Scarborough Jazz


Frank Brooker (17th January 2018)


It is testament to Frank Brooker’s enduring appeal that a full crowd braved Wednesday  night’s severe chill to see him at The Cask, Scarborough’s archetypal jazz cellar.

A frequent visitor over the years, Frank has built up quite a following -  who recognise his distinctive qualities  on smooth and mellow tenor, on a clarinet as silvery as his hair and, indeed, on expressive vocals. They marvel, moreover, at his sheer inventiveness – on a range of material that ranges from popular standards to stuff as rare as hen’s teeth.

Posted on 24 Jan 2018 by admin

Gary Potter with the Matt Holborn Trio (January 10th 2018)

In this age of hype and hyperbole how simply wonderful to find somebody living up to an immense reputation. Swing guitarist Gary Potter is in the flesh everything the reviews and videos suggest he might be – a genius of Djangology!

Posted on 14 Jan 2018 by admin

The Matt Holborn Quartet (4th May 2016)

This group played The Cask on the first night of their tour.  They were in good humour and keen to perform their repertoire of gypsy jazz to a good-sized audience.

The band triumphantly achieved that insistent, bouncy swing, typical of the Hot Club recordings and were a pleasure to listen to.  Added to that, the passion, lyricism and sheer musical accomplishment of the lead instrumentalists made for a great evening.

Posted on 06 May 2016 by admin

Seven Pieces of Silver (2nd March 2016)

This fine band were on the penultimate gig of a thirteen date tour.  They played with such energy and verve that they could have been on their first engagement!

The core of their repertoire is the music of jazz giant Horace Silver.  Much of this has been arranged by their double bass playing leader, Paul Baxter.

Posted on 05 Mar 2016 by admin

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January - April 2018

Weds 10th January
Gary Potter / Matt Holborn Trio

Weds 17th January
Frank Brooker

Weds 24th January
Ricardo Alvarez Quartet

Weds 31st January
Will Howard

Weds 7th February
Matt Ball

Weds 14th February

Weds 21st February
Jamil Sheriff’s Rafe's Dilemma

Weds 28th February
Adams, Kemp & Gordon

Weds 7th March
Derrick Harris

Weds 14th March

Weds 21st March
Martin Jones & Matt Smith

Weds 28th March
Tina Featherstone

Weds 4th April
Jamie Taylor

Weds 11th April
Joel Purnell

Weds 18th April
Riviera Quartet

Weds 25th April
Jon Taylor

Banner photo: Ricardo Alvarez.

* 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