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Reviews of gigs by Members and Guests

These are a sample, selected by the Webmaster, of the reviews received.  Apologies if yours is not here but there is rarely enough space to include them all.
The Reviews shown below are from January 2018 up to the present time.  Reviews from 2013, when they were started, until December 2017 are available in Word, Portable Document (.pdf) and Libre Office formats.

Third parties (eg. Bands) must not use the following comments without the express written permission of the Webmaster, Malcolm Swire, Tel: 023 9258 3676, Email: swirem@mswire.me.uk

Tony Waller and his Prohibition Jazz- Gig on  February 2019
Pauline & John Bush: "A wonderful evening of jazz executed by top musicians - very professional presentation - more please."
Maureen & John Carter: "A new band to us.  Very smart and professional group of very talented musicians playing traditional jazz from the 1920s and 1930s (the prohibition era).  A superb evening of heavily arranged music - wonderful!"
David & Anita, John, Sue & Vic: "Very professional.  Fantastic entertainment."
Tim & Andrew: "The best new (to Gosport) band for ages!  Can we have them back.  Soon!  Lovely!"
Roger & Lesley: "It can't get any better than these guys!  Great evening.  Seven versatile & talented musicians giving a variety of styles and obviously enjoying the gig and audience rapport."
John  Brenda Bugg: "The word 'prohibition' doesn't usually go down well in a rugby clubhouse but Tony Waller (who sadly didn't bring his brother Fats with him) gave a great selection of vintage tunes that we strive to keep alive.  In fact, you could call them a 'Band of Hop'."
Maureen, Veronica & Malcolm: "Great entertainment.  A very professional band.  Seven versatile and accomplished musicians.  Must have them back soon."

Henry & Minnie’s Old-Style (Rubber) Band  - Sarah Spencer & Graham Collicott - Gig on 6 February 2019
Ron Norman: "Very Good and enjoyable despite lacking the banjo.  A good night's entertainment."
Tony Baily: "Excellent Players.  So nice to see Andy Dickens, the South's number one trumpet player.  Sarah's saxophone playing driven on by Graham Collicott's drumming."
Roger & Lesley: "A very good evening with lots of different tunes.  Great playing - lots of energy and humour."
Maureen & John Carter: "In the absence of a banjo player, a very enjoyable evening was had, mainly consisting of a long duet between Andy (Dickens) on trumpet and Sarah (Spencer) on tenor saxophone, playing a range of New Orleans music, backed by superb bass and drums.  Brilliant."
John & Pauline Bush: "Great band despite the missing banjo player.  Super evening."

The Sopranos (Saxophones) - Chris Pearce & Andy Leggett -  Gig on 23 January 2019
Maureen, Malcolm & Veronica: "Superb band especially, but not only, the front row.  Well balanced and a good selection of tunes, not just standards.  Book 'em again soon please."
John & Brenda Bugg: "The Sopranos, Play both forte & piano, All good stuff - no Guano, As they say in Hawaii 5.0: Book 'em again, Dano."
Julia Hubery, Mark & Marie Willis: "Just lovely.  Gorgeous passages of togetherness and fantastic gutsy sensitive solos.  especially loved Jeeps Blues."
John Rothery: " Guitar on several tunes gave respite from the banjo and the rhythm section supported the band admirably.  Fast numbers were truly fast and blues properly slow; no sloppy jog tempo that some bands do throughout.  With trombone, two clarinets, two soprano sax, alto sax and tenor sax available in the front row we had splendid variety.  The choice of tunes avoided the old 'war-horses'.  Only three vocals and although Andy Leggett has no singing voice, he knows the words!"
Maureen & John Carter: "Two superb reeds players with six instruments between them, plus the wonderful trombonist Dave Deakin, all backed by the rhythm section made for a great evening's entertainment with many Bechet numbers as befits two soprano saxes!"
Margaret & Jim Bevington and Alvis Philips: "Nice combination of instruments.  Lovely music.  Good mix of familiar and less familiar tunes and a nice bit of chat.  Pleasant evening."

Cuff Billett’s New Europa Jazz Band - Gig on 9 January 2019
Pauline & John Bush: "Much liked.  Lovely way to start the New Year.  Great music from a popular band.
Nick & Heather Anderson: "Excellent co-ordination and faultless playing true to the New Orleans style.  They didn't let us down
Maureen & John Carter: "A welcome return to these old favourites of GJC.  One change of personnel in Terry Woods replacing Chris Tilley on Banjo.  The usual mix of jazz standards & more obscure numbers that Cuff manages to find.  A good evenings entertainment."
Tony Baily: "Hampshire's finest.  Cuff blowing as well as ever.  Trad at its best
Dave , Anita ,John , Vic & Sue "Brilliant Liked the old Tunes.
John & Brenda Bugg "Spurning any Electronic Aids , Save the Milli-voltage of the human frame ,Cuff's old boys nonetheless gave an electrifying night of old time jazz with old time tunes that we hummed all the way Ohm!"

Golden Eagle Jazz Band - Gig on 9 December 2018 - Christmas Party evening
Anita & Dave, Vic & Sue and John: "THEE BEST!!!"
Anon: "A wonderful evening.  Thanks to all in the Club.  A wonderful band. particularly the clarinetist (Alan Creswell)."
Roger & Lesley: "A good Party Band, jokes repartee and great jazz."
John & Brenda Bugg: "Wonderful Christmas fayre!.  The Eagles were certainly pudding it about - not a turkey amongst 'em.!"
Joyce Cook: "Very entertaining band with excellent choice of music.  Very enjoyable."
Malcolm & Maureen: "Great band - good humour and an interesting mix of tunes.  Good to see them back again after a long interval - hope to see them again soon."

Chris Newman’s Georgia Ramblers plus Chris Gower & Julie Horton - Gig on 28 November 2018:
John & Pauline Bush: "Wonderful evening of wartime favourites and melodies over the years."
Tim & Andrew: "Very erudite & learned!  Keep it up!  Oh and by the way, the usual great evening lit up by the lovely Miss Horton."
John & Brenda Bugg:
"Our committee member named Chris,
Who not only does this,
But thumps at the pi-ano,
Like the navy did to 'Belgrano',
And gives us an evening of bliss."
Roger & Lesley: "Very entertaining evening.  Great singing from Julie & Pete and playing on the piano by Chris.  The rest of the band were superb."
Maureen & John Carter: "A welcome return to our own Chris Newman plus his band.  One change of personnel with Trevor Britton replacing Dave Roger (who is unfortunately very ill).  As usual with Chris, many obscure numbers, most with a WW1  theme.  Plus the ever popular Julie Horton."
David & Anita Cairns and John Killian:  "Thank Chris for playing boogie-woogie in memory of John (Ward)."

Chris Walker’s Pedigree Jazz Band - Gig on 14 October 2018
Tim & Andrew: "Great band with a great mix of tunes.  Educated and entertained."
John & Brenda: "A sextet of scintillating, stylish, superb, sophistication."
Malcolm, Maureen & Veronica: "Professional, accomplished and educating with some very interesting information on jazz history.  An entertaining evening.
Julia Hubery & Mark Willis: "Fantastic together sound.  Especially loved the first set and 'Creole Love Call'.  Would have been great to have some more slow numbers."
Nic & Heather: "A talented band of gifted musicians treating us to some interesting jazz versions of classical and standards."
Pauline & John Bush: "A fantastic evening of jazz 'history' with excellent jazz musicians."

Savannah Jazz Band - Gig on 31 October 2018
Joyce Cook, Brenda & John Bugg: 
A jazz band called Savannah, Six blokes and part time piana,
Most of 'em older than your nanna, But none in need of a Stannah,
Spread jazz like heavenly manna, Chris, put 'em in next year's planner"
Maureen & John Carter: "The usual visit by this superb band from Yorkshire with their wide range of traditional jazz numbers with emphasis on the blues.  Especially liked the duets of piano and harmonica on the R & B type tunes."
Nick & Heather Anderson: "The band played to their usual high standardwith some rarely heard musical gems included."
Roger & Lesley: "A good mix of jazz played by a versatile & entertaining band of musicians - grand, droll, northern humour.  Hot jazz - perfect for a cold night."
David & Bridget: "A good variety of tunes and music.  The audience participation was very pleasant and welcome.  Almost non-stop music - what more could you want."

Bob Dwyer's Bix and Pieces - Gig on 17 October 2018:
John Boulton & Cicely Hughes: "Brilliant band and good varied mix of jazz standards.  Nice to have 3 singers too!"
Jan Almond: "I really liked this band - good entertainers and excellent choice of songs."
Roger & Lesley: "Perfect!  Great music & musicianship - reeds in particular.  Some familiar songs and a few not so familiar.  A great ensemble - so many instruments!"
John & Brenda Bugg: "Bob and the magnificent six provided a night of fun and melody to everyone's delight.  Depped beautifully (Andy Chislett)."
Maureen & John Carter: "Just one change of personnel from the last visit - Andy Chislett on trumpet (and flugelhorn).  Seven top notch musicians playing a superb range of jazz numbers from fast and furious to wonderful blues.  Brilliant!"
Malcolm, Maureen & Veronica: "Great 7-piece band.  Particularly enjoyed the bass saxophone of John Baines and the banjo playing of David Price but an excellent ensemble.  Not every band gets a standing ovation at Gosport."

Martin Bennett’s Old Green River Band - Gig on 3 October 2018:
David & Bridget: “An excellent band - lively with a variety of interpretations of the tunes played, with plenty of vocals.”
Tim & Andrew: “Good old favourites with John Maddox as a superb deputy.”
Tony Baily: “Very good piano with super vocals.“
Roger Standen: “Excellent trumpet - very entertaining Jazz Band”
Jan Almond & Veronica Walker: ”Excellent jazz musicians.  Good sound especially John Maddox.”
Maureen & John Carter: “A superb performance from this popular band from the North West.  With Martin Bennett on his driving  blues piano style plus the incomparable Stan Williams on trumpet and, from Bournemouth, John Maddox depping on reeds.  Super!"

Gwyn Lewis’s Old Boy Stompers - Gig on 19th September 2018:
Maureen & John Carter: “All the way from Sweden - well, four of them plus Gwyn Lewis from Swansea who is now living in Stockholm plus our own Chris Newman on keyboard.  A super evening of New Orleans Jazz.”
David & Anita Cairns, John Killian, Vic & Sue Pheasant: “Terrific Band.  Great musicians.  Great humour.  Chris was exceptional on keyboard as always!!”
Pauline & John Bush: “An excellent evening of jazz with a Swedish accent by great musicians.  Welcome anytime!!”
Diana & Brian Nutting: “Good music selection.  Worked very well together considering one or two ‘guest’ players tonight.”
Roger & Lesley: “Excellent musicians – some old ones – tunes that is! and some new.  Really enjoyable evening – good music & good fun.” 
Maureen & Malcolm Swire and Veronica Walker: “First class band, especially considering there were two guests, with a repertoire that included some unusual numbers.  Especially liked the strong string bass and a banjo player who could sing too.  Great entertainment.”
Bridget & David Salmons: “We loved the band’s rendering Basin Street Blues, as well as other different pieces.  A good evening once again.”

Jeff Barnhart’s Sweet & Hot Quartet - gig on 5 September 2018:
Margaret & Jim Bevington: “Very entertaining.  Excellent musicians.  Good variety.”
Malcolm, Maureen & Walker: “Superb.  The early Piano/Banjo duet was sensational.  Four great musicians on top form.  Very entertaining.”
Roger & Lesley: “Third time and they get better and better. Great mix of music.  We’re just waiting for 2019!”
Maureen & Joh n Carter: “A welcome return for Jeff & Ann Barnhart from the USA on their third visit to Gosport.  The unlikely combination of flute and banjo, plus the more conventional piano and drums make a superb sound on various jazz numbers - all Sweet & Hot!”
Nich & Heather Anderson: “The usual high standard one expects from this international band and wide selection of numbers from the golden age of jazz”
Robert & Brenda Davenport: “Great flute & vocals from Anne Barnhart.  Please  ensure she’s featured again.”
Jean Chase & Jean Petty: “Great stuff!  A most enjoyable and enchanting evening.”

Tiger’ Tim Eyles’ Ragamuffins -Gig on 22 August 2018:
John & Pauline Bush: " A terrific evening of great humour and music."
Diana & Brian Nutting: "As usual a very entertaining gig - Tim even had some new jokes."
David & Bridget Salmons: "Great sense of humour.  Most enjoyable evening.  Hilarious!  And the music wasn't too bad either."
Malcolm & Maureen Swire: "Lively.  First joke not bad!  Great band even with just the four to start with (Trombone & Reeds arrived late due to vehicle problems) weren't bad at all.  One or two new jokes.  A very entertaining evening."
Maureen & John Carter: "Another excellent performance from this ever-popular band.  Despite the late arrival of two members of the front line, Tim held the fort ably with his trumpet playing and excellent collection of old jokes."
Roger & Lesley: "Good jokes.  Well done the quartet at the beginning.  Just the great entertainment we expect from Tim & Co."
Tony Baily: "Always a pleasure - best jokes in jazz.  Great fun band."
Tim & Andrew: "On good form as always.  Held together well at the start awaiting the arrival of the 'others'.  Nice band."

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John Maddocks’ Jazzmen - Gig on 8 August 2018:
Andrew Gaisford & Tim King: “A fantastic line-up and great evening.  One of the best.”
Ron Norman: “Usual good standard from John and his band, backed tonight by the very good ‘Baby Jools’.”
Roger & Margaret Standen: “Great band.  Baby Jools brilliant drummer.  Enjoyed the evening very much.”
Roger & Lesley: “Great evening.  Superb musicians, some unusual tunes.  Lots of old favourites.  Particularly enjoyed the bass playing.”
Maureen Swire: “Excellent in every way, especially John Maddocks.  ‘Jools’ also very good.”
John & Brenda Bugg: “We always say ‘if the band doesn’t have a banjo and a brass horn - it ain’t a proper jazz band’.  John Maddocks’s line is - and more!  Special plaudits to our mate, quiet man Chris Gower, who lets his trombone do all the talking - eloquently!”
Ann Wilson and Barbara & Hugh Emsley: “Excellent as usual.  They are a delight and very entertaining.”
Maureen & John Carter: “What a super evening’s entertainment from this popular ‘local’ band (well Hants  Dorset).  All the usual suspects driven along by the wonderful, young, Baby Jools on drums!”

Dart Valley Stompers - Gig on 25 July 2018:
David & Bridget Salmons: "A great band.  Well organised as the evening flowed from one tune to the next.  Excellent evening.  Glad to learn that jazz originated in Newton Abbott, or is that fake news?
Roger & Lesley: "A great evening, that made us forget the heat, as the music was so 'hot' right from the first number.  Fabulous!!"
Maureen & John Carter: "A new band to us at Gosport (Webmaster's note: not quite new but it's nearly nine years since they were last here) but the top-notch front line are all well known to us from other bands and with a rhythm section of equal calibre made for a super evening of New Orleans Jazz!"
Mark Willis, Marie Willis & Julia Hubery: "Thoroughly enjoyed the band - they're a great blend.  Thought we loved the fast numbers, it would have been great to hear more slow ones, which we think they did really well."
John & Brenda Bugg: "On a night when the band might have been expected to do a fullly Monty impersonation, instead they gave us all the old tunes with such enthusiasm and skill that they sounded newly minted."
Ron Norman:: "Good swinging band made for an excellent evening's entertainment.  Jeremy on reds was excellent - as usual."
Barry Lomas, Joy Cox & Trish Emm: "Very lively Band.  Accomplished musicians too.  Bring them back soon."
Malcolm & Maureen Swire: "Nearly nine years since they were last here.  Only Jeremy Huggett and Graham Trevarton of the line-up then returned tonight.  But an excellent jazz band.  Not every band  gets a standing ovation at Gosport so don't let another 9 years go by this time."

Sussex Jazz Kings - Gig on 11 July 2018 (Football World Cup semi-final, which England lost to Croatia, was being played at the same time)
Pauline & John Bush: “Superb jazz evening - better than World Cup football!!”
Marion Lance & Doreen Pladdys: “Lovely evening - very enjoyable [sorry about the football result!)
Trish, Joy & Barry: “Good line-up and familiar tunes, mostly familiar faces too.  Good for dancing but too hot.”
Lesley & Roger: “After a slow start, the band really warmed up once the football ended.  Loved the new banjo player.”
Sue & Vic Pheasant: “Great evening.  Come again soon.”
Malcolm & Maureen Swire: “Great evening apart from the football result.  Superb band.  Welcome to Paul Sealey , a great banjo player.”

Apex Jazz Band - Gig on 27 June 2018
Maureen & John Carter: “A welcome return to these old stalwarts of Gosport Jazz Club!  Who, despite advancing years, can stil play traditional jazz with verve and enthusiasm.”
Jean Chase & Jean Petty: “Always a treat to hear the Apex after forty-odd years.”
Anita, Dave & John: “Good band, good line-up, easy listening.”
Bridget & David: “A good jolly evening.  Enjoyed the humour.”
Ashley, Lesley & Roger: “Very lively.  Enjoyed the dry humour!  A good selection of unusual tunes - really nice to hear some different ones.  Lots of pace.”

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Panama Caf Orchestra - Gig on 13 June 2018
John Boulton & Cecily Hughes: “Revived those 1920’s recordings splendidly and with lots of funny repartee.  Just tickety boo!”
John & Pauline Bush: “Superb evening with excellent music and great fun”.
David & Bridget Salmons: “Liked their smart appearance and good sense of humour.  Good tunes and flexibility from the Reeds.  Very enjoyable evening.”
Nancy Wilson & Liz Heal: “Five stars.  Really good, very smart too.  Nice to see.  A very enjoyable evening.”
Jan Almond, Veronica Walker & Chris Wells: “Very entertaining & professional.  All good musicians & singers.”
Jean Petty: “Liked the old music of the twenties.”

Eagle Jazz Band - Gig on 30 May 2018 (Leader, Matt Palmer, was detained elsewhere so John Maddocks deputised on Reeds.)
David & Anita Cairns and John Killian: "FAB-U-LOUS daaarling!!!.   Ace players.   Great music.  More Please."
Maureen & John Carter: "Brilliant evening's entertainment with John Maddocks depping for the absent Matt Palmer.   Superb mix of Rags, Blues, Marches & Spirituals.   The standout solos were John Maddocks on alto, Brian (Mellor) on banjo and Baby Jules on drums!)
Mark & Marie Willis and Julia Hubery: "Absolutely fabulous - so energetic.   Amazing drummer & everyone soooo good.  Loved them."
John & Brenda Bugg: "Without a PA system, the band refused my request for 'Big Noise From Winnetka" but, that minor irritation aside, a great selection of tunes and musicians."
Barry Prosser: "Cannot think of enough superlatives to say about this band.  Foot-tapping, hand-clapping, jumping session.  What a treat!"
David & Bridget Salmons: "A great group, especially the drummer!   Played popular tunes with verve and enthusiasm.  A great evening with an excellent clarinetist.  All the band showed their individual talents.  Well done!"
Tony Baily:: "Sad that Matt could not be with the band but nice to see John Maddocks with the band - also the young Baby Jools on drums - what a talent."

New Orleans Jazz Bandits - Gig on 16 May 2018 (The Band’s drummer, Malcolm Murphy, unfortunately became ill before the gig started but is now making a full recovery.  We all wish him well.)
Gill Hinde & Brian Wead: “Very enjoyable.  The performance was all the more creditable as they lost their drummer (Malcolm Murphy) just before the gig started.  Hope he gets well soon.”
Roger & Lesley: “A good ensemble - well played (without their drummer).  Some unusual tunes.  Individually excellent musicians.”
Pauline & John Bush: “An excellent selection of N. O. jazz with the ‘Blues’ beuatifully played.”
Maureen & John Carter: “After a dramatic start with the drummer Malc Murphy taken ill, the bass player & banjoist worked valiantly in holding the beat for the excellent front line.  A good evening of traditional classics, show tunes, marches and blues followed.  Very enjoyable with a rousing  Rebecca, Rebecca to finish.”
Barbara Bell & Norman March: “There are Bandits in Gosport but not like this!  They’re marvellous.”
John Ward: “Enjoyed the variety of music played so well.  Easy to listen to - come back!!”
Julia Hubery, Mark Willis and Marie Willis: “Thoroughly enjoyed the band, persevering without their drummer.  Amazing double bass.  Especially enjoyed Vieux Carr Bleues and Saratoga Swing.”

Storyville Jassband from Holland - Gig on 2 May 2018
Tony Baily: “Good Dutch swing with good player, especially the drummer and a good sound set-up.  Come again!”
Jill Hinde, Sandra Harman & Brian Wead: “Very entertaining, most enjoyable.”
Tim King & Andrew Gaisford: “An excellent band, new to the Club with a lovely range of tunes.  The drum solo was great (really good).”
Brian & Belinda Maddock: “Excellent band.  Hugely entertaining.  Return visit recommended.”
John Killian, Vic & Sue Pheasant: “Great band who played some good jazz.”
David & Bridget Salmons: “Good bunch of talented musicians.  Plenty of humour.  Enjoyed the selection of tunes.  A very good evening.  As our youngest granddaughter would say ‘I’ll have more of that’.”
Roger Hart: “An uplifting evening; nicely balanced playlist; great musicianship.”
Malcolm & Maureen Swire & Veronica Walker: “This band compares with the best we have heard at the Club in many years.  Great entertainment, musicianship and variety of music.  Please book them again
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Slide by Slide - Richard Leach & Kevin Grenfell - Gig on 18 April 2018
Marie Willis, Mark Willis & Julia Hubery: “Really enjoyed the individual talents and beautiful blend of this band and especially the fantastic pianist and drummer - felt privileged to have heard them.”
John & Brenda Bugg & Eileen Vincent: “Harmony + Humour = Huge Entertainment - 5 musicians making good music look effortless.  Best night of the year (so far).
Andrew Gaisford & Tim King: “A refreshing change!  Hugely enjoyable.  Please get them back.”
David & Bridget Salmons: “Very much enjoyed the two trombone arrangements as well as the keyboard music.  An excellent evening and of course great humour.”
Tony Baily: “A very good swinging band with a superb rhythm section.”
Margaret & Jim Bevington: “Lovely music. Variety of good tunes.  Two good vocalists - very entertaining.”
Ron Norman: “Excellent - unusual combo.  Great evening.”

Roger Marks’ Cornish Armada - Gig on 4 April 2018
Nancy Wilson & Liz Heal: “Loved the music and all the banter.  A very good evening.”
Marie Willis, Mark Willis & Julia Hubery: “Really lovely feelgood band who totally got together and made us smile.”
Bill, Barry, Trish and John Culliford: “Good old jazz band.  Great fun.”
Jim Bevington: “ I knew Roger Marks was superb but his trumpeter was very good too.  A good evening.”
Nick & Heather Anderson: “ The well and long established band were tonight playing at their best and in good vocal harmony.”
Tony Baily: “Always a good gig with Roger and the boys.  Great drummer with super vocals.”
David & Bridget Salmons: “Great variety of tunes and vocals and humour.  Let’s have them again!  It is lovely to be back amongst the friendly Club after three months absence.”

Doc Houlind’s Revival All Stars from Copenhagen - first time at Gosport Jazz Club - Gig on 28 March 2018
Diana & Brian Nutting: “Good musicians - brilliant clarinetist.  Good selection of music.”
Pauline & John Bush: “Fantastic evening.  Clarinetist especially entertaining.”
Maureen & John Carter: “All the way from Denmark, this band played all the popular trad jazz classics.  The stand-out players for me were Jesper on clarinet, Brian on bass and Lijs on piano.”
Ron Norman: “Great band, especially the clarinetist.  Good variety of sound and variety of tunes.”
Tony Baily: “A super 7-piece band with great energy.  Looking forward to your next visit.”
Trish, Barry, Yvonne & Bill: “Very lively band playing great music.  Please come again.”
Jan Almond: “Excellent band.  Entertaining - especially the clarinetist.  Wonderful sound.”

Mike Denham’s Sunset Caf Stompers - Gig on 21 March 2018
Mark Willis, Julia Hubery & Marie Willis: “Loved the way the whole band played with such energy and especially loved the slide, clarinet and vocals - terrific.”
Pauline & John Bush: “A great evening of jazz with wonderful musicians and banter.”
John & Brenda Bugg: “Nice selection of some old Chicago and ‘territory’ band tunes - old but new to us!  Three cheers for Hamish - Bessie Smith better watch out!”
Barry Prosser: “Fab-u-luss!  Thoroughly entertaining evening.”
Maureen & Malcolm Swire and Veronica Walker: “Great 7-piece band plus superb vocals from Hamish.  What not to like very much especially with John Maddocks guesting.  Great evening’s entertainment.”
Maureen & John Carter: “A super performance from this very popular band from Dorset, ably led by Mike Denham on piano.  With excellent performances by John Maddocks depping on clarinet and tenor plus the wonderful blues vocals of Hamish Maxwell from Bridport.”
John & Lynn Wallis: “Great to have a seven-piece back and Hamish was brilliant.”

Graham Smith’s Jazz Allsorts - Nat Gonella’s birthday commemoration gig on 7 March 2018
New members John Boulton & Cecily Hughes: "Great mix of talent - lots of experience. Good to see John Maddocks again.  Band of all-stars, not just ’allsorts’.  Bring it on!"
Guests Tina Reidy, Pat Bromley & Christine Wilson: "Excellent Nat Gonella evening.  Worth travelling from Bournemouth."
Maureen & John Carter: "What a superb band!  Six top notch musicians playing everything from ChinaTown to I’m In The Market For You plus Nat’s trumpet & a glass of Prosecco.  What’s not to like?"
Judy Emm, David Fisher & Alvis Phillips: "Superb individual musicians combining to make a great evening.  More please."
Diana & David Nutting: "Great group of musicians.  Very entertaining evening."
Malcolm & Maureen Swire and Veronica Walker: "Great band - very smart with their liquorice ‘allsorts’  ties.   Six superb musicians with a varied and enjoyable repertoire and good humour.  Please book ‘em again!"

Harry Strutters Hot Seven plus Marlene Hill - Gig on 21 February 2018
Tony Baily: "As good as ever.  Lovely singer.  All great Players (5 star)."
Maureen & John Carter: "Excellent performance by this popular local band.  The rapport between Tony Carter on reeds and Megs Etherington on trumpet plus valve trombone was particularly appreciated plus the excellent John Bell on drums and singing by Marlene Hill."
John & Brenda Bugg: "Lovely choice of numbers, one of our top two pianists and the marvellous Marlene - bluesy, breathy, big voiced & beautiful.  Capital E entertainment."
Jan & Peter Almond: "A very entertaining band. All excellent musicians and a good repertoire of music."
Julia Hubery, Mark Willis & Marie Willis: "Thoroughly enjoyed all the fun & talent & especially the gorgeous & versatile & diverse voice of Marlene."
Ann & Richard Wilson and Hugh & Barbara Emsley: "Wonderful band - excellent musicians.  Great singer, amazing piano player."
Brian & Belinda Maddock and John & Lynn Wallis: "Great music.  Loved the vocalist."

Andy Woon’s Vintage Hot Five - Gig on 7 February 2018
Nick & Heather Anderson: ”A band specialising in early trad jazz hitting all the right notes and showing great expertise.”
Diana & Brian Nutting: "Good musicians.  Liked the early intro of the band members."
Malcolm & Maureen Swire: "Music with a difference delivered to enjoy."
Tony Baily: "Nice swinging five-piece.  Very good banjo player."
Anon: "Very early jazz - VINTAGE really describes the music tonight."

FB Pocket Orchestra - Gig on 24 January 2018
Fran Rees, Joyce Cooke and Brenda & John Bugg: "Absolutely brilliant - so versatile and original with lots of variety.  Please come back again.”
Malcolm & Maureen Swire: "Very distinctive sound and repertoire. Three gifted musicians who entertained us superbly.  Good 'gentle' jazz."
Jan & Peter Almond: "Three fabulous entertaining musicians.  Very versatile and a breath of fresh air.  Please book them again."
Roger & Lesley: "Superb!  Excellent musicianship and mix of styles of music."
Chris Wells & Charles Lindley: "Most enjoyable. Very original. Sharp and tight. Very talented.  A top evening."
Juila Hubery, Mark & Marie Willis: "Gorgeous voice and clarinet with fantastic guitar and banjo plus we loved the squeeze box!  Also loved to have a slightly different repertoire with a slightly different edge."

Chris Pearce Jazz Band - Gig on 10 January 2018
Tony Baily: “Good swinging trad.  Lovely trombone player.  “Good rhythm section.”
Andrew & Tim: “A wider range of music and all the better for it.  Some really great numbers with good intuition & intelligent playing between members of the band.  A band that plays music and not tell jokes.”
Brian & Diana Nutting: “Good music selection.  Lively band.  Liked Chris P’s humour which created a good atmosphere and rapport within the band.”
John & Brenda Bugg: “With Chris’s pearcing (!) wit, a lovely piercing trumpet from Tony, whose eyebrows rose in relation to the notes he played, and subtle trombone quotes, another fun night.”
David Fisher: “Superb musicianship by whole band; please return them soon.  A great evening of music.”
John/Anita & David/Vic & Sue: “A great way to start the New Year.  Get ‘em back.”
Maureen & John Carter: “We are familiar with most of the players in tonight’s band but never all together in this format!  Excellent band playing all the classics from the traditional jazz repertoire.”

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