Friday the 6th of February, I attended a wonderful music night at the Aspire Centre in Ryde. It was to raise money for the ongoing renovations at the community centre. As mentioned in previous article A.I.M.M (Aspire Inspirational Musical Movement) are looking to build a community recording studio & rehearsal space, as well as continuing to provide a variety of services already available to the islands’ residents. The night started with the Jazz Tone Trio comprising of Jules Nelson on guitar, Ric Stanbridge on bass and vocals, and Jack Henson on drums. They played a total of 6 songs, starting off mellow and smooth with an instrumental named ‘Mercy, Mercy, Mercy’. They became more upbeat with a Sinatra cover of ‘Lady is a Tramp’ and ended their set with Jules singing ‘Everybody Wants To Rule The World’ by Tears for Fears. It was exceptional. They were incredibly tight as a band with some of the most controlled drumming from Jack Henson.
After a short intermission as the bands changed around, we had the Beatles cover band the ‘Apple Beatles’ perform. We once again had Ric Stanbridge on bass, Jules Nelson was on piano this time around, Ben Allman on second guitar, Chris Wilkes on drums and a singer & guitarist who I can’t find the name of. They played a total of 11 songs including a 3 song compilation. They started off with ‘Come Together’, then Ric took over vocals with ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’. The compilation included ‘Sgt. Peppers Lonely Heart Club Band’, followed by ‘Little Help From My Friends’ and ending with ‘Daytripper’. They finished off their set with a sing-a-long of ‘Hey Jude’. It was a true treat for any Beatles fan.
The night ended with a truly groovy set from The Soul Lounge. Ric Stanbridge was on guitar and vocals, Jules Nelson on Bass, Michael Holdcroft and Andy Parkin on saxophone, Tim Parkin on trumpet, Jack Henson on drums and Mr. Bryant on keys.
They had the dance floor bustling from the beginning of their 10 song set, starting off with a great rendition of ‘Soul Man’ originally sung by duo ‘Sam & Dave’. They then carried on with James Browns version of ‘This is a Mans’ World’, followed by Marvin Gaye’s ‘What’s Goin’ On’ which included a wonderful trumpet solo from Tim Parkin. During the fourth song (‘Sir Duke by Stevie Wonder), Jules and Ric switched instruments! From this point forward, Ric was on bass and Jules was on guitar. A second guitarist added as they carried on with more soul classics such as ‘Move On Up’ by Curtis Mayfield, ‘Give Me The Night’ by George Benson, ‘Superstition’ and ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered’ both sung by Stevie Wonder. They finished off the night with Jules singing ‘Shake Ya Body Down to the Ground’. The night was incredible and the centre was packed. The talents of all who performed shined out as many swapped and changed between the different bands showing great versatility. In total over £300 we’re raised on the night. Well done to all involved.
Written by Stephanie Manfield