MJC HOUSE BAND THURSDAY 9TH DECEMBER

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What an entertaining evening of superb music from our House Band with keyboard supremo Jon Hall( Keyboard, banter and wit), Colin Henderson (Baritone & Tenor Saxophone and Flute), James Steele(Baritone Saxophone), DavId Swann(Bass Guitar) and Nigel Mackenzie (Drums).

The Band combined a superb balance of tightness and fluidity in their playing that went down well with an appreciative audience. Hopefully, we have the full set in the right order: …

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Bernie’s Time (Bernie Miller)

Walking Shoes (Gerry Mulligan)

One by One (Wayne Shorter)

Out Back Barn (Gerry Mulligan)

Blue in Green(Miles Davis)

Moanin (Bobby Timmons)

In Your Own Sweet Way (Dave Brubeck)

The Hippest Cat in Hollywood(Horace Silver)

Freight Trane (Tommy Flanagan)

Georgia On My Mind (Hoagy Carmichael)

Filthy McNasty (Horace Silver)

Swinging At The Haven (Ellis Marsalis)

Footprints (Wayne Shorter)

I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free (Billy Taylor)

Five Brothers (Gerry Mulligan)

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MATTHEW KILNER & CO THURSDAY 2ND DECEMBER

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One thing is for sure when Matthew Kilner plays at MJC, you know you are in for some lively and sublime jazz musicianship and particular homage to Mr T Monk. Tonight was no exception. It was a superb evening’s entertainment that seemed to go on for ever! What is more is that Matthew was supported by the ever present Neil Birse and Pete Lowit ( chaps, we are going to have to rent a house for you in Elgin at this rate!) AND the return of Richard (Ricky) Glassby. What a joy to hear Richard’s sublime tempo, interpretation and solo breaks. Moreover, a big thank you Richard for travelling up from Arbroath after a hard days work at school. It was very much appreciated and we hope to see more of you in the near future.

DO CHECK OUT THE CLUB’S INSTAGRAM PAGE FOR SNIPPETS OF THESE MUSICIANS’ SUPERB MUSIC MAKIN

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ELAINE CRICHTON TRIO THURSDAY 25TH NOVEMBER

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What a delight to hear Elaine Crichton at Moray Jazz Club after an absence of nearly two years. Elaine was accompanied by the perennial and superb bassist Pete Lowit and the sublime playing of Neil Birse on Keyboard. Elaine entertained us with a great narrative behind each and every song; her rhythmic and mellow voice was just what was needed to brighten up a November evening. Many thanks Elaine.

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HOUSE BAND THURSDAY 18TH NOVEMBER

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A fantastic evening of great music from the House Band- James Steele (Baritone Sax), Colin Henderson (Baritone and Alto Sax and Flute), Jon Hall (Keyboard), David Swann(Bass Guitar) and Nigel Mackenzie (Drums).

The Band played a set packed with rich tunes and jazz standards which gave James and Colin plenty of scope to show what superb sound double baritones are capable of. Gerry Mulligan and Horace Silver had plenty of exposure.

There was a real vibe in the music tonight so a big thank you from an appreciative audience.

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Bernie’s Tune (Gerry Mulligan)

Walking Shoes (Gerry Mulligan)

One By One (Wayne Shorter)

Out Back Of The Barn (Gerry Mulligan)

Blue In Green (Miles Davis)

Moanin (Bobby Timmins)

The Hippest Cat (Horace Silver)

Filthy Mcnasty (Horace Silver)

Five Brothers (Gerry Mulligan)

Freight Train (Tommy Flanagan)

Georgia (Hoagy Carmichael)

Senor Blues (Horace Silver)

Step Lightly (Blue Mitchell)

Sway (Luis Demetrio)

Swinging In The Haven (Ellis Marsalis)

The Tokyo Blues (Horace Silver)

Footprints (Wayne Shorter)

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BLACK ISLE JAZZ BAND THURSDAY 11TH NOVEMBER

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We welcomed back Black Isle Jazz Ban for the second time this season with Pat Strachan [Trombone], Mike Mackenzie Sax and Clarinet, Dave Matheson [Guitar], Dave Swann [Bass guitar] and  Nigel Mackenzie [Drums].

The band treated us to a wide ranging repertoire including- ‘Indiana’, ‘Cute’, ‘Bye bye blues’, ‘Aint misbehavin’, ‘Penny blues’, ‘All blues’, ‘Swing that music’, ‘Roses of Picardy’, ‘A nightingale sang in Berkeley Square’, ‘I cant give you anything but love baby’, ‘St James infirmary’, ‘Whip me with plenty of love’, ‘Lonesome blues’,

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HOUSE BAND THURSDAY 4TH NOVEMBER

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Great evening with the House Band and the wonderful Pamela Nairn. Colin Henderson [Alto and Baritone Sax], Graeme Nairn[ Guitar], David  Swann [Bass Guitar], Nigel Mackenzie [Drums] and Pamela Nairn [Vocals]

Wide ranging numbers tonight including- ‘Out of nowhere’, ‘I love being here with you’, Lulu’s back in town’, ‘Turn the tables on me’, ‘Sir Charles Dawston’s robins nest’, ‘Like someone in love’, ‘Mucho besame’, ‘Dream your troubles away’, ‘Will you still be mine?’, ‘My funny valentine’, ‘Always true to you in my way’, ‘Let’s settle down’, ‘Dont get around much anymore’, ‘They can’t take that away from me’ and ‘Got to take a sentimental journey home’.

Lovely music but minus Colin’s flute playing, hope you get it fixed soon.

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HOUSE BAND THURSDAY 28TH OCTOBER

Colin Henderson- Baritone and Alto Sax & Flute, Jon Hall -Keyboard, David Swann- Double Bass, Nigel Mackenzie- Drums

Great evening of jazz standards and humour thrown in for free.  The House Band were on form with a superb sound much appreciated by the audience.

I should care (Sammy Kahn)

Blue bossa (Kenny Doran)

Day by day (Axel Stordahl)

Bemsha swing (Thelonious Monk)

The gravy waltz (Ray Brown)

Softly as the morning sunrise (Sigmund Romberg)

Yesterdays (Jerome Kern)

I’m beginning to see the light (Duke Ellington)

Young and foolish(0 (Albert Hague)

Pick yourself up (Jerome Kern)

Stella by starlight (Victor Young)

My foolish heart (Victor Young)

There will never be another you (Chet Baker)

Israel ( John Carisi)

Bye bye blackbird (Ray Henderson)

GOOD TIMES from ABERDEEN, THURSDAY 21ST OCTOBER

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Matthew Kilner(Tenor Sax), Neil Birse (Keyboard), Pete Lowit(Double Bass) and Fraser Peterkin (Drums).

Well, what an evening of jazz! It was an absolute delight to see these musicians after such a long absence and to be treated to an evening of superb music. Although Matthew quite rightly said they had not played as a band before, this did not matter one jot as their musicianship was of such quality you would think they had been playing together for decades. There was such an easygoing understanding between them that complimented a sharpness and focus especially in solo sections. All four seemed to be on fire, performing live post Covid was like a release of pent up jazz expressionism.  The audience were truly appreciative and look forward to their return.

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Solar (Miles Davis)

Some time ago (Bill Evans)

Mr Night (John Coltrane)

Secret love (Sammy Fain)

Polkadots and moonbeams(Jimmy Van Heusen)

Impressions (John Coltrane)

Some day my prince will come (Larry Morey)

Speak low play high (Kurt Weill)

Niama (John Coltrane)

Maiden voyage (Herbie Hancock)

If I should lose you (Ralph Rainger)

Nothing personal (Ron Groblich)

 

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HOUSE BAND THURSDAY 10TH OCTOBER

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We welcomed back tonight our House Band with Colin Henderson [ Alto and Baritone Sax and flute], Graeme Nairn [Guitar], Jon Hall [Keyboard], Nigel Mackenzie [Drums] and Dave Swan [Bass Guitar].

The Band played a number of classics from jazz greats such as Sigmund Romberg, George Gershwin, George Benson, Dave Bailey, Fred Coots, Cole Porter and  Karl Snessdorf. Great evening, many thanks fellas.

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HOUSE BAND THURSDAY 7TH OCTOBER

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The House Band welcomed three guest musicians this evening- James Steele [ Alto and Baritone Saxophone], David Swann[Bass] and Nigel McKenzie [Drums]. Joining them were stalwarts Graeme Nairn [Guitar] and Jon Hall [Keyboard].

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A superb evening of diverse music ranging from some classic jazz standards through to one or two unfamiliar numbers. There was a really great tonal quality from these musicians with the rhythm section gelling well with guitar and saxophone.  James Steele is an exciting saxophonist who puts a very personal stamp on his music, we look forward to seeing more of him at MJC.

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1 ‘Autumn Leaves’ [Joseph Kosma] 1945

2 ‘Round Midnight’ [Thelonious Monk] 1944

3 ‘Bluesette’ [Toots Thielemans] 1962

4 ‘Bye Bye Blackbird’ [Ray Henderson] 1924

5 ‘This I dig for you’ [Hank Mobley] 1960

6 ‘Lover Man’ [Jimmy Davis] 1944

7 ‘Hackensack’ [Thelonius Monk] 1965

8 ‘In walked Bud’ – after Bud Powell [Thelonius Monk] 1947

9 ‘Take Five’ [ Dave Brubeck] 1959

10 ‘ Black Orpheus’ [Luis Bonfa] 1948

11’The saga of Harrison Crabfeathers [Steve Kuhn] 1972

12 ‘Misty’  solo Graeme Nairn [Erroll Garner] 1954

13 ‘Have you met Miss Jones?’ [Richard Rodgers] 1937

14 ‘Equinox’ [John Coltrane] 1960

15 ‘Nardis’ [Miles Davis] 1958

16 ‘Billy’s Bounce’ [Charlie Parker] 1945

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