Christmas Special concerts on Sunday 14 December

Southport Melodic Jazz at The Royal Clifton Hotel

Alan Barnes premieres his new suite “A Christmas Carol” based on the novel by Charles Dickens

Composer, arranger and leading UK jazz saxophonist Alan Barnes brings an all-star Octet to play for SMJ’s Christmas Special audience at The Royal Clifton Hotel. The club is delighted and honoured to be the venue for the first public performance of Alan’s latest major composition.

The Suite is inspired by the famous novel by Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol” with individual movements devoted to each of the major characters in the novel including the ‘villain’ Scrooge whose character is changed through his dream encounters with ghosts of Christmas’s past, present and future and the Cratchet family with crippled child ‘Tiny Tim’. Alan has allocated one piece to feature each of the 8 musicians in the band.  We know from previous Alan Barnes suites (such as his famous Sherlock Holmes Suite) that this will not only be superb writing, expertly played but also hilariously good fun.

With Alan leading on saxes and clarinet, the band includes an all-star line-up of some of the UK’s top jazz musicians. On saxes Robert Fowler and Karen Sharpe, trumpet Bruce Adams, trombone Mark Nightingale, piano David Newton, bass Simon Thorpe and on drums the great Clark Tracey.

There is also a later concert  by a trio featuring David Newton on piano, Simon Thorpe on bass and Alan Barnes himself on clarinet at the same venue. The trio will play tunes associated with Christmas as well as famous clarinet pieces from the likes of Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw.

The “Christmas Carol” concert is a matinee in the hotel’s Windsor Suite – doors 1.30 pm – start 2 pm to 4.30 pm with one interval. Tickets £18

The evening trio concert starts 8.30 pm to 10.30 pm with one interval. Tickets are £14.

To book ring SMJ tickets on 01704 541704 – there are still a few tickets available for both gigs.

The advertised dinner between these two concerts featuring the great jazz accordionist Harry Hussey is already sold out.

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