Scarborough Jazz

January - April 2017

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Weds 4th January | 8.45 pm | £5 on the door

Stuart MacDonald & Dennis Rollins

We kick off the new year with a return of a favourite pairing: Stuart MacDonald on saxes and Dennis Rollins on trombone. These two play jazz that is melodic and mellow or exciting and funky and always hugely enjoyable. More...

Weds 11th January | 8.45 pm | £4 on the door

Ben Lowman

A new regular performer at the club, Ben plays tenor sax, flute and clarinet as well as composing and arranging. He combines a rich full tone with bags of swing and technical agility.

With the MG3. More...

Weds 18th January | 8.45 pm | £6 on the door

Dave Clegg and Friends

Local pianist and arranger Dave Clegg brings his eight-piece band playing a mix of classic standards and cutting edge new arrangements, featuring the sublime vocals of Rich Adams. The line-up with Dave is John Mallinder (alto sax), Ralph Alder (tenor sax), Nigel Blenkiron (trumpet), Tony Turner (trombone) Bob Walker (bass) and Dave Pinkney (drums). More...

Weds 25th January | 8.45 pm | £4 on the door

Pete Lyons

An integral part of the Sheffield jazz scene for thirty years, Pete is a saxophonist with a wide range of styles having played a variety of contemporary and experimental music over the years. His major influences include Lee Konitz, Warne Marsh and Rich Perry. With MG3.

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Weds 1st February | 8.45 pm | £4 on the door

Simon Beddoe

London-based trumpeter and flugelhorn player Simon Beddoe has played with the Tommy Evans Jazz Orchestra and Jamil Sheriff Big Band and is a co-founder of Submotion Orchestra playing densely textured electronica. His influences include Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard and Donald Byrd.

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Weds 8th February | 8.45 pm | £5 on the door

Adams, Kemp & Gordon

Return of this great combination of musicians from different ensembles coming together to perform classic jazzy standards from 'The Great American Songbook': Cole Porter, Gershwin, Rogers and Hart. A joyful approach filled with good humour and pure enjoyment.

Featuring superb vocalist Rich Adams, with Dave Kemp (saxophone), Mark Gordon (keyboards), Bob Walker (bass) and Tom Townsend (drums).

Weds 15th February | 8.45pm | £7 on the door (£6 in advance*)

Jamil Sheriff Quartet

Jamil Sheriff is Head of the Jazz course at Leeds College of Music. He is known throughout the UK Jazz scene for his lyrical and rhythmic approach to original music, and this latest project is no exception. The group features Josh Kemp (saxes), Dave Walsh (drums) and Pete Turner (bass) and has been together since 2012. This tour is promoting their debut album 'Places Like This’, a collection of exciting music that shows off these extremely accomplished musicians.

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Weds 22nd February | 8.45pm | £5 on the door

Pat McCarthy Quartet featuring Shannon Reilly

A stand out gig if you like female vocalists. Shannon grew up listening to Etta James, Ella Fitzgerald, Doris Day and Peggy Lee and her singing brings out the essence of each song in spellbinding performances.

With Shannon are Pat McCarthy on guitar, whose fluency and swing earned him the accolade ‘world class’ from Humphrey Lyttleton, Thom Whitworth on trumpet, a sensitive, imaginative improviser, and Warren Jolly whose bass playing has accompanied some of the best known names in jazz and pop. A quartet that works beautifully together.

Supported by Jazz North.

Weds 1st March | 8.45pm | £5 on the door

Al Wood & Trevor Vincent

Two multi-instrumentalists, Al will be playing mainly alto and baritone saxes, with perhaps a bit of trumpet thrown in, Trevor will perform on trumpet, flugelhorn and valve trombone. They will be playing a mixture of jazz classics from the 40s, 50s and 60s interspersed with a few favourites from the repertoires of Gerry Mulligan and Benny Carter. Lovely stuff.

With MG3.

Weds 8th March | 8.45pm | £7 on the door (£6 in advance*)

Tiptoe

Tiptoe are a Leeds-based outfit who play swinging grooves in uncommonly close proximity with more modern songs; all with tremendous honesty and without even a hint of novelty.

Alice Higgins (vocals), Will Blackstone (trumpet), Conall Mulvenna (guitar) and Roz Macdonald (bass) collectively offer a fresh perspective on the music of Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald and Michael Jackson amongst others. With a drumless setup, Tiptoe play music that is intimate, stylish and above all, soulful.

Weds 15th March | 8.45pm | £4 on the door

Jim Birkett

A packed house for Jim’s last appearance at the club has ensured his prompt return. Jim has been playing jazz guitar for over 40 years and his seemingly effortless melodic improvisation on a huge repertoire of tunes is a pleasure to listen to.

With MG3.

Weds 22nd March | 8.45pm | £5 on the door

The Jazz Aesthetic

The Jazz Aesthetic is a 12-piece baknd from the University of Hull, directed by Peter Elsdon, jazz pianist and senior lecturer in Music. Since the band’s formation in 2009 it has performed around the region playing alongside the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and Snake Davis. The band plays music by the likes of Bob Mintzer, Michael Brecker, Michael League and Brian Blade, all arranged for the band by Peter Elsdon.

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Weds 29th Mach | 8.45pm | £7 on the door (£6 in advance*)

Johnny Hunter Quartet

The Johnny Hunter Quartet are a contemporary jazz group who formed to explore the freedoms and challenges presented by the absence of a harmony instrument – no piano or guitar. They play mostly original material written by Johnny specifically for this line up, with Ben Watte (tenor sax), Graham South (trumpet), Stewart Wilson (double bass) and Johnny Hunter (drums). They have released two albums on Efpi Records.

Supported by Jazz North.

Weds 5th April | 8.45pm | £4 on the door

Joel Purnell

Return of an outstanding saxophonist, composer and jazz educator. Joel’s playing has earned him plaudits from Jazzwise Magazine, the Guardian and Jazz UK and comparisons with John Coltrane and Michael Brecker.

With MG3.

Weds 12th April | 8.45pm | £4 on the door

Jon Taylor

Saxophonist, flautist and vocalist, Jon aims to keep it ‘interesting, stimulating and create a little bit of joy!’ with standards from the great American songbook, jazz classics and some tunes not usually associated with jazz.

With MG3.

Weds 19th April | 8.45pm | £7 on the door (£6 in advance*)

Firebird Quartet

The Firebird Quartet returns to the club after highly positive reviews for their first two appearances, playing contemporary jazz, funky grooves and their own modern take on standards, with original material and music by artists such as Wynton Marsalis, Terence Blanchard and Wayne Shorter. The quartet is led by Ian Chalk (recently at the club with singer Kate Peters) who is known for his deep, rich sound and flowing, melodic lines, with three highly accomplished musicians, Martin Longhawn on piano, John Marley on bass and Tim Carter on drums.

Supported by Jazz North.

Weds 26th April | 8.45pm | £5 on the door

Blind Monk Trio

Blind Monk Trio have caused quite a stir over the past couple of years in the Northern jazz scene, putting a fresh spin on the sax/bass/drums trio format, with influences from the whole history of the genre (Sonny Rollins, Joe Henderson, FLY) blended with alternative rock beats, dark cinematic grooves and eastern folk. Think John Coltrane meets Led Zeppelin.

Bob Whittaker (tenor sax), Hugo Harrison bass) and Johnny Hunter (drums).

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Jan - April 2017

Weds 4th January
Stuart MacDonald & Dennis Rollins

Weds 11th January
Ben Lowman

Weds 18th January
Dave Clegg and Friends

Weds 25th January
Pete Lyons

Weds 1st February
Simon Beddoe

Weds 8th February
Adams, Kemp & Gordon

Weds 15th February
Jamil Sheriff Quartet

Weds 22nd February
Pat McCarthy Quartet featuring Shannon Reilly

Weds 1st March
Al Wood & Trevor Vincent

Weds 8th March
Tiptoe

Weds 15th March
Jim Birkett

Weds 22nd March
Jazz Aesthetic

Weds 29th Mach
Johnny Hunter Quartet

Weds 5th April
Joel Purnell

Weds 12th Apri
Jon Taylor

Weds 19th April
Firebird Quartet

Weds 26th April
Blind Monk Trio

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* Advance tickets (when available) from The Cask, The Bookshelf on Victoria Road and Record Revivals, 20 Northway, Scarborough, YO11 1JL, telephone 01723 351983. Open Tue & Thu to Sat