[Dixielandjazz] Newsletter & Christmas Party

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The Christmas Edition of CASTAWAY NEWS is now available on the www.castaway.clevedonjazzclub.co.uk web site. This edition includes:

	#	Christmas Greetings
	#	Gigs Here . . . . . & There
	#	Details of the bands for the Club's January dates -
		13th - The Antique Six
		27th - Limehouse-Jazzband from Holland!

Clevedon Jazz Club's Christmas Party with Gerry Brown & The Mission Hall Jazz Band

Just a few tickets left - those not sold will be available on the door but it's a 100 maximum! So don't be caught out. Contact Trev NOW to ensure you get the last tickets.

The party is at the Walton Park Hotel - Clevedon Jazz Club regular venue - on 16th December with a special treat - the band. And what a fabulous band they are. From the Poole area, Gerry Brown and The Mission Hall Jazz Band are one of the best bands around, always in demand at Clubs and Festivals throughout the UK. 

Gerry took over the leadership of the band, which has now been in existence for over thirty years, following the retirement and subsequent death of the legendary Bournemouth clarinettist Pedro Harris. To this day the band retains many of Pedro's favourite old numbers, whilst at the same time extending the repertoire to include classics more familiar to the followers of Condon and Ellington.

Gerry leads on trumpet with a forceful style and wicked sense of humour, not to mention his singing - forceful or wicked? - set the pace for the rest of the band. Mike Snelling, who is one of the few musicians to have turned down a job with the Alex Welsh Band in favour of teaching, plays reeds. Mike Blakesley who has recently returned to the band after 18 years (!) playing on the QE2, plays trombone. Davie Bromefield is a founder member of the band and plays banjo and guitar - but not together. Tony Holloway, the father of the band and a former Nat Gonella sideman, plays double bass and Ray Ball plays his drums like they're a musical instrument - sensitive, responsive and dynamic, which is amazing because if the drum kit was a horse it would be put down!

The optional supper at £5.75, prepared by the Walton Park Hotel kitchen. is only available if ordered by Wednesday 8th December. 

Doors open at 8.00pm and any surplus Music Only Tickets will be available on the door at £8. Further details of this and all other Clevedon Jazz Club events, and Club membership - members get a discount on admission charges - are available from Trev on 01275 343210 or from the Club's web site

Trevor Tomasin

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