JAZZ GIGS & EVENTS
Alan Barnes Octet ‘A Jazz Christmas Carol’ at The Hen & Chicken, Bedminster, Bristol.
Sunday, December 17, 2017
Promoter Ian Storror writes;
Alan Barnes Octet
‘A Jazz Christmas Carol’
http://jazzata.com/Gig137.html for full details
The Hen & Chicken, 210 North St, Bedminster, Bristol, BS3 4PA
Sunday 17 December
Doors 7.30 for 8.15pm start
Alan Barnes (Saxes & Clarinet), Bruce Adams (Trumpet & Flugelhorn), Mark Nightingale (Trombone), Karen Street (Sax & Clarinet), Rob Fowler (Sax & Clarinet), David Newton (Piano), Simon Thorpe (Bass), Clark Tracey (Drums)
And now for something completely different.
Like the Dickens classic itself, Alan Barnes’s “Christmas Carol” has something for everyone. A family night out that is also a treat for the jazz connoisseur; it will delight anyone who loves music or literature – or just Christmas!
This suite of pieces, takes the audience through the characters and scenes of ‘A Christmas Carol’. Readings from the original Dickens tell the story, and after each scene eight virtuoso musicians bring the characters and scenes to life, switching audiences from hilarity to pathos with a skill that would have done credit to Dickens himself!
A gruff baritone sax plays Scrooge, his lost love Belle is a lyrical alto, his clerk Bob Cratchit a cheery clarinet and Marley’s Ghost walks in the person of a swinging trombone. Just as Scrooge’s ghosts take him on a tour of his life, so the movements of this suite seemed each to have a benevolent presiding ghost, celebrating the spirit of jazz greats past and present.
The music and readings inspire the full range of Dickens’s imagination and emotion: from terror and remorse through to love and then irresistible joy: “God Bless Us Every One!”
Barnes is a true Dickensian. He is a serious reader of the novels. It is a clear blunder of providence that he was born too late to appear in their pages! ~ Hot News
Sure it’s Christmas and its sure to be Fun, therefore we are sure to get some fantastic Jazz from a truly stellar line-up….so don’t be a Humbug and start your Christmas early
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