Jazz News - Peter Farrall

Last Bank Holiday Monday, Number 8 presented a special screening of “Jazz on a Summers Day” the rereleased film from the 1958 Newport (Rhode Island) Jazz Festival. The historic classic has been skilfully remastered whilst still managing to retain the characteristic appearance of films of the time. Within a very short time the audience found themselves immersed in the ambiance of the festival as the greatest names in jazz appeared in quick succession before rapturous fans. Thelonious Monk, Gerry Mulligan, George Shearing, Chico Hamilton and so many more, all looking very young; but it was sixty-four years ago! Most of course now passed over, but their music still lives on in clubs and festivals worldwide played by equally young-looking musicians.

A very worthwhile finale to the weekend celebrations. This month sees a return to our regular venue at Pershore Town Football Club with a very warm welcome to the Washington Whirligig Jazz Band. The band began ten years ago in a relatively small way playing the northern jazz clubs, but their reputation soon filtered out into the mainstream jazz scene, and it was not long before bookings came in from clubs and festivals further afield including Pershore. Their first performance here captivated our audience with the obvious love and enthusiasm for the music they play, and subsequent regular engagements at Pershore club and festival have firmly established them in the Pershore favourites listing. Their style and repertoire ranging from New Orleans to Mainstream, Swing and Blues is much inspired by the late Alex Welsh band but each of these accomplished musicians adds their individual flavour to the overall ensemble. Incidentally, Washington Whirligig is a tune by Andy Gibson, popular with the swing bands of the 30s and 40s.

Washington Whirligig Jazz Band. Wednesday, September 29 th Pershore Football Club Doors open at 7pm, music at 8 Admission £10 to include a raffle ticket. pershorejazz.org.uk tel: 07487 606964 / 01527 66692 find us on Facebook