Jazz Evening

Jazz Evening

The Arundel Centre was transformed into ‘Ronnie Scotts on the Hill’ last Tuesday when our annual Jazz Evening returned after a two year absence. Led, for the 13th time by our resident jazzer and saxophone teacher Mr Theo Travis, it was a sparkling showcase of talent from both our students and the professional quartet of Andrea Vicari (piano), Alex Keen (bass) and our very own Mr Alan Brown (drums). The quartet kicked the evening off and for me the highlights were the stunning improvisations in ‘Autumn Leaves’. Another highlight is always our solo singers singing with the quartet and tonight saw some of the most compelling performances we have witnessed in this run of 13 events – Anna M with ‘All of me’ a duet between Asya P and Hattie S with Mancini’s haunting ‘Moon River’ and in the second half Yasmin B really got in the Brazilian groove with ‘One Note Samba’ followed by the mesmerising performance of ‘Cry me a river’ from Evie M. We really enjoyed the final set from our senior Saxophone Quartet (final because 3 of them are in Y13!) consisting of Charlotte W, Alia K, Lisa S and Kezia C. Charlotte and Lisa were also joined by a string quartet for their performance of ‘Black Orpheus’ that they first recorded remotely during the first lockdown; nice to finally hear it live! The quartet also started the second half with that great standard – ‘Take Five’ by Paul Desmond. The evening ended with the full jazz band and wow, what a sound! They played a fabulous set including ‘Pink Panther’, ‘Lady is a tramp’, and ‘Miller Magic’. The audience were hugely appreciative and enjoyed not only the music but also the delicious spread that Mrs Hibbert and her team provided for them! You can watch a video of the whole show: