Chichester Jazz Club
Us play to Record Audience - 16 January 2004

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The club kicked-off the New Year when its largest-ever audience for a members evening were delighted by a rare performance from the multi-talented band, Us. With around 170 in the Pallant Suite it was standing room only as the accomplished musicians ran through a varied repertoire of numbers which showcased the collective and individual strengths of the quartet. Playing both original and standard material, the music was often difficult to categorise – straight-ahead jazz it may not have been, but it was always technically brilliant and richly entertaining. With virtuoso performances from Derek Austin on keyboards and Big Jim Sullivan on guitar, supported by spectacular drumming from Malcolm Mortimore and the irrepressible Herbie Flowers on bass – this was a special night and one those in attendance will remember for a long time. Herbie’s droll and amusing anecdotes, including the bizarre kangaroo story, were the perfect foil for the lively musical pieces, some with origins in the classics, some with Latin rhythms and others with a strong blues and jazz pedigree. It was a night to suit all tastes and a thrilled crowd lapped it up – the band even sold out of CDs!

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