Tom Green Septet
Dick Armstrong from Scarborough writes
In these recessionary times it’s heartening to report that Scarborough Jazz goes from strength to strength. Audience figures are healthy and the atmosphere on Wednesday nights is welcoming and happy.
February 4 Jim Mullen Organ Trio
As winner of a clutch of ‘Best Guitar Awards’, Jim is first choice of guitarists for visiting US musicians such as Mose Allison, Jimmy Smith, Gene Harris, Plas Johnson and Teddy Edwards. Naturally, Jim has played with every top UK Jazz musician. Jim’s fellow musicians in this trio are the very accomplished Mike Gorman on Hammond Organ and the world class Matt Skelton on drums.
Tickets are £8 (£7 in advance)
February 11 Frank Brooker+MG3
Frank’s tenor sax and clarinet skills have endeared him to audiences for decades. He plays regularly with the Kid Boyd jazz band and the Dave Brennan band. Frank leads his own quartet and trio and works as a soloist throughout the North. He presents a repertoire from across jazz history, often reviving unfairly neglected tunes. His playing sounds effortlessly fluent and he swings wonderfully. £4
February 18 Jim Birkett+MG3
A swinging and melodic guitarist, Jim has played with Scott Hamilton, Guy Barker, Alan Skidmore and Snake Davis. After studying at the Leeds College of Music at the same time as Alan Barnes and David
Newton, Jim went on to gain a Phd in teaching jazz improvisation. Since retiring from his educational work, Jim is even more active on the jazz scene, leading a trio, working as a duo and playing with the gypsy jazz group Djangologie.£4.
February 25 Tom Green Septet
Tom Green is one of the most exciting young trombonists currently active in the UK. He has played at Ronnie Scott’s, The Vortex and the 606 Club as well as the jazz festivals of Montreux, Toronto and
Montreal. His septet brings together some of the most talented young musicians on the London jazz scene. They create a warm, melodic sound using the full range of textures available to a seven piece ensemble. The band weaves diverse influences together to form striking melodies, colourful harmonies and propulsive grooves. “ Some of the most exciting original new music heard for a long time” said Dame Cleo Laine. Tickets £7 (£6 in advance)
Date for your diary:
18 March Firebird Quartet
1 April A J Brown
Tickets can be bought in advance, and at discount, from The Cask, The Bookshelf on Victoria Road and from Record Revivals on Northway (open on Tuesdays and from Thursday to Saturday)
For more details, and to subscribe to our mailing list, please go to our website: www.scarboroughjazz.co.uk
The newly refurbished Cask has a range of real ales and a comprehensive food menu. It has wheelchair access and a toilet for the disabled. Information and directions are at www.caskinn.com
SCARBOROUGH yO11 2LQ
(01723) 500 570
WEDNESDAYS @ 8.45pm