerald

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?

Jazz and the Law

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…]