This week we went to our Jazz club for the last time before Christmas. Christmas cards were handed out and we gave two special friends some home made ginger beer to sya thank you.
It was a lovely night with a Christmas tree in the corner of the pub and everyone in a happy mood.
We had a tight four piece - this is Mike Coates on Sax;
Jim Mullen was in fine form on Jazz Guitar - he's a big name on a number of scenes - he's a session musician has played with some big Funk bands and has a jazz pedigree too.
My friends make fun of me - he has a habit of inserting little segments of other songs into what he's playing.
Musicians respect the cleverness of it, everyone in the room thinks it's neat; it drives me mad.
Just to pull my leg, Robyn kept a tally; Jim put 30 'quotes' into songs during the evening.
Normally I'd be irritated but tonight I was just mellow.
There was 'The Christmas Song' and 'White Christmas.
Ross Stanley exchanged his normal keyboards for an electric organ - he just hit those notes so well. Trevor Tomkins was just fine on drums.
As I said, it was a good night.
(a don't stop till you drop production)
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