Jazz on a Sunday - The Tame Valley Stompers

Date published: 08 January 2020

Ushering in 2020 at Jazz On A Sunday on Sunday 5 January, just as they had 2019, were perennial favourites The Tame Valley Stompers.

Led by Norman Pennington on drums with Terry Brunt on trombone, Roger Wimpenny (trumpet), Paul Broomhead (reeds), John Gordon (banjo and guitar) and Pete Smith (bass), they entertained an enthusiastic audience with a mix of trad standards, novelty items and singalongs.

From the band's established repertoire came 'Bourbon Street Parade', 'Basin Street Stomp', 'Stevedore Stomp', 'Chimes Blues', 'St James Infirmary Blues' and 'Doctor Jazz' (the latter two with Terry and Paul respectively providing the vocals) and 'Black and Blue' (with Roger at the microphone backed by John on blues guitar).

The band also brought the rhythms of the Caribbean via 'The Martinique' and 'Dardanella', and the big bands courtesy of Christopher Columbus and more than a nod to skiffle with 'Tight Like That', 'Momma Don't Allow' and 'Putting On The Style'.

Singalong numbers included Pete's 'When Somebody Thinks You're Wonderful' and 'Nobody's Sweetheart Now', Roger's 'A Porter's Love Song To A Chambermaid' and 'Swing That Music', the band's (possibly self-penned) 'We May Be Old' then Paul's clarinet gem 'St Philip Street Breakdown' and, finally, 'Royal Telephone Line'.

Jazz on a Sunday runs on Sunday evenings at Newtown National Club, Nixon Street, Castleton:

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