Jazz

Bernstein in Chichester Festival

Various venues in Chichester

Until November

Chichester celebrates its unique relationship with West Side Story composer Leonard Bernstein (pictured above) with a festival marking his centenary and featuring stars including actors Patricia Routledge and Peter McEnery and the conductor Carl Davis. This year marks the centenary of the birth of Bernstein and this festival culminates in a special performance of his composition the Chichester Psalms at Chichester Cathedral by the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, which is conducted by Marin Alsop, who was taught and mentored by Bernstein. Bernstein himself was present at the world premiere of the Chichester Psalms at the Southern Cathedrals Festival in 1965. This festival, which has a programme of concerts, workshops, revues, jazz, talks, film shows, exhibitions and reunions, is part of a worldwide celebration of the 100th birthday of the composer, conductor, musician, cultural ambassador and humanitarian, who died aged 72 in 1990. Keeping Up Appearances star Patricia Routledge (pictured below with Howard Seckerson) will speak for the first time about her working relationship and valued personal friendship with Bernstein, while actor Peter McEnery performs his one-man show Walter & Lenny, which he devised and is directed by his wife, the actress Julia St John. There will be a performance of Carl Davis’s Sing God A Simple Song, an original musical entertainment depicting seven aspects of Bernstein’s musical life. Picture of Leonard Bernstein: Paul de Hueck, courtesy of the Leonard Bernstein Office Inc. Picture of Carl Davis, below right: Jasper Fry.

Read our feature on the Bernstein in Chichester Festival.

Email info@bernsteininchichester.com or visit bernsteininchichester.uk.

 

 


Jazz Cafe: Featuring Adam Glasser

Pavilion Cafe Bar, Marine Parade, Worthing

Friday June 1, 8pm

Tickets £9

Adam Glasser’s unique harmonica sounds combines his South African roots with many years in the UK jazz scene playing piano with his own groups as well as for South African legends such as Dudu Pukwana. He was also musical director for 16 years of the veteran South African vocal group the Manhattan Brothers, and his latest two albums have been awarded and nominated for the SAMA Best Modern Jazz Album.

Phone 01903 206206 or visit worthingtheatres.co.uk.


Jazz Lunch with Shireen Francis

The Hawth, Hawth Avenue, Crawley

Sunday June 3, 12noon-2.30pm

Tickets £21.95

Shireen Francis performs her own unique blend of jazz with flavours of gospel, blues, calypso and reggae. Inspired by artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Dianne Reeves, Carmen Lundy and Etta James, this will be a varied and entertaining lunchtime session. Enjoy fantastic music from ‘quite simply, one of the best British jazz vocalists of this generation’ , according to BBC Radio, alongside a traditional roast with a choice of meats followed by a dessert.

Phone 01293 553636 or visit parkwoodtheatres.co.uk.


Jazz Dance Company: Decades

The Capitol Horsham, North Street, Horsham

Wednesday June 6, 7.30pm

Tickets £14

Decades by Jazz Dance Company takes you on a journey from the glamour of 1920s Hollywood through the decades of the 20th and 21st century to the present day, capturing the essence of the changing eras, through events and musical styles of the times. It showcases a range of dance styles from hip hop, commercial and contemporary to music theatre, tap, technical and lyrical jazz, and features new choreography from choreographers including Kenrick ‘H20’ Sandy, Kevan Allen, Nikki Trow, Matthew Cole, Anthony Whiteman and Carrie-Anne Ingrouille.

Phone 01403 750220 or visit thecapitolhorsham.com.


The Big Chris Barber Band

The Hawth, Hawth Avenue, Crawley

Thursday June 14, 7.30pm

Tickets £22

The 10-piece Big Chris Barber Band plays everything from New Orleans to blues to late 20s Ellington, and tonight there will be songs from that age, including Bourbon Street Parade, Jubilee Stomp, Petite Fleur, Ice Cream and When The Saints Go Marching In. Picture: Luc Lodder.

Read our interview with jazz legend Chris Barber.

Phone 01293 553636 or visit parkwoodtheatres.co.uk.


Jazz Dance Company: Decades

Devonshire Park Theatre, Compton Street, Eastbourne

Saturday June 17, 7.30pm

Tickets £15/students and school groups of 10+ £8

Decades by Jazz Dance Company takes you on a journey from the glamour of 1920s Hollywood through the decades of the 20th and 21st century to the present day, capturing the essence of the changing eras, through events and musical styles of the times. It showcases a range of dance styles from hip hop, commercial and contemporary to music theatre, tap, technical and lyrical jazz, and features new choreography from choreographers including Kenrick ‘H20’ Sandy, Kevan Allen, Nikki Trow, Matthew Cole, Anthony Whiteman and Carrie-Anne Ingrouille.

Phone 01323 412000 or visit eastbournetheatres.co.uk.


Love Supreme Jazz Festival

Glynde Place, Glynde

Friday June 29-Sunday July 1

Tickets from £54

Pop superstars Earth Wind & Fire, Elvis Costello and Steve Winwood top the bill at this year’s Love Supreme Jazz Festival.

Read our feature about the festival and the line-up.

Visit lovesupremefestival.com.


Herbie Flowers’ Jazz Breakfast

Brighton Dome, Church Street, Brighton

Sunday July 1, 11am

Tickets £7.50

Start Sunday with a burst of jazz from bass maestro Herbie Flowers and his changing ensemble of top flight musicians.

Phone 01273 709709 or visit brightondome.org.


Darius Brubeck Plays Bernstein

The Pallant Suite, 7 South Pallant, Chichester

Friday September 7, 7.30pm-10pm

Tickets: prices to be confirmed

In 1959, the Dave Brubeck Quartet performed at the Carnegie Hall with the New York Philharmonic conducted by Leonard Bernstein, a concert that was broadcast on the radio. As part of the Bernstein In Chichester Festival marking the centenary of the birth of the West Side Story composer, Dave Brubeck’s son Darius fondly recalls the friendship between the two musicians, as tonight the Darius Brubeck Quartet is welcomed by Chichester Jazz Club to play a special set that includes arrangements of some of Bernstein’s most celebrated music. Picture: Rob Blackham.

Read our feature on the Bernstein In Chichester Festival.

Phone 01243 816525 or visit thenovium.org/boxoffice, or phone 01243 862759 or email melissahauffe@aol.com.


JAVAJam Trio featuring Sarah-Jane Hassellin

Studio, The Hawth, Hawth Avenue, Crawley

Sunday September 23, 3pm

Tickets £15

Sarah-Jane Hassellin has worked extensively in the West End including as the Mistress in Evita, Cosette in Les Miserables and Ellen in Miss Saigon. She brings a wealth of experience to her singing in this musical journey from Gershwin to Porter and Bacharach to Norah Jones. Roger Lewin is the pianist for the evening and Phil Brown plays sax and flute.

Phone 01293 553636 or visit parkwoodtheatres.co.uk.


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