Music

Jazz in the Bar: The Genius of Duke Ellington

Sunday 26 March 2023

Hear the music and story of the greatest sax player. Alto saxophonist Charlie Parker was one of the most influential jazz musicians of all time, forging a brand new genre in jazz, bebop, with fast tempos, virtuosic technique and advanced harmonies. Tonight, saxophonist Neil Maya and pianist Philip Clouts celebrate some of Charlie’s finest compositions as well as some great jazz standards that Charlie brought to prominence. In between numbers Neil will also talk about Charlie’s eventful and troubled short life and the influence he had on jazz.

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Bar opens 7:00 P.M.
Starts 8:00 P.M.
Advance £12.00
On the door £14.00

10% off for members

Book online at any time, at the Lyme Regis Bookshop and Bridport Tourist Information Centre during normal opening hours, the Marine on Monday and Friday mornings 10 – 1, and over the phone on 01308 424901

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Hear the music and story of the greatest sax player. Alto saxophonist Charlie Parker was one of the most influential jazz musicians of all time, forging a brand new genre in jazz, bebop, with fast tempos, virtuosic technique and advanced harmonies. Tonight, saxophonist Neil Maya and pianist Philip Clouts celebrate some of Charlie’s finest compositions as well as some great jazz standards that Charlie brought to prominence. In between numbers Neil will also talk about Charlie’s eventful and troubled short life and the influence he had on jazz.

He also recorded songs written by musicians in his band, such as “Caravan”, which brought a Spanish tinge to big band jazz. At the end of the 1930s, Ellington began a nearly thirty-year collaboration with composer Billy Strayhorn, with whom he composed a wide variety of suites, and many great songs. After a quieter time following the War, an appearance by Ellington and his orchestra at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1956 led to a major revival and regular world tours.

Saxophonist Andy Williamson has performed with Tom Robinson, Suggs, Martha Reeves & the Vandellas, and even at Buckingham Palace. In addition he has played sax (sometimes while abseiling) with the Honkin’ Hep Cats, and formed the Big Buzzard Boogie Band. He is the perfect musician to interpret Duke Ellington’s work, as recently he directed a performance of Ellington’s ‘Sacred Concert’ at the Bristol Jazz Festival.

Duke Ellington’s great songs include ‘Satin Doll’, ‘Sophisticated Lady’, ‘Mood Indigo’ and ‘It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)’.

Unfortunately the upstairs bar is not accessible by wheelchair as there is a staircase.