Southport Jazz Sunday 20 March at The Royal Clifton Hotel

7th March 2016

At The Royal Clifton Hotel, The Promenade, Southport PR8 1RB – On Sunday 20 March

A cracking double bill -Matinee starts 2 pm to 4.30 pm in the Balmoral Suite

UK’s number one jazz clarinettist Pete Long is star guest with Phil Shotton’s  Swingshift Big Band.

The programme will cover clarinet classics from the Big Band Era including favourites from Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman and Duke Ellington.

Pete Long is taking time off from his regular band leading duties for today’s solo spot. He heads his own London based Echoes of Ellington band as well as his Jazz At The Phil combo.
He is a superb clarinet virtuoso and a highly entertaining front man.

Evening starts 8 pm to 10.30 pm in the Windsor Suite.

The club is delighted to welcome New York jazz vocalist Marlene VerPlanck on her current European tour. She will be accompanied by The Chris Holmes Trio.


Marlene VerPlanck has been exploring the Great American Songbook since her days singing in the bands of Charlie Spivak, Tex Beneke and Tommy Dorsey.

She’s contributed backing vocals to a legion of artists, including Sinatra and KISS, and has sung on demos for the writers in the Brill Building.
But it’s her work as a solo artist that has brought her lasting fame. On this, her 24th album, the singer continues to showcase her impeccable phrasing, sinuous melodic sense and flawless diction.
The album – The Mood I’m In – Audiophile Records just got a 5 star revue from US critic Leon Nock in the March Jazz Journal International.

Tickets matinee £16, Evening £15, combined £29.
Ring Southport Jazz to book.
01704 541790

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