NYJO @ The Manor – 17th June 2012

In The Band: Bill Ashton directing David Drake (piano): Ashley Kerr (bass); Rob Luft (guitar); Scott Chapman (drums); James Copus, Tom Phillips, Brindley Heywood-Snell*, Louis Dowdeswell, Tom Syson, Tommy Walsh (trumpets); Barry Clements (bass trombone), Callum Au, Ross Anderson, Pete Whitehouse, Daniel Higham, Alex Paxton (tenor trombones); Anna Drysdale (French horn); saxophones: Meredith Dickson & Michael Lack (tenors), Lucas Dodd & Phil Meadows (altos), Chris Whiter (baritone); Matthew Higham (flute). Kat Deal was the vocalist. (*Set 2)

Set 1: Cannon Fodder (Allan Ganley) [intro: sax soli; solos: Michael & Meredith, then alternating, Tommy (muted) & James (flgl), then alternating] : Miss Malfatti I Presume (Paul Hart) [feature for James (flgl)] : Salute To The Sun (Mark Armstrong) [solos: Lucas, Ross; solis: tpt, tmb & sax section] : Saturday Night Is The Loneliest Night Of The Week (Jule Styne/Sammy Khan, arr. Pat Williams) [feature for Barry] : Are We Nearly There Yet? (Callum Au) [feature for Rob; intro: David; solo: Lucas] : My Heart Belongs To Daddy (Cole Porter, arr. Callum Au) [feature for Callum; solo; Chris] : Kiss The Boys Goodbye (v) (Frank Loesser) [intro: Ashley; Kat (voc); no solos] : You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To (v) (Cole Porter, arr. Mick Townend) [Kat (voc); no solos] : Honeysuckle Dave (Fats Waller, arr. Mark Armstrong) [feature for David; solo: Scott]

Set 2: Are We Keeping You Up, Sir? (Dick Walter) [feature for Callum; soli: sax section] : Maria (Leonard Bernstein, arr. Callum Au) [feature for Louis; solo: Michael] : Quinto Del Largo (Mark Nightingale) [theme: Callum & Ross duet; soli: sax section; solos: Callum & Alex then alternating; Scott; soli: tmb section; solos: Ross & Pete then alternating; coda: Callum & Ross duet, Scott] : Never The Twain (Matt Wates) [duet feature for Lucas & Phil] : No Moon At All (v) (David A Mann/Redd Evans, arr. Dave Foster) [intro: Ashley;  Kat (voc) accompanied by Rob & Dave; solo: Michael] : Much Too Much (v) (Bill Ashton, arr. Chris Smith) [Kat (voc) with Ashley then joined by Scott; solo: Ross; Kat (scat voc) with Rob] : Gentleman Jack (Callum Au) [intro: David in ‘Hammond’ mode; solo: Michael; soli: sax section; coda: Scott] : Mo’ Mumbles (v?) (Callum Au) [feature for Tommy (scat voc); intro: Tommy (flgl) & Callum duet; solos: Callum, Tommy (flgl)]

NYJO @ The Manor – 17th June 2012Jottings: NYJO’s Father’s Day appearance at The Manor provided some pleasant surprises, with a few numbers disinterred from the orchestra’s back catalogue receiving a rare airing – among them Paul Hart’s nod to Beethoven’s amour fou Miss Malfatti…, a feature for James’ (right)fabulous flugel playing; Mark Nightingale’s Quinto…, written for NYJO’s Portugese adventure many moons ago, which gave prominence to the trombone section, both collectively and individually; and Pat Williams’ interpretation of the Jule Styne/Sammy Khan classic Saturday Night…, which gave Barry a unique feature opportunity that he seized with aplomb.

Vocalist Kat and bass player Ashley, making their Manor debuts, combined to good effect on Kiss The Boys… and No Moon…, Michael providing a beautifully-judged tenor solo on the latter, as he did on Louis’s feature Maria and Callum’s tribute to the former Ted Heath trombonist Gentleman Jack Thirwell.

Other highlights of the afternoon included: Callum’s features on the obligatory number celebrating the occasion – My Heart Belongs To Daddy – playing from the vocal chart, and on Are We…?, which also gave the sax section a soli to savour; David’s adept fingering whist negotiating Honeysuckle…, a pianist’s rite of passage with NYJO, it seems; and Tommy’s concert closer Mo’ Mumbles – a tribute to the seriously-ill Clark Terry – on which, in addition to some inspired scat singing, he also produced some flugel playing of the highest order.

Review : Steve Harris/Ian Fielding