Scarborough Jazz

January - April 2019

Every Wednesday unless indicated otherwise.

Door open at 8pm. Music starts at 8.45pm.

January 9
Ben Beattie
A new year and a new name. Saxophonist Ben is already making waves with his band Jazz Essentials. His other band, the soulful After Midnight, played this year’s Burton Agnes jazz festival. Be ready for some groovy playing to welcome in the new year. With MG3. £5

January 16
Will Howard
One of our recent regulars, saxophonist Will plays melodic standards in the jazz tradition but with great inventiveness and freedom. With MG3 £5

January 23
Anita Wardell Quartet
Anita Wardell's singing is exciting and breathtaking, with mesmerizing vocal improvisations and vocalese lyrics to classic bebop solos. She uses the voice as her instrument, displaying precision and agility mixed with heartfelt emotion. ‘Her unexpected vulnerability makes her reading of ballads both beautiful and touching.’ (Norma Winstone) ‘She has the courage to scat a ballad or two, not unlike a disciple of the Ben Webster school.’ (Mark Murphy). This gig is part of her UK tour with Robin Aspland (piano), Jeremy Brown (bass) and Steve Brown (drums) £8

January 30
Emma Johnson’s Gravy Boat
Lyrical, contemporary swing with an emphasis on accessible melodies and warmth of sound, played by young instrumentalists who met at Leeds College of Music and have formed a strong and joyful bond immediately apparent in their sound. The project is an outlet for Emma’s original compositions that explore the different textures and possibilities of a small band of close knit musicians, featuring Emma on saxophone with Calvin Travers (guitar), Sam Quintana (bass) and Ali Wells (drums).  The band is part of Jazz North’s Northern Line Project. £5

February 6
Easy Street
Easy Street has built a strong local following with a repertoire taken from the best and lesser known standards. Roger Maughan’s rich vocals are supported by Howard Beaumont (piano), Bob Malinowski (bass) and Lee Adams (drums), plus Graham Pinkney on vibes. £5

February 13
Joel Purnell
Saxophonist Purnell is acknowledged as one of the UK’s most respected and exciting contemporary jazz musicians. ‘Immaculate taste’ (The Guardian), ‘Fire-breathing solos’ (Jazzwise). With MG3. £5

February 20
Latchepen with Matt Holborn
Latchepen is a band born out of a collective admiration of Django Reinhardt and all that swings. Far from a carbon copy, Latchepen take their love of the gypsy jazz tradition and bring the music forward into the wider jazz and songbook repertoire, with stunning results. The word Latchepen is an exclamation of happiness and contentment in the Romani language. Matt Holborn (violin), Kourosh Kinani (guiar), Jeremie Coullon (guitar) and Simon Read (bass). £8

February 27
Artephis
This Manchester based contemporary jazz-rock quintet comprises some of the North's most creative young musicians, who take a jazz quintet line-up in innovative directions, distilling an eclectic sound with an increasingly electronic element. ‘An outstanding band of young musicians’ (Jazz North). ?Aaron Wood (trumpet/flugelhorn/electronics), James Girling (electric/flamenco guitars), Ali Roocroft (piano/keyboard), Alasdair Simpson (bass) and Matt Brown (drums). The band is part of Jazz North’s Northern Line Project. £5

March 6
Dave Clegg & Friends
This little big band plays Dave’s cutting edge arrangements of classic big band tunes, augmented by the incomparable vocals of Rich Adams. With Dave on piano are six of our best local musicians: Ralph Alder and Steve Whitehead (saxes), Nigel Blenkiron (trumpet), Tony Turner (trombone), Bob Walker (bass) and Dave Pinkney (drums). £5

March 13
Frank Brooker
Little introduction needed for one of the club’s long-standing regulars, a saxophonist whose melodic style incorporates influences from Coleman Hawkins to Sonny Rollins. ‘Straight ahead, mainstream, swinging jazz, call it what you like it’s first rate from start to finish.’(bebop spoken here). With MG3. £5

March 20
Graham Pinkney & Stuart MacDonald

We welcome a highly experienced front-line duo, Graham Pinkney on vibes and Stuart MacDonald on saxophones.

Graham is a veteran of the dance band era, starting out on the drums at the tender age of 13 and leading his own orchestra, the Skyliners in the 50s and 60s. Graduating to vibes he played with Frank Weir and his Orchestra and in Harry Gold’s Pieces of Eight as well as with the likes of Don Rendell and Tubby Hayes.

Stuart is a member of the New York Brass Band, 7 Pieces of Silver and Heavy Horns and is well known to club regulars for his consummate playing on everything from sensitive ballads to raunchy riffs. These are two musicians who span the jazz traditions, from swing to latin to blues to funk and most points in between.

With MG3. £5

March 27
Babtiste Herbin
At only 30 Baptiste Herbin is one of the world’s leading alto saxophonists. He lives in Paris and performs regularly at jazz festivals and saxophone conventions around the world. Saxophonist Jim Corry writes, ‘Baptiste is visiting the UK as part of a short tour across the north of England. I am really looking forward to bringing him to the club. This is a rare opportunity for people to hear one of the best saxophonists in the world....he really is that good!!!’ ‘Baptiste, he has everything. It's crazy, everything! The sound, the phrasing, the musicality, the groove .... It's a phenomenon.’ (Andre Cecerelli). With Jamil Sheriff (piano), Jack Garside (bass) and Dave Walsh (drums). £8

April 3
Stony Jazz
The second appearance at the club of this popular Yorkshire based group of what we are tempted to call the usual suspects: the talented Mr Adams (vocals), the wailing Dave Kemp (saxes), the inventive Mark Gordon (keyboards), the solid Bob Walker (bass) and the grooving Tom Townsend (drums). £5

April 10
Jim Corry
Back in his own right, Jim has played the saxophone throughout the world and is currently touring the UK with rock legend Roy Wood. Described in the Guardian as ‘soulful saxophone, hot stuff!’. With MG3. £5

April 17
Kate Peters & Ian Chalk
Perennial club favourites, Kate continues to weave her magic with beautifully judged, captivating vocals which Ian embellishes with his sensitive, perfectly attuned trumpet playing. What a great pair, with MG3. £5

April 24
Nicki Allen Quintet
Another great singer and pianist, Nicki’s influences span the subtle, beautiful tones of Shirley Horn, Ella Fitzgerald and Joni Mitchell to vibrant, rhythmic latin, swing and contemporary sounds. All underpinned with her stylish bluesy phrasing and love of vocal improvisation. Nicki was awarded the coveted title of jazz Yorkshire vocalist of the year in 2011 for her contribution to jazz. There will be a healthy mixture of old and new material accompanied by her stalwart team of distinguished northern musicians: Joel Purnell (saxophone) Ian Chalk (hello again) John Settle (drums) and Adrian Knowles (double bass). £8

A message from the Scarborough Jazz committee

We are grateful to Mike Wheatley and John Anderson for their generous sponsorship of Scarborough Jazz.

And congratulations to Andrea and Mike who have taken over the management of the Cask. We look forward to working with them.

Next year SJ will have been running for 50 nights a year for 35 years. We think that’s a remarkable achievement and we are planning an appropriate celebration. More news in 2019.

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January - April 2019

Weds January 9
Ben Beattie

Weds January 16
Will Howard

Weds January 23
Anita Wardell Quartet

Weds January 30
Emma Johnson’s Gravy Boat

Weds February 6
Easy Street

Weds February 13
Joel Purnell

Weds February 20
Latchepen with Matt Holborn

Weds February 27
Artephis

Weds March 6
Dave Clegg & Friends

Weds March 13
Frank Brooker

Weds March 20
Graham Pinkney & Stuart MacDonald

Weds March 27
Babtiste Herbin

Weds JApril 3
Stony Jazz

Weds April 10
Jim Corry

Weds April 17
Kate Peters & Ian Chalk

Weds April 24
Nicki Allen Quintet

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