I was both honoured and delighted to be asked to play dinner jazz for Nick and Antoinette Faulkner’s Golden Wedding Anniversary celebrations at Blackfriars Hall last Saturday. It was a glittering occasion, with elegant guests, beautiful food and a sparkling ambience in this most stylish of venues.
The Bösendorfer piano on the stage has a rich and velvety sound, and I played two 45-minute sets of (mostly) jazz – throwing in a couple of lovely classical works, one by Beethoven, the other by Chopin. The jazz numbers from my set included:
The Shadow Of Your Smile, Take Five, Somewhere Over The Rainbow, Round Midnight, Embraceable You, Summertime.
There was also some Elton John, and the hosts’ favourite, two songs by Rod Stewart: Sailing, and You’re In My Heart, You’re In My Soul.