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At the Pallant Suite, Chichester Jazz Club brought its landmark 2003 / 2004 season to a close in the company of the legendary trombonist, Roy Williams.
Having attracted a total audience of over 1,000 in its 10-month programme, it was only fitting that the season should climax with one of the UK’s few world class talents.
Playing in his relaxed, approachable and inimitable style, Roy’s tasteful selection of tunes from the great 20th Century songwriters, led a glowingly appreciative audience through numbers from, among others, Gershwin, Ellington, Porter and Carmichael.
The, perhaps, longer-than-usual moments between tunes provided the opportunity for Roy and the band to select a perfect mix of melodies and also gave time for Roy’s interesting reminiscences and views on the state of jazz today.
Ably supported by the ever-dependable Peter Godfrey trio and at ease with requests from the floor, the trombonist skilfully identified the preferences of the crowd and improvised a collection of delightful tunes which sent members home with a smile on their faces and something to cherish and reflect on over the coming summer months.
The club is now closed for July and August but reopens on Friday 17 September with Dave Shepherd and the Chris Walker Quartet.