Oct 24, 2015: Andrea Vicari

Many thanks to Andrea for an excellent session in which we covered:

“Fables of Faubus” by Charles Mingus
“Boogie Stop Shuffle” by Charles Mingus

In a popular session, Andrea arranged the members of the co-op as if they were an orchestra with the rhythm section at the back and the front-line at the front, thus breaking a decade or so of tradition.

Both pieces have their issues with quite a complex structure for Fables and just sheer speed for Boogie Stop, but under Andrea’s exacting leadership and armed with parts for all the instruments the co-op had fun creating respectable performances of both of the tricky pieces as well as having plenty of improv chances too.

Many thanks to Andrea for an exciting session.

November 29, 2014: Nic France

Many thanks to Nic France for a great session in which we covered:

Recordame” by Joe Henderson
Boogie Stop Shuffle” by Charlie Mingus
A Night in Tunisia” by Dizzy Gillespie and Frank Paparelli

A lot of playing got done in this session, with Nic marshalling the troops to great effect providing us with appropriate bass lines, intros and the like to a great selection of tunes.

Many thanks to Nic for an enjoyable session.