Great start to 2020 with the Black Isle Jazz band featuring Pat Strachan [Trombone, vocals], Roy Stevenson[ Tenor Saxophone and Clarinet], Mike Mackenzie [Tenor,Alto, Soprano Saxophone, Clarinet], Derek Mathieson [Guitar], Dave Swan [Bass] and Finlay Grant [Drums]. The band took us on a voyage spanning five decades including the music of Louis Armstrong, Leonello Casucci, Rosetta Haynes, Benny Golson, Vernon Duke, ‘Fats’ Waller, Herbie Hancock, Kurt Weill and Sonny Rollins.
Pat was upbeat and almost jovial in his trombone playing, interspersed with singing akin to Burl Ives. Mike Mackenzie once again showed his superb versatility on the saxes and clarinet. Roy likewise, but with a mellow timbre that belies his virtuoso playing. Derek, Dave and Finlay, splendid rhythm support and balance for this Jazzuary sextet.