Midsummer Jazz in the Park

Midsummer Jazz in the Park

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Date: June 23, 2019
Time: 4:30 pm  to  8:30 pm




It’s time to pack a picnic, invite your friends, and join us for an evening of swing in a tribute to the great jazz legends Count Basie and Duke Ellington.

Featuring the quintet of MARK BASSEY, one of the finest trombone soloists on the UK scene whose talent is equalled by his irrepressible showmanship, and tenor saxophonist KAREN SHARP, twice winner of the British Jazz Awards and former member of Humphrey Lyttleton’s band!

Expect swinging jazz and inventive solos all the way: this is feel-good music at its best!

Count Basie and Duke Ellington were pianists, composers, big band arrangers and true jazz greats. Basie’s captivating piano technique married with top drawer arrangements left us with a legacy of material including the jazz standards ‘Jumpin’ At The Woodside’, ‘Everyday I Have The Blues’ and ‘April in Paris’. Ellington’s creative and distinctive ensembles featured soloists like Johnny Hodges and Cootie Williams, and his collaborations with composer Billy Strayhorn has given us long lasting jazz themes including ‘It Don’t Mean A Thing’ and ‘Take The A Train’.

“If you play a tune and a person don’t tap their feet, don’t play the tune.” – William “Count” Basie

“… Bassey has an irrepressible character, and infectious sense of humour, and an astonishing agility around the instrument.”  Sebastian Scotney, London Jazz

The evening will open with a set of fantastic big band swing from our friends in the wonderful FARNHAM BIG BAND!

Tickets £12 in advance (£18 on the day) £40 for a group of 4 (not available on the day), U16s free. Gates 4.30pm, Music 5pm to 8.30pm.

More details here