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Is it spring yet? Seems like we are sliding from winter into a typical English summer - you know the type, where it rains seven days out of every five. Undeterred, a larger contingent than we expected eventually found its way into the Bowls Club, and was rewarded with a splendid afternoon's entertainment. The music was quite good too...

Most of which was down to Tony Luxmoor who played bass all afternoon, got better and better, and then took a break by playing piano instead. In a similar vein, and after a long night's carousing (apparently) the spritely Martin Clifton (drums) swung hard all arvo.... Andre took over later - nailed the latin in fine style...

The Good Captain started off proceedings, and quite a bunch of occasional jammers decided today was the day, and turned up - in the egregious stakes, the occasional Marion Lustig (recorder) swung, the Debonair Mr Curtis made a welcome return on piano, before taking the same break as Luxmoor and playing bass; and sax players Alan West and Cardinal Calamatta were outstanding. The Debster was in fine voice, Tim gets better every outing, Mike and newcomer Brandon guitared, and Anthony found a new way to confuse AABA, which the rest of the band were following in the mistaken belief that coherence would win out in the end. It nearly did - but by golly, he is sounding better and better - Mr Bojangles, and God Bless the Child standouts.

I realise I have neglected to mention Annie (late again) whose take on I'm a Lucky So and So was a lot of fun; and a bunch of others, with the usual excuse (too young, talented, goodlooking to rate a mention etc.) applying.

It is not quite Spring, but there were 19 jammers at the trough. Rather satisfying...

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