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Jazz on a Winter's Weekend 2015

6th-8th Feb 2015

The 11th Jazz on a Winter’s Weekend festival will take place on 6th-8th Feb Jan to 2nd Feb 2015 at The Royal Clifton Hotel Southport.

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Upcoming Club Gigs

Sunday 22nd March 2015, 2 p.m.

Alan Barnes with Swingshift Big Band "The Duke and his friends"

Matinee in the Balmoral Suite

Duke Ellington was reputedly a ‘workaholic’. Always touring, he wrote snippets of new music in planes, trains, airports and even in the back of his chauffeur driven car - for enhancement by his   musicians . He absorbed himself in improvisation and composition and relished handing out part formed musical ideas during rehearsals to create feedback from his band. He employed some of the most creative musicians of the period who effectively became his collaborators. Harry Carney, Johnny Hodges, ‘Bubber’ Miley, Barney Biggard and Juan Tizol to mention just a few. His most trusted and prolific partner in the creative art was Billy Strayhorn. We are delighted to welcome reedsman extraordinaire Alan Barnes to guest  with Swingshift. He will join MD Phil Shotton in a look at the Ellingtonia catalogue to see if they can find some of the answers to “who wrote what?”

www.woodvillerecords.com - www.swingshiftbigband.co.uk

Tickets:
£15
SMJC members:
£14
NUS members:
£8

Sunday 19th April 2015, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.

The John Ellis Trio

This extremely talented composer, arranger, band leader, pianist and vocalist is pictured here in a CD cover photo-op in the River Irk, close to his childhood home, a source of inspiration for some of his songs. In a varied career John has collaborated with pop stars   including Tom Jones and John Squire of Stone Roses, led his own big band, written scores for theatre and film productions and (of late) concentrated on solo vocal performance with his own trio. He also has his own Limefield recording studio utilised by many northern  musicians and bands. He is a very popular performer at many clubs and theatres. We’ve admired his extreme musicality at gigs at Parr Jazz Liverpool, Davenham Jazz and The Cinnamon Club and we are delighted to be able to welcome him for his first SMJ appearance.

For more (including a live UTube film from a trio gig at Wakefield Jazz Jazz Club) go to www.johnellis.co.uk
Piano, keys and voice:
John Ellis
Bass:
Pete Turner
Drums:
Rob Turner
Tickets:
£14
SMJC members:
£12
NUS members:
£8

Sunday 24th May 2015, 8 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Ant Law Quintet

A first time visit to SMJ by guitarist Ant Law. He comes with a formidable reputation in the guitar fraternity for technique and innovation and has gained some impressive reviews from the jazz world press for his two quintet albums ‘Entanglement’ and the later ‘Zero Sum World’; both of which will be dipped into during this concert, along with a standard or two. Educated at Edinburgh University, Ant then went on to Berklee  College and has worked in London since 2008, supplementing his jazz experience with theatre and pop    music session work. His quintet includes some of the finest younger generation jazz musicians. Three are well known to our audience.  Ivo Neame (Phronesis, Marius Neset, Jim Hart and his own band), Matt Ridley (his own quintet recently scored with the MJQ Celebration), Dave Hamblett (Abram Wilson, Jean Toussaint). We are also pleased to welcome saxophonist Michael Chillingworth for the first time to the club. He lives and works in the London scene including Stan Sulzmann and Richard Turner and his own septet  

Leader and guitar:
Ant Law
Reeds:
Michael Chillingworth
Piano:
Ivo Neame
Bass:
Matt Ridley
Drums:
Dave Hamblett
Tickets:
£14
SMJC members:
£13
NUS members:
£8

Sunday 21st June 2015

SMJ Summer Special

For a perfect jazz on a summer's day

Day ticket (to all events): £42, members £40

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

Nicola Farnon Trio with Swingshift Big Band

Nicola Farnon Trio with Swingshift Big Band

A winning combination of our own ‘Swingshift’ Big Band with the delightful, talented and nationally acclaimed Nicola Farnon. Nicola is not only a great vocalist and outstanding double bassist, she has the rare ability to do both at the same time! Wiltshire born, Sheffield based and from a musical dynasty including great uncle bandleader Robert Farnon, she has, with partner Phil Johnson and Canadian instrumentalist Piero Tucci, built a national reputation in the jazz world for highly entertaining, swinging jazz; With two new CD’s out in 2014 - see www.nicolafarnon.com.  You can look forward to a concert featuring the trio, the big band and a fascinating mix of both.

“Three n’ Easy” and “A Day at the Market” 

Bass and vocals:
Nicola Farnon
Keys and sax:
Piero Tucci
Drums:
Phil Johnson
Tickets:
£16
SMJC members:
£15

5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Afternoon Tea with "Barbieshop"

Afternoon Tea with "Barbieshop"

Making a first visit to SMJ - This Liverpool based female a cappella trio brings a whole new take on close harmony which the girls deliver with cute choreography, sweet smiles and appealing attire! They perform a variety of styles; from The Andrews Sisters to The Trashmen, Duke Ellington to Mary Poppins, Radiohead to Bizet.   

in the Pavilion Restaurant (maximum 80 places)
Tickets:
£15 (includes high tea)

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

Moonlight Saving Time

Moonlight Saving Time

Another newcomer to SMJ, a wonderful band from Bristol which has been making waves on the jazz scene. Their CD Moonlight Saving Time has had great reviews - “The choice of tunes was refreshingly imaginative… This is music for the heart and the head, and on the strength of their sell-out performances at Brecon (where they had to be moved to a larger space) and Glastonbury, Moonlight Saving Time are ready – and surely deserve – to play at bigger venues soon.” London Jazz News  – Oxford Jazz Festival

www.moonlightsavingtime.com

Voice:
Emily Wright
Trumpet:
Nick Malcolm
Piano:
Dale Hambridge
Bass:
Will Harris
Drums:
Mark Whitlam
Tickets:
£15
SMJC members:
£14