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Jazz at St Andrews

    Our spring program for 2024 is here. Really exciting times as we welcome some world class musicains on Friday evenings at 6pm;

    March 1st; Brighton Jazz Mafia Big Band.

    The ultimate big band experience formed from the cream of the Brighton jazz community and led by saxophonist Alex Bondonno: The Brighton Jazz Mafia return to Love Supreme festival in 2023 with their full 16 piece big band line up for a celebration of local composers: original music written for the band and inspired by their South Downs home by the sea.

    The large format ensemble will be celebrating music from their album: Navigation composed by Simon D’Souza as well as celebrating music by other Brightonian talent including Mark Bassey, David Beebee and Paul Busby.  The band captures the essence of classic 50s era big band sound, put into a crisp modern format.  Punchy brass combined with luscious horn lines, complex jazz harmonies flowing over deep bass grooves.

    March 8th Andy Panayi’s Boptet.

    Best described as ‘youth meets experience’, Andy Panayi’s Boptet is a 6-piece band featuring some young rising jazz stars in the UK, plus Chris Coull on trumpet and Andy leading on alto sax. With a repertoire of mainly classic hard bop tunes from the likes of Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Oliver Nelson and others, the music has been specially arranged by Andy and leaves plenty of room for soloing of the highest standard. Up and coming musicians Dan Cartwright (Sax), Tim Wells (piano), Rhys Lovell (bass) and Alex Pitt (drums).

    Tickets available here; https://www.wegottickets.com/event/607041

    March 15th Nat Steele’s tribute to Lionel Hampton.

    Nat is a jazz vibraphone player and drummer based in London. Self-taught, he specialises in playing straight ahead, swinging jazz, unashamedly influenced by players like Lionel Hampton, Milt Jackson, and Victor Feldman. Clark Tracey described him as “one of the best vibes players this country has ever produced.” His debut album lauch, “Portrait of the Modern Jazz Quartet” sold-out at Ronnie Scott’s, and won “Jazz Album of the Month” by BBC Music Magazine and 4 stars in The Observer and Jazzwise Magazine. With Chris Coull (trumpet), Terry Seabrook (piano) George Trebar (bass) and Joe Edwards (drums).

    Tickets available here; https://www.wegottickets.com/event/607043

    March 22nd Tony Kofi’s tribute to Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker.

    Tony Kofi is a British jazz saxophonist and flautist. He has twice won BBC Jazz Awards: Best Instrumentalist in 2008 and Best Album in 2005 for All Is Know. In May 2021 Kofi appeared on BBC Radio 4 to discuss his early life and the life-changing event that led him to take up the saxophone. Join the band for a tribute to Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker in an evening of hard swinging bebop. With Chris Coull (trumpet) Oli Howe (Piano) Nigel Thomas (bass) and Pete Cater (drums)

    Tickets available; https://www.wegottickets.com/event/607044

    April 5thth Gerogia Mancio, John Donaldson and Dave Ohm.

    Multi-award-winning jazz vocalist, Georgia Mancio and world renowned drummer Dave Ohm (Benny Golson, Gregory Porter) team up with John Donaldson (piano), Paul Whitten (bass) and Chris Coull (trumpet) for an evening of original compositions and favourites from the great American Songbook. Georgia won Parliamentary Award Best Vocalist 2021 and Best Album 2020 and nominations at the Jazz FM, British Jazz and Urban Music Awards. 

    Tickets available; https://www.wegottickets.com/event/607045

    April 12th Roy Hilton – Simon Savage Quintet.

    Pianist Roy Hilton and saxophonist Simon Savage are both legends on the UK jazz scene with decades of experience at the highest level. In an evening of be-bop and hard bop from the 1940’s and 1950’s the band give new found freedom to the compositions of Horace Silver, Tadd Dameron and Dexter Gordon as well as similarly veined original compositions from Roy himself. With Chris Coull (trumpet), Paul Whiten (bass) and Bobby Worth (drums)

    Tickets available; https://www.wegottickets.com/event/607047

    April 19th – Imogen Ryall ensemble

    Renowned vocalist Imogen Ryall is well knowns for her inimitable vocal style and ‘vocalese’ skills, which have led to her adding lyrics to many of the tunes from the back catalogue of jazz standards. Expect some twists and turns on some new tunes as well as original takes on old favourites. With Simon Robinson (piano), Terry Pack (bass), Chris Coull (trumpet) and Angus Bishop (drums)

    Tickets; https://www.wegottickets.com/event/607048