Jazz Factory, Bradford on Avon’s local club for aspiring jazz musicians, enjoyed
its customary mid-term jam session at Wiltshire Music Centre on Monday 20th
February, including several pieces penned by the members themselves. The
evening kicked off with polyinstrumentalist tutor Ross Hughes’ group playing
four numbers, The Peacock (written by member John Millichip), the obscure I
Get the Blues, Spring Forward (by member John Iles), and finally the jazz
standard, Rosetta. Tutor Rachel Kerry’s group performed a relaxed and tuneful
version of Jobim’s bossa classic, One Note Samba, following which there was
an entertaining interval from Rachel and singer Craig Mitchell performing the
amusing comedy number F Sharp Live. The evening was brought to a storming
finish with maestro tutor Mike Daniel’s ensemble playing another member-
penned piece, Modal Flick by Ben Durrant, and climaxing with Sonny Rollins’
tune from the islands, St Thomas.
Jazz Factory’s term continues until the end-of-term concert on Monday, 27th
March, resuming at WMC on Monday 17th April. New members are always
welcome, and there will be another public performance at the Party in the City in Bath on Friday, 12th May.