Ashington Jazz Club celebrations set to go with a swing

HOT jazz concerts are coming to Ashington to mark a special anniversary for one local club.

HOT jazz concerts are coming to Ashington to mark a special anniversary for one local club.

Ashington Jazz Club is to hold two very special concerts in the Northumberland town to mark 27 years of monthly live jazz.

The club normally holds jazz concerts for music lovers on the first Wednesday of every month.

Now, to celebrate the 27th year of these monthly concerts two highly anticipated shows are to be put on in September and October. The first of these concerts is to be held on Friday, September 30, at Ashington Leisure Centre.

The New Century Ragtime Orchestra will play live jazz from 8pm.

Everyone is welcome to the event, which is free, thanks to a community grant from UK Coal.

The 12-piece orchestra will take you on a musical journey from the dawn of ragtime through the hot dance and jazz music of the 1920s to the early swing era of the 1930s, exemplified by Duke Ellington.

Using original period arrangements and carefully researched transcriptions from the original recordings, the New Century Ragtime Orchestra authentically recreates the music of a bygone age, and features Caroline Irwin and Jim McBriaty on a number of period vocals.

Following this concert the Gypsy Jazz from Djangologie, will play at the Jazz Club’s regular venue.

On Wednesday, October 5, the group will take to the stage at The Elephant in Ashington.

This will be the first appearance of this quartet in Northumberland.

James Birkett will feature on guitar along with Emma Fisk on violin, with the swinging sounds of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli.

The quartet will recreate the exciting atmosphere of the Hot Club de France, along with performing a repertoire of their own material.

The second concert will take place at 8.30pm in the Elephant public house in Ashington and tickets will cost £4.

The price includes a raffle ticket as well.

John Taylor, who has been running the Ashington Jazz Club for the past two years, said: “We are looking forward to these concerts.

“James Birkett is a favourite guest artist at the club.”

Tickets are available on the door.

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