Friday 25th August at 8.00pm
(pre-show supper at 7:00pm)
The ultimate saxophone - piano duo
ALAN BARNES &
Tickets £15 (£29 including pre-show supper) can be booked on 01460 54973
These two guys are both at the top of the jazz tree and have been there for thirty years or more. They have both been voted winners of the UK jazz awards countless times and represent the very best that our jazz scene can offer. Our little venue here in Ilminster is truly honoured to have them here together to play for us. This will be a sell out performance of probably the very best jazz music that you could hear anywhere in the World.
Dave Newton grew up in Renfrewshire, Scotland, and after graduating from Leeds College of Music in 1979, he established himself on the Scottish jazz scene before his old roommate from college, Alan Barnes, persuaded him to move to London where he rapidly became a much sought after pianist teaming up with Barnes, guitarist Martin Taylor and saxophonist Don Weller. In the first five years of the nineties, Newton's reputation as an exquisite accompanist for a singer, spread rapidly and by '95 he was regularly working with Carol Kidd, Marion Montgomery, Tina May, Annie Ross, Claire Martin and Stacey Kent, with whom he spent the next ten years recording and travelling all over the world. During this time, Newton was composing music which he would record on his own CDs as well as writing specifically for Martin Taylor, Alan Barnes, Tina May and Claire Martin. David Newton's music can now be heard on many television productions, especially in the United States where over twenty TV movies benefit from Newton's haunting themes. In 2003, after a twenty year gap, David Newton was reunited with playwright Alan Aykbourn to write the music for two new productions, 'Sugar Daddies' and 'Drowning on Dry Land'.
Alan Barnes is probably the most hard working UK musician. He is constantly in demand, both here and abroad, for concerts, tours and recording dates. His visit to us last year was spellbinding, as he played clarinet and all the saxophones, with the exception of the bass, with a superb mix of tunes from a wide range of genres interspersed with lots of good humoured chat.
Alan began his career in jazz over 40 years ago, and has now recorded almost fifty CDs, most of them under his own name, and has worked with a huge number of people in the jazz world, but Dave Newton is generally his favoured pianist (Dave will be playing at the Arts Centre this May). Alan has twice been BBC Jazz Instrumentalist of the year in 2001 and 2006 and has won the "Critics Choice" UK Jazz Award for one or other of his instruments a total of fifteen times.
Originally a member of the Midnight Follies, and then the Pasadena Roof Orchestra, he joined the Humphrey Lyttleton band in 1988 as a replacement for Bruce Turner. At the same time he formed the Pizza Express Modern Jazz Sextet. This is a UK "all stars" band comprising the top players in the country which has played virtually everywhere. His own name groups take many forms from trio to octet, and constitute a variety of the best known solo and accompanying artists. He has played and toured with all the major UK big bands and has been a permanent member of the BBC Big Band for the last ten years. He also features as a recording session musician for a great many of the chart-hitting artists of the pop world.
LICENSED BAR serving a range of wines, bottled beers and soft drinks.
PRE- SHOW SUPPER (must be booked at least 2 days before the concert).
Tonight's Menu: TBA; Dessert; Coffee
Vegetarian option available. Please ring the Arts Centre on 01460 54973 at least 2 days before the concert