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…]
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…]