Jeriatric Jazz Fundraising success

Although I have been involved in running jazz evenings, using over 50 bands over the past 7 years,there was always a little bit of fear that 'Jeriatric Jazz', a band my wife and like very much, might not meet the expectations of the 120 people who bought tickets for my first fund raising jazz gig for Lancaster Boys and Girls Club 30 October 2013.

I need not have had the slightest concern as the whole evening went down a storm from the first note played !  Not only was it a great night all round, but, through the generosity of a fantastic crowd, a staggering total of £530.20 was raised for the Club funds.

The proceedings finished with a unanimous show of hands for a repeat performance on the fifth Wednesday 29 January 2014 . This event was another resounding success which raised a fantastic £ 573 for Club funds. Indeed there has been a comment posted on the website:

which goes as follows:

• 30/01/14 -  Hi Fred. Just back from an astonishing gig at the Jubilee Club, Torrisholme, Morecambe. The Bolton-based band calling themselves The Jeriatric Jazz Band was performing to a packed audience, all paying £6 apiece, as well as supporting a charity big raffle. I had never seen this band before, so I had no idea what to expect. They worked out that the six band members have a combined age of 449 years. I make that an average of 74.83 years per man !!They don't play many Traditional Jazz numbers, but they played a wonderfully varied programme of what I suppose you would call 'Mainstream' (hate that word) but they played with an energy and verve, and the kind of brilliant musicianship that I haven't heard from ANY band in a very long time. Norman Gibson was the man responsible for the promotion, so another triumph Norman! I actually went along mainly to catch up with our former trombone player Eddie Taylor, who I hadn't seen for far too long. He joined the J.J.B. fairly recently, and he has slotted in like he'd been with them for years. If you get the chance to hear these guys, don't miss it. If you are not amazed by them, go see your nearest medicine man. They are absolutely terrific. - Lez Bull

Many thanks to all concerned.

 For those who missed this one, be sure to make a note in your diaries of 14th April, and get listed by ringing me, the promoter, on 0152-855770 or Cath 01524 32020

Lets keep Jazzin'

Regards Norman Gibson 

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