Review: The Red Stripe Band at Marlborough Jazz Festival

Written by Peter Davison.

Miss SmithMiss SmithChannelling the spirit of Jools Holland and his Big Band, regulars The Red Stripe Band were back for a 14th Marlborough Jazz Festival appearance on Friday night.

Led by Neil Drinkwater, who recalled their first festival appearance had been at the British Legion Club, the band have since been promoted to the spacious Priory Marquee, where they got toes tapping with their infectious mix of boogie-woogie and jump jive.

The captivating Miss Smith took centre stage, while Drinkwater squirrelled himself away behind a piano before leaping out near the end of the set to join his band in the audience, and then led a conga around the marquee to The Champs' Tequilla, and wrapped up proceedings with a bit of audience participation in Red Stripe Boogie.

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