This last month have seen us back twice at the Thames Foyer on a Saturday night, with Alex Hutton on piano and Kate Winter, vocals. I can't get enough of this place. It has a really sophisticated atmosphere (just like our music) and steak sandwiches to die for, but best of all, this is a performance gig. We are not just background music. The clientele are attentive and give us song requests, show their appreciation and we are able to explore and improvise musically in a way that is uncommon in a hotel setting.
Last weekend was spent in the blistering heat at the huge Oxfordshire-based Glamping extravaganza: The Wilderness Festival! A marathon day, playing old-time jazz standards for Lindy Hop dancers in the Be All And End Hall in the afternoon and entertaining revellers and drinkers in the Sipsmith Gin Tent in the evening. With our MD and fine trumpeter Steve Coombe at the helm, we weathered the scorching temperatures in our immaculate suits. I was told Chic and Nile Rodgers were performing, but we were too busy pumping out Louis Armstrong to notice...
This afternoon's gig with the Sax Quartet (featuring the up-and-coming Royal Academy star, and regular headliner at Ronnie Scott's the Late, Late Show: Jim Gold on alto saxophone) was a joint 60th, wedding celebration and 21st birthday party: this family has had a lot going on recently! The setting was the 'back garden' of a beautiful house set in the rolling Surrey Countryside. There were old fashioned Fairground games for the entertainment of the guests and musicians alike.