World on a String
Violins, solo and in soaring sections, rhythm and blues guitars – and recordings old and new of clarinets and other horns in all jazz styles – illustrated yet again the endless variety of the music and its worldwide appeal to appreciative members of Ulverston Jazz Appreciation Society at their February 23 meeting, held as usual at Bardsea’s Malt Kiln Village Hall. And another look at the heart and soul of jazz added a philosophical but swinging tinge to a varied programme.
The programme for March 23 will include:
The Vanguard Story: The record label which defined the phrase ‘mainstream jazz’ featured splendid sessions by often previously neglected middle-of-the-road musicians.
In Andando Tiempo: Top British saxophonist Andy Sheppard is featured in this new recording by avant garde pianist-composer Carla Bley.
Trains ‘n’ Boats ‘n’ Planes: Worldwide travel is a permanent feature in the lives of most jazz musicians – and this selection features some of their ‘on the road’ recordings.
The programme for April 27 will include:
The Lestorians: Lester Young’s highly original ‘laid back’ tenor saxophone playing of the Swing Era heavily influenced a generation of young and talented musicians – and still does.
Stacey and Friends: New York singer Stacey Kent came to study in London –and became a hit with the UK jazz audience.
Country for Jazzmen: A number of newer and notable jazz musicians have happily explored the world of Country and Western music.
Always offering a warm welcome to members and newcomers alike, whether they’re jazz buffs or just curious, the Society meets monthly at Bardsea’s Malt Kiln Village Hall, just along the coast road from downtown Ulverston, where it presents recordings from every jazz era, along with knowledgeable commentary, on high quality audio equipment. The downbeat is at 7pm, and tasty refreshments are included in the modest charge of £2. More information from Roy Booth at 01524 853335, or the club’s website at www.ulverstonjazz.co.uk.