Wokingham Today

Trio of jazz concerts to enjoy

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JAZZ in Reading will bring its current season of world-class jazz concerts to a close with three concerts it says are notto-be-missed at the Progress Theatre this month and next..

American piano star, Ethan Iverson, who has appeared at such prestigiou­s New York venues as Carnegie Hall with the ground-breaking band The Bad Plus, will be a special guest at the Progress on Friday, April 27.

He will be playing with acclaimed British alto saxophonis­t Martin Speake and his trio as part of a UK tour.

The hugely popular Rebecca Poole, better known by her sobriquet ‘Purdy’ (pictured), will light up the Progress on Friday, May 27.

Her unique singing style and wonderfull­y entertaini­ng stage appeal has enthralled audiences at Ronnie Scott’s, London’s 606 Club and the packed crowds at BBC Radio 2’s Cheltenham Festival, as well as her own ‘pop-up-jazz-club’ in Henley.

Fiery tenor saxophonis­t Brandon Allen will bring his solo talents to the evening alongside local guitar hero Hugh Turner, Ralph Mizraki on bass and drummer Steve Wyndham. Jazz in Reading anticipate a magical night!

The Progress Theatre is tucked away in the Mount off Christchur­ch Road in Reading, not far from Shinfield.

It is usually associated for its theatrical performanc­es, but in recent years has become a perfect venue for jazz, much loved by audiences and musicians alike for its intimate atmosphere.

The late Tubby Hayes, arguably Britain’s greatest jazz musician, played in Reading on many occasions during his short lifetime. Jazz in Reading and Reading University’s Music in Reading programme have joined forces to celebrate his life and music with an evening of live jazz and film at the University’s

London Road Campus on Friday, May 11.

Award-winning tenor saxophonis­t and Hayes biographer Simon Spillett will be leading his quartet, including John Horler, Alec Dankworth and Spike Wells, with tunes drawn from Tubby’s prolific recording career.

In the second half, Mark Baxter will present his acclaimed documentar­y Tubby Hayes: A Man In A Hurry narrated by actor Martin Freeman.

This will be followed by an open Question and Answer session.

Full informatio­n about all these events, together with details of ticket purchases are available on the Jazz in Reading website www.jazzinread­ing.com

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