Concert Review – Baby Jools and the Jazzaholics

Review and photos by Ben Macnair and Dave Jones

Traditional Jazz was the order of the day when Baby Jools and the Jazzaholics made their Lichfield Guildhall debut. An enthusiastic crowd braved the cold January night to hear an evening of swing and jazz standards played with verve, dexterity and expertise, delivered with aplomb by the six piece.

Baby Jools

Led by drum protégé Julyan Aldridge, the rest of the group was trumpet player and singer Danny Illet, trombonist and singer Miek Owen, clarinettist and saxophonist Karl Hird, banjo player, guitarist and singer Brian Mellor and double bass player Jim Swinnerton. They played a number of jazz and blues standards that ranged from the traditional jazz gospel of Jesus on the Mainline, to the Chimes, a showcase for collective music making that included Westminster Chimes, played in the coda.

Baby Jools

All of the musicians were given the opportunity to showcase their talents, with solos and strong support from all of the players. Brian Mellor led the group through Farewell to Storyville, whilst the lively bebop like Panama Bound closed the concert.

Those Were The Days, a Paul McCartney song made famous by Mary Hopkin served as the encore, and added new colours to an already familiar song.

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