Inbox-1
Turin-Brakes6
Remebrance-18-2
Sunset2
Camilla-2012-10-19152
Landscape
D4S9273
D4S0472
IMG8472
MYFC005
Snowy-High-Street
Civic-Service-18
Silbury-Sunset---10-06-08-----07
Gordon-and-Sam
Brazier
4MI-2013-11-28030
Town-Hall-2011-05-0308-
TdB-Pewsey044
Hares017cropped
Inbox2
Inquisitive-sheep-in-West-Overton
Musical-Time-Machine5
JazzFestSat572
Remebrance-18-3
YELLOWHAMMER-473-
Duke-of-Kent086
FROSTY-MORNING-
Bluebells-in-West-Woods-10-05-09------30
Marlborough-2013-04-18StPeters
BABRURY-XC-JUMP-473
Tina-May5
Mop-Fair---10-10-09------08
Brooks-Williams1
Sunset
Marlborough-under-snow-from-above---Pete-Davies
Pete-Gage-Band1
Christmas-Lights15-11-20097
Scouting-for-Girls7
Torch-2012-05-23093-
Camilla-MSM
D812668
Remebrance-18-1
SBJ
IMG9097
EARLY-MORNING-CANTER-473-
Big-Bull
Roving-Crows1
Ogbourne
George-Wilding-301
MBORO-HOCKEY-YOUTH-473
White-Horse
Animals06
1stXV-and-others-with-Mayor

 

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Saturday in the High Street…and all that jazz

 

Drummer Paul ('Spud') Spedding Drummer Paul ('Spud') Spedding Jazz at the Philharmonic, Jazz on a Summer’s Day and Jazz on the High Street. Where would you rather be?

Well, not a difficult question: Jazz at the Philharmonic started in 1944 and finished sometime in the eighties, Jazz on a Summer’s Day was a 1958 film.

Marlborough’s Jazz Festival is very much a current event, celebrated every year with increasing quality, attendance and enjoyment.

Being a relative newcomer to the event, having been a spectator and latterly a steward this is my personal take on the 2015 festival.

Where else would you want to be on Saturday lunchtime other than The Lamb where the Artesian Hall Stompers play every year.  Their traditional jazz makes me feel happy particularly when watching the lugubrious cult hero Paul (Spud) Spedding’s drumming.   There was even an encore on Sunday this year.

The Lamb and the Conservative Club are one end of the performance scale, small venues quite unsuitable for the big stars like Elkie Brooks or the Bratislava Hot Serenaders who need space and a stage - they both played the Priory Marquee - she on Saturday evening, they on Sunday.

It’s this variation that makes our festival a success.  A friendly pedestrian High Street with all kinds of fans strolling from gig to gig.  The rockers like Bob Bowles and Fit for Comfort and the cultured guitars of Gilmore ’n Jaz. Pedestrian might be inaccurate in the, “partially, sometimes closed but not quite because there’s no clear policy”, High Street.

The whole atmosphere from Friday to Sunday is friendly, happy and easy-going.  The fans can shop and drink, perhaps more of the latter but despite a 12-hour music day there were relatively few incidents.  And these more likely to be over-exuberance rather than anything worse.

Your average fan doesn’t exist. Jazz crosses every boundary.  If you like jazz you’re equal in age, social background, race or sex.  A love of Jazz binds even your traditional Marlburian in his salmon pink trousers, striped blazer and cravat (well, some of them) to the tattooed youth in shorts, flip-flops and a T-shirt.

The headline act this year was Elkie Brooks.  I was stewarding elsewhere, but I’m told she was fabulous, still capable of a “performance” despite her years which, perhaps, could qualify her for one of Marlborough’s many planned homes for the less-than-young.

But, to conclude, a word about the organisation of our festival, it would be easy to over-regulate and to impose rules.  Not so for Lindsay Long and her deputy Roger Grant.  Managed with a light hand, a lot of friendly advice and a relaxed attitude makes the army of stewards a happy team, this transfers to the paying public.   Result:  another successful festival.

[And visit our 2015 Jazz Festival picture gallery.]

 

Print Email

SBJ
Town-Hall-2011-05-0308-
Mop-Fair---10-10-09---08
Christmas-Lights15-11-20097
JazzFestSat572
Remebrance-18-2
Turin-Brakes6
Camilla-2012-10-19152
Duke-of-Kent086
Gordon-and-Sam
Hares017cropped
Sunset
1stXV-and-others-with-Mayor
Brooks-Williams1
Torch-2012-05-23093-
D812668
IMG8472
George-Wilding-301
Big-Bull
IMG9097
D4S9273
Scouting-for-Girls7
Roving-Crows1
Brazier
Snowy-High-Street
Marlborough-under-snow-from-above---Pete-Davies
Civic-Service-18
CivicSelfie1
Remebrance-18-1
Musical-Time-Machine5
White-Horse
D4S0472
Landscape
Inquisitive-sheep-in-West-Overton
TdB-Pewsey044
Ogbourne
Bluebells-in-West-Woods-10-05-09---30
ARKManton-2012-01-1449-
Animals06
Silbury-Sunset---10-06-08---07
4MI-2013-11-28030
Remebrance-18-3
Marlborough-2013-04-18StPeters
Tina-May5
MYFC005
Sunset2
Camilla-MSM
Pete-Gage-Band1