|Paul Jordanous - Streamline|
As you might know Big Bands are usually made up of hungry young men, both the Callum Au and Jonathan Bird bands represent swathes of charming lotharios once the alcohol starts to flow. I'm sure individually they are more like supine tom cats who's bellies need rubbing, than the jackals they become in the pack environment.
The size of the KC Big Band meant they spilled into the audience and we sat mere inches away from the first wave of musicians, The Saxophones. Even accompanied by fellow artists Zoran Matic and Trevor Stokes I knew this was going to be a major challenge drawing all 16 personalities, so I broke them down into smaller packs.
Paul Jordanous was impressive, clean shaven and streamline, buoyant after his recent live recording (rumour has it for a second album) at The Bull's Head. Almost unrecognisable without his trademark blue floppy jumper his new 88 Bar Jam is clearly rejuvenating the Undisputed Bon Viveur of Jazz.
|Tony Dixon - Sweeney|
|Noel Joyce - Drums|
The tunes were of the highest calibre I particularly enjoyed Maynard Ferguson's 'Superbone meets the Badman'.
A final word must go to the
Saxophones and it was heartening to see a peach bespectacled Bob Martin back in the groove with a final solo on 'A Night in Tunisia'. It was a grown up Sax line with Kelvin playing softly in the shadows while his neighbour Pete Hurt took the role of Big Band patriarch.
|Pete Cook - Baritone|
I thoroughly enjoyed myself but then I like a challenge, and sketching all 16 musicians is hard work. It meant I didn't get a chance to chat with Lister and The Dudes on the table behind me, but the good news is they've completed the Twickenham Jazz Club website (LINK HERE) with all the future dates.
I got back home and checked my daughters were tucked up in bed safe and sound. Although I trusted Kelvin Christiane's Big Band jackals who knows where another pack of them might be roaming. In fact I hope to be sketching either the Jonathan Bird or Paul Jordanous variety soon.