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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’ (AllAboutJazz.com) 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.