Jazz Supper at Ann et Vin
A review of The Tony Giles All Stars, featuring Guy Garrett, by John Toogood
“The first of five Sunday Night Jazz Supper evenings, held on the third Sunday of the month at the well- appointed Ann et Vin Wine Bar in Newark, commenced last Sunday with the sensational Tony Giles All Stars Quintet and guest vocalist Guy Garrett setting the high-jump bar very high for fellow musicians to emulate over the forthcoming summer months.
“The backbone of the ‘All Stars’ are proven soloists from the ranks of The Good Guys Orchestra, and did not disappoint the fifty or so diners who were able to enjoy a most acceptable hot supper, whilst listening to and enjoying some funky, Latin, or evergreen standards from a well chosen choice of composers and arrangers to suit all tastes.
“Fronting the band was multi-instrumental reed player Tony Giles, with the equally talented Thom Whitworth who alternated between Trumpet and Guitar as required, alongside him. The Rhythm section consisted of Mark Ferguson (Piano) Ed Hemsley (Bass) and Andy ‘Sticks’ Thomas appropriately enough behind the drum kit.
“The line up was completed by Band Leader, Vocalist, Raconteur and general ‘Good Guy’ Guy Garrett who entertained us with songs as varied as “All of Me”,”Fly Me to the Moon” and “Summertime” with a clever segue into “Moondance”.
“The whole tone of this most enjoyable evening was set by the opening number ‘Mercy, Mercy, Mercy’ the well know soul-jazz number that was a huge hit for Cannonball Adderley in 1966. This 20-Bar structure tune, with four distinctive sections, had us all toe-tapping from the outset, and did not let up for the next couple of hours. The sheer variety, enthusiasm and quality of the playing and singing is hard to fault, and I predict that this new venture, on what is usually a ‘quiet’ night for us jazz fans, will be a huge success, it certainly deserves to be.
“The next Jazz Supper Evening is at 7.30 on Sunday 17th May, and features The Shannon Reilly Trio…..book early on 01636 700 900 to avoid disappointment for what again promises to be a memorable evening.”