5th May 2018 7:30 pm
St Nicholas Church, Kenilworth
Jazz at the Church featuring Spicy Jazz with Bob Jackson, Zoltan Sagi, Steve Kershaw, Mike Kemp and 'Sticky' Wicket...
- Jazz at the Church featuring Spicy Jazz with Bob Jackson, Zoltan Sagi, Steve Kershaw, Mike Kemp and 'Sticky' Wicket.
Bob Jackson & Zoltan Sagi formed Spicy Jazz in the 1980's. The band has had many local residencies, backing top British guest soloists including trombonist Roy Williams, reedman John Barnes, Bruce Turner and Al Gay and trumpeters Alan Elsdon, Janusz Carmello, Colin Smith and the great Humphrey Lyttelton. They have featured at numerous events, including the West Wales Jazz Festival and the Bude Jazz Festival. The band has made three recordings, some of which will be available at this event.
Bob Jackson (trombone and vocals) formed the Red Room Jazz Band at Warwick University with Zoltan Sagi in the 1970's and then Spicy Jazz in 1981. He has accompanied many UK Jazz stars, most notably Humphrey Lyttelton. Following Humph's death in 2008, Bob was invited to be a patron of the Humph Trust, which helps to support young jazz musicians. Bob guests with bands in Norway and Sweden.
Hungarian born Zoltan Sagi (saxophones and clarinet) spent his early professional playing career in dance bands and in the New Orleans jazz genre performing internationally. After a successful period in music education he played a two and a half year stint with Chris Barber, touring internationally. He has made numerous recordings as a freelance session musician and has also appeared with such musicians as Earl Warren (ex Count Basie), Humph, Marty Grosz, Digby Fairweather and Bruce Adams.
Steve Kershaw (bass) plays bass with and leads the aware winning Anglo-Scandinavian contemporary jazz trio Stekpanna. They played their first gig in Los Angeles in 1996, winning the Battle of the Bands (the first jazz group ever to do so) and since then have played hundreds of gigs across twenty six difference countries.
Mike Kemp (piano) has played at festivals and clubs over Europe, Morocco, Scandinavia and the USA. His repertoire is mostly drawn from what has become known as The Great American Songbook (including Cole Porter, Harry Warren, George Gershwin). Also a composer and arranger with albums to his credit, Mike works in settings from solo to big band and is best known these days for leading his classic New York trio line-up of piano, double bass and drums.
Sticky Wicket – Sticky's career has spanned playing with many musical greats including Chris Barber and Lonny Donegan. His 14 piece Swing Orchestra have played on radio and TV including: BBC 2'S 'We'll Meet Again' and Radio 2's 'Swingtime'. They have appeared at many prestigious venues and events including Althorp House for the Spencer family, Blenheim Palace and the Savoy Ball in London. 'The improbably named Sticky Wicket………..is indeed the lord of all he surveys. And why not? For he is in all likelihood the most vibrant, technically brilliant and – above all – visibly exciting drummer in jazz today'. John Philpott, Worcester News
Please join us on Saturday 5th May 2018 at St Nicholas Church, Abbey Fields, Kenilworth at 7.30pm. Tickets are £12 each, please call 01926 864451/512322. The will be a bar available on the evening. Proceeds to The Myton Hospices and to purchase a projector for the church