The Dime Notes
Chipping Sodbury Town Hall
Doors open from 6.30pm
LONDON-based vintage jazz specialists The Dime Notes dig back into the blues-drenched sounds of clarinet-driven 1920’s New Orleans jazz, unearthing a repertoire of stomps, blues and forgotten gems of that era from musicians such as Johnny Dodds, Jelly Roll Morton and Red Nichols.
Fronted by Chris Barber’s long-time clarinettist David Horniblow, an established figure on the London jazz scene, and American pianist and composer Andrew Oliver, the band is anchored by the unstoppable pulse of London’s finest rhythm guitarist Dave Kelbie. The bass chair is occupied by native Londoner Tom Wheatley, in demand across many genre boundaries with his huge sound and stylistic versatility.
The Dime Notes present a fresh take on a timeless style, emphasizing the propulsive grooves and sultry melodies which made early jazz revolutionary, controversial, and wildly popular. One thing we tend to forget is how sexy this brand of early jazz can be. It’s easy to assume that Jelly Roll Morton, Sidney Bechet et al can’t speak to a younger generation, but Andrew Oliver’s quartet lays that notion to rest. David Horniblow’s clarinet and Tom Wheatley’s double bass dig in deep on numbers imbued with the habanera – or what Morton called “the Spanish tinge”. Dave Kelbie on rhythm guitar is a notable jazz and gypsy music accompanist and those early years of Spanish rhythms and European Gypsy Jazz, coming into the melting pot that became jazz, are very close to his musical heart.
Following in the eminent footsteps of Jacqui Dankworth, Kenny Ball and Acker Bilk the Dime Notes will continue the tradition of excellent live jazz gigs in Chipping Sodbury. Who better than David Horniblow, who is one of very few people to have performed in the bands of all three of the legendary 3Bs of British Jazz: Chris Barber, Kenny Ball, and Acker Bilk, to carry on that tradition? If you are a fan of jazz this is a great band to follow, their love and knowledge of jazz is clearly apparent, and the music is high quality, authentic and evocative of days gone past.
Tickets are available now from Cadeaux & Co in Hatherell's Yard or the website below. If you'd like to hear the Dime Notes play, their website has several samples: https://thedimenotes.com.