SLADERS JAZZ CLUB presents:
Alan Barnes (sax and clarinet)
David Newton (piano)
Ian Smith (trumpet)
Ashley John Long (double bass)
Saturday 23 November 8pm
Tickets: £18 or £36 with dinner from 6.30pm
Phenomenal jazz musicians playing classics from the history of jazz in superb style with plenty of banter, anecdotes and laughter.
‘[I am] relishing the prospect of Barnes’s casually consummate musicianship, deadpan humour (he could be a comedian, if jazz ever fails him), and indomitable belief in a respected place for the music’s rich history in this eclectic and often forgetful world.’ John Fordham – The Guardian
Legendary jazz musician 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 softly and mesmerisingly to fit the intimate atmosphere of Sladers Yard. Alan Barnes and David Newton have been playing duets together for over 37 years. These multi award-winners cover a vast repertoire from Louis Armstrong to Chick Corea and play with an empathy that can only come with long experience. The emphasis, as always, is on swinging, accessibility and interplay.
Over the years ALAN BARNES 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. Twice winner of the prestigious BBC Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year Award in 2001 and 2006, he was made a Fellow of Leeds College of Music in 2003 where he originally studied music. He has his own music label and has played Sladers Yard on numerous memorable occasions.
DAVID NEWTON David Newton has been voted best Jazz Pianist in the British Jazz awards for the thirteenth time in 2014 and was made a Fellow of Leeds College of Music in 2003. An exquisite accompanist for singers, he has worked regularly with Carol Kidd, Marion Montgomery, Tina May, Annie Ross, Claire Martin and of course Stacey Kent, with whom he spent ten years recording and travelling all over the world. He also composes music which he records on his own CDs as well as writing specifically for Martin Taylor, Alan Barnes, Tina May or Claire Martin. Newton’s music can be heard on many television productions, including over twenty for TV movies in the United States. He has also written music for ten of Alan Aykbourn’s productions.
IAN SMITH has played trumpet with talents as varied as Gwyneth Herbert, Hank Wangford, Alan Barnes, Vimala Rowe 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. He has performed at leading jazz festivals and on BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4. A regular star performer at Sladers Yard, his events are always red letter days. A published writer, Ian Smith and Alan Barnes wrote and performed in an acclaimed BBC Radio 4 drama, Blood Count, about the final recording of Duke Ellington.
ASHLEY JOHN LONG is a virtuoso double bassist and composer active in a diverse range of musical idioms including Jazz and Improvisation, Session Music, Early and Contemporary Chamber Music, and as a Soloist. Since graduating from the RWCMD in 2008 he has maintained a busy and varied freelance career which has encompassed many strands. He has performed and recorded internationally with some of the UK’s leading Jazz musicians, as well as accompanying visiting international artists, whilst his work as a soloist has seen the premiers of numerous new works for solo bass.
Sladers Jazz Club brings together some of the country’s best players in intimate evenings with wonderful food. This evening’s £18 dinner price buys a full main course from a choice of seafood, free-range meat or vegetarian/vegan dishes served with an array of salads and breads. An enticing selection of desserts, cheeses, locally brewed beers and cider and a great wine list followed by coffees and liqueurs will also be here to tempt you.