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By Blackmore Vale Magazine  |  Posted: November 16, 2012

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A BAND made up of some of Britain's leading swing and mainstream jazz musicians arrives at Sladers Yard in Bridport this Saturday. The Randolph Five play gems from Louis Armstrong and other giants of jazz, and the night promises dancing and lifted spirits as they capture the heyday of hot nights in Harlem and cool nights in Kansas City. The band takes its name from the Randolph Hotel in Oxford, where the group first came together in the 1980s, to play its individual brand of jazz. Trumpeter Ian Smith, pianist Colin Good and bassist Alyn Shipton were then all members of the big band Vile Bodies. This little group was their chance to escape the formal arrangements of the big band, and to play the hard-swinging jazz they loved in the style of a late night Harlem jam session. In the current version of the band they are joined by saxophonist Dave Gelly, a pioneer of modern jazz in Britain with the New Jazz Orchestra, and drummer Ewan Stewart, a leading player on the London jazz scene. Call 01308 459511 to reserve tickets.

Yorkshire born Clare Teal is one of the most successful female British jazz singers in decades with a string of 10 albums behind her, including the UK National Top 20 and multi award winning Sony released album Don't Talk. She's following up a successful 2011 with an even busier year. After a two month trip to New Zealand and Hong Kong, Clare returned to the UK and her extended Feeling Good tour. In between dates she continues to make and present two weekly big band shows for BBC Radio 2, and write a regular newspaper column. Catch her at the Tivoli Theatre in Wimborne on Thursday 22nd November. For more details call the box office on 01202 885566.

The Matt Palmer Millennium Eagle Jazz Band play at the Mount Pleasant Social Club in Bradford on Avon on Friday 30th November from 8pm. For more details contact Gerald on 01225 400959.

And the regulars:

Sunday lunchtime session at Jazzy's in Sandbanks, 1-4pm featuring the Andy Urquhart Quartet with special guest.

Dave Bowen and his Jazz Friends appear at the Three Compasses Inn in Charminster near Dorchester on the first Wednesday of every month. The session features some of the most experienced jazz players in the region. They play swing, standards, bossa nova etc. Free admission and the jazz begins at 8.30pm.

The Dave Bowen Quintet play a Sunday lunchtime jazz session 1-3pm at The Trooper Inn in Stourton Caundle on the 4th Sunday of each month. Free admission. The musicians are: Dave Bowen (clarinet/saxes), Tony Pope (keyboard), Mike Botterill (guitar), Mike Ridout (double bass) and Norman Bishop (drums).

On the third Monday each month, New Orleans style seven-piece The Sunset Cafe Stompers play at The Ropemakers in Bridport.

Jon Dart


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