JB JAZZ AND BLUES BAND, Jazz Arena, 3 May 2010
Nearly a full arena and the JB Jazz and Blues Band walk onto the stage, unphased, with their swing suits, broad smiles and the same style and elegance you can find in their music. Starting the gig off with the jazz standard Louis Jordan’s 1944 classic IS YOU IS OR IS YOU AIN’T MY BABY, instantly feet along my row were tapping to the beat causing my seat to rock with them. The pianist, John Beckingham, filled the arena with his Louis Armstrong inspired voice and fantastic sounds as his fingers glided over the keyboard. The old swinger and saxophonist, Roger, was clicking his fingers and swinging along to the songs keeping the old girls in the audience entertained. Covering classics from the Blues song ROUTE 66, I’M IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE and the comic number FEETS TOO BIG, the JB Jazz and Blues Band showed their true colours. Half way through the set they introduced a special guest, Jo Faulkner, who had a wonderful voice. She sang numbers such as Ella Fitzgerald’s BEI MIR BIST DU SCHOEN and DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME which only added to how superb this band was. Finishing up with the bubbly classic Lewis Prima’s JUMP JIVE N WAIL, John thanked the audience with a simple: “We hope you’ve liked it as much as we have”. Roger, on the other hand, gave them one last laugh by introducing John: “On piano, on vocals, on benefits!” I don’t think I’ll ever tire of seeing this band perform.
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