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It was always going to be a special night from the moment when Colin Snook handed back three pounds to all those travelling on the coach. The popularity of the fully subscribed event had led to a cost reduction, which Colin was delighted to repay the members.
Our newly acquired wealth almost made up for the fact that we found ourselves at the Concorde with nearly two hours to kill before the music started. But we needed most of this time to familiarise ourselves with the way our seating allocation had been liberally spread around the room.
Once settled though, we sat back to enjoy the music in the splendidly comfortable environment of the famous Hampshire-based jazz club.
Considering he spent most of his time dropping his music, confusing the numbers and messing around with his spectacles, John Dankworth led a bright couple of sets with a talented band containing that internationally renowned trombonist – yes, you’ve guessed it – Mark Nightingale!. For some of us, this was the third time in 20 days that we’d seen him perform!
Also on board were John’s son Alec on bass, Cleo Laine’s preferred accompanist and recent CJC keyboard player with Lee Gibson, pianist John Horler and the ever-dependable Allan Ganley on drums. A formidable line up presenting some classic melodies and jazz standards and including John Dankworth’s own composition – the instantly recognisable theme from BBC TV’s ‘Tomorrow’s World’.
The time flew by and soon we back on the coach, our three pounds spent and off to enjoy the sights and sounds of life eastbound at midnight on the M27.
Many thanks to Colin for putting it all together.