Jazz – the sound that put New Orleans on the map, musically speaking, returns to Chipping Sodbury on Monday 7th May

Stars of the evening are the Brian Carrick International Jazz Band playing their authentic brand of New Orleans jazz.

Brian Carrick playing in New Orleans with Patrick Tevlin

” It’s a very distinctive sound “, said organiser Stuart Hobday. “Not big band swing, nor is it modern jazz or bebop. New Orleans jazz has a simple melodic quality with a swinging, stomping, syncopated beat that makes you want to dance”.

Currently on tour, the band brings added authenticity by featuring drummer Frank Oxley from New Orleans. Paying his first visit to the UK, Oxley is leader of the famous Eureka Brass Band and one of the most celebrated of the old-style New Orleans drummers from that city.

Another highly respected and international addition to the band is trumpeter Patrick Tevlin from Toronto. In Canada, he leads the Happy Pals, a seven-piece jazz band playing authentic old-time New Orleans party music. They play regularly in New Orleans and Tevlin is recognised worldwide as an exponent of the old-style New Orleans approach.

Other members of the band include Malcolm Hurrell ( banjo), Tom Whittingham (trombone), Derek Jones (bass) and, of course, Brian Carrick (clarinet and tenor sax).

The concert takes place at 7.30pm at Chipping Sodbury Baptist Church and tickets priced £12.50 can be purchased from Swagger in Chipping Sodbury High Street and at Rounceval House in Rounceval Street.

“It is a rare opportunity for local enthusiasts to hear and meet international players on tour in the UK” said Stuart Hobday.

The annual Sodbury Jazz Festival will take place from 28th – 30th September. The 2012 line-up already includes jazz legend Acker Bilk who will play with his Paramount Jazz Band; Jacqui Dankworth, considered to be one of the classiest acts in British jazz singing and daughter of Dame Cleo Lane and the late Sir John Dankworth; and Terry Lightfoot, internationally acclaimed clarinettist, saxophonist and vocalist and prominent ever since the traditional jazz revival in Britain in the 1950s.

Added to this, a number of other bands will be appearing in local pubs over the three-day event. Full details available at www.visitchippingsodbury.com shortly.

Brian Carrick’s International New Orleans Jazz Band on YouTube:

Source: Chipping Sodbury Jazz Festival