Scarborough Jazz Festival

This weekend saw the exciting first performance of the new ‘Songs of the Ridings’ commission tour at the Scarborough Jazz Festival.

Lance Liddle of the bebop spoken here blog had this to say about the gig:

Commissioned by Creative North Yorkshire and Scarborough Jazz Festival this was a bold and ambitious work composed and arranged by leader Anderson. Is compositional ideas are good and his tenor sound warm although on Cold Spell it was appropriately – cool! Kari Bleivik’s vocal lines added a Winstonian feel to the ensembles.

On bass John Marley delivered a strong harmonic foundation propelled along by Gardner’s drums whilst, on piano, Sheriff, proved, as he has done at previous Scarborough Festival, what an inventive player he is.

A fine set and yet…
…on a descriptive suite such as this I felt that the leader should have spoken more about the background or, if time was prohibitive, to have provided programme notes such as Tommy Evans did in the evening.

That aside, it was musically sound.

(Lance Liddle, bebop spoken here: Scarborough Jazz Festival – Sunday Afternoon, 26/09/11)

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We’re looking forward to the next three gigs of the tour – next up is Pave Bar in Hull, this Sunday the 2nd Oct. Also in the pipeline is Matt n’ Phreds, Manchester (11th Oct) and 7arts Centre, Leeds (16th Oct).

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