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Duke Ellington jazz night

June 10, 2015, 7.30pm, White Hart Inn, 51 Stockport Road, Lydgate, Oldham, OL4 4JJ
Tickets: £12.50

Alan Barnes together with singer Anita Wardell and backing from the Chris Holmes trio will evoke the era of Duke Ellington.

'Barnes plays music that was radical 50 years ago – hard, urban post-bop – but he infuses it with so much passion and energy you could believe it was minted on the spot'.

Altrincham born Alan Barnes took up the clarinet at the age of 12, and alto saxophone at 15. His long and distinguished career has seen him play with a huge variety of bands, including the hard bop band of Tommy Chase and Humphrey Lyttleton, and many celebrated musicians. He has also featured on many jazz recordings, films and television soundtracks. A winner of many British Jazz Awards, in 2001 and 2006 he received the prestigious BBC Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year award. Alan also recently featured on the Bryan Ferry 'Jazz Age' recording and the Great Gatsby soundtrack.

Anita Wardell was born in Guildford but moved to Australia with her family as a child. She is noted for her mesmerizing and captivating vocal improvisations. She uses the voice as her instrument, displaying precision and agility, mixed with heartfelt emotion. In 2006 she received the prestigious BBC Jazz Award for Best of Jazz Category and in 2013 she won the Best Vocalist category at the British Jazz Awards.

Includes a light supper snack.

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