Whilst Cheltenham basked in its annual Jazz Festival, Dean Close transformed its dining room for one night only in the name of Ronnie Scott’s. The room was unrecognisable as it was totally transformed into an atmospheric club-like venue, complete with bistro tables and moody lighting. The aim was to create a warm and relaxed atmosphere where the mix of music, food and conversation could all come together to make an enjoyable and memorable occasion for both the performers and the audience. And it did!
The different array of bands also added to this escapism. There were some classic jazz standards from the combo group: ‘St Thomas’, ‘Cousin Mary’ and ‘Woodchoppers Ball’ to name a few. This was enhanced by some wonderful solo items which showcased some real Jazz talent, such as Jason Richard’s rendition of two Bill Evans piano transcriptions or the musical humour and personality of the Rat Pack which was perfectly captured in the vocal sets which included such classic numbers as ‘Volare’, ‘Mambo Italiano’ and ‘When or Where’.
The evening was brought to a close with the full Big Band whose numbers included ‘Birdland’ ‘Hip to be ‘Square’ and the ‘Look of Love’. The food also played a major part in the evening with a wonderful array of different bowl foods. This event really was a feast for all the senses.