Scarborough Jazz

September - December 2018

Every Wednesday unless indicated otherwise.

Door open at 8pm. Music starts at 8.45pm.

September 5
Thom Whitworth
It’s very unusual to find a player who is creative and fluent on two very different instruments: the trumpet and guitar. Thom Whitworth is undoubtedly a rising star and is now well known on the jazz club and festival circuit. His influences include Miles Davis, Arturo Sandoval, Wes Montgomery and Pat Metheny.

Backed by Mike Gordon Trio (MG3) £5

September 12
AC3
This innovative trio play the music of the prolific writer and piano virtuoso Adam Carpenter. Local stars bassist Rowan Oliver and drummer Tom Townsend complete the band which is inspired by jazz, gospel, funk and world music. Irresistible stuff! £5

September 19
Jon Taylor
Jon doesn’t like marketing himself so he says: ‘Please choose any or all of the following adjectives and insert them in the text at your discretion. 
Superb, Exciting, Scintillating, Daring, Creative, Intriguing, Beautiful, Wonderful, Giving, Caring, Marvellous, Humble, Brilliant, Louder, faster and higher
.. than anyone else!’ He’s a great sax and flute player and a pretty cool singer.

MG3 £5

September 26
Nicola Farnon Trio
We have booked a very special band for this pre- Scarborough Jazz Festival gig. Nicola Farnon is an amazing singer and bassist. She’s lively and charismatic and is backed by Piero Tucci on sax and piano and Phil Johnson on drums and percussion. We sold out last year and had to turn people away. So get your tickets well in advance. £8

October3
No gig post festival

October 10
Tiptoe
Tiptoe are Alice Higgins vocals / Will Blackstone trumpet / Conall Mulvenna guitar / and Roz MacDonald double bass. Alice Higgins is backed by an intimate trumpet-guitar-string bass group playing fresh swinging perspectives of the music of Ella Fitzgerald and Michael Jackson, as well as their own songs, in a warm, relaxed vein. A hugely popular group which is generously sponsored by our regulars Dave, James, John and Mervyn. £6

October17
Tina Featherstone
Talented Tina Featherstone, who plays flute, clarinet and tenor sax, is extremely popular with Scarborough Jazz audiences. ‘It’s always a pleasure playing with Tina,’ says keyboards player Mike Gordon. ‘She plays classic jazz standards interspersed with intriguing original compositions.’

MG3 £5

October 24
Benn Clatworthy Quartet
Born in England, Benn has been based in Los Angeles for almost 40 years.
He is recognised as a truly world class player and has performed with Herbie Hancock, Cedar Walton and Bobbie Shew. He is backed by an all star trio: John Donaldson (keyboards), Simon Thorpe (bass) and Darren Beckett (drums).
‘Some of the most emotive and creative jazz this side of Sonny Rollins.’
(Edinburgh Evening News); ‘Gladiator of the sax.’ (Manchester Evening News); ‘Sublime’ (Jazz Times) £8

October 31
Martin Jones & Matt Smith
Martin has become an acknowledged expert in relaxed vocal and trumpet techniques. He now plays nationally and internationally within the jazz field. Saxophonist Matt Smith has toured and recorded throughout the UK and in Europe and is well known as a composer, educator and arranger.
This is an exciting front line.

With MG3 £5

November 7
Mark Chandler & Munch Manship
This is a new pairing for Scarborough Jazz. Mark is one of the top trumpeters in the UK, working internationally and with a musical spectrum from Humphrey Lyttelton to Matt Monro to Gladys Knight and the Pips. Saxophonist Munch is firmly established as a sought after soloist in jazz clubs across the country. A great night ahead! £5

November 14
Stony Jazz & Friends
The superb voice of Rich Adams and inventive keyboards playing of Mark Gordon are the basis of Stony, a highly popular and experienced local group that on this occasion will focus on jazz. They assure us they do have friends so expect some surprises at this gig. £6

November 21
Jim Birkett & Emma Fisk
This talented duo were a tremendous success when they last performed for Scarborough Jazz. They will play music inspired by the great jazz violin/guitar partnerships of Joe Venuti and Eddie Lang and Stephane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt. ‘Sparks never fail to fly when you put these two giants of north east music together. ‘ (Be-Bop Spoken Here) £5

November 28
Matt Ball
Nothing beats the trombone for the warmth of its sound, and in Matt’s hands this is combined with delicate expressiveness and foot tapping swing and some nicely laid back vocals. Mark has toured with Atomic Kitten, Gloria Gaynor, Ben. E. King, Percy Sledge, Martha Reeves, and The Temptations and played at Ronnie Scott’s and the London 02 arena.

With MG3. £5

December 5
Jazz Aesthetic
Jazz Aesthetic always enchants Scarborough audiences with its energy and challenging repertoire of contemporary jazz. The band comprises music students from the University of Hull, directed by Peter Elsdon. Each year the line-up varies – there may be nine players, there may be twelve! £5

December 12
Players’ Night
This is always a night for surprises. Anyone who frequents Scarborough Jazz and would like to play or sing some jazz is welcome to perform. It’s an evening of variety and emerging talent. The resident trio will be happy to provide backing if required. Please contact Mike Gordon (01723 379818) if you would like to take part. It’s a fun night. £5

December19
Christmas Party with the New York Brass Band
For our Christmas party leader James Lancaster is putting together a special selection of some of Yorkshire’s finest musicians. Their repertoire reflects a broad range of styles from jazz to pop, reggae to funk and New Orleans to ska. So it’s going to be a very jolly and entertaining evening. And there’ll be food to go with it!
‘A must see genre-splitting band’ The Guardian. £6

Dates for your diary
28 – 29 September
Scarborough Jazz Festival

 

 

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September - December 2018

Weds September 5
Thom Whitworth

Weds September 12
AC3

Weds September 19
Jon Taylor

Weds September 26
Nicola Farnon Trio

28 – 29 September
Scarborough Jazz Festival

Weds October3
No gig post festival

Weds October 10
Tiptoe

Weds October17
Tina Featherstone

Weds October 24
Benn Clatworthy Quartet

Weds October 31
Martin Jones & Matt Smith

Weds November 7
Mark Chandler & Munch Manship

Weds November 14
Stony Jazz & Friends

Weds November 21
Jim Birkett & Emma Fisk

Weds November 28
Matt Ball

Weds December 5
Jazz Aesthetic

Weds December 12
Players’ Night

Weds December19
Christmas Party with the New York Brass Band

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