See the North Devon Jazz Club page for the 2018-19 programme arranged so far. Details will appear here as they become available. Friday 30th November , 8.30pm, George Hotel, South Molton: Craig Milverton Trio with a tribute to Oscar Peterson.
Craig was voted Best Jazz Pianist of the Year 2010 and is one of the busiest and best jazz pianists around. He is supported by Coach York on drums and Ashley John Long on double bass.
Monday, 3rd December, Beaver Inn, Appledore: Alex Woods Quartet
Multi-award winning alto saxophonist Alex Woods will bring his quartet to the Beaver, Appledore on 3rd December. Starting the saxophone at the age of nine Alex perfected his style and playing during a period of performing with jazz musicians in New York and at this gig he will be playing numbers from his recent album Highline which was recorded with some of those musicians.
Alex has also collaborated with Jamie Cullum and Charlotte Church and toured extensively in Europe and further afield. He is also a talented composer and has written pieces for big band, string quartet and harp. https://www.alexwoodsmusic.co.uk/
Sunday 2nd December, George Hotel, South Molton (7.30): Jean Toussaint's Young Lions
Jean Toussaint - Tenor Saxophone, Mark Kavuma – Trumpet, Ashley Henry - Piano, Daniel Casimir – Bass, Femi Koleoso – Drums Grammy-winning saxophonist Jean Toussaint began his career with the iconic Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. Since then he has toured the world with some of the biggest names in jazz, and released 11 albums as a leader. This tour presents his newest release "Brother Raymond" with the stars of tomorrow's British Jazz Scene.
On a personal note, I saw this band recently and it was one of the best gigs I'd been to in a long time - really fantastic playing from the young ones, especially the trumpet and bass. And quite honestly, how often do we get the chance to see an alumnus of the Jazz Messengers in these parts? (Ans: not often enough for it to be taken for granted).
Tickets £12 or £10 (supporters) from website (below) or phone the Plough box office on (01805) 624624
Monday, 17th December, Beaver Inn, Appledore: Helena Kay's KIM Trio
A gifted saxophonist who was voted Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year in 2015, Helena Kay brings her KIM Trio to North Devon Jazz Club.
Helena has been acclaimed by the Glasgow Herald for her ‘sublime music that stirs the senses and emotions’ while jazz critic Rob Adams wrote that ‘ Kay produces a beautiful tone on tenor….Her improvisations are superbly well constructed, always keeping the original theme within touching distance, and her use of pauses and space adds both to the overall beguiling effect and the sense of genuine instant composition’.