Ghost Dance 2002
Some members of the new house band
Fosse Way Magazine - 7 Jul 2005

How do you turn a very British village Hall into a Paris Boulevard cafe? Draw the curtains, turn the lights down low and decorate the tables with tea lights and fresh summer flowers.

Then bring on Nunney Jazz Cafe musicians armed with a sheaf of French-themed jazz tunes.  Add a delicious selection of organic vegetarian food made by the Garden Cafe in Frome - et voila!

Of course, it's not really that simple.  There has to be the je ne sais quoi that offers more than mere mimicry.

Pianist Keith Harrison-Broninski delivered a melange of styles with verve and panache, while Pete Judge's trumpet was a subtle joy, whether supporting or solo.

The pair received strong support from the suave and velvet tones of Dave Griffith on double bass and the mesmorising beats of Kevin O'Rourke on drums.

The gig also featured poets Ann Harrison-Broninski and Sam Smith reading their own works, sensitively backed by the band. There were also three songs from Emma Harris, a rising star on the jazz scene.

This was Nunney Jazz Cafe's first evening venture after a string of successful afternoon sessions. I'm hooked on both and hope they continue to offer both options.

LucyAnn Palmer