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Friday, 29 December 2017

Mike and Marian Gordon's choices

Mike Gibbs

From Scarborough - three highlights of the Northern Jazz year from Mike and Marian Gordon

A tremendous highlight at the Scarborough Jazz Festival in September was the premier of Mike Gibbs’ 80th birthday celebration with the Hans Koller 17 Piece Big Band.  The band read like a Who’s Who of jazz stars and it was a fitting finale to a great festival.

I feel I have to include another 80th celebration (mine!) in May at Scarborough Jazz.  The Alan Barnes/Dave Newton Quartet which included bassist Dave Green and drummer Sebastian De Krom gave a joyful and very special evening.

And finally the Christine Tobin Trio had a deserved rapturous reception at Scarborough Jazz in November.  Christine’s unique rich voice was brilliantly backed by guitarist Phil Robson and bassist Dave Whitford.

All in all we had a fantastic jazz year by the sea.

Have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Mike & Marian Gordon
Scarborough Jazz
Parliamentary Jazz Award Winners 2017

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