Wednesday 16th June 2021
Livestreamed from the Boileroom at 7.30pm
The performance will be broadcast live from the Boileroom in Guildford at 7.30pm on Wednesday 16th June 2021, and will be followed by a Q&A with the band.
Details coming soon…
Read last month’s review….
Many thanks to Trevor Bannister from Jazz in Reading for this review of May’s livestream. There’s a link below to watch the full gig also.
Livestream from the Boileroom, Wednesday May 5th
Vasilis Xenopoulos/Nigel Price XPQ: Vasilis Xenopoulos tenor saxophone, Nigel Price guitar, Dario Di Lecce bass, Winston Clifford drums
As I have said on several previous occasions, the Livestream gigs from the Boileroom, Guildford, each of outstanding quality, have truly been the next best thing to a live event. However, on this occasion one camera shot, incorporating both the stage and the auditorium, added a new dimension to the experience.
It brought home how tiny and how empty the Boileroom is. But for a single camera mounted on the floor there is nothing in front of the stage except space. Just imagine how difficult it must be for the musicians to play as if to a live audience without anyone actually being there. Do they conjure an image of a ‘Full House’ in their mind’s eye, I wonder or is it more a case of ‘Here we are guys? Let’s go for it!’
I suspect it’s the latter, for the opening bars of Kenny Burrell’s ‘Lyresto’, from a 1958 collaboration with John Coltrane, simply oozed with good spirit and the promise that ‘fireworks’ would fly in a celebration of many great guitar/tenor partnerships from the past sixty years. The sharper edge of the Xenopoulos tenor blended perfectly in unison with the depth and glowing tone of the Price guitar and made for an exciting contrast throughout the solos.
It came as no surprise to learn that Dario Di Lecce named bass legend Paul Chambers as a major influence on his playing when he was interviewed during the ‘Q & A’ session later in the evening. His ‘walking’ bass line on ‘The Right Time’ was absolutely superb, as rich in tone as the hue of his beautiful instrument. It added an air of mystery to the original by British guitarist Dave Cliff recorded as the title track for an album with saxophonist Geoff Simkins in 1987.
The next offering was drawn from ‘What’s New’ the second of two albums Sonny Rollins recorded with Jim Hall in 1962. They reaffirmed Sonny’s status as a major innovator on his return to the New York scene after a self-imposed break of three years. Sonny had the intuition to find the ‘jazz spirit’ in the most unlikely show tunes and ‘If Ever I should Leave You’ from the Lerner and Loewe musical ‘Camelot’, a popular hit and signature tune for the singer Robert Goulet, was a perfect case in point. The XPQ interpretation was full of the majestic poise of Sonny Rollins and grace of Jim Hall, full of long inventive lines and with a dancing quality enhanced by the drums of Winston Clifford.
‘Full House’, unleashed the ‘Boileroom’ theme (played, I now realise, over the screen credits that precede the Livestreams) with a machine gun ferocity that brought ‘all hands-on deck’. The early 1960s were clearly fruitful years for guitar/tenor features – this Wes Montgomery title comes from a live album recorded with the ‘Little Giant’ of the tenor, Johnny Griffin for the Riverside label.
‘When Joanna Loved Me’, from the 1964 ‘Easy Living’ album, as one would perhaps expect from a collaboration between Jim Hall and Paul Desmond, was an altogether more gentle and lyrical offering. Vasilis sustained the mood of gentle reflection set up by Price in his beautiful introduction, opening the way for a wonderful extended solo by Dario Di Lecce. Vasilis lifted the pace a little with a breathy solo that returned the tune to Nigel Price for a breath-taking coda.
Winston Clifford, a most sensitive and subtle percussion specialist, now set the ‘pots boiling’ and lifted everyone’s game on ‘Ready and Able’ from the appropriately named 1967 George Benson album, ‘The George Benson Cookbook’; performed,’ as Nigel Price pointed out, ‘Without the aid of a safety net! Wow!
‘On the Trail’, a movement from composer Ferde Grofé’s ‘Grand Canyon Suite’ and the title track from a Jimmy Heath Riverside album with Kenny Burrell, rounded off the evening at a gentle saunter, conjuring visions of the wide-open American West – another tune from an unlikely source that works perfectly in a jazz setting.
In the absence of a live audience to cry out for more, Marianne Windham, stepped in to call for an ‘Encore’. In time honoured tradition, the band checked their watches and ‘reluctantly’ agreed. The result? Imagine the theme statements to ‘Straight No Chaser’ and ‘Billie’s Bounce’ played in succession at Formula 1 speed, followed by a third, hybrid – combining the themes of the first two – a sort of ‘bebop mix-and-match’. Chaotic, great fun, a dazzling conclusion to an outstanding evening of jazz and a prelude to what Winston Clifford declares is the ‘bright future’ for jazz and all live performance artists once we emerge fully from Lockdown. Hear! Hear!
As ever, our thanks to Marianne Windham of Guildford Jazz, Dom and Beth of the Boileroom and Steve from Ultimate Stream, for what is now a world-class presentation and to the various jazz societies and their friends who support this wonderful initiative. A final note: check out the Parliamentary Awards for 2021 before the closing date of 14 May and cast your vote for the Boileroom for the Jazz Innovation Award. https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/parliamentaryjazzawards2021/
How to buy a ticket to our livestream events
The performance will be recorded and broadcast live from the Boileroom starting at about 7.30pm and finishing shortly before 9pm, followed by with a post-gig chat with the band. There are online Chat and Ask A Question features on the livestream site which you can use during the performance to get in touch.
Tickets are £10, available below until 7pm on the day of the performance. If there’s more than one person in your household who’ll be watching, we’d be grateful if you’d consider buying the appropriate number of tickets so that we can support the musicians as much as we can, but it’s entirely voluntary and at your discretion. If you have a discount code, just enter it at the checkout, and if you have any problems please contact email@example.com.
We’ll send you an email to confirm your booking, and the link to the performance the day before, which you can watch on computer or mobile device or on a Smart TV.
With our thanks and a warm welcome also to members of Berkhamsted Jazz, Chichester Jazz Club, Jazz in Reading, Scarborough Jazz, Colchester Arts Centre Jazz Club and Fleet Jazz clubs, for being part of these unique livestream collaborations.
Huge thanks also to our partners who support us in running these events: Ultimate Stream and The Boileroom.
A view from the audience
Some comments from the Clark Tracey concert in April, with thanks to everyone who watched…
The evening was a great success with some material I didn’t know. And I thought your hosting was excellent, superbly conceived and executed.. sufficiently in tune with both your interviewees and your subject matter, that everything was ‘just so’ . Great stuff- Richard
Last evening was really great, I enjoyed it very much, thanks for all you do and the GJC team too! – Roy
Wonderful concert last night with Clark Tracy et al. What a great medley of compositions by his father Stan. I thought that Simon Allen on Saxes was excellent. Again the lighting & camera work was superb. Thank you for organising & I look forward to the next concert. – Steve
Thanks for a brilliant concert last night. I thought that the whole event was very professional, the filming and sound was spot on. In conclusion, a good job well done in spectacular fashion. – Peter
Truly wonderful event. Playing was absolutely sublime! Great hosting by you Marianne! And great job on camera work. – Zoe
Another very good gig. Thank you for organising it, and congratulations for collecting more participatory jazz clubs along the way. – Martin
Thanks for the great music last night, by very good musicians. Hope you carry on with the live streaming even after everything opens up, as it is good to access at home.- Elaine
Very enjoyable gig last evening. Close your eyes and it could have been Stan at the piano! So well done to Bruce & all. – Peter
Thanks, Marianne, for organising the wonderful live stream concert this evening. As Bruce said, perhaps the future of jazz concerts is a live concert, with an audience, but reaching a much wider audience as well via simultaneous live streaming. What made the difference, I thought, between watching a concert on YouTube, of which there are many, was the interactive Q&A at the end. As we were eating dinner, we said it was like being at Ronnie Scotts and eating while watching a jazz concert.- John
Thank you so much for a wonderful gig. It was such a treat.- Jane
Just a short message to register thanks to you and all involved for the work you put in to provide the livestream event earlier this week. The sound and vison were both excellent and it was great to enjoy the experience of a live gig once again. Many thanks and I look forward to future events.- Colin
PREVIOUS LIVESTREAM PERFORMANCES
Previous livestreamed performances are available to watch online. There’s a small fee to watch the performances, all of which we send on to the artists to support them at this time. To watch the full performance of either band below, including the band Q&A afterwards, just select the performance you would like to see, and we’ll email you the link to watch the concert online.
Click here to read reviews of previous gigs from Trevor Bannister at Jazz in Reading
VASILIS XENOPOULOS & NIGEL PRICE XPQ
May 2021: Vasilis Xenopoulos (tenor sax), Nigel Price (guitar), Dario Di Lecce (bass), Winston Clifford (drums)
CLARK TRACEY QUARTET
April 2021: Clark Tracey (drums), Simon Allen (tenor and soprano sax), Bruce Boardman (piano), Andrew Cleyndert (bass)
DEREK NASH QUARTET
March 2021: Derek Nash (saxes), Graham Harvey (piano), Marianne Windham (double bass), George Double (drums)
FREDDIE GAVITA QUARTET
February 2021: Freddie Gavita (trumpet) with Tom Cawley (piano), Tom Farmer (double bass) and Chris Higginbottom (drums).
TRISH CLOWES – MY IRIS
January 2021: Trish Clowes (sax) with Ross Stanley (Rhodes piano), Chris Montague (guitar) and James Maddren (drums).
ALAN BARNES & DAVE NEWTON
January 2021: ALAN BARNES (sax) with DAVE NEWTON (piano), MATT HOME (drums), MARIANNE WINDHAM (bass)
“A magnificent evening” – Trevor Bannister, Jazz in Reading (read full review)
LIZ FLETCHER QUARTET
August 2020: LIZ FLETCHER (vocals), NIGEL PRICE (guitar), DARREN BECKETT (drums), Marianne Windham (bass). Click here to watch a trailer.
“Fletcher has heart, sensitivity and subtle control – she’s the real deal”- John Fordham, The Guardian`
DAVE LEWIS QUARTET
July 2020: DAVE LEWIS (tenor sax), ROBIN ASPLAND (piano), LLOYD HAINES (drums), Marianne Windham (bass). Trailer below
Vasilis Xenopoulos & Nigel Price XPQ (May 2021)£8.00
Clark Tracey (April 2021)£8.00
Derek Nash (March 2021)£5.00
Freddie Gavita (Feb 2021)£5.00
Trish Clowes – My Iris (Jan 2021)£5.00
Alan Barnes & Dave Newton Quartet Jan 2021£5.00
Dave Lewis Quartet Recorded July 2020£5.00
Liz Fletcher Quartet Recorded August 2020£5.00
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With thanks to…
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