Concert Review – Sticky Wicket and His Swing Orchestra

The drummer Sticky Wicket bought his talented Swing Orchestra to Lichfield, when they played a series of classic jazz, jump and jive songs to finish Lichfield Art’s Blues and Jazz 2017 festival.
The ensemble of saxophonist Chris Gumbley, keyboard player Danny McCormack, guitarist Geoff Tooley, bassist Tomas Pedersen, and singer Linda Morris played jump, and jive songs with a strong emphasis on dancing music. An enthusiastic audience, some of whom were dressed in 1930’s, 1940’s and 1950’s clothing.
The music ranged from songs made famous by names such as Glenn Miller, Louis Prima, and Gene Krupa, and whilst each of the musicians was given their own time in the spot-light, many of the musical highlights were from Sticky Wicket, whose musical contribution, on the drums, and anything else within hitting distance led an easy swinging feel to the music.
Songs played ranged from the forties and fifties, with Gene Krupa’s Boogie Blues opening the set, whilst Linda Morris added her fine vocal and stage presence to such songs as Why Don’t You Do Right? And Lady Be Good. Things were slowed down a little during I’m Beginning To See The Light, and The Way You Look Tonight. Nobody Here But Us Chickens, and the closing version of Glenn Miller’s Tuxedo Junction certainly put the swing back into the evening.
More familiar fare featured in the second half of the concert, with songs such as Chatanooga Choo Choo, Don’t Sit Under The Apple Tree With Anyone Else But Me, and When You’re Smiling, whilst on encore of Louis Armstrong’s Wonderful World was a more than fitting end to this concert.

Words and photography by Ben Macnair

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