Norwich Jazz Party 2010
Themed sets, devoted to the work of a particular composer or musician, saw the lead musicians often creating new arrangements or new instrumental line-ups to bring freshness to familiar work. "Silver Collection," led by saxophonist Katie Brown, featured some intriguing re-workings of Horace Silver songs, including "Summer in Central Park" and "Filthy McNasty," while Hammer produced a similarly inventive set of Tadd Dameron tunes. "John's Bunch," led by Scott Hamilton, was a poignant tribute to the late pianist, with John Pearce on piano and Hamilton on tenor both playing with exceptional warmth.
Audience numbers were up from the previous year, despite the world's financial problems, and bookings were already being made for 2011 even as the Party was in full swing. Jazz Parties may be a rarity here in the UK, but the Norwich Jazz Party builds on its success year after year, keeping the flag flying for mainstream swinging jazz.