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Tony White

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - ON SHOW - Jazz Di­ary Jazz in the Barn, Mer­lin’s Cave, Chal­font St Giles – Din­ner Jazz at Va Pensiero, Gre­gories Road, Bea­cons­field – Mar­low Jazz Club, Royal Bri­tish Le­gion, Sta­tion Road, Mar­low – Amer­sham Jazz Club, Bea­cons­field SYCOB FC, Wind­sor Road, Bea­cons­field

TO BE com­pared to Os­car Peter­son, Bill Evans and Th­elo­nious Monk makes a pi­anist some­thing spe­cial, and that can cer­tainly be said about Lenore Raphael. Add in the fact that two of her record­ings were nom­i­nated for Grammy awards, she has her own ra­dio show and has run jazz master classes around the world and you have enough rea­son to get over to Berkham­sted on Novem­ber 15, where she ap­pears with her trio.

She has been de­scribed as ‘sim­ply one of the best pi­anists in the jazz main­stream to­day’ (Al­ and no doubt reg­u­lars at Mar­low Jazz Club will agree: she has ap­peared there at least twice.

To have an artist of this stature ap­pear­ing at two dif­fer­ent venues in our lo­cal­ity is in­deed ‘some­thing spe­cial’. With her will be ex-NYJO bass player Paul Mor­gan and ex-pat Peter In­gram on drums.

Mar­low Jazz Club has an at­trac­tive fix­ture in the same week: Alan Barnes and Karen Sharp, two sax­o­phon­ists who have been ap­pear­ing to­gether re­cently. Both have a predilec­tion for the bari­tone mem­ber of the reed fam­ily, so there could be some in­ter­est­ing and ex­cit­ing ‘bat­tles’.

The Barn at Mer­lin’s Cave will fea­ture some long-stand­ing favourites in Novem­ber, Ge­off Eales, Si­mon Spil­lett, Dave O’Hig­gins and Vasilis Xenopou­los among them. As the res­i­dent trio has only one res­i­dent mem­ber, Peter Hughes, and he is off sick, there have been some sur­prises re­cently. That could cer­tainly be said of one group new to me, a quar­tet led by pi­anist An­drew Oliver, from across the At­lantic, with Jamie O’Don­nel on alto, Hugh Wil­liams on bass and Emil­lio Caroselli on drums. All were a lit­tle younger than the mu­si­cians who nor­mally ap­pear there and they played some de­light­ful, at times har­mon­i­cally in­ter­est­ing mu­sic. It was re­laxed and very pleas­ing.

The month’s di­ary is com­pleted with a Mon­day din­ner jazz gig at Va Pensiero in Bea­cons­field, and in the same town, but at the Bea­cons­field SYCOB FC club­house, Amer­sham Jazz Club presents its weekly mix­ture on Wed­nes­day evenings.

Sun­days, 12.15-2.15pm. The res­i­dent trio with guests: Novem­ber 2, Ge­off Eales; Novem­ber 9, Rob Fowler; Novem­ber 16, Si­mon Spil­lett; Novem­ber 23 Dave O’Hig­gins; Novem­ber 30, Vasilis Xenopou­los.

Mon­day, Novem­ber 3, Mark Crooks, Colin


Tom Marks. Tues­day, Novem­ber 11, The Frank Toms Trio with guests Alan Barnes and Karen Sharp. Thurs­day, Novem­ber 27, 8.15pm, Berks Bucks and Oxon Big Band.

– Satur­day, Novem­ber 15, 8pm, The Lenore Raphael Trio.

Wed­nes­days from 8.30pm: Novem­ber 5, Gam­bit Jazzmen; Novem­ber 12, Golden Ea­gle Jazz Band; Novem­ber 19, Brian Car­rick and the Al­giers Stom­pers; Novem­ber 26, New Or­leans Heat.

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