We welcomed local nurseryman, Billy Stott, to our March meeting. Billy gave us a very interesting talk about the nurseries, farms and gardens both in the UK and abroad that he visited as part of his studies for a Degree in Commercial Horticulture. It was fascinating and illuminating to learn how plants were raised on a large commercial scale and how robots and machines could do the seed sowing, potting, feeding and watering of thousands of plants in a very short space of time. Members had the opportunity to buy spring plants including snowdrops from Billy and shrubs that he had raised in his newly opened nursery in Stokenchurch. We wish him lots of luck with his new venture.
Keith hosted and presented his theme on Glenn Miller’s life and music.
Moonlight Serenade – probably the most popular!
A String of Pearls
St Louis Blues March
Wishing will make it so
Little Brown Jug
I’ve got a gal in Kalamazoo
In the Mood
Chattanooga Choo Choo
Apologies for absence were received by John Perkin and Avril Neighbour.
Welcomed to the group was new member Gordon Wakefield.
Homemade meringues, by Rosemary; Lemon Drizzle cake by Janet and a delicious fruit cake were enjoyed at the break for tea/coffee.
There will be no August meeting, and the next meeting is Friday, 22 September at 2:00pm to be hosted by Rosemary who will present THE BIG BANDS.
Gill hosted May’s meeting which was presented by Janet on Acker Bilk.
Tracks played included “Aria”, “Summer Set”, and of course “Stranger on the Shore”.
Later tracks played were by Oscar Peterson, and Three “B’s” – Barber, Bilk and Ball.
The Group gave its thanks to Gill and Janet.
Best Wishes to Keith who could not be there as he has to attend a clinic on Tuesdays.
The June meeting (Glenn Miller) will now be on Monday 19th and July’s meeting (Sonny Rollins) will now be on Friday 21st so that Keith can attend.
There will be no meeting in August.
Due to holidays, and for other reasons, there was only four members at this month’s meeting when Avril covered some of the contributions of women in the history of jazz music.
Starting with Lill Hardin-Armstrong in 1926, and progressing through Patricia Baker ‘s “Smash” recorded in Chicago in 2013, to Ute Lemper’s “Berlin Cabaret Songs” CD of 1996 from the decadent early 1930’s Berlin.
Avril ended with two songs by Nina Simone.
We still have one or two vacancies in the Jazz Appreciation Group.
Gill was our host for the March meeting fresh from her long visit “Down Under”.
She introduced us to the life and music of that much misunderstood jazz painist Thelonious Monk.
Thanks to Gill for her Coffee & Wallnut cake and little buns.
Keith and Diana are leaving the group due to other committments, but may rejoin is in the Autumn.
That allows two vacancies in the group.
Due to changing circumastances we are reverting to a 10:00 start for our meetings.
The February meeting on the 21st has been cancelled due to holidays and hospital visits.
Our next meeting is on 21st March when Gill will be covering the life and works of Thelonious Monk.
Thanks to Avril for organising for eight members, family and friends to enjoy a Jazz Lunch at “The Bull”, Gerrards Cross.
The music, which was not intrusive, was by the “Easy Jazz” Trio of Piano, Guitar and Vocalist.
Next month we will be sampling the triple CD “The Epic” and hopefully having a short retrospective on Buddy Grecco who died a few days ago.
Thanks to Avril for hosting our Festive Jazz meeting and for her excellent sandwiches, mince pies and Stollen cake.
We started with ten tracks of Keith B’s Sinatra CD, followed by several tracks from one of Alan’s CD’s, and ended with the U3A National Jazz Co-oridinator Mike’s Festive Jazz CD compilation which was originally prepared for the Taunton U3A JAG.
There will be no meeting on the 17th January, instead we will be at “The Bell” PH in Gerard’s Cross for a jazz lunch which we are all looking forward to as a group.
The first meeting in the New Year will be at John’s on the 21st February when we will be investigating some tracks of the recent triple CD “Epic” by Kamasi Washington.
On Tuesday afternoon we nearly had all of our members present and I hosted the meeting and made a batch of Barra Brith to a new receipe.
For the first session I covered Part 2 of my “Concerts” theme, starting with Humph at the RFH in 1951 and 1954. Later I played a track from the Miles Davis and John Coltrain concert in Stockholm in 1960 which the ladies did not appreciate. After a Ronny Scott / Tubby Hayes 1958 recording I then pleased the ladies with some early British trad from the 1950’s.
After tea and coffee we played some requests and more early Trad.
Our Christmas Festive Jazz meeting has had to be postponed to the 12th December with a 12:00 start.
In January instead of a home meeting we hope to have a Jazz Lunch at “The Bell” in Gerard’s Cross.
The Jazz Group has now reached its maximum size for home venues.
If future U3A members wish to join the group we may have to consider splitting into two groups as homes are the right venues for the ambience.
Vivienne Ball is aiming to start a new Canasta group for our U3A and an introductory meeting will be held in the Community Centre on Thursday 10 November. It is intended for any members who enjoy playing cards in a social environment. The venue has been booked for three Thursday afternoons – 10 and 17 November and 8 December – starting at 1.30 pm. Provided there is sufficient response the group will meet twice a month, on the second and fourth Thursday afternoons.
If you want to know more please get in touch with Vivienne on 01844 690119 or by email at email@example.com