Please note - this concert will take place in our new permanent venue - The Witney Corn Exchange, with suitable social distancing and observation of Covid 19 guidelines.
Seasoned guitarist, composer and educator - Hugh Turner can apply his considerable skills to many musical styles. He’s recognised as one of the UK’s foremost exponents of Funk Guitar and his associations with a host of top names from the industry during 30 years of playing, give testimony to his popularity as both a player and creator of great melodies. Hugh’s style errs on the side of bluesy, yet he can play bebop with the best of them and he’s going to present a project that celebrates the music of one of Blue Note’s favourite sons - the guitarist Wes Montgomery. Wes was infamous for both his use of the thumb rather than a plectrum and for being able to straddle the worlds of blues and jazz to great critical acclaim. So, we have the perfect player in Hugh to help re-create and re-live some of Mr Montgomery’s music. Performing with Hugh will be one of the most soulful pianists we know, the affable Mr Maff Potts, bassist Paul Jefferies and top Oxfordshire drummer Charlie Stratford.
We will be observing Covid-19 government guidelines.
The music of Duke Ellington and his right hand man Billy Strayhorn has been inspiring singer Sarah Moule and pianist Simon Wallace ever since they both discovered jazz. Simon was hooked after seeing the Ellington band live when he was 13 years old and Ellington’s music was Sarah’s first jazz passion and always features in her set. Together with drummer Paul Robinson and bassist Paul Jefferies, they will celebrate ‘Swee’ Pea’ and ‘The Duke’ with a collection of their greatest songs with a couple of rare Ellington gems. .
Three highly regarded musicians, singer Sarah Moule, pianist Simon Wallace and drummer Paul Robinson have performed at Ronnie Scott's Club, the Purcell Room, most major London jazz rooms and all over the UK. Sarah sang for six years with Proms favourite The John Wilson Orchestra and has released four critically acclaimed CDs. Simon toured internationally with the Lindsay Kemp Company, has recorded with Geoff Beck and been Musical Director for Imelda Staunton, Ian Shaw, Barb Jungr and Clare Teal. Paul Robinson toured worldwide for 18 years with Nina Simone, was a member of Art of Noise and currently tours with Eric Bibb.
'Cool, elegant, immaculate' 5 stars The Observer
'Classic late-night club jazz. Exquisitely textured arrangements...such a stunning interpreter of a lyric' 4 stars Jazz Journal
'Peppers & Beans’ The Alan Barnes & Ian Smith Quintet
Friday November 6th
Book now to get tickets at £17:00 each!
Doors open at 19:15, show starts at 20:00
An all star band for this Witney Jazz ’Special’ event featuring stalwart of the UK jazz scene, Alan Barnes raconteur and ace trumpeter Ian Smith, pianist Alex Bryson, bassist Paul Jefferies and drummer Clark Tracey. This brand new show features the music that straddled swing and Bebop in the 40s and 50s. From trumpeter Harry ’Sweets’ Edison who performed with Jeter Pillars, Count Basie and Buck Clayton to name a few through Ben Webster with his smooth as silk tenor sound who created a wealth of recordings with his own ensembles as well as a memorable series with ’Sweets’, to the slightly edgier alto sounds of arch bebopper, Art Pepper. All wrapped in humour, story telling and pure musical joy.