New season opens at Welwyn Garden City music club

PUBLISHED: 10:27 11 September 2011

Alan Skidmore opens the new Herts Jazz Club season

Alan Skidmore opens the new Herts Jazz Club season

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THE new Herts Jazz Club season opens tonight (Sunday) in Welwyn Garden City.

If last month’s Herts Jazz Festival has whetted your appetite, head over to Campus West for the opening concert in the autumn season.

Following the success of the inaugural festival, Herts Jazz Club is proud to have secured saxophonist Alan Skidmore to launch its new season.

Drawing on his earlier and chief inspiration, John Coltrane, Skidmore’s full-throated tone, dazzling technique and sheer gut-feel musicality makes him a most remarkable and exciting tenor player and one who never fails to move and lift an audience.

The list of international artists he has performed with and recorded reads like a who’s who of contemporary music and includes Georgie Fame, John Mayall, Elvin Jones, Eric Clapton, Clark Terry, Stan Tracey, Van Morrison, Charlie Watts, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Joe Henderson and Dexter Gordon.

A performer at festivals as far afield as Chicago and Berlin, Skidmore has conducted workshops across the world, including in Australia, India, the Philippines and the USA.

Playing alongside him in the Hawthorne Studio, in WGC, will be Steve Melling on piano, Arnie Somogyi on bass and Herts Jazz’s Clark Tracey on drums.

Tickets cost £13 if bought online, £16 at the door and £10 for club members.

Students and under-21s pay just £5.

Book online at www.welhat.gov.uk/cw - click on the Campus West link above right.


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