Tony Pitt’s All Stars
Tony Pitt – banjo
Alan Gresty – trumpet
Graham Hughes – trombone
Al Nicholls – saxophone
Alan Morgan – bass
John Elmer – drums
What a night! What a band! What a crowd pleaser! As someone said last night “now that’s what you call a jazz band!”
From start to finish the band reeled off their playlist with true professionalism, showcasing their talent and ability to perform well together with such energy. Tony was suffering from a really bad cold but if he hadn’t have told us we wouldn’t have known – it was not evident on stage that’s for sure. The repertoire was a good mix of tunes taking us back to the 50’s/60’s era and a real representation of good traditional jazz. Great solos were played and tunes sung by Graham Hughes and Alan Gresty. Listing a few of the favourites for me were Travelling Blues, Wabash Blues with Graham demonstrating his harmonica skills, Running Wild (vocal from Graham), Hindustan that featured a brilliant banjo solo, Ain’t She Sweet, Basin Street Blues, Fidgety Feet, Avalon with a fabulous sax solo from Al, When I Grow Too Old To Dream with audience participation and Blue Turning Grey.
We received many great comments from people on their way out and everyone had enjoyed the evening. Whether we can persuade them to make a return visit to the “wilds of the Midlands” remains to be seen as it is definitely a long way fro them to travel but I am so grateful that they agreed to this session. Keep a look out for them maybe at the festival next year – who knows!
Thank you Tony and to all the band for a superb evening’s entertainment – it doesn’t get much better !!