7 November 2016
The November Jazz night at the Oak featured the welcome return of guest soloist Terry Ede, who entertained on tenor and alto saxes, flute and clarinet. A seasonably cold night did not deter enthusiasts and passers by who were treated to a variety of melodic jazz standards, including Polka Dots and Moonbeams, Strike Up the Band, Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans?, Stella By Starlight and In A Mellow Tone.
As soloist, Terry treated each melody with respect and sensitivity, developing the main theme with an exploratory improvisation before handing off to a piano and guitar solos. The jazz quintet format allows for the occasional bass solo, and also a style of playing called “fours” where soloist, bass, piano and guitar take turns to improvise four bars of the music, interspersed each time by four bars of drum solo. This is normally the moment that allows the drummer to shine, and as usual Tony reminded us that, as well as organising the evening, he is also a highly competent and inventive jazz drummer.
The December Jazz takes place on Wednesday the 7th and will feature the trumpet playing of Gabriel Garrick.