Arts events in Fulbourn Cambridgeshire
December 2017 saw the highly successful and thoroughly enjoyable Jazz at the Movies with the talented Joanna Eden and the Chris Ingram Quartet, but don’t take my word for it…..read the review by David Dobson…..and don’t forget to book for the return of Jazz at the Movies this December….see you there! Thanks David.
Jazz at the Movies (Chris Ingham Quartet with Joanna Eden) at Townley Hall December 16th2017
I am delighted to have been asked to review this band and singer who played at the Townley Hall shortly before Christmas. Although its quirky name indicates it roots are from interpreting cinema music, Chris Ingham the pianist and band leader immediately explained that this would not be the case this evening! The theme was A Swinging Christmas.
I think the key to a successful Jazz gig takes in a range of elements which include: venue, sound, quality of musicians and singer, how they perform together and in solos, choice of music and the skill of the band leader to introduce the music. As a Jazz critic puts it, we are listening to songcraft and swingcraft.
In my view December 16, 2017 ticked all the boxes. The seating was cunningly arranged in front of a temporary stage in the main body of the hall with curved rows of seats creating a more intimate environment than if the main stage had been used. Ideal for a jazz quartet and singer and enhanced by sophisticated lighting and good sound.
The quality of the musicians was outstanding as was the performance and presence of singer Joanna Eden. Excellent diction and attention to lyrics with a sassy jazz style. In addition to performing live, Joanna is a song writer, has been a singing coach for 12 years and is a vocal coach on the Anglia Ruskin Music and Performance degree. Plus, Joanna is the only singer I have ever seen who took over the drums when the drummer got up to sing!
Chris Ingham, pianist and band leader played beautifully either as an effortless accompanist or playing solo bursts with the added skill of being a witty and knowledgeable raconteur. He has his own recording studio which was apparent in the band’s beautiful arrangements. Julian Landymore played saxophone and clarinet with considerable panache and attack, standing in for the usual horn man, Mark Crooks who was playing at the Royal Albert Hall in the John Wilson Orchestra. Arnie Somogyi played a cool bass and George Double played drums with soft hands which exploded with precision and excitement on Santa Claus is Coming to Town which left the audience spellbound and breathless.
Songs included: Let it Snow, I believe in Father Christmas, Jingle Bell Rock, Have Yourself a Very Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday. The drummer’s contribution was It’s a Marshmallow World.
When I am enjoying myself so much I like to check the reaction of the audience and it was clear that they were enthusiastic with much bobbing of heads, tapping of feet, big smiles and loud clapping. In pantomime terms WE ALL HAD A BALL.
Thank you, Fulbourn Arts, for organising this event in my village and please invite Jazz at the Movies and Joanna Eden to return next Christmas 2018 or before!