Dan Johnson - Stamford 2/7/21
Dan Johnson (guitarist) tells us in his biography, that he was initially intrigued by the sounds of The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, The Smiths and Stray Cats and that he “started to play along by ear on a cheap Argos classical – after a lot of perseverance and hacking away, eventually I was ready for my first electric guitar”.
As a teenager he started to delve into jazz, funk, soul, ambient, indie and classic pop; but from his 20’s Dan’s main focus was jazz.
“During this time I was lucky to meet a local sax player and all round amazing guy Eddie Kettlewell who turned me on to lots of great jazz and was very encouraging in what I was doing”.
This led to many years of playing with local and not so local jazz musicians, including gigs with Dave O’Higgins, Joe Giglio and Sheryl Bailey amongst others.
This gig is Dan’s third appearance with P.R.S. so expect some exciting interpretations of their favourite jazz standards…
Our headline artists play with the Stray’s House band P.R.S. who are Si Potts (drums), Steve Rodda (geetar) and Stray’s own Mat Short (bass).
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Don’t worry, you can change the quantity from your basket…
HOW IT WORKS:
Doors open at 7:30pm and food is available to order from this time, until 9:00pm. Seats are unallocated, so get in early if you have specific requirements – please note, we always give priority to elderly, single and customers with disabilities. If you have requested specific seating, wherever possible we will aim to accommodate you.
We want you to have a great night with us! However, one man’s boogie is another man’s dirge, so we operate a minimal talking policy during the performances. We ask you to consider your neighbours in this respect, particularly in light of the current Covid-19 restrictions.
The band play two sets, from 8:00pm til 8:45pm and then from 9:15pm til 10:00pm. With the new curfew rules, the shop must be vacated by 10:00pm, so these times are pretty strict! If there is a support act, they will perform from 7:30pm until the jazz starts.
We offer incentives to buy tickets on the night, to forthcoming gigs and recommend buying these in the interval, to save you waiting at the end of the night.
Lastly, from the staff at Stray’s and the house band, we look forward to seeing you and sharing some fabulous jazz with you…
… from the staff and musical collective at Stray’s Coffee – we couldn’t do this without you!
During the Covid-19 restrictions, we have changed the format of our events slightly.
In order to continue to offer live jazz safely, we ask you to read through these points and make sure you’re happy with them, before purchasing tickets.
We really want you to enjoy the jazz, but safety is of paramount importance.
Mat and the Stray’s Jazz Collective
|We will limit the number of people/tickets at each event, based on each shop, but for indoor performances, his will typically be around 30 persons per event.|
|We will sell virtual tickets online to remove one layer of unnecessary contact. These will be sold on a first-come, first served basis via the website or relevant shop. Tickets will be virtual, so no physical ticket will be issued. On the night, we will greet you at the door and take you to your table. At this point, we register your attendance for Test & Trace, using your booking details.|
|All ticket holders will have a table for their party size and we will allocate each table. We will not allow customers to move chairs/tables around, so if you have a preference, please use the ‘notes’ section to request close, middle or rear seating when ordering tickets.|
|We have safety screens to provide a barrier between tables where required|
|We will provide table service, to remove as many queues as possible, but won’t take orders at the table, once the performance has begun. This is to limit the need for shouting over the music! To order during the performance, you will need to come to the bar/servery, where we have installed full height screens, and we will bring orders to your table when they are ready.|
|We will only take card/contactless payments, as we do now.|
|We will operate a one-way system for customers where practicable.|
|Musicians will be 1-2m apart and there will be 1-2m space between the band and the first row of tables. The stage area will be marked out to ensure distancing between band members.|
|We may limit the lineup to 4, to allow suitable space between the musicians.|
|We request that you wear a face mask when leaving your table to move around the building. This can be removed when ordering at the counter and of course, once you return to your table. We respectfully ask you to observe the general government guidelines regarding who you attend our events with.|
|We will provide a free disposable face mask for any customers who have come without one. Hand sanitiser will be available and clearly marked at various points throughout the shop.|
|The table layout plan is an indication of how we will ensure tables are safely spaced. The layout is likely to change, depending on the various numbers who book, so for example, a table of 6 may be shown on the plan, but we may put two tables of 2 in that space, if it is safe to do so. So the seating will be in approximately the same areas as shown, albeit in different formats to conform to our risk assessments.|
|We reserve the right to refuse admission to anyone who is unable to comply with our Covid Secure measures.|