Jeff Barnhart’s International Swing Four

May 31, 2017

Jeff Barnhart piano
Anne Barnhart flute & vocals
John Hallam reeds
Graham Smith drums
Tony Sharp guest

As was expected this was a superb evening both musically and for entertainment. A lovely mixed repertoire and some spell binding tunes especially John’s version of Burgundy St Blues. The time flew by and before we knew it 10.30pm had arrived and that was the end of a great evenings jazz.

Tunes played tonight were Crazy Rhythm, What is this Thing Called Love played with a Latin feel, Almost Like Being in Love a sound track from Brigadoon, Drop Me Off in Harlem with John on tenor sax & You’re Driving Me Crazy on his baritone sax, a medley of Fats Waller tunes by Jeff on piano demonstrating Harlem Stride Piano style, Someone To Watch Over Me a duo with Jeff and Anne on her flute, Bei Mir Bist Du Schon, I Want To Be Happy, Avalon, Take Away My Heart a lovely vocal by Anne, What Happened to the Guy in the Polka Dotted Tie a tune written by Jule Styne who also wrote Party’s Over & Just in Time, Shake It Don’t Break It a gospel jazz two beat style tune with John on tenor sax, the beautiful tune Burgundy St Blues by Jeff & John, It Don’t Mean A Thing an Ellington tune with unusual four bar solos with bass & drums, Undecided a tune started with Graham using brushes then the front line joining in and bass & piano and again four bar solos this time with clarinet & flute. The final tune for the evening was I Love You For Sentimental Reasons with a vocal from Anne.

Thank you everyone for contributing to an excellent evening, great to have Tony playing and thanks to Graham for providing all the equipment for the night, i.e. drums, piano, PA.