The Alan Barnes Octet - A Short & Incomplete History of Jazz

Alan Barnes makes his 4th appearance since our first festival in 2010. No surprises there then! Alan is a top UK jazzer and regular award winner who features at many high profile festivals, frequently delivering a remarkable programme with his Octet that features a very high quality and experienced & versatile line-up.

The Grand Venue will be a perfect stage for this notable band, and Alan Barnes’ Sunday afternoon programme aimed at delivering ‘A Short and Incomplete History of Jazz’ will prove to be a compelling concert for a festival audience. The programme? - Short, because it’s a 2 hour gig - Incomplete because it only includes the band’s favourite bits! Well, if it only includes tunes from Bix Beiderbecke and Louis Armstrong, through Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie , Gerry Mulligan to Coltrane that will be a very attractive proposition!

The pieces will be performed in roughly chronological sequence but will be in their own style-not an attempt to recreate the originals, but rather our response to some great music.

We know that everyone in the band is a superb soloist and Alan has written a whole bunch of new charts to let them loose on. The show will, of course, include a lot of anecdotes about the great (and not so great) figures of the music through the years. So that will be an attraction in itself. Can’t wait!

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