Peter Pan – the musical, a function, and two jazz gigs

Hi,

The week that has just gone by has been intense. I was studying the charts for a musical whilst learning tunes for a gig with Crissy Lee (well-known drummer who worked alongside the Beatles, Al Jarreau) and Jackie Rawe (of Shakatak fame) et al, and all the while, trying to practice some standards for the two jazz gigs on Sunday.

Peter Pan, the musical, was a success. It was great to work with such good musicians, who all nailed their parts!

Peter Pan musical in the theatre
On the first night, just before the doors opened.

Musicals leave me feeling upbeat after the last show; there’s something really satisfying about playing the parts accurately and making the show a success. Also, the gifts/thank you cards are always a nice gesture!

Peter Pan musical - postcard with thank you note
It’s nice to be appreciated! Thanks to all involved.

On the Saturday, after the run of shows had finished, it was time go to a function in aid of the Peldon Village Hall and Essex Air Ambulance causes. This was with the wonderful Crissy Lee and Jackie Rawe amongst other fine muso’s. I had a great time and there were some really nice musical moments.

Peldon gig with Crissy Lee
This event sold out and was a great fundraiser for the causes mentioned.
Peldon gig - auction
It’s always nice to play in fine surroundings.

On the Sunday, I was at Leigh on Sea playing some jazz/latin music at Ten Green Bottles, and it was great to catch up and play with the great guitarist, Dan Parker. Later on that evening, even though I was fairly tired from a hectic week, I drove to the jazz gig with Graeme Culham at The Woolpack in Chelmsford. The place was pretty packed and it was a pleasure to play with Sam Edwards, Zak Barrett and of course Graeme. This is a brilliant monthly jazz gig that charges nothing on the door, and sees some of the best in UK jazz talent going through it! Jim Mullen, Nigel Price and Simon Spillett are all players who have come down to play. If you’re in the area, and even if you’re not, it’s well worth a look.

I have a comparatively restful, easy week this week, and am looking forward to a little bit more time off.

Thanks for reading,

Ben

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