Bossa Nova- Doors Open 7.30pm -Concert starts 8pm
Tickets £8 on line – £10 on the door.
Cons £5 students/unwaged/income support
This well-seasoned jazz band with 6 players came together through meeting at diverse jazz workshops and more recently in the Wells Jazz Collective, mainly focused on jazz-inspired music of the 1950s and 60s. Their smooth tunes, soft and hard melodies and precision will make any music lover want more.
Tony [alto sax and flute]
Tony discovered (“subversive”) jazz in his school days, at 16 began lessons on alto sax then later switched to tenor in the 1950s. Frank Wess’s 1955 Opus de funk recording inspired him to take up flute, which led to a 40 year break from sax playing but eventually the saxophone eventually proved irresistible. He still regards himself as “improver” on flutes and alto sax.
Jonathan [acoustic guitar]
We particularly value Jonathan’s very special touch and impeccable rhythm driving our latin tunes. Starting lessons on classical guitar (inspired by a John Williams recording) he much later came across Barney Kessel and became hooked on jazz. More recently, the music of guitar greats Paulino Nogueira and Baden Powell sparked off his keen interest in authentic Brazilian Bossa Nova
Drawing on her professional background in television and theatre, Sarah is also a true performer of classic jazz numbers, spilling out the different emotions carried in every song– to amuse, sadden or even excite you!
Rich has a long career as a guitarist (he started age seven) and has plenty of experience playing with professional musicians and teaching in our area, including recent bossa nova performances with Tony Roberts (sax & flute). frequently played at CIC
Will Lang [bass]
Will’s jazz career started as a teenager in Bristol in the ‘80s, playing trumpet in the Juggernaut Big Band and going on to play electric bass in a quartet with Jake McMurchie (Get the Blessing, Michelson-Morley) while at university in the early ‘90s. After several years’ inactivity, upon moving to Taunton he started to play again in Tim Hill’s Albion Horns, becoming lead trumpet as this outfit evolved into the Big Noise Street Band. As a bass player, he feigns dislike of bossa-novas on the grounds that they are ‘too easy’, but would like to assure Tony that he enjoys playing them really.
Not only does Ben bring specialist latin percussion that to Bossa-Jazz, but he is also a professional guitar teacher and recently added flute to his repertoire! We favour his light touch over that of a full drum kit to complement our tunes.
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