A quite incredible top class music club has been quietly growing in a Vale village. The Long Dog Jazz Club in Waddesdon started in a very low key way a year ago but the world class quality of the professional musicians who play there has ensured a rapid and growing reputation.
Steve Vintner, a session musician drummer who has played with Ronnie Scott, the Pet Shop Boys, Westlife and Shirley Bassey is the man behind the club writes Heather Jan Brunt.
He has brought to the village high calibre musicians including tenor saxophonist Mornington Lockett, jazz guitarist Nigel Price, tenor saxophonist Ben Castle and trombone player Gordon Campbell.
Steve lives in Grendon Underwood and the idea for the fortnightly jazz club developed when he called into The Long Dog one day and got chatting with landlord Alan Richards.
“It was an accident of fate,” said Steve, who was walking his dog in Waddesdon and called into the pub.
“I told Alan I was a musician and he said he wanted to start a music night at the pub.
“I think he was thinking of something like a jam night, but I wanted to put on something properly and we’ve now got quite an amazing thing going on in this tiny little village of Waddesdon.
“The locals seem to love it, it’s like a little treasure.”
The jazz nights are held every second Tuesday, the next one is on Tuesday July 8.
The music starts at 8.30pm and is so popular landlord Alan advises anyone who wants to eat first to book.
Alan said: “It is really good, we have worldclass musicians here twice a month.
“Steve is very talented.
“I’ve always really loved jazz, I went to Blue Note in London when I was a kid and I used to go to Ronnie Scott’s and I’ve been to Birdcage in New York.
“Steve and I built up a relationship and he said there were a lot of top musicians lived near here, really top world class musicians.
“A lot of guests come over to the pub from Waddesdon Manor or the Five Arrows and they are overwhelmed by the standard of the music.”
Entry to the jazz club is free.
Guests who want to eat first are advised to book.
But at 8.30pm Alan says everyone just starts to pile in for the music starting.
Steve’s wife Mim Grey, a singer songwriter who has worked with Paul McCartney, Dave Stewart and Michael Ball, also performs at the jazz nights and does a couple of numbers.
She is currently number three in the UK country music charts.