Hello and a somewhat belated Happy New Year (seeing as it is nearly February) I’ve been a bit busy of late so it has taken a while to sit down and put pen to paper. I was a little surprised to see how long it has been since I last wrote a blog, where does the time go. Right, well that’s the excuses over and apologies if you’ve felt neglected, I’m here now and I promise to be a bit more frequent and extra interesting this year.
So, I’d better tell you about what’s been happening. One thing which I’m really chuffed about is my website won an award from Jazz Yorkshire. I can’t really take the credit for that as all the clever stuff was done by an old chum of mine, Tony Otyehel a genius with code and a mighty fine keyboard player to boot. His website isÂ www.visutech.netÂ well worth a look and I recommend him highlyÂ for any web design.The awards ceremony was held in Halifax in the Dean Clough complex, it was a great night and felt a bit like the Yorkshire Oscars. It was so nice to meet up with loads of people I haven’t seen for ages. Pianist Dave Newton and sax player Alan Barnes did a fine job at playing a different tune appropriate to each of the winners as they walked onto the stage to collect their award (I honestly can’t remember mine) before been joined by Ken Marley on bass to play some fantastic jazz.
I used to play every Monday night with Ken at the Flying Pizza in Leeds. Jimmy Savile used to come down and listen and tell us stories about Frank Sinatra. I think he had magic arms (Jimmy not Ken, who only had magic fingers) as people often wanted their photo’s taken with him and it didn’t seem to matter how many people there were posed for the photo he always managed to get his arms around them all. He’s 85 now and still wears his gold suits and has his trademark cigar although of course it’s never lit.
Talking of cigars in Zion, Illinois in the USA it is illegal for anyone to give lighted cigars to dogs, cats, and other domesticated animals kept as pets, presumably wild animals can smoke them though, it is also forbidden to fish while sitting on a giraffe’s neck apparently but I guess that’s a different story.
I’ve got one or two interesting projects lined up for the New Year but I think it might be best to tell you all about those in my next post.
So until the next time. Cheerio for now.