Chris de Saram writes
Wakefield Jazz opened on 5th September with a knockout gig by the veteran American pianist John Colianni – Scots Kevin Mackenzie (gtr), Jay Kilbride (bs) and Chris Whitehouse (dr) formed his rhythm section.
The 14 gigs through the rest of the season to Christmas feature two singers from the top of the tree, Christine Tobin (26 Sept.) and Claire Martin OBE (31 Oct.); two fine guitar–led organ trios, Phil Robson (19 Sept.) and Nigel Price (3 Oct.); a couple of amazing pianists, Andrew McCormack (10 Oct.) and Steve Melling (12 Dec.); a set of four expert saxophonists, Jesse Bannister (17 Oct. ), Tim Garland (7 Nov.), Tommaso Starace (14 Nov.) and Paul Booth (5 Dec.) as well as three Northern Line bands, John Ellis (12 Sept.), Simon Read (24 Oct.) and New York Brass Band (21 Nov.). Alec Dankworth brings his trio “World Spirit” boosted by his singing daughter Emily on 28 Nov. Any jazz – lover will find plenty to intrigue and entertain here as well as those with specialised interests.
Claire Martin’s gig with the Montpellier cello quartet and our Christmas party on 12th December are guaranteed to sell out so are “All ticket” gigs. You can buy online via the gig’s page on the website wakefieldjazz.org at the club or by post to Judith Waterhouse, 3, Bramley Park, Church Lane, Bramley, Rotherham, S66 2RU. Please make cheques out to Wakefield Jazz and include a S A E.