Crissy Lee’s Hybrid at The Bell, Clare on Sunday 11th Dec 2011

In a change to the previously published program the final gig at The Bell featured this great drummer and her band Hybrid playing a range of music from jazz to funk Jazznights Crissy Lee  290511 (3)and everything in between. Famously associated with her big band Crissy demonstrates that she is equally at home in a smaller setting

Crissy Lee is widely acclaimed as being the UK’s and Europe’s finest female drummer, with a career spanning 50 years. Crissy was only 17 when she joined the Ivy Benson All Girls Band, appearing with performers including Dinah Washington, Frank Sinatra Jnr, Fats Domino, Caterina Valenti and Tom Jones. Five years later she left to form her own band, The Beat Chicks, working with singers including Lulu and Eartha Kitt, and securing the support slot on the Beatles’ first Spanish tour in the early 60s, even flying with them in their own private jet!

Jazznights Crissy Lee 290511 (31)Her recent appearances as the “all-singing, all-drumming heartbeat” of The Skinnerettes – the resident band on the Frank Skinner Show – have once again put Crissy back into the spotlight proving that one can still have something to offer even when you are a little more mature!!

This proved to be a great final gig for Jazznights at the Bell before moving to is new Venue in the New Year at The Cherry Tree, Belchamp St Paul in the beautiful Stour Valley on the Suffolk/Essex border.

The writer was unable to make this gig and thanks Norman, a regular Jazznights member who  made the following notes:

Crissy Lee’s band Hybryd consisted of :
Crissy Lee – drums
Bernie Hodgkins – Bass Guitar
Martin Dobson – tenor sax, soprano sax ands flute
Matt Hodges – Piano
Martin Donald Guitar

The Playlist was a s follows:

Coming Home
All Blues
Moonlight In Vermont
Blue Bossa
The Masquerade Is Over
There Will Never Be Another You
Cantaloupe Island
Put It Where You Want It

A great gig and this leads us into the New Year and remember that WE’RE ON THE MOVE! From January 2012 Jazznights presents the best in modern jazz at: The Function Suite, The Cherry Tree, Knowl Green, Belchamp St Paul, Suffolk, CO10 7BY.

For further information and future gigs at the new venue go to

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