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Southport Melodic Jazz Club announce new season

Jazz composers and arrangers celebrated with a series of concerts

Count Basie is the first jazz great that the Swingshift Big Band will be paying tribute to

Southport Melodic Jazz Club presents a season of concerts by Swingshift Big Band, led by music director Phil Shotton.

The club’s working relationship with Swingshift Big Band has prospered for over seven years. The band has performed over 20 well attended concerts at SMJ events with guest appearances from some of the finest jazz musicians in the business. Phil has always led from the sax section, offtimes through some snortingly difficult charts, with great confidence and the band has generated a consistently improving sound and unwavering audience popularity.

There will be a series of three matinee concerts in which Swingshift will showcase the music of some of the greatest ever big bands. These gigs are in addition to the club’s regular Sunday events.

On Sunday, September 7 you can enjoy the music of Count Basie with an afternoon entitled ‘Simply Just Swingin’. Basie was, of course, one of the great big band leaders, and this show promised to pack a swing, and maybe with a touch of his famed Kansas City Stomp.

October’s concert takes place on Sunday, October 5. The theme is ‘Compare and Contrast’, and will be a tribute to the music of Duke Ellington and Stan Kenton, two more great innovators in American jazz orchestration.

The final concert in the series is tagged ‘You Must Be One of the Newer Fellows’, which will feature the music of Gordon Goodwin, a great conductor/arranger but also a fantastic saxophonist.

All three concerts will be in the Balmoral Suite at The Royal Clifton Hotel, Southport. Doors open at 1pm with the shows taking place between 2pm-4:30pm, including an interval. All tickets are £10. For more information, please visit www.jazzinsouthport.co.uk

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