Most months, Bruce's commentary on gigs past, gigs to come and other KJC matters is circulated via e-mail to members and other interested parties.
We might have guessed that the hastily rearranged pre-Christmas gig featuring Enrico Tomasso and Steve Andrews would be good, but it’s fair to say that it was better than that. Right fromthe opening ‘Limehouse Blues’ the empathy between these two great instrumentalists wasevident, and as the gig progressed it actually increased, if anything. Enrico was on fine formwith his Louis-based trumpet pyrotechnics (could there be any better model?), while Steve,playing more and better baritone than on his last visit, was his usual inventive self on all three of the reed instruments he brought along. And the rhythm section in no way let the front line
down: Keith Stephen was solid and sometimes inspired on guitar and banjo, Ed Harrison was as musical and melodious as ever on double bass, and Euan Pringle’s quiet and sympathetic drumming was just what the doctor ordered. I’d like to give a special plaudit to all three, working together for the first time, for making such a great job of all the breaks on ‘West End Blues’ and ‘Cornet Chop Suey’. But first among equals was Mr. Tomasso, whose gloriously imperious trumpet on those numbers and especially on ‘Old Rocking Chair’ made this one of the best nights we’ve had at the Rugby Club.
January 22 nd (a week later than usual) sees our third visit from the superb ‘Frog and Henry’, with
their New Orleans street-music style. We know what to expect, though it would take a brave
man to anticipate their ever-changing repertoire, but what is certain is that there will be some
great reed work from Lauren Habert and the jaw-dropping Ewan Bleach. Another very tasty night in prospect.