Angela: Nigel Kennedy's BIG JAM
The gig was advertised to start at 8:00pm, but my jazz/football expert friend knew about the Fulham home game and the timekeeping of jazz musicians and knew it would start at about nine-ish. This gave me plenty of time to attend a Carol Service in the City, to have a drink and smoked salmon sandwiches followed by mince pies and to travel to the 606 Club, and still be on time!
As we approached the club there was a group of people discussing with the bouncer: "yes we are fully booked, but if somebody does not turn up…"
I pressed the bell, the gate lock opened and we ventured downstairs. “Wait by the piano and you will be shown to your table", we were told.
I note a copy of the programme by the piano:
Followed by two horizontal lines which I understood to be the interval.
Just like “U”
Well, there are going to be six pieces only!
7-Alec and Kzrystof. 8-We need a drink! 9-Kzrystof's drum stick looks like a fan! 10-We are pleased! 11-The only photo of Nikki, hiding behind the piano, and she is the prettiest musician.
Our table is right next to the stage, well, most tables are right next to the stage!
We order our food and our drinks. My friend had chicken and I had lamb: a most tender piece of lamb and well cooked: beautifully red in the middle and
coated with cracked peppercorns. There is something magical about listening to jazz whilst eating one’s meal!
It gives one a real sense of decadent enjoyment!!!
12-I am concentrating. 13-I am concentrating. 14-I am concentrating. 15-I am concentrating. 16-I am resting.
The first piece is “Bear”, a composition by Nikki, played in Margate as well (it was a really great gig Margate!), and Nikki explains
that it is the story of two bears, one trying to woe the other…
17-A better view of Nigel's new haircut. 18-I need a drink. 19-The three violinists.
The next piece, “606 violins”, is written for, you have guessed it, six hundred and six violins by Chris Garrick.
Nigel explained that he has managed to get only three violinists. The music that follows is beautifully performed by the three ably
accompanied by Alec and Krzystf!
20-I am at it again. 21-I am at it again. 22-I am at it again. 23-I am at it again. 24-I am at it again.
The music now merges from one song into the next: “ssssshhh” and then I recognize “Earth”, sorry, “Third stone from the Sun”: I am back in the
Festival Hall where I first heard this piece. The musicians jam and play with each other, musically that is, the basic tune coming back to haunt us
and remind us of the song that we thought the musicians had musically run away from…
25-Footwork. 26-Is it music or electronics? 27-THE SCORE! 28-Hitting the violin. (Ouch!) 29-I am at all it again: the amplifiers is in focus! 30-Look at ME.
We start again and after the first jamming session, it is all jamming now as the programme listed only pieces for the first two sessions,
our guest arrives: IAN SMITH. My jazz expert friend explains to me who IAN SMITH is. He has an excellent pair of lungs and he does a very
good “take the piss out of Nigel” impression.
31-This piece is very difficult. 32-This piece is very very difficult 33-Still difficult! 34-The three fiddlers, again. 35-Still concentrating... 36-That was it! I am done with it!