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Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Wakefield Jazz ~ December gigs

Tony Kofi Homage to Ornette Coleman.   
Claire Martin and Ray Gelato

Wakefield Jazz has only two gigs in December 2016 – but what a pair of contrasting and exceptional gigs they are.

On Friday 2nd December Tony Kofi brings his new quartet paying homage to Ornette Coleman.     He’s joined in the front line by Byron Wallen on trumpet.   The regular pairing of Larry Bartley (bass) and Rod Youngs (drums) complete the band.    Tony’s time with the World Saxophone Quartet brought him to International recognition and he has actually played with Ornette during a period with Jamaladeen Tacuma.   All other band members are composers and band leaders in their own right.

Then we have our Christmas party on Friday 9th December – sorry, it has already sold out !   Why?     Well Claire Martin OBE has a following but when paired with Ray Gelato to sing the swing repertoire of the 30s and 40s it’s an irresistible combination for many.   To cap it all the rhythm section is the David Newton trio with Andy Cleyndert (bass) and Steve Brown (drums).

Venue: Wakefield Sports Club Eastmoor Road, WF1 3RR

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