Following the hugely successful Jazz Divas series which took place during the summer of 2014, JGB Events make a welcome return to the St. James Studio this autumn with The Wonderful Music of the Jazz Greats series. The four event series presents the music of artists who changed the face of jazz alongside tales and anecdotes.
A special Christmas event will also be presented in the studio by JGB Events, Jazz at the Movies Swinging Christmas, on Friday 05 December at 8pm.
THE WONDERFUL MUSIC OF BENNIE GOODMAN & ARTIE SHAW
Featuring Mark Crooks on clarinet
Saturday 18 October at 8pm
With Colin Oxley on guitar, John Pearce on piano, Dave Chamberlain on bass and Matt Home on drums.
Benny Goodman was an American jazz and swing musician, clarinettist and bandleader known as The King of Swing, who led one of the most popular musical groups in America during the 1930s. Artie Shaw was widely regarded as one of jazz's finest clarinettists and also led one of the most popular big bands in the United States in the late 1930s and early 1940s.
Their music will be presented by a band led by Mark Crooks, member of the John Wilson Orchestra, who makes a welcome return to the St. James Studio having featured in Jazz at The Movies and Brazilian Bossa Nova tribute to Jobim earlier in 2014.
THE WONDERFUL MUSIC OF HERBIE HANCOCK
Featuring Simon Brown's Beyond Cantaloupe
Saturday 01 November at 8pm
Joining Simon Brown on piano are Freddie Gavita playing trumpet and flugelhorn, Kevin Flanagan with tenor saxophone, Calum Gourlay on bass and Lewis Wright on drums.
Herbie Hancock remains an influential pianist, keyboardist, bandleader and composer whose music is melodic and accessible, embracing elements of funk and soul while adopting freer stylistic elements from jazz and blues.
Through Simon Brown's faithful transcriptions, Beyond Cantaloupe authentically captures the sound of Herbie's compositions, whilst leaving the performers free to improvise.
THE WONDERFUL MUSIC OF SCOTT JOPLIN AND THE RAGTIME MASTERS
Featuring Keith Nichols on piano
Saturday 15 November at 8pm
Accompanied by Trevor Whiting on clarinet and Martin Wheatley on acoustic guitar and banjo.
In the late 1890s Scott Joplin and Tony Turpin, among others, created a new American classical music, which decades later became universally popular with musicians including Jelly Roll Morton and Fats Waller.
Keith Nichols is one of the foremost authorities on Ragtime and the Guildhall School of Music graduate has given regular concerts on London's South Bank, at New York's Carnegie Hall and across Europe.
THE WONDERFUL MUSIC OF MILES DAVIS, JOHN COLTRANE & CANNONBALL ADDERLEY
Featuring Chris Ingham's Rebop
Saturday 29 November at 8pm
Chris Ingham's Rebop sextet comprises Paul Higgs on trumpet, Colin Watling on tenor saxophone, Kevin Flanagan on alto saxophone, Chris Ingham on piano, Arnie Somogyi on bass and George Double on drums.
Miles Davis, trumpeter, bandleader and composer is widely considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th Century. Together with his musical groups he was at the forefront of the major developments in jazz music including bebop, cool jazz, hard bop, modal jazz and jazz fusion.
Chris Igham on piano brings his hard driving Rebop ensemble, evoking the style and sounds of the wonderful music of the Miles Davis Sextet, plus their own imaginative creativity and improvisations. No stranger to the St. James Studio, this extraordinary compilation follows his sell out Hoagy Carmichael and Jazz at The Movies events earlier this year.
JAZZ AT THE MOVIES SWINGING CHRISTMAS
Featuring Joanna Eden
Friday 05 December at 8pm
A sparkling evening of swinging Christmas music from the movies, featuring vocals from Joanna Eden, Mark Crooks on saxophone, Chris Ingham on piano, Andrew Brown on bass and George Double on drums.