Chichester Jazz Club

The Chichester Jazz Club 20th Birthday Party

Saturday, March 31, 2012

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To celebrate our 20th birthday we have booked the return of the America singer Marlene VerPlanck with the John Pearce Trio and the star studded Alan Stuart Octet. To accommodate such a music rich evening, we will be starting a little earlier

7.00pm - 8:15pm: Marlene VerPlanck and The John Pearce Trio

American vocalist Marlene VerPlanck is one of the finest interpreters of the music of the great songwriters. Did CJC members agree? Here’s a small selection from their post-concert feedback in March 2011:

Great. Terrific phrasing and expression. A brilliant combination of hugely lyrical singing and excellent backing. Wow, still a great voice and lots of interesting songs and arrangements that I hadn’t heard! Great to hear every word of these beautiful songs.

Come along in March 2012 and give us your verdict.

Full line-up: Marlene VerPlanck - vocals, John Pearce – piano, Paul Morgan –bass, Bobby Worth – drums.

8.45pm - 10.15pm Alan Stuart Octet

Alan Stuart moved to the Chichester area about 5 years ago and is a member of Chichester Jazz Club.

From dance and rock music Alan moved into jazz in the 1960s, eventually becoming leader of an octet when the leader ‘broke down, walked out and left the music and music stands behind’. That was 45 years ago. The band rarely plays together these days but has twice played very successfully at the club. Alan has access to outstanding musicians, young and old, who love playing for old times’ sake. Alan’s main occupation for the last 45 years has been as a TV and film stuntman. Proof of the pedigree of tonight’s musicians is that, taken together, their biographies occupy 3 pages of John Chilton’s ‘Who’s Who of British Jazz’.

Full line-up: Alan Stuart – tenor saxophone, Henry Lowther – trumpet, flugelhorn, Mark Nightingale – trombone, Willie Garnett – alto and tenor saxophones, Don Weller – tenor saxophone, John Pearce – piano, Paul Morgan – bass, Bobby Worth – drums.

Guest admission to Party: £16.

All meetings start at 7.45pm - doors open at 6.30pm

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