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Mill Rythe Summer Jazz Party

Staying in Portsmouth the evening before this festival, ensures that we arrive fully refreshed for the beginning of the weekends entertainment, after a long journey. We like Mill Rythe as this is where we get to see some different bands. Who could know what a magical weekend of jazz we were in for.

Unfortunately, after 18 years, this would be the last Summer Jazz Party at Mill Rythe. Despite every effort by Pete Lay, there were not enough ‘bums on seats’ to make it viable for 2018, but he carried it on to avoid disappointment to the jazz fans and also not wanting to cancel seven bands. Nevertheless, everyone was determined to have a good time.


The host band, Gambit Jazzmen

Line-up: John Shillito(tpt), Barry Weston (tmb), John Maddocks (clt), Andy Maynard (bjo/gtr), Ray Smith (pno), Roger Link (bass) Pete Lay (dms/ldr) opened the weekends entertainment with panache. They played three great sets, we share with you  "One Sweet Letter From You".


The Dime Notes with guest Enrico Tomasso

Line-up: Enrico Tomasso (tpt and guest), David Horniblow (clt), Andrew Oliver (pno), David Kelbie (gtr/ldr), Louis Thomas (bass). Never heard this band before, but was told “you’ll like them” -an understatement or what! This is one of the best bands that I have heard in a long time. I don’t have favourite bands, but wow, this band was great. If you’ve never seen them, get yourself to one of their concerts, you will not be disappointed.

Every set they played left one wanting more. Enjoy "Them There Eyes" with vocal by Enrico Tomasso.



Baby Jools and the Jazzaholics

Line-up: Denny Ilett snr (tpt), Mike Owen (tmb), Karl Hird (reeds), Brian Mellor (bjo), Brian Godfrey-Martyn (bass), Julian Aldridge (dms/ldr). This band has certainly changed for the better, always good, but now even more so. Really hot and swinging. Karl Hird played a fantastic rendition of St Philips Street Junction on tenor sax. Brought the house down. Don’t know what you’ve done lads, but well done.

Here they play "Original Dixieland Onestep".

Friday 15th  - Monday 18th June 2018