In the summer of 2003, as part of a youth development programme, Chichester District
Council presented the club with a special award to be used to further the training
of young jazz musicians. Since that time, the club has been working with the Chichester College Jazz Diploma course and the results of this collaboration were on full display when, on Friday 7 May a special jazz concert was held at the Assembly Hall, Chichester College.
Under the lead of course head, Adrian Kendon, the students put on a show featuring both paintings and music and the evening had time to feature special guest stars Bobby Wellins on tenor and Gary Kavanagh on trumpet.
The evening started around 7:00pm, with early arrivals enjoying the work of artist Wayne Somerville, who exhibited a range of paintings taking jazz as the theme. Soon after, in the bar area, Band 4 struck up. Band 4 comprised of Sarah Boak – Trumpet, Rachel Day – Trumpet, Tom Betts – Alto, Ben Gregory – Trombone, Kelly Hsieh – Piano, Michael Ursin – Bass
and Dave Murrell – Drums.
There was a brief pause, while a new set of students positioned themselves
into Band 5 which was made up by Helene Enahoro – Vocals, Tanya Perry
– Vocals, Jack Kendon – Trumpet, Oliver Vincent – Flute/Alto,
Liz Sambrook – Alto, Ken Waight – Guitar, Adam Staff – Piano,
Ben Arthey – Bass and Chris Moran – Drums.
By now an audience well over 100 had gathered and it was time for the main
concert to start in the hall proper and a set of famous big band arrangements
were skilfully executed by The Chichester College Big Band under the perceptive
leadership of Rob Milner. The Big Band draws on the talents of students on the
jazz course and on other music courses in the College.
Band 1 closed the first set of the main concert with Anne Rushmer – Vocals,
Ela Southgate – Piano/Vocals, Vince Rowland – Trumpet, Des Lowden
– Alto, Joe Stout – Alto/Soprano, Anthony Wiegold – Guitar,
Adam Staff – Bass and Tony Shepherd – Drums.
But even in the interval there was no musical let-up as, back in the bar, Band
6 was on hand to entertain the audience. Band 6’s members were Jason Abrahams
– Vocals, Liesje Cole-Pragnell – Vocals, Angela Sims – Flute,
Wayne Somerville – Alto, Yuu Shimoyamada – Alto, Nick Byrom –
Guitar, Alice Fernbach – Piano, Rob Milner – Bass and Laura Padfield
It was now time for the final half in the main auditorium and leading off were
Band 3 with Janneke Wiechmann – Vocals, Sandra Lyndon – Flute /
Piano, Joe Domican Alto / Piano, Steve Loveday – Tenor, Sam Blair –
Guitar, Richard Michalec – Guitar, Ben Arthey – Bass and Christian
Moran on Drums. Band 3 were quickly followed by Band 2 with Rachel Day –
Vocals, Sarah Boak – Vocals, Jack Kendon – Trumpet, Annette Taylor
– Alto, Jamie Toms – Tenor, Jonathan Dexter – Baritone, Paul
Richards – Guitar, Russell Johnson – Piano, Michael Ursin –
Bass and Jeremy Harris on Drums.
The concert closed with special guests Gary Kavanagh and Bobby Wellins providing
the inspiration and musical leadership as they fronted a sextet with Dave Murrell
– Guitar, Simon Robinson – Piano, Adrian Kendon – Bass and
Tony Shepherd – Drums.
But the stars of the show had been the students. Through their vitality and
enthusiasm and sheer hard work they had delivered a staggering range of jazz
material with a belief and commitment that made you sense the future of jazz
would be safe in their hands. They were a credit to themselves, their tutor,
the College and the community in gene