Black Isle Jazz were at their best on Thursday night with superb musicianship combined with highland humour courtesy of banter between Dave Swan(bass guitar/‘amplified cricket bat’) and Pat Strachan (trombone). Classy sax playing by the wonderful Roy Stevenson and Mike Mackenzie. Mike’s clarinet playing made Acker Bilk look whimpish. In support were Derek Mathieson’s reassuring guitar and banjo playing and the ubiquitous, expressive Finlay Grant on drums.
Thanks for a pleasurable evening’s entertainment gentlemen with a medley of some great jazz standards including ‘Jadda’ (Bob Carlton); ‘Blueberry Hill’ (Vincent Rose); ‘Red Coulin’ (Pat Strachan); ‘Angel Eyes’ (Matt Dennis); ‘The Five Spot after Dark’ (Benny Goldson); ‘How deep is the ocean’ (Irvine Berlin); ‘Whip me with plenty of love’(Clarence Williams); ‘Cute’(Neal Hefti); ‘Pee wee’s Blues’ (Peewee Russell); ‘I’ve found my new babe’ (Benny Goodman); ‘End of a beautiful friendship (Stanley Stone and Donald Kahn).