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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

Wednesday 12th November 2014, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Kate Daniels Sings

A joint promotion by The Atkinson and Southport Melodic Jazz

at ‘THE ATKINSON’ LORD STREET SOUTHPORT - www.theatkinson.co.uk

“Kate’s smoky late night voice and story telling style shines a light on the songs she sings and the lives of the songwriters”

A great chance to hear three of the UK’s finest jazz musicians accompany this delightful chanteuse on a journey through their latest album ‘Atmospherics’. A captivating show that is pure entertainment and celebrates some of the great songwriters and musicians of the Jazz Age.

To book call at The Box Office The Atkinson Lord Street PR8 1DB - or ring 01704 533 333 or book on line theatkinson.co.uk

Vocals:
Kate Danials
Bass:
Alec Dankworth
Piano:
John Horler
Trumpet, Flugel, Harmonica:
Graham Pike
Tickets:
£15

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