Dan Stern, Geoff Eales & Monica Vasconcelos at Jazz By The Stour Sun 11th July, 2010

Jazznighters had a day off as they all wanted to be at the 14th Jazz By The Stour which kept up its excellent tradition as part of the 10th Bures Music Festival on the 11th July 2010

The event was introduced by the Music Director Donald Muir and compared by the honey voiced Liz Mullen from Radio Essex

The Dan Stern Quartet opened the afternoon  in the distinctive Dan Stern Style. The following quotes say it all:

"Dan has done an incredible job in absorbing a lot of the chromatic language of the 20th century classical world and transforming it into a jazz setting. A Really high class composer and player." – DAVID LIEBMAN

“Dan can express the most complicated musical ideas in the most natural ways. He represents the true direction of the music: upholding the tradition, advancing the language, and having a unique voice. You can’t ask for more than that….” – GIL GOLDSTEIN

With Dan on Tenor, soprano and clarinet we had Asif Sirkis on drums, Tom Mason on bass and Andrew McCormick deputising for Robert Mitchell

The Geoff Eales International Quintet followed with two great sets and IMHO stole Bures Geoff Eales Int Quintet 2010 (29)the show – brilliant!.Geoff is regarded by many as one of the UK’s most  inspirational jazz pianists and composers. The genesis of today’s appearance by The Geoff Eales International Quintet lies in a conversation last summer between the pianist and Alan Crumpton, the much missed founder of Jazz By The Stour all those years ago in 1997

The Quintet was truly international with:
Geoff Eales from Wales on piano
Paul Morgan from Wales on bass
Carl Orr from Australia on Guitar
Michael Coates from Canada on tenor


Asif Sirkis from Israel on drums as Mark Mark Fletcher was not well.

Monica Vasconcelos & her 7 piece group Vintage Brazil played the final two sets Bures Monica Vasconcelos Vintage Brazil 2010 (40) of the day. Vintage Brazil – an ensemble formed by Monica to combine the classic Brazilian tunes of the 60s and 70s with the band’s own infectious compositions.

Vintage Brazil comprised:

Steve Lodder on piano and keyboards
Paul Jayasinha on trumpet
Adriano Adewale on Percussion
Ernesto Simpson on drums
Matheus Nova and Guille Hill on guitars

For those who love this style of Brazilian music it was no doubt a wonderful finale to the day. However our own feelings echo a shout from the audience following Monica Vasconcellas’s comment after 4 or  5 numbers ‘how about some bossa nova’ – the shout  was ‘how about some jazz’. That summed it up. A pity because we are told that when she played at the Fleece jazz club it was a predominantly jazz oriented session. The final set may have been different but we left after the first set – well, it was the World Cup Final – no comment on that!

Jazznights resumes on Sunday 25th July with the JOANNA EDEN TRIO

See www.jazz-nights.com for future gigs

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