En­ter world of Mr Feel-Good

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - ON SHOW - Amer­sham Jazz Club, Bea­cons­field SYCOB FC

ONE of the UK’s most popular stand-up co­me­di­ans is at The Court The­atre @ Pend­ley for one night only.

Fresh from sell-out tours in Aus­tralia and New Zealand, which drew en­thu­si­as­tic reviews from crit­ics, Stephen K Amos is the master of feel-good com­edy.

He is a reg­u­lar on BBC Ra­dio Four by some of Bri­tain’s best, among them trum­peter Digby Fair­weather (pic­tured be­low), Roy Wil­liams on trom­bone, Pete Long on reeds, pi­anist Brian Dee, Len Skeat on bass and Eric Ford on drums. I can just hear them back­ing Val on one of Lady Day’s most poignant record­ings – Strange Fruit, for in­stance.

Oc­to­ber also sees a very promis­ing evening at Mar­low with a re­turn visit of the MJQ Cel­e­bra­tion Band, who were such a suc­cess last year. The Oc­to­ber 14 gig sees a change of

Ishows, and on TV panel shows such as Have I Got News For You and Eight Out of 10 Cats.

Wel­come to My World is at The Court The­atre on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 12 at 8pm.

Tick­ets at £18 can be booked by call­ing 07543 560 478 or on­line at www. courtthe­atre.co.uk/box/box.htm. per­son­nel in the Milt Jack­son role from last time, though, with Nat Steele on vibes in place of Jim Hart who, un­der­stand, has moved to France.

Com­plet­ing the quar­tet in this trib­ute to MJQ are Barry Green on pi­ano, Matt Ri­d­ley on bass and Steve Brown on drums.

Sun­day lunchtime ses­sions in the Barn at Mer­lin’s Cave fea­ture Martin Shaw, An­drew Oliver, Si­mon Bates and Ali­son Neale, while din­ner jazz at Va Pensiero, in Bea­cons­field, has reeds­man Derek Nash, pi­anist Ge­off Eales and bassist Alex Dankworth.

A char­ity gig at Amer­sham Jazz Club fea­tures the John Mad­docks Jazzmen play­ing in aid of the Macmil­lan Can­cer Nurses.

I must ex­plain why the Mer­lin’s Cave res­i­dent Trio has a rather un­usual ap­pear­ance at the mo­ment – no Peter Hughes.

The long-stand­ing bass player went for an X-ray for what he thought was arthri­tis, but the knee was fine so, Peter tells me: “They went to the hip and, bingo, frac­ture of the fe­mur – sadly also can­cer.” It was found he has non-Hodgkins lym­phoma – “which is treat­able… if you’re go­ing to get can­cer, you want one of those,” he joked. As for his treat­ment, Peter used his usual dry hu­mour: “They haven’t said, but it would be won­der­ful if it’s be­fore Christ­mas, if only to stop this in­flux of clever-dick bass play­ers in the Barn.”

We all wish him a speedy re­cov­ery and hope to see him back in his usual spot be­fore long. Wed­nes­days: Oc­to­ber 1, Paul Har­ri­son Band; Oc­to­ber 8, Chris Pearce’s French­man St Jazz Band; Oc­to­ber 15, Dart Val­ley Stom­pers; Oc­to­ber 22, Sus­sex Jazz Kings; Oc­to­ber 29, John Mad­docks Jazzmen (in aid of Macmil­lan Can­cer Nurses)

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