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Friday, April 27, 2007

Pete Towndrow; The Magna jazz Band 


On Thursday evening we went to the Berrylands Hotel in Surbiton, where Brian White's Magna jazz band performs every week. On this occasion Pete Towndrow (cornet & trumpet) was the star of the show so he is pictured.

For his solo during the number 'Autumn Leaves' he seamlessly included the M.A.S.H. theme 'Suicide is Painless' to the approval of the audience.

He provided the vocal for 'Am I Blue', showing that he is at least the equal of the regular singers.

For 'Perdido Street Blues' he produced the classic cornet sound of the era.

His feature was the Harry James number 'I've Heard That Song Before' played first on trumpet in Harry James' style and then on cornet.

Finally, we loved his muted cornet solo for 'Saratoga Swing'.

Our dream team would have Pete as the lead !

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