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Jazz at St Andrews

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

    May 10th – Philip Clouts

    Pianist Philip Clouts’ international career has included playing at Ronnie Scott’s, Glastonbury and Womad festivals, and London’s Lanesborough Hotel. Philip was a founder member of worldbeat jazz band Zubop touring internationally and releasing albums. His latest recording, ‘Umoya’ received widespread critical acclaim in Jazzwise magazine and airplay on BBC’s Jamie Cullum Show. Philip showcases some of his original compositions alongside some well-known swing tunes alongside local jazzers, George Trebar (bass), Joe Edwards (drums) and Chris Coull (trumpet).

    May 17th – Vasilis Xenopoulos – Nigel Price band

    Two giant of the UK jazz scene combine in the form of saxophonist Vasilis and guitarist Nigel to combine with local musicians Chris Coull (trumpet). Nigel Thomas (bass) and Angus Bishop (Drums) for an evening of stratospheric hard-bop jazz. Vasilis is one of the most accomplished jazz musicians of his generation and a genuine representative of straight ahead jazz. London became his permanent home after graduating with honours from the Berklee College of Music in Boston and gradually established himself as one of London’s up and coming jazz saxophonists.

    May 24th  – Barnes-Coull Septet play “Blues And The Abstract Truth”.

    An all Star line up including Alan Barnes (baritone sax), Andy Panayi (alto sax), Sam Miles (tenor sax) Terry Seabrook (piano) and Pete Cater (drums) provides the backbone for this project playing music from Oliver Nelson’s seminal jazz album “Blues And The Abstract Truth” and the follow-up album “More Blues And The Abstract Truth”. Nelson’s intricate arrangements suit this 3 saxophone line up together with Chris Coull on trumpet. The Rhythm section is led by Pete and joined by Terry Seabrook on piano and Paul Whitten on bass.

    May 31st – Sam Carelse band

    Brighton based vocalist Sam Carelse and partner, guitarist Jason Henson team together with Chris Coull (trumpet), Simon Woolf (bass) and Pete Cater (drums). The band have a selction of great jazz standards and vocalese from the great American Songbook, drawing particular inspiration from Anita O’Day, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Annie Ross. “The singer, one Sam Carelse, was extraordinary… This, I thought, is the kind of jazz I can live with.” Nicholas Lezard, The New Statesman

    June 7th The Full Circle Quintet

    Playing their own brand of self-penned and arranged contemporary music, Full Circle take their influence from jazz, classical and soundtrack music. Bass player Terry Pack conceived the idea based on strong, clear melodic composition and the synergy and interplay between musicians. Joining Terry are saxophonist Josephine Davies, (Parliamentary Awards Jazz Instrumentalist 2019) pianist Joss Peach (BAFTA winning composer) drummer Angus Bishop and host & trumpeter, Chris Coull.

    June 14th Arabella Sprot Ensemble.

    Saxophonist Arabella Sprot makes her debut at St Andrews with an eclectic mix of original composition, jazz standards and swing classics. Joined by pianist Joss Peach, bassist George Trebar drummer Joe Edwards and host, Chris Coull on trumpet this promises to be an exciting evening!

    Arabella made her debut playing at Montreux Jazz Festival back in 2007, touring with the award-winning big band, The Hornstars. She co-led the band Earshot to release ‘Tell No One’ on Unit Records, which saw critical acclaim from Jazzwise, Jazzthetik and Concerto Magazines.

    June 21st.

    Dominic Howles Septet.

    Dominic Howles began his career on Kenny Wheeler’s ‘Music for Large and Small Ensembles’ and has since been a regular on the London Jazz scene playing with many artists who include Don Weller, Stacey Kent, Anita Wardle, Christine Tobin, Gareth Lockrane, Gary Smulyan, Nick Brignola, Pete King, Jim Mullen and many others. The main influence for the Dominic Howles Septet is the work of Duke Pearson famously arranged a session for Lee Morgan in 1967 called ‘Standards’. The septet line up is Chris Coull (Trumpet) Sammy Mayne (Alto Sax) Dave O’Higgins (Tenor Sax) Mick Foster (Bari Sax) Graham Harvey (Piano) Dominic Howles (Double Bass) Matt Fishwick (Drums).