Following last year’s successful ‘sold out’ Birmingham Old Rep Theatre WW1 & D-Day commemorative concert, vocalist Gary Lewis and the Don Mather Big Band are returning to the city on September 5th. This time the venue will be the stunning Science Museum ’thinktank’ at Millennium Point.
2015 is the 75th anniversary of the Battle Of Britain and the 70th anniversary of V.E. Day. The concert will feature related music plus tributes to Winston Churchill and Frank Sinatra, it will also give the unique opportunity to dance to the sound of Glenn Miller under the museums Spitfire and Hurricane aircraft. Working closely with the museum Gary said “ This concert will not only be commemorating those great historical events and the people who took part, but also help highlight the opening of the museums new ‘Spitfire Gallery’.
Over 60% of all wartime Spitfires produced were built in Birmingham at the old Castle Bromwich works, Gary added “I can’t think of a more appropriate venue to host this very special anniversary concert”.
Good News Stratford Jazz at No.1 re-opens in April. Stratford Jazz restarts with a real blockbuster on Wednesday, 8th April at 8pm.
Featuring the cream of the Midlands jazz talent, bassist Ben Markland brings his excellent quintet On the front-line is saxophonist Chris Bowden with trumpeter Bryan Corbett, sterling support from Al Gurr on piano and Neil Bullock on drums completes this prestigious quintet. For more information about fortnightly live jazz on Wednesday evenings visit www.stratfordjazz.org.uk.
Southside Big band, have a very special guest at the April Concert, Eleanor Keenan.
Ellie spent nine years as featured vocalist with the Syd Lawrence Orchestra and with the BBC Big Band, the Joe Loss Orchestra and the Great British Big Band. She also toured extensively as a supporting artiste with Tom Jones and Engelbert Humperdinck.
The ever popular Edgar Marcias is back in Birmingham for a few weeks in April, he will be performing at The Blue Piano on Wed, 15th, 22th, 29th
... keep Jazzin’
TOM HILL & ZZ BOP
WITH IAN ELLIS, CRAIG MILVERTON, NICK MILWARD
WITH THE CLIFF EDGE TRIO
PLUS – MUSICIANS MASTERCLASS WITH ALAN (£10)
Concert entrance fee…still only £6
at LEAMINGTON RUGBY CLUB, KENILWORTH ROAD
CV32 6RG, LEAMINGTON SPA.
Contact – Stewart 07780 954 909, John – 07919 210 510
International Jazz Day
Interplay jazz group is very proud to be welcoming South African trumpet star Claude Deppa to share the stage at the Pump Rooms in Leamington Spa, to celebrate International Jazz Day. Claude's fiery and direct style will add dynamic energy and range to Interplay's distinctive sound, and Adrian Litvinoff, the group’s leader and composer, is writing new arrangements to make the most of his presence in the front line.
Claude came to the UK from South Africa and immediately made an impact. He was a founder member of Jazz Warriors, Courtney Pine's hugely influential all black big band. He was MD for Julian Bahula's Jabula Orchestra and Louis Moholo's Viva La Black, and has also worked with Andy Sheppard and Carla Bley for many years. His other credits include appearances with many giants of global jazz such as Hermeto Pascoal, Manu Dibango, Tony Allen, Miriam Makeba, Jonas Gwangwa and Chris McGregor.
Claude has also been a long-standing member of the Grand Union Orchestra, the unique multi-cultural jazz orchestra and music education ensemble run by Tony Haynes. Claude and Grand Union worked extensively in Warwickshire schools and colleges during 1988 - 90, which is how he and Adrian first met.
Interplay features Alan Wakeman (reeds) Richard Baker (trombone) Neil Hunter (keyboard) Adrian Litvinoff (basses) and Dave Balen (drums, percussion). Based in Leamington, the band puts out an infectious blend of expressive jazz, global rhythms and original ideas. Gilles Peterson called their last album ‘Global’ a ‘beautiful record’, and Ian Mann (aka TheJazzMann) described them as having ‘a distinctive group sound and philosophy’ and ‘potentially more than a ‘regional’ outfit’.
Interplay has been together for over 7 years and all the members are well known in their own right. Alan Wakeman can often be heard in company with Mike Westbrook, and Neil Hunter is frequently called on to accompany players such as Tony Kofi and Greg Abate. Richard Baker is a popular guest soloist around the Midlands; Adrian Litvinoff’s other involvements reflect his wide-ranging musical interests, from Celtic fusion to Blues and Soul; and Dave Balen enjoys a growing reputation as a Tabla player.
Also on the bill is Three Way Split featuring Ian Hill, Wayne Matthews and David Anderson. This new trio performs original compositions by Ian Hill merging soul, reggae, jazz and other genres. Ian Hill, (saxes, voice) is very well known to Midlands audiences for his melodic and inventive playing. Wayne Matthews is a much-in-demand bassist with a very personal, fluid style, while David Anderson is a highly experienced drummer with credits on both sides of the Atlantic, currently working with The South (formerly the Beautiful South).
Now in its fourth year, International Jazz Day is becoming a major milestone in the Jazz Calendar all around the world. It was established by jazz piano supremo Herbie Hancock in his role as UNESCO Cultural Ambassador, and is supported by the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz (USA).
The event is on 30th April at 7.30pm at The Pump Rooms, Parade, Leamington Spa CV32 4AA.
Tickets £10 can be bought online at http://tinyurl.com/ouy5h9x or by phone 01926 334418
This is an ‘In The Moment’ production and is generously supported by Warwick District Council.
• Thursday 30th April 8pm •
The Bryan Corbett Quartet
With Alan Barnes
• Thursday 21st May 8pm •
The Chris Gumbley Quintet
£12 on the door
The Albany Club
10 Earlsdon Street, Earlsdon
Coventry, CV5 6EG
To book tickets in advance contact Neil McGowan 07811 203727 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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