Whilst you will hear jazz greats Louis, the Duke, Miles and Coltrane, as well as dear old Humph from time to time, the friendly Listening to Jazz Group spreads its wings rather further. Drawing on a record collection of some 3000 cds, vinyl and (occasional) tapes, our monthly sessions cover everything from the first recordings by the Original Dixieland Jazz Band to the latest sounds from whoever takes our fancy! We also hear a couple of tracks from a singer each month, ranging from Bessie Smith to Lady Day (Billie Holiday), and Ella to our own Norma Winstone, plus some of the male vocalists as well.
Over the last eight years we’ve managed to listen to over 1000 tracks, not repeating many, and still only scratching the surface of the collection, whilst also allowing occasional members’ requests sessions to be held as well. Our members include a couple of musicians with stories to tell; knowledgeable fans who occasionally wake up and remember when they last heard Chris Barber live at some forgotten club, and others who simply enjoying listening to some of the best (and occasionally worst) jazz ever recorded.
We meet on the last Tuesday of each month – for details please contact the Group Organiser – Mike Goldsmith 01536 770122