Beccles

Z Feb 19 - 1950

We listened to a very varied selection of jazz from the 1950’s and we had some varied reactions as to folks enjoyment. So we do have a good mix of differing music to hear, which must be good.
We kicked off with the very popular Take Five by Dave Brubeck - and for those of us who like to get into the technicalities - 5 beats to the bar - most unusual.
Then a number of ”standards” including Misty (Errol Garner Trio), Night and Day (Art Tatum), Chant (Coleman Hawkins), St James Infirmary (Humphrey Littleton).
Then to some more unique ones: Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting (Charles Mingus), Parker’s Mood (Charlie Parker), The Sheik of Araby (Chris Barber), and a selection from the Buena Vista Social Club during tea.
David then introduced one by the Freddie Randall Band - he heard this at his first live gig and he said from that moment on was "hooked on jazz"!
Then The Kid from Red Bank (Count Bassie), followed by one from Ray which was very well received - The Train and The River by Jimmy Giuffre.
Then to conclude one which had a mixed reception - Concierto de Aranjuez by Miles Davis.
All in all another grand afternoon listening to a varied selection of jazz. It was agreed that the 1950’s were an exceptional and rich era of jazz music!