Jaimie Anderson – Tenor Sax
Jon Hall – Piano
Pete Lowit – Bass
Mike Sharkey – Drums
Guest Drummer – Lewis
This was a fun gig from the entrance of one of our superb regulars, jazz dancing on her way to the bar, to the appearance of a very small furry jazz fan, Chester the Chinese Crested Powder Puff!
Jamie Anderson, tenor sax, was on fine form and his strong tone enhanced an excellent choice of material which included “Sunny Side of the Street”, a nice bossa “The Girl from Ipanema”, a rocking version of “Sunny”, a bluesy rendition of “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” and a wild latin blowout on Duke Ellington’s “Caravan”. Pete Lowit was on sparkling form and he displayed impressive technical virtuosity on Jaco Pastorius’ “The Chicken”, as well as playing many excellent bass solos during the evening. Mike Sharkey continues to impress and develop; he took some very tasty solos and responses and is clearly equally at home in swing, ballad, funk, gospel and latin style numbers.
In the second set we discovered we had a teenage drummer in the audience, Lewis, who with great aplomb came out and played “It Don’t Mean a Thing”, even trading “fours” with the piano as if to the manner born. He held his tempo admirably and kept his cool under the warm applause and rousing cheers from the audience.
The evening finished with two lively numbers, the catchy latin piece “Agua de Beber”, which Jaimie gamely read from the tiny notation on his phone, followed by the soul-style breaks of Eddie Harris “Cold Duck Time”. Tonight’s audience grew from humble beginnings to a good sized crowd and, judging by their reactions, a good time was had by all!