Cool Jazz with Alan Barnes & Ian Smith
A rare chance to hear the multi award-winning Alan Barnes on saxophone and clarinet play a dazzling double bill of events at Sladers Yard in his intimate jazz quartet with Ian Smith on trumpet.
Cool Jazz Night Saturday 16 November 7.30pm
In a band formed as an escape from the big band playing these top musicians are used to, this is a chance to hear them off the record, playing Louis Armstrong and the giants of jazz they and we love the most in a unforgettable night of classic jazz.
Tickets: £15 or £30 with dinner. Phone 01308 459511 to book.
The Poetry of Jazz and the Jazz of Poetry: Sunday 17 November 12 noon written and presented by Ian Smith on trumpet and vocals with Alan Barnes Quartet.
A highly entertaining and fascinating 90 minute lunchtime event with jazz performance, poetry readings and commentary exploring the rich and profound connections between jazz and 20th century poets, from WH Auden to Jack Kerouac and Frank O’Hara.
Tickets: £12 or £24 with light lunch.
ALAN BARNES has the unique gift for combining modern sophistication with the charm of the jazz tradition. Internationally acclaimed and multi award-winning, he plays alto sax, baritone sax and clarinet.
Over the years Alan has featured on many jazz recordings and has toured and performed with an astonishing variety of bands and musicians. He has won many British Jazz awards in alto, baritone, clarinet and arranging categories. In 2001 and 2006 Alan received the prestigious BBC Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year award and in November 2003 was made a fellow of the Leeds College of Music where he originally studied music.
2003 also saw the inception of Alan’s own record label Woodville Records.
Compositions and commissions include “The Sherlock Holmes Suite”, two series of jazz songs written with playwright Alan Plater – “Songs for Unsung Heroes” and “The Seven Ages of Jazz”, “The Mabella Suite”, and settings of E.E. Cummings and other poets arranged for Jazz octet. Latest projects include a clarinet led trio with Jim Hart on vibes and Paul Clavis on drums and an all star octet playing the music of Duke Ellington.
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IAN SMITH has played trumpet with talents as varied as Gwyneth Herbert, Hank Wangford and Michael Horowitz. He has lectured on Modern and Renaissance Poetry at universities on both sides of the Atlantic while also playing jazz regularly with some of the leading players in Britain and Europe.
An all-star blistering night of jazz in the intimate setting of Sladers Yard. Book now and look forward to an unforgettable evening. Or better still book the band’s double bill at Sladers Yard with the Sunday lunchtime Poetry of Jazz musical entertainment which brings the David Inshaw exhibition and Bridport Literary Festival to a spectacular and celebratory close.
Phone Sladers Yard on 01308 459511 to book or tickets are available from Bridport TIC on 01308 424901.