Geoff Matthews from Southport writes:
Christmas Special concerts on Sunday 14 December
Southport Melodic Jazz at The Royal Clifton Hotel. Alan Barnes premieres his new suite “A Christmas Carol” based on the novel by Charles Dickens. Composer, arranger and leading UK jazz saxophonist Alan Barnes brings an all-star Octet to play for SMJ’s Christmas Special audience at The Royal Clifton Hotel. The club is delighted and honoured to be the venue for the first public performance of Alan’s latest major composition. With Alan leading on saxes and clarinet, the band includes an all-star line-up of some of the UK’s top jazz musicians. On saxes Robert Fowler and Karen Sharpe, trumpet Bruce Adams, trombone Mark Nightingale, piano David Newton, bass Simon Thorpe and on drums the great Clark Tracey.
There is also a later concert by a trio featuring David Newton on piano, Simon Thorpe on bass and Alan Barnes himself on clarinet at the same venue. The trio will play tunes associated with Christmas as well as famous clarinet pieces from the likes of Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw.
The “Christmas Carol” concert is a matinee in the hotel’s Windsor Suite - doors 1.30 pm - start 2 pm to 4.30 pm with one interval. Tickets £18
The evening trio concert starts 8.30 pm to 10.30 pm with one interval. Tickets are £14.
To book ring SMJ tickets on 01704 541704 - there are still a few tickets available for both gigs.
The advertised dinner between these two concerts featuring the great jazz accordionist Harry Hussey is already sold out.
Jazz on a Winters Weekend Festival 5-8 February 2015
11th Jazz on a Winter’s Weekend festival is all set to go. Programmed and managed since its inception in 2005 by Southport Melodic Jazz Club, this festival has become a ‘must go’ event for discerning contemporary jazz enthusiasts from far and wide in the UK and beyond and has filled the Royal Clifton to overflowing as a sell-out every year since 2009.
Jazz highlights -from Norway saxophonist Marius Neset in duet with Daniel Herskedal on tuba. From Russia, now USA resident, phenomenal alto saxophonist Dmitry Baevsky in an all-star quintet with Joe Magnarelli from New York City. The inimitable pairing of two UK stars, pianist David Newton with saxophonist Alan Barnes in a septet devoted to arrangements of their own compositions Number one UK clarinettist and band leader Pete Long with an all-star 10 piece band’s rousing tribute to the famous 1950’s Jazz-at-the Phil concerts. Brilliant new talent in Jam Experiment featuring Alexander Bone, 2014 BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year. New rising star pianist/vocalist Theo Jackson or 6 voice a cappella sensation “Vive”. Or maybe The Birmingham Conservatoire Jazz Orchestra or American trumpeter
Gordon Vernic with Scottish rising star pianist Alan Benzie. Or a double tribute to Monk and Mingus with
a brilliant quintet lead by Tony Kofi.
If you come for the weekend you can see them all for £135! or maybe just choose a day (£44-£65)
or even just the odd concert you fancy (£14-£22). For a free 12 page full colour programme or to book
tickets ring SMJC Tickets 01704 541790. Full details on www./jazzinsouthport.co.uk to view the programme and download a booking form.
Venue - The Royal Clifton Hotel, The Promenade, Southport PR8 1RB.