[Dixielandjazz] A 2005 Castaway Christmas

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The December edition of Clevedon Jazz Club's Newsletter, CASTAWAY NEWS, has now been published on the web site - www.castaway.clevedonjazzclub.co.uk

This Christmas edition includes all the usual 'gig' details, including our January visit from Yorkshire's Premier band - The Savannah Jazz Band, details of BBC Radio Bristol's Memorial to Roger Bennett, and Nigel Coombes' hears an Echo of Harlem.

Jazz Club's 2005 Christmas Party is on 15th December 2005 at the Walton Park Hotel with Richard Leach's 7 Stars of Jazz.

Richard Leach's 7 Stars of Jazz has a style reminiscent of the Alex Welsh Band, which, from the mid 1950's to the late 1970's, was Britain's foremost Chicago style jazz band. When asked, many people have said that the Roy Williams - John Barnes era of the Alex Welsh band is their favourite listening.  With the perfect eclectic mix of Chicago, Swing and Dixieland plus a hint of Vaudeville, the 7 Stars don't just play jazz they entertains the audience. It is impossible not to be swept along with the atmosphere. This then is the basis of Richard Leach's 7 Stars of Jazz, not to be a direct "tribute" band to Alex Welsh but a band that plays with a similar energy and skill plus the ability to entertain an audience with a variety of musical styles.

After touring Europe and the UK as Pete Allen's trombonist for 5 years, the 7 Stars of Jazz is a new venture for Richard Leach and joining him are some of the most experienced jazz musicians around. The front line includes Midlands bandleader Rod Chambers who shows his versatility on the reed instruments. The rhythm section or "engine room" comprises Mike Graver, an accomplished, elegant pianist who is the cornerstone of Tad Newton's Jazz Friends, the understated Brian Mellor on guitar and banjo, one of the most sought after musicians in the Midlands and double bassist	Len Thwaites who actually toured with the Alex Welsh band for two years in the late 1970's. Stylish drummer Brian Price, another ex Pete Allen sideman, who has also worked with Chris Barber and Rod Mason, completes the line up.

Attendance is limited but some Advance Tickets at £9 are still available - see the web site www.christmas.clevedonjazzclub.co.uk Doors open at 8.00pm and any surplus Music Only Tickets will be available on the door. As in previous year's, the party will feature a supper prepared by the Walton Park Hotel kitchen as an optional extra at £6 each - but only available if ordered by 6th December. Further details of this and all other Clevedon Jazz Club events and Club membership - members get a substantial discount on admission charges! - are available from Trev or Bill on 0700 5806 252 or from the Club's web site at www.clevedonjazzclub.co.uk

Trevor Tomasin  -  3 December 2005

e-mail trevor at clevedonjazzclub.co.uk  -  'phone (44) 0700 5806 252  -  fax (44) 0700 5806 253  -  www.clevedonjazzclub.co.uk

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