Club favourite brings Duke Ellington's music to Welwyn Garden City

PUBLISHED: 10:14 12 April 2015 | UPDATED: 10:14 12 April 2015

Pete Long will be appearing at Herts Jazz Club in Welwyn Garden City

Pete Long will be appearing at Herts Jazz Club in Welwyn Garden City

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A firm favourite at Herts Jazz Club makes a welcome return to Welwyn Garden City this weekend.

Pete Long’s Ellingtones will perform in Screen 2 at the Garden City Cinema / Hawthorne Theatre complex at Campus West tonight (Sunday).

Renowned for his ebullient personality, complemented by a fierce concern for musical excellence, Pete has long been an admirer of Duke Ellington’s music and arrangements and has led groups for many years in tribute to the jazz master.

The Ellingtones are a small offshoot of the Pete’s award-winning Echoes of Ellington, featuring reduced versions of Ellington and Strayhorn scores in the context of a jam session.

A spokesman said: “Pete has put together a tremendous line-up of jazz performers to pay musical respect to one of the greatest composers of the 20th century.”

Ryan Quigley and Enrico Tomasso will be on trumpets on Sunday night, with Callum Au on trombone and Pete Long, Simon Finch and Alex Garnett all on saxes.

They will be joined by James Pearson on piano, Alec Dankworth on bass and Herts Jazz’s very own Clark Tracey on drums.

Advance tickets cost £3 students, £10 members, £13 concessions and £14 full.

On the night they are £5 students, £12 members, £15 concessions and £16 full.

Doors are at 7.30pm.

Book online at www.hertsjazz.co.uk/gigs.html

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