Derek Nash – Protect The Beat
Thursday night we hosted the one and only Protect The Beat. Never before have I seen a band like this, the musicianship was literally out of this world. The all star line – up consisting of Derek Nash - sax (Jools Holland, Dave Grusin, Sax Appeal) Winston Blissett - bass (Massive Attack, Jeff Lorber) Tim Cansfield - guitar (Steve Winwood, Annie Lennox, Ray Charles) Arden Hart - keys & trumpet (Bootsy Collins, Massive Attack) Darby Todd - drums (Dennis Rollins, Disney’s Lion king) was a sight to behold. With mind blowing solos and grooves that funk so much it should be illegal, its a band of the highest standard and I still pinch myself that we actually had them here.
The thing that struck me the most about Derek’s performance was its not often you see a Jazz Saxophonist move around the stage so much, not only was his sound perfect but you could just watch this guy play all day and not get bored. We plan on having them returen to the Cavern soon so watch this space. For more information visit www.protectthebeat.com
Monthly Jazz Night with Jim Mullen
“June’s monthly jazz night drew our biggest audience yet, for a visit from acclaimed guitarist Jim Mullen, one of the most popular and well respected figures in British jazz. From the opening of the first set with the Rodgers and Hart tune Blue Room, through to the final number of the University Challenge theme tune, it was altogether an evening of gentle humour and wonderfully crafted music from both Jim and pianist Mike Gorman. The set included some popular jazz staples including the beautiful ballad I Fall in Love too Easily, an up tempo rendition of East of the Sun, the (carefully pronounced!) My Ship, and a fabulous solo version from Jim of Gershwin’s I Can’t Get Started. A good peppering of quotes along the way, and the audience showed their appreciation with their usual enthusiasm. Thanks to these great musicians for a wonderful evening, and we look forward to Jim’s next visit! The next monthly jazz evening is on July 11th with trumpeter Martin Shaw. Advance booking may be essential, and tickets are available HERE. (written by resident bass player Marianne Windham)”