Tony White keeps you up to date with the jazz scene in Bucks

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - PEO­PLE IN PIC­TURES -

JUNE sees a cou­ple of re­ally mouth­wa­ter­ing at­trac­tions in lo­cal venues, the first at Berkham­sted and the sec­ond at Mar­low.

The penul­ti­mate con­cert of the cur­rent Berkham­sted Jazz sea­son brings the Frank Grif­fith Nonet with vo­cal­ist Tina May to the town’s Civic Cen­tre on Satur­day June 6. Amer­i­can ex-pat Frank has lived in Lon­don since 1996 and is cur­rently mu­sic lec­turer and di­rec­tor of per­for­mance at Brunel Univer­sity. Be­fore leav­ing the States he worked with Mel Lewis, Buddy Rich and Mel Torme, among many others, and he also wrote ar­range­ments for the Lionel Hamp­ton Orches­tra.

With him at Berkham­sted will be some of our top play­ers, in­clud­ing Henry Lowther and Robbie Rob­son on trum­pets, trom­bon­ist Adrian Fry, Matt Wates and Mick Foster on sax­o­phones, Nikki Iles on piano, Mark Hodg­son on bass and drum­mer Paul Clarvis.

Apart from be­ing one of our lead­ing jazz singers, Tina May has led vo­cal cour­ses in France – she stud­ied in Paris for a year – and Italy.

Mov­ing over to Mar­low, June 16 will bring a truly dy­namic tenor sax­o­phone duo to the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion: Art The­men and Don Weller, who will be ap­pear­ing with the res­i­dent Frank Toms Trio. Nei­ther of the guests needs any in­tro­duc­tion to lo­cal jazz fans, Art The­men in par­tic­u­lar ap­pear­ing reg­u­larly in the Barn at Mer­lin’s Cave, Chal­font St Giles.

By the way, there’s still no news on when Sun­day lunchtime jazz will re­sume at the re­fur­bished Mer­lin’s Cave, but it won’t be too long now, I hope.

Other big names booked in lo­cally in June in­clude Al Ni­chols and Ge­off Eales at Va Pen­siero and The Roger Beau­jo­lais Quar­tet play­ing the last con­cert of Berkham­sted’s cur­rent sea­son.

Let us not for­get the ses­sions at Amer­sham Jazz Club ev­ery Wed­nes­day and the weekly ap­pear­ance of the Clive Bur­ton Quin­tet at Hed­sor So­cial Club on Thurs­days.

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