Chichester Jazz Club
Bovey Tracey Drinking Orchestra - 21 July 2006

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The full line up was: Richard Bennett - Trumpet Russell Bennett - Trombone Mike Lewis - Banjo Len Mills - Bass Ron Berry - Drums Amy Roberts – Alto Sax

BTDO are a typical Devonian toe-tapping traditional jazz band who interspersed their music with humour, jokes and impersonations.

The reviewer's favourite numbers were: ‘My silent love’ which included a vocal by Richard who also played a haunting trumpet solo, backed up by Russell with a delicate trombone solo, ‘Dippermouth Blues’ - Traditional Jazz at its best - and 'Irene Goodnight’, an appropriate closing number where the audience joined in on the chorus lines.

The 139-strong audience loved it, with enthusiastic hand clapping ‘on the beat’ and two or three people dancing and having a good time. They could sense that the band were having a good time and this reflected in their general reaction.

In the reviewer's opinion, they should come back to CJC in a couple of years when, once the word gets round, they would play again to a packed house.

Guest reviewer: Bill Bloy

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