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Wakefield Jazz programme Autumn 2008

Liane Carroll trio (Friday 5th September 2008) All ticket event £14.00 /£12.00 Well before she began winning awards Liane was a favourite of this Club because of her direct emotional appeal and outstanding musical presence. She has become as “in demand” as she deserves since winning the two BBC Jazz Awards and recently added the Ronnie Scott award “Best female jazz vocalist” to the list. As I write I hear that “Liane Carroll Wins Musician of The Year At The Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2008”. That makes the full set, I think. Her DVD “Liane Carroll trio LIVE” was launched at the Purcell Room on the South Bank in February and her new solo CD “Slow Down” is about to be released. She appeared at this Summer’s Coventry Jazz Festival with the BBC Big Band for a BBC Radio 3 recording, then the Wigan and Brecon Festivals. She is the perfect artist for the intimate situation of a Wakefield gig as she thrives on audience back chat – come and give her some! Liane Carroll - piano and voice Roger Carey - bass guitar Mark Fletcher - drums Latest CD : Slow Down (solo – released September on Splashpoint Records) Web : and

Howard Britz /Jonathan Gee New York /London band Friday 12th September 2008 £12.00 / £10.00 Howard is a Brit. who made a name for himself on the London scene before winning a scholarship to Berklee College. He then made a name for himself in the US and moved to New York 10 years ago; he teaches and plays there still. Will Vinson is another, more recent, British expat. making his way on the New York circuit. Jonathan has been at the head of UK jazz piano playing for more than a decade. Quentin has been an asset to our music for about 5 years and appeared recently in Leeds with Kyle Eastwood’s band. He also runs his own quintet which performed at Wakefield last year. Sylvia is the only bona fide American – a Californian who moved to New York at 21 and was Joe Henderson’s drummer for four years. This is another of those transatlantic collaborations we are lucky to be offered – they tend to have a transitory existence and so shouldn’t be missed during this brief window of opportunity. Expect high energy soloing over an exquisitely professional rhythm section Howard Britz - bass Jonathan Gee - piano Will Vinson - alto sax Quentin Collins - trumpet Sylvia Cuenca - drums Latest CDs : Here I Stand (TeeZee) Cream of Mandarins (Artesuono Art026) Web : and and

Tim Whitehead’s quartet £12.00 / £10.00 (Friday 19th September 2008) Tim has been a regular visitor to Wakefield – almost every time he presents a new project. Only his Homemade Orchestra hasn’t made it here. This quartet first made the CD “Personal Standards” in 2000 and has played regularly since. This longstanding relationship has allowed the superb musicians involved to develop the sort of musical togetherness on which this music thrives. Expect brilliant, challenging playing full of character, and a sense of dialogue between the four, as well as wonderful tunes. A marvellously warm, attractive album recorded at the Pizza Express Jazz Club in London’s Dean Street. Duncan Heining in his 4* review for Jazzwise Whitehead has been in the front rank of UK saxophonists since he first came to public attention with Loose Tubes in the 1980s, and on this absorbing album, he thoroughly justifies this status: his is an attractively sinewy yet characterful, occasionally fruity, tone, and the imaginative vigour with which he approaches his material is simply exemplary. Chris Parker for the Vortex website. Tim Whitehead - tenor sax Liam Noble - piano Oli Hayhurst - bass Milo Fell - drums Web : Latest CD : Too Young to go Steady (Homemade records)

David Newton trio 26th Sept. 2008 £14.00 / £12.00 What needs to be said? Dave had been absent from Wakefield for too long and when I looked into booking him he was already down to be playing with the Bootleg Eric band. That fantastic gig featured Dave on top form and has whetted our appetites for more. So here he is in favoured format able to show us all sides of his musical personality supported by one of the best bass and drum partnerships there is. This is bound to be a popular gig so please don’t miss it. David Newton - piano Andrew Cleyndert - bass Steve Brown - drums Latest CD : Portrait of a Woman Bright New Day records (BNDCD033) Web : (Worth a visit for the “Alternative Professions” and look out for Wakefield camembert)

Benn Clatworthy quartet 3rd October 2008 £12.00 / £10.00 Benn has criss-crossed the Atlantic ever since leaving South London for a new home in Los Angeles in 1980. He is valued as an intense player both here and at home. "It would be difficult for me to think of a harder working musician than Benn Clatworthy. A tenor saxophonist that is every bit the player that Joshua Redman is, Clatworthy has been a staple in Los Angeles clubs for the past two decades." Fred Jung, His British quartet gives us a rare chance to hear the superb piano playing of Robin Aspland driven along by Martin Drew and Simon Thorpe. Benn was last here teamed with Anita Wardell, we shall have to wait until after Christmas for her return. Benn Clatworthy - tenor sax / flute Robin Aspland - piano Simon Thorpe - bass Martin Drew - drums Latest CD : Live at Charlie O’s (B00080CNF2) Web : and

Peter King Quartet 10th October 2008 £12.00 / £10.00 Since Pete’s health scare last year it has been a relief and a comfort to hear that he has recovered and is playing on top form once more. As an icon of the British Jazz community Peter has delighted two generations of fans who know the best when they hear it. You weren’t able to see him at Appleby this year so here’s the next best thing – an outing with his best mates at Wakefield. His benefit at Ronnie Scotts in February attracted a dozen of the best musicians in London and contributed significantly to the restoration of his missed earnings – Wakefield Jazz added our raffle takings. When Christies sold Charlie Parker’s rare Grafton Alto, as used at the Massey Hall concert Toronto 1953, Peter King played it ahead of the sale and helped raise the $150,000.00 paid by the Mayor of Kansas City. Video of his performance of Lush Life on that instrument can be found on YouTube at : Peter King - alto sax Steve Melling - piano Geoff Gascoyne - bass Tony Levin - drums Web : No site Latest CD : Janus (Miles Music - 2007)

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