A Tribute to Bobby Wellins
Bobby Wellins, who sadly passed away last year, was one of the greatest saxophonists to come from these shores. From his landmark recording of ‘Starless and Bible Black’ with Stan Tracey to the recent recording of his own Culloden Moor Suite with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, his 60 year career, produced music that touched countless hearts across the globe. Wells, Edwards and Cleyndert recorded four albums with Bobby and they played countless gigs and concerts together. For this tribute, the trio join with the amazing talents of Josephine Davies to play a set of music to celebrate Bobby’s spirit.
The first half of the evening will be a screening of Brighton film maker Gary Barber’s wonderful documentary about Bobby, which captures his very essence.
Gary Barber – filmmaker, Josephine Davies – tenor sax, Mark Edwards – piano, Andrew Cleyndert – double bass, Spike Wells – drums.
From her early days leading a jazz trio in small Chicago nightclubs, Patricia Barber has drawn extravagant accolades, firstly from local reviewers, impressed by her unique arrangements and coolly composed piano improvisations, and then, as she added vocals to her repertoire, the praise poured in from national critics. Her recordings with both Blue Note Records and the Concord label have secured her place in modern jazz history. Among her contemporaries, only Cassandra Wilson has managed to create a comparable chemistry of new and old standards whilst only Diana Krall matches the appeal of Barber’s rarefied vocals and pristine piano. In this rare UK appearance, Patricia and her trio will be playing her original songs, standards and covers.
Patricia Barber – vocals & piano, Patrick Mulcahy – double bass, Nate Friedman – drums.
Scott Hamilton Quartet
American sax icon Scott Hamilton makes a welcome reappearance at Watermill Jazz with his all-star UK rhythm section. Starting out with Roy Eldridge, Scott made albums with amongst others Dave McKenna, Jake Hanna, Woody Herman, Gerry Mulligan, Flip Phillips, Maxine Sullivan, Buddy Tate, Warren Vache and Rosemary Clooney. “A supreme master of the jazz tenor saxophone, Hamilton gets better with the years – ever more swinging and more adventurous” - Dave Gelly.
Scott Hamilton – tenor sax, John Pearce – piano, Dave Green – double bass, Steve Brown – drums.
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|25th April |
No jazz concert this week as venue is unavailable.