Wednesday Nights @ Mill Hill Jazz Club from 8.30pm
The Mill Hill Jazz Club is run by Valerie O’Doherty and has been running successfully for many years as one of the best value clubs around. Each week we feature a host of top class jazzmen and women ranging from established international stars through to newly discovered and rapidly developing fresh young talent.
Meeting every Wednesday in the clubhouse of the Mill Hill Golf Club our admission price is one of the lowest around.
Once again it's time for our monthly open stage for Jazz singers and players to Jam along with our house band:
Paulo Losi - keyboards
Mike Paxton - drums
Steve Picking - bass
all organised and presented by Val - who will treat us all to her own vocals.
Claudia Morris adds a sophisticated jazz take on many of Doris Day's hits with a voice that is pitch-perfect, is beautifully interpretive with flawless diction and has an unerring sense of rhythm. Claudia has a sweet pure-toned voice with excellent diction, you'll be able to hear every word.
Supported by Malcolm Edmonston on keys, Juliam Jackson on bass and Andrew Bain on drums this will be an evening of nostalgia.
Claudia's album "Secret Love" is now available, and as the lyrics to the title track say "and my Secret Love's no secret any more" - if there is any justice, it should sell by the barrow-load.
Shane Allessio is a highly gifted bassist, playing like a saxophonist in terms of invention, something rarely heard since the days of the late, great Paul Chambers. He is a great example of a superior jazzer able to perform on both acoustic and electric instruments with complete musical virtuosity. He excels not only the role of accompanist and soloist but also in the complete process of making strong music. He operates at an extremely high musical level.
At the club tonight Shane will be accompanied by Nigel Price on guitar, Chris Rand on saxes and Jason Reeve on drums.
Dorian Ford started playing jazz in his early teens when he began regular attendance at a weekly workshop led by trumpeter, composer, broadcaster and music writer Ian Carr. Playing alongside many musicians who went on to form the backbone of the London jazz renaissance of the 1980's, he won a scholarship to Berklee College of Music where he received the prestigious Chick Corea Jazz Masters Award. Piano studies were with Donald Brown, a regular in Art Blakey's band at the time.
Dorian is a long time supporter of the MHJC and often finds time in his extremely busy schedule to join us for our Jam Nights.
Playing melodic compositions by Dorian and by Steve Rose, as well as favourite tunes by Keith Jarrett, Wayne Shorter, Ralph Towner and Jobim, this quartet played its first gig at the St James Studio Theatre to a packed audience in November 2012. You can see podcasts for excerpts of this gig alongside an interview with Dorian on his own website along with details of other exciting projects that Dorian is leading.
A highly talented musician - always a real pleasure to hear.
'Struth !!!! The end of the month is here again so we can let our hair down (well, some of us anyway) at our monthly Jam Session.
Jazzers flock to the MHJC for this truly fun gig to play and sing with our house band of Paulo Losi, Steve Picking and Mike Paxton for the sole purpose of having a good time and entertaining the vast crowds that gather for the occasion at the clubhouse.
If you've got talent experience then Val will be delighted to get up on our stage to share your wares.