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Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - ONSHOW - Tonyy White

THE new year brings two very at­trac­tive dates for lo­cal jazz fans, the first at Berkham­sted on Jan­uary 10, fol­lowed by another on the 13 at Mar­low.

Berkham­sted Jazz has Leighton Buz­zard-based Arnie So­m­o­gyi, with his Green­sand Jazz Band. If you have not come across the band be­fore, its line-up should be enough to per­suade you to at­tend the gig at the Civic Cen­tre. Join­ing bassist Arnie are Al­li­son

Neale on alto sax and flute, on trom­bone will be Adrian Fry, a founder mem­ber of The Bone Supremacy, bril­liant pi­anist Mike Gor­man and Clark Tracey on drums.

Just a few days later the spot­light switches to the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion at Mar­low, where for­mer Art Blakey Jazz Mes­sen­ger Jean Tous­saint is the star turn on tenor sax, backed by the res­i­dent Frank Toms Trio.

If din­ner jazz is your thing, then Va Pensiero at Bea­cons­field has Bruce Adams, Richard Bu­si­akiewicz and, yes, Arnie So­m­o­gyi, on Mon­day Jan­uary 5.

Look­ing fur­ther ahead in 2015, Mar­low Jazz Club fea­tures Amer­i­can tenor sax­o­phon­ist Harry Allen on March 10 and US gui­tarist Howard Alden, along with Karen Sharp, on Wed­nes­day April 22.

Amer­sham Jazz Club at Bea­cons­field SYCOB FC, con­tinue their weekly ses­sions, fea­tur­ing very much New Or­leans-style mu­sic.

I have learned that Mer­lin’s Cave, Chal­font St Giles, is to be closed for re­fur­bish­ment, so there will be no Sun­day lunchtime jazz ses­sions un­til work is com­pleted.

Peter Hughes said: “It looks like it will be closed for a good month or more. We will keep you in touch.”

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