Moray Jazz Club was represented at Belladrum Festival this year with an energetic performance at the Ice House/Jazz Bar stage. The band consisted of John Sharkey – Tenor Sax, Roger Niven – Guitar, Jon Hall – Piano, Neil Sharkey – Bass Guitar and Mike Sharkey – Drums.
An excellent crowd gathered in brilliant sunshine to hear an hour’s set of driving jazz music including compositions by Wes Montgomery, Kenny Burrell, John Scofield, Herbie Hancock, Joe Zawinul, George Gershwin, Billy Taylor and others. A fun atmosphere prevailed and at one point the audience skilfully performed the offbeat clapping from Dave Brubeck’s Unsquare Dance. The largely upbeat tempo slowed down twice for a gospel styled Mercy, Mercy, Mercy and a moody Summertime. The band played out with Watermelon Man after once more plugging Moray Jazz Club to an enthusiastic and vociferous audience.