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Jazz on a Winter's Weekend 2016

5th-7th Feb 2016

The 12th Jazz on a Winter’s Weekend festival will take place on 5th-7th Feb 2016 at The Royal Clifton Hotel Southport.

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Upcoming Club Gigs

Sunday 15th May 2016, 2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Dave Tyas’ SK2  Jazz Orchestra plays Stan Kenton’s music

Dave formed the present line-up in 2013 ‘to keep alive’ the music of Kenton’s ground breaking progressive jazz orchestra. The audience reaction to Dave’s highly professional outfit has been assuredly positive; especially encouraging was the recent appearance at Wigan Jazz Festival which was recorded and broadcast by the BBC. Be prepared for a surfeit of Kenton treats including Swinghouse, What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life, Intermission Riff and selections from West Side Story and The Cuban Fire Suite.

Dave Tyas
Sean Miller
Grant Russell
Neil Morley, Mark Gillbanks, Steve Parry, Steve Valentine, Mike Burns.
Lee Hallam, Ellie Smith, Tom I‘Anson, Gareth Hodge, Josh Cirtina.
Munch Manship, Gair Carson, Rick Halliwell, Adrian Wilkinson, Jim Fieldhouse
SMJC members:

Sunday 19th June 2016

Summer Special - 25th Birthday Celebration

all day ticket £40 (members £39)

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

Cliff Ray Ensemble

Cliff Ray Ensemble

Southport’s own superb trumpet star forsakes the big band stand and brings his newly formed piano-less sextet to the party. Expect some classy arrangements of favourite jazz tunes especially penned for this excellent ensemble.

Cliff Ray
Tenor Sax:
Mike Smith
Vidar Norhiem
John Watkinson
Mike McKay
SMJC members:

5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Hulme - Ormesher Trio

Hulme - Ormesher Trio

Jazz Buffet starts 5pm

Andy Hulme & Anthony Ormesher (guitars) with Ed Harrison (double bass) pool their considerable jazz talents for this special anniversay occasion.


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

Alan, Gilad & The Lowest Common Denominator

Alan, Gilad & The Lowest Common Denominator

Alan Barnes and Gilad Atzmon, two of Britain’s most celebrated virtuoso reed players, join forces to promise the ultimate jazz night in British history.

Despite their different backgrounds and approaches, the two men share a passion for performance and a firm belief that a jazz audience is there not to be educated but to be entertained. They also share a healthy sense of competition. Says Barnes: “I love our gladiatorial, or even ‘Giladiatorial’ exchanges; the music is lit by shafts of wit”. Atzmon concurs: “I like few things better than playing a good set with Alan, and then shaking him warmly by the throat.” An evening of humour and superb music by a hand-picked band of stars. There is CD is in the pipeline.

Alto, baritone saxes, clarinet:
Alan Barnes
Sop, alt, ten saxes, clari, accordion:
Gilad Atzmon
Piano and electronics:
Frank Harrison
Yaron Stavi
Chris Higginbottom
SMJC members: