|April to June 2008|
Shaw with David Preston
Protect the Beat featuring Derek Nash
Georgia Mancio Band
Bootleg Eric Band
Paul Towndrow Sextet
New Jazz Couriers
Colin Steele Quintet
Garforth Jazz Rock Band
Ruby Wood band
Jason Rebello Quartet - a GMF event
QEGS / WGHS Swing Foundation (Big Band)
Shaw with David Preston
(Friday 18th April 2008)
Ian has been the top male vocalist in this country for several years now and was BBC Awards best vocalist in 2004 and 2007. His CD of Joni Mitchell songs was his ninth under his own name, earned huge praise, and demonstrates the high production values that Linn can provide.
are particularly lucky in that this performance comes one week after the
launch of Ian’s next CD “Lifejacket” (also on Linn).
It is his first to feature all original material co-written with his accompanist
tonight, David Preston. Having a parallel life as a record producer himself
you can be sure this will be another first class presentation. Hear it
first at Wakefield.
the Beat featuring Derek Nash
(Friday 25th April 2008)
Everyone who watches “Later” knows the extrovert, spiky-haired sax player who soloed with Lulu on the Hootenany special – it’s the great Derek Nash. As well as featuring with Jools, Derek is the creative force behind the band Sax Appeal and a feature of this powerful Jazz / Funk band. If you like Snake Davis then you’ll love the groovy beats this crew lay down. All the musicians are freelance veterans of the big sound touring bands such as Massive Attack, Steve Winwood, Ray Charles, Brand New Heavies and George Clinton. Here they combine forces and add the jazz touch to a sound full of soul.
Derek Nash - saxophones
Arden Hart - trumpet / keyboard
Dave Ital - guitar
Winston Blissett - bass
Darby Todd - drums
Latest CD: Intrepid (Beat ‘T’ 1268)Top
(Friday 9th May 2008)
When Wakefield Jazz celebrated its 10th Anniversary in 1997 this band was specially commissioned to write a suite, perform it and record a CD for that birthday. The result was the renowned Bootleg Eric CD and a memorable night in the club. Alec wanted to relive that event and has asked them all back – they agreed readily and our pleasure is to be entertained once more by these totally established artists. As all are major bandleaders in their own right it is a coup still to be able to collect them all together and a tribute to the affection which Alec is shown by musicians.
This band will swing the roof off and a string of exciting solos can be expected from them all.
We’re 21 today! So let’s go all out to enjoy ourselves.
Guy Barker - trumpet
Alan Barnes - saxophones
Don Weller - saxophone
Brandon Allen - saxophone
Mark Nightingale - trombone
David Newton - piano
Andy Cleyndert - bass
Clark Tracey - drums
CD: Newton/Tracey Band : Bootleg Eric - (ASC Records ASC CD23)
pulls off the difficult trick of making bop sound contemporary and relevant
- the Scots seem to have that knack, and Towndrow's got it in spades."
Towndrow - alto and soprano saxophones
(Friday 23rd May 2008)
The recent article in JazzUK (Feb / March ’08) reminds us just how great a musician Martin Drew is. He was the “Main Man” for both Ronnie Scott (20 years) and Oscar Peterson (30 years off and on) and has played with hundreds of the world’s greats. This band, paying homage to the Ronnie / Tubby original, has been a joint project of Martin and Mornington for 8 years now and they have recorded 3 CDs. But this is not a slavish recreation band – the fantastic musicians involved ( all favourites at Wakefield) are given their head to do their own thing within the post bop style and do they take advantage!
For a rattling good night out you can’t beat these guys for energy, commitment and invention.
If you’ve seen them before you’ll know; if you haven’t, then this is a great opportunity to feel the drum-driven vibe.
Lockett - tenor saxophone
(Friday 30th May 2008) - Judith’s Bus Pass Gig!
Colin last played for us with the Cathie Rae band last November – he reminded us what a good player he is and that his own band should return for a gig. We are lucky that he has agreed to bring the quintet to Wakefield because he is concentrating mostly on the work of his 11 piece band “Stramash” – a genre-crossing unit which includes fiddlers, bagpipes and whistles. He hopes to entertain broadly and appeal to the jazz and folk sectors as well as the Scots wha’hae crowd.
Tonight, at Judith’s request, he brings a celtic feel to his jazz persona and has a selection of the stars of the Scottish jazz scene with him to emphasise that approach.
This was a thoroughly enjoyable gig on their last visit and is highly recommended.
Steele - trumpet
Latest CD : Through the Waves (ACT 890)
Summer Series 2008
This is an addition to our normal programme in which we feature local musicians, especially young ones, to fulfil our desire to nurture the up-and-coming talent of the region.
Garforth Jazz Rock Band
(Friday 6th June 2008)
A young big band led by Dave Evans who runs the Garforth Arts Festival and much besides. They were a hit last year when they first performed for us.
No Jazz - (Hockey Tournament)
(Friday 13th June 2008)
Ruby Wood Band
(Friday 20th June 2008)
Ruby has sung for us at support gigs before but is now beginning a promising professional career.
“I always sit up in my chair when I hear someone who has an individual quality. I like the way it gives a new slant on a very old song. She is very much singing it in her own way.” - Humphrey Lyttelton
She brings with her :
Stuart MacDonald - saxophone
Piero Tucci - piano
Jenny Malloy - bass
Chris Sykes - drums
Debut CD: Ruby (Jellymould Jazz)