Bruce Adams Trio
An Evening of Music from the American Songbook
Bruce Adams is one the jazz scene’s top performers, he's not afraid to entertain and the precision of his creativity is more than matched by sharpness of his wit . He cut his musical teeth on solid commercial work – on cruise liners, in dance halls, music halls, and even worked in support of comedy legend, Tony Hancock. He has been a regular Jazz Awards winner and with his spectacular range is always in demand, here and on the continent.
Throughout an uninterrupted career, pianist Brian Dee has played with many of the great names in jazz, including Ben Webster, Zoot Sims, Al Cohn, Benny Carter, Harry 'Sweets' Edison, Eddie 'Lockjaw' Davis and Chet Baker.
Renowned as a fine accompanist to singers, Brian has recorded or appeared alongside Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Johnny Mercer, Elton John, Frankie Laine, Peggy Lee and Cleo Laine.
Completing the trio is Bill Coleman best known for his long association with Kenny Ball's Jazzmen
This trio was with us last year and the audience loved it I was inundated with requests to have them back so here they are! Watch a number from that session
Alan Barnes & Art Themen Quartet
Alan Barnes is a prolific international performer, composer, arranger, bandleader and touring soloist. He is best known for his work on clarinet, alto and baritone sax, where he combines a formidable virtuosity with a musical expression and collaborative spirit that have few peers.
His recorded catalogue is immense and the list of his session and side-man work includes Bjork, Bryan Ferry, Michel LeGrande, Clare Teale, Westlife, Jools Holland and Jamie Cullum. He has toured and played residencies with such diverse and demanding figures as Ruby Braff, Freddie Hubbard, Scott Hamilton and Harry Allen.
Alan Barnes’s unique musicianship and warm rapport with audiences have made him uniquely popular in British jazz. He has received over 25 British Jazz Awards and has twice been made BBC Jazz Musician of the Year.
Art Themen was involved in the traditional jazz scene in Manchester in the late 1950s. A member of the award winning Cambridge University jazz band from 1958 to 1961, he became involved in the early London blues scene, playing alongside Alexis Korner, Jack Bruce, Mick Jagger and Chuck Berry. He fronted the Stan Tracey quartet for 20 years from 1976.
Key influences are Sonny Rollins and Dexter Gordon. Themen has toured world wide and played and recorded with many US and British luminaries.
Themen is a player who is known for his originality and individual style, he is a busy and sought after musician who regularly plays with, and has recorded several CDs with Alan Barnes.
David Newton Trio
It has been said that David Newton is 'one of our nation’s treasured pianists'. The man has a lovely touch, that is for certain.
He’s been the accompanist of choice for vocal royalty for years, and it’s easy to hear why: Newton’s musical responsiveness is as impressive as his re-harmonization and arranging skills at the piano. It can be a fine line between clever and stupid when it comes to re-setting musical chestnuts to the jazz format, but Newton bridges that gap by a good mile or more. He’s the kind of pianist every drummer and bass player could wish for.
Clive Morton (bs), Terry Howard (dms)