Chandos jazz

A cracking evening at the Chandos in Colindale, north London, courtesy of the regular Sunday Just East of Jazz club night, this week featuring the top class line-up of saxophonist Derek Nash, vocalist Noel McCalla, drummer Rick Finlay, bassist Phil Scragg and keyboard player Mike Gorman.

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Foxgrove success

My son Ben stepped up for the Beckenham CC VIth team this afternoon, as his home team took on the Middlesex Strikers at Foxgrove Road. He delivered an outstanding bowling performance, taking 4 wickets for 40 runs in 6 overs with his medium pace, plus took a stunning catch on the boundary and removed the opposition’s top scorer. His efforts were recognised with the ‘Man of the Match’ award.

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606 Club, Chelsea

A night in riverside Chelsea as Mark Batchelor and I took our table at the evergreen 606 Club. The evening’s line-up included guitarist Dave Ital (“Cool guitar-led funk, jazz and soul” Time Out) who has played alongside Chaka Khan, Tom Jones, Nile Rodgers, Incognito, Beyoncé, Level 42, Mica Paris, Take That, Lulu, Bobby Womack & many others.

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Brit Awards

Thanks once again to the marvellous Maggie Crowe OBE, Julie and I had tickets last night – on my birthday – to the Brit Awards being held at the 02 Arena. We arrived at 5pm and made our way to the Continental Hotel, where the pre-Show dinner awaited.

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RAD Live!

Julie, Ben and I drove to Kingston this afternoon to attend the Rose Theatre, where my stepdaughter Lisa was working alongside her partner and stage manager, Daniel, and helping to present a fantastic evening of music, dance, comedy and magic at RAD Live.

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Parliamentary jazz

Vocalist, pianist and MU Executive Committee member Andi Hopgood, Mark Batchelor and I attended the 2019 Parliamentary Jazz Awards tonight.  The event, which was established in 2005, was once again organised by the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group and staged downstairs at the PizzaExpress in Holborn.

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