28th April 2022

Colin Henderson – Alto and Baritone Saxes, Flute

Jon Hall – Piano, Vocals

Neil Sharkey – Bass Guitar

Mike Sharkey – Drums

Glenn Munro – Trumpet and Flugelhorn

This was a tight and swinging affair, underpinned by what is fast becoming the house band rhythm section, Neil and Mike Sharkey. They have an excellent rapport with each other and respond to events in the front line with constant musical sensitivity.

The audience were treated to a variety of sound combinations and styles ranging from gutsy baritone sax on Dexter Gordon’s “Cheesecake”, Latin flute and electric piano on the bossa nova “Day by Day”, trumpet and sax on Dizzy Gillespie’s “Birk’s Works” and flute and flugelhorn on Luis Bonfa’s lively “Samba de Orfeu”. Vocals included Leon Russell’s “This Masquerade”, Mel Torme’s timeless “Comin’ Home Baby”, and JJ Cale’s re-imagined “Same Old Blues”.

Other musical gems included two rhythm section numbers, Chick Corea’s lilting waltz “Windows”, and one of Thelonius Monk’s favourites “Sweet and Lovely”. Also by Monk, the full band played “Hackensack” with style and precision. Swinging standards included “Afternoon in Paris”, Duke Ellington’s “I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart” and a band favourite “If I Should Lose You”. The evening finished with a rousing rendition of Charlie Parker’s bop classic “Scrapple from the Apple”. It was a pleasure to be there.

Jon Hall