Enter world of Mr Feel-Good
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)