Jazz: Alan Barnes (sax and clarinet)
with Ian Smith (trumpet) and Denni Ilett (guitar)
Saturday 23 June 8pm
Tickets: £15 or £30 with barbecue dinner from 6.30pm. (Seating for dinner indoors or out.)
Playing the jazz classics in superb style with plenty of banter, anecdotes and laughter, this is an evening to relish.
‘[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.
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. 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. He has his own music label and has played Sladers Yard on numerous memorable occasions.
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.
DENNY ILETT (pronounced eye-let) is a virtuoso British guitarist who now runs the Bristol International Jazz Festival and recently played a Jimi Hendrix night at Ronnie Scotts. A talented writer/arranger, he honed his skills by playing and touring with some of New Orleans’ finest including Lillian Boutte and members of such notable bands as The Meters, Dr John and the Harry Connick Jnr Big Band. As a guitarist, Ilett’s influences are diverse. Elements of T-Bone, Django, Wes, Scofield even a bit of Jimi, but ultimately he sounds like none of them in particular, preferring to tread his own path with a rawness and honesty that is hard to resist.
Sladers Yard’s jazz evenings bring together some of the country’s best players in intimate evenings with wonderful food. This evening’s £15 ticket price buys a full main course from a choice of seafood, free-range meat or vegetarian/vegan barbecued dishes served with an array of salads and breads. An enticing selection of puddings, cheeses, locally brewed beers and cider and a great winelist, coffees and liqueurs are also available.
Phone 01308 459511 to book now!