Tuesday 13 April 2010

Adventuring with an English Grandma!!!

Last November when I was doing my Christmas Shopping and looking for a present for my Grandma I happened upon some tickets for a Jazz and Jive show in the nearest big City to where we live.  My Grandma absolutely loves Jazz and I being an obviously outstanding Granddaughter thought that these would be the ideal Christmas present.  Fast forward 6 months and last Thursday I found myself on the loveliest day of the year so far in the City with Grandma:

Knowing that I wouldn't get any tea, Grandma even made me a pack-up to eat in the car on the way to the Theatre!!!!  Our first stop (surprisingly!) was the bar and then we positioned ourselves at a view point overlooking the front door.  After a couple of minutes watching everyone arrive my Grandma said 'Gosh, they are all a bit old aren't they?'!!!  I looked at her and burst out laughing......Grandma is 80!!!  In all fairness I believe I was the youngest person there by at least 40 years!

First of all we had the Jive section of the night with the 'Jive Aces'.  I wasn't too sure when they started playing the first song but by the end of it I was hooked.  They sang some Rat Pack songs like 'Mack the Knife' as well as 'Sing, Sing, Sing' and 'All of Me'.  The Lead Singer was very amusing and they were all round a fun, toe tapping, fine sounding bunch!!  Grandma thought that they were amazing especially when the Piano player was playing and jumping around at the same time!

After another wine water break it was time for the Jazz.  Now I'm not really the biggest lover of Jazz anyway but as I say Grandma loves it and that's why we were there!  Apparently she's been a fan of Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen for a while but they seemed really old to me (as an aside my Mum said they seemed really old to her back in the '60's!!!)!!  Again Kenny was very amusing and they were just outstanding musicians but I'm all about the singing and Jazz hands and they did a lot of Instrumental stuff which just wasn't for me....sorry Kenny!!!

One of the nicest things about the evening was Grandma reminiscing about her past and telling me about the places she used to go dancing at and how she met my Grandad!  What a jolly good evening and so nice to see Grandma enjoying herself!!