I just wandered over to the Cricket Club to find a brand new stage (replacing the pallet wobbly one) that the Club has had made for events such as Chipperfield Jazz - thanks Malcom, looking forward to christening it on Friday!
We've just uploaded a clip of some of Pete Churchill's CJ gig on Oct 11th 2013 to our previous events page. Sorry Pete is mainly hidden from view, but at least we can hear him! With Karen Sharp sitting in on sax, Paul Clarvis & Steve Rose. Enjoy:-)
After seeing this unfortunate trombonist sneezing into his instrument I was reminded of the time I had a coughing fit (at the end of a cold) whilst playing a bass solo at Ronnie Scott's a few years ago. There's nothing you can do - luckily a kind soul brought me a glass of water whilst I played on through it all. I was determined not to admit defeat by stopping, God knows what it all sounded like. Another occupational hazard for bass players is 'holiday chops' - when, for whatever reason one hasn't been playing regularly. For most other instruments this might mean the odd cracked note or lack of fluency, but for bass players it means blisters. I don't get them much anymore (mainly because I play softer gut strings) but in my 'macho' bass playing days with people like Tommy Chase they were a regular occurance. More than once I remember looking down at a blood splattered bass where a blister had burst, but (like a man with a broken leg running away from a forest fire) I only really noticed the pain after the event.
Well as you are witnessing, (after a lot of messing about) Chipperfield Jazz's fledgeling website is born. When Malcom Leach, Entertainments Manager of Chipperfield Clarendon CC suggested I start a Jazz Club in Chipperfield my initial reaction was lukewarm. I didn't think there were enough people interested in jazz in and around the village, but the last 3 events have proved me wrong. Thanks to all those that came and supported us last year, from all the feedback it seems lots of people are keen for us to continue, hence our next gig on the 11th April. As a jazz musician one learns to survive by continually seeking out new audiences and opportunities, and I feel in good company alongside fellow musicians Arnie Somogyi who runs Greensand Jazz in Leighton Buzzard and Clark Tracey who organises Herts Jazz. The Cricket Club kindly hosts us, which is particularly welcome as they serve the cheapest booze in the village. Please feel free to add suggestions for people you'd like to see at the club, the website or anything else connected with CJ. At the moment gigs will be every 6 weeks or so, but keep an eye on the website for some special events planned in the Summer. We hope to grow from our promising start and bring some more fantastic improvised music to the village over the next season!