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Jazz on a Winter's Weekend 2014

31st Jan-2nd February 2014

The 10th Jazz on a Winter’s Weekend festival took place on 31 Jan to 2nd Feb 2014 at The Royal Clifton Hotel Southport.

Click here to see festival photos and reviews

Jazz on a Winter's Weekend 2015

6th-8th February 2015

For details and programme preview, click here.

Upcoming Club Gigs

Sunday 7th September 2014 - Sunday 9th November 2014

A season of concerts by Swingshift Big Band

Music director Phil Shotton

The club’s working relationship with Swingshift Big Band has prospered for over 7 years. The band has performed over 20 well attended concerts at SMJ events with guest appearances from some of the finest jazz musicians in the business. Phil has always led from the sax section, offtimes through some snortingly difficult charts, with great confidence and the band has generated a consistently improving sound and unwavering audience popularity. We have pleasure in announcing a series of three matinee concerts in which Swingshift will showcase the music of some of the greatest ever big bands. These gigs are in addition to the club’s regular Sunday events.

Photo by the late Paul Bentley FRPS

All 3 concerts will be in The Balmoral Suite at The Royal Clifton Hotel.

Doors, bar and sandwiches 1 pm

Start 2 pm to 4.30 pm with one interval

All tickets £10 each

Sunday 7th September 2014, 2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Simply Just Swingin'

Simply Just Swingin'

The Music of Count Basie

Tickets:
£10

Sunday 5th October 2014, 2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Compare and Contrast

The music of Duke Ellington and Stan Kenton

Tickets:
£10

Sunday 9th November 2014, 2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

You must be one of the newer fellows

The music of Gordon Goodwin

Tickets:
£10

Sunday 21st September 2014, 8 p.m.

Tommy Smith and Brian Kellock

Two of Scotland’s greatest jazz artists, saxophonist Tommy Smith and pianist Brian Kellock, team up to bring you a beautiful and imaginative duo. Not  surprisingly, the press has   applauded them with phrases such as ‘bewitching layers of delicacy’, ‘full flight, spontaneous invention’ and ‘sheer artistry’. This dynamic duo perform tracks from their three CDs on Spartacus records, ‘Bezique’, ‘Symbiosis’ & ‘Whispering of the Stars’ which feature the great American & European song book. We last heard them both at The Sage in April (playing a superb pad of Ellington with the SNJO) and we’ve had great ‘don’t miss it’ reports of this duo gig from Wakefield and Leeds 7 Arts. 

Tenor sax:
Tommy Smith
Piano:
Brian Kellock
Tickets:
£15
SMJC members:
£14
NUS members:
£8

Sunday 19th October 2014

October Double Bill

Combined tickets: £26 (club members £23, NUS £16)

2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

The Music for Life Big Band

The Music for Life Big Band

With special guest Mike Walker

In 2012/13, twelve  contemporary jazz composers were commissioned to write an original piece of music for the Music For Life Big Band, a youth jazz orchestra for 12-18 year olds run by Alastair McWilliam of ‘Music For Life’, a not for profit organisation delivering music tuition in Cheshire.  Under Alastair's direction, the big band has been running for over ten years and      remains the foremost youth jazz orchestra for music  students in Cheshire. The commission’s project was led by Musical Director, Jo McCallum and features guitarist Mike Walker, internationally respected musician, composer, teacher and currently member of the world famous jazz super-group The Impossible Gentlemen.

Picture by the late Paul Bentley FRPS

Tickets:
£12
SMJC members:
£10
Accompanied under 16s:
Free

8 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

The Liane Carroll Trio

The Liane Carroll Trio

featuring Roger Carey (bass) and Mark Fletcher (drums)

Since her first (of several) visits to SMJ 10 years ago, pianist, singer, songwriter Liane Carroll has achieved international fame for both performance and composition in the jazz world and beyond with a string of awards for her songs and recordings. Her   latest album ‘Ballads’ which includes strings by the City of Prague Philharmonic, was arranged for her by Grammy winner Chris Walden. We heard tonight’s trio in April at Wakefield Jazz Club and it is just superb.

Tickets:
£16
SMJC members:
£15
NUS members:
£16

Sunday 23rd November 2014, 8 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

The Jazz Worriers

All the guys in this band are firmly established northern based musicians, well known and   respected on the scene. Their coalescence into The Jazz Worriers was through the drive and creative urges of both Neil Yates and Dean Masser, following some soul searching introspection,  mutual criticism and   subsequent mentoring and practice which is explained at length at their website www.thejazzworriers.co.uk   The process, which has already resulted in an excellent CD and their selection for The Northern Line list for 2014/15, has certainly raised their game. We caught up with them at Davenham Jazz earlier this year and the gig was truly impressive, not only for their playing,  composition and arrangements but also for their       relaxed and amusing banter and the trouble taken to   explain the context of the music within the history and tradition of the jazz idiom. For those who haven’t yet had the pleasure you have a treat in store. Think ‘Blue Note’, Art Blakey’s Messengers, Dexter Gordon and you are on the mood of this impressive quintet.

Trumpet/flugel:
Neil Yates
Tenor sax:
Dean Masser
Drums:
Marek Dorcik
Piano:
Andrzej Baranek
Bass:
Ed Harrison
Tickets:
£14
SMJC members:
£12
NUS members:
£8
Accompanied under 16s:
Free

Sunday 14th December 2014

Christmas Special

Day ticket (to all events) £48 (members £44)

2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Alarn Barnes Octet: A Christmas Carol

Alarn Barnes Octet: A Christmas Carol

Alan Barnes All Star Octet with the premier performance of his new suite inspired by

A Chrismas Carol

by Charles Dickens

Composer, arranger, leader, narrator, clarinet and alto sax:
Alan Barnes
Tenor sax, clarinet and flute:
Robert Fowler
Tenor and baritone saxes:
Karen Sharp
Trumpet and flugelhorn:
Bruce Adams
Trombone:
Mark Nightingale
Piano:
David Newton
Bass:
Simon Thorpe
Drums:
Clark Tracey
Tickets:
£18
SMJC members:
£16

5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

A celebratory Christmas Dinner

A celebratory Christmas Dinner

3 courses served at table  

with seasonal musical accompaniment by the great jazz accordionist  Harry Hussey who will be delighted to play your requests. The menu will be sent out with the tickets so you can select your meal in advance. Group seating will be organised on request. Special dietary needs catered for.

Tickets:
£18 (includes dinner)

8:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Christmas Trio

Christmas Trio

in the Windsor Suite

Piano:
David Newton
Clarinet:
Alan Barnes
Bass:
Simon Thorpe
Tickets:
£14
SMJC members:
£12