So Tuesday was Graduation Day at Norwich University College of the Arts. After each ceremony (there were three in all) Eastern Straynotes were on hand to play acoustic jazz for the champagne reception. Electrically amplified music is forbidden in Blackfriars Hall so Andy Kirkham (centre of picture) was able to demonstrate his powers of vocal projection.
Personally I love playing acoustically, finding a natural balance between the instruments and tailoring that to the demands of the space and the occasion. It can be challenging, certainly, but it is music making at its most refined and satisfying.
This is the band's fourth year playing for this event so I can only assume we must be doing something right.