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To exclaim or not to exclaim?: that is the question. 'Hotcha' or 'Hotcha!'?  Surely the latter for this evening of superior chamber jazz. Their core 'Hot Club' repertoire was well represented: from the sprightly 'Daphne' to the more reflective 'Django's Castle'(aka 'Le Manoir des Mes Rêves') all 'doucely ambient' as the French sort of say, filigreed by Jon Moore's guitar and Heath Lavery's violin, gently urged along by Alan Pill-the other guitarist- and Ed Harrison's bass. Heath 'Fiddled on the Roof' quite splendidly in this 'Caravan': Klezmer jazz, anyone? And if further proof were needed of their versatility, here were versions of 'Mercy, Mercy, Mercy' written for 'Cannonball' Adderley. And Wayne Shorter's 'Footprints' and 'Blue Monk' both of which licensed Ed to strut his considerable stuff.But this was always going to be Sue Parish's night, a precedence that neither Hotcha!-who were superb accompanists- nor a decent house peppered with many old friends and fans would begrudge. She's long flared a path for jazz singing in the North West and beyond: graced many a KJC meet with warmth, taste and abiding talent. So the Club was proud to host this, her final performance for the time being.Few artistes can boast a more catholic playlist, but tonight was about the classic standard repertoire. 'Familiar' doesn't always mean 'easy': ascending 'The Nearness of You' must be plotted carefully but here and elsewhere, Sue marshaled her considerable vocal technique with time served assurance and excellent diction. There were a few songs less travelled including two 'At All' numbers. 'All or…' famous in an early Sinatra recording with the octave leapt finale and 'No Moon…'from the 40's -seek out versions by Ella and Mel Tormé. The Gershwins' 'Little Jazz Bird' came complete with verse-many singers chained to their fake books, seem unaware such things exist- and some 'guiltily pleasurable' whistling.Before an apparently unplanned encore was demanded, the final scheduled number was 'Just One of the Those Things.' But it wasn't, Sue. It was something rather special.

Next month-our last event at the Beer Hall- sees the return of the dynamic jazz duo of Jeff Barnhart and Tom Langham with Mrs. B-on flute. Top drawer music making from top draw musicians and a fun filled evening guaranteed. Please note the temporary change of day: Wednesday, September 13th.