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Review: Iain MacKenzie performs jazz at Pegwell Bay Hotel

By Isle of Thanet Gazette  |  Posted: April 05, 2013

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MICHAEL Parkinson described Iain MacKenzie as an up-and-coming jazz musician.

Hey presto, he is now currently the principal male vocalist of Ronnie Scotts Jazz Orchestra.

So to say I was excited at the prospect of seeing him would be an understatement.

I even bought his album two days before his performance after hearing a snippet from Twice on Sunday.

The wood-panelled room created the very best of atmospheres.

Guest Iain MacKenzie performed with Paul Booth on sax, Andee Price on bass, Frances Knight on piano and Jimmy Tagford on the drums.

These four wonderful musicians come together regularly in Ramsgate and they are all of a very high standard.

For their first set they kicked off the night with My Secret Love, I knew Iain MacKenzie's voice oozed tender sentimentality and I wondered how the audience would react.

Immediately they smiled, we had our very own Michael Buble here in Ramsgate.

That's All had us whooping and wooing.

Love Is The Tender Trap, with delicate interplay from Andee, Frances and Jimmy, both who gave a virtuoso performance.

These jazz evenings are always presented in a suitably light-hearted way and Paul Booth, my favourite saxophonist, always connects with his audience.

I could not help but think it is not always what you know but who you know and with Paul touring around the world these days and working with some of the best, how lucky are we that he entices them to Ramsgate on such occasions.

On A Clear Day with Paul on flute and Stanley Tarrantine's Sugar were amazing.

But the jazz medley, On a Street Where You Live and Could Have Danced All Night I have to say, brought tears to my eyes.

The second set opened with But Not For Me then together with Angel Eyes and My Kind Of Girl every song was thoroughly absorbing. Our evening ended with Day In Day Out and left us all just wanting more and more and more.

If you were able to purchase tickets for Rod Stewart's tour, look out for Paul, he's the cool sax player.

Review by Helen Waddington

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