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Southport Jazz Festival pictures

A short post to upload a few photos of The Southport Jazz Festival. Apart from a few robust gusts of wind which briefly disrupted  at the outdoor locations the weather was mercifully kind. As usual, a number of musicians who have supported Beaufort Jazz evenings were performing.

Vernon Fuller was in demand as a solo performer and with Willy Fluss as Twin Frets. Vernon’s gig at the Wine Cellar with his own distinctive style of jazz funk was exceptional and justifiably well received by the audience. If a feel good grove was what you sought then one act to definitely see was Mamadou and the Super Libidor featuring Tom Sykes on violin.

On a non Beaufort theme anyone who caught the Sefton Jazz Orchestra and Ensemble would have no doubt enjoyed their double set. Featuring young musicians throughout the Sefton Area, the Orchestra and Ensemble knock out a big band sound which has to be said is impressive. There were many highlights in their sets, however, a personal favourite was Sing Sing Sing evoking memories of the Benny Goodman and Gene Krupa era. Well done.

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May 23, 2012 Posted by | Music Reviews | , | Leave a comment

Grand opening of the Rainford Junction

Many will remember that the Rainford Junction pub had an excellent reputation for being a live music venue with some highly regarded Bluegrass musicians playing there over the years. Unfortunately the pub was closed a few months ago and the future seemed very uncertain. It was therefore very good news that Paul Draper (our resident sound man at Beaufort Jazz) had acquired the Junction and intended to reopen as a pub with live music once again top of the agenda.

When visiting  just after Paul had started the project it was clear that much work was needed to restore the Junction to former glory. The upstairs function room was an excellent music space but was looking very tired. After much hard work the Junction finally reopened its doors on Friday 5th of May with the pub and the function room now completely refurbished.

Inevitably music was a major part of the evening with Trez Fez performing in the function room which has now banished the old furniture and fittings and boasts comfy seating. Hopefully the Junction will be a great success and help keep live music alive and kicking.

May 17, 2012 Posted by | Event Announcements | , | 1 Comment

The Lost Cause Association to feature Monday 4th of June

Very Important Notice: Due to a wedding at the Briars Hall Hotel this Beaufort Jazz evening will be held in the Arts Centre at Burscough Wharf. Could Beaufort regulars please pass this message on to anyone who might not have Internet access.

The Lost Cause Association

The Lost Cause Association

The opening performance for our June Beaufort Jazz evening features a local trio who have played together over many years in various highly acclaimed bands. After touring the world playing a wide range of music they now find themselves back home playing their own style of Gypsy Jazz and Swing, We are delighted to introduce The Lost Cause Association as our featured guest musicians for Monday 4th of June.

These excellent musicians have a fine musical pedigree going back to the days when they performed mainly country style with the Kevin Daniels Band and then the Pete O’ Dowd Band which toured America, Ireland and France to wide acclaim. They then found time to appear in many different line line-ups with 60s Rock and Rollers including local legend Karl Terry. Since reuniting as trio The Lost Cause Association have concentrated on developing their own style of melodic Gypsy Swing.

Lead guitarist John Mooney recalls his early interest in Gypsy Swing from his father’s own musical career “I have an abiding passion for Reinhardt and swing music inherited from my Father, a great guitarist who played in a dance band run by Sam Wannamaker the film producer.”

The Lost Cause Association are John Mooney – lead guitar, Chris White  – rhythm guitar and Billy Stratton on bass. Please give them a warm Beaufort Jazz welcome.

As usual the evening will start promptly at 8pm with newcomers most welcome to join us. Entrance is the customary £1 to cover costs and we doubt anyone will get a better evening’s entertainment for such a paltry sum.

A word about our venue for this evening. The Arts Centre is a new leisure complex in the heart of Burscough which is rapidly establishing itself for Cinema, theatre, live music and comedy. Having been told about the wedding at the Briars (which is most unusual for a Monday) some urgent action was needed to find an alternative venue. The Arts Centre seemed a good choice has its own stage and lighting and as luck would have it, a room opposite which is perfect for jamming.

There will also be a bar and sandwiches available and it is likely that we will be able to play later than our usual finishing time. It is conveniently situated in the centre of Burscough on the junction of the A59 and the canal with good parking available on both sides of the canal. Directions can be found here. Obviously this is a temporary arrangement and for the July Beaufort Jazz evening we anticipate that we will be back in the Ellerbrook Suite at the Briars.

May 11, 2012 Posted by | Beaufort Announcements | , , , | 1 Comment

Gig update including latest on the Southport Jazz Festival

Southport Jazz FestivalOnce again a number of musicians who support our Beaufort Jazz evenings will be participating at the Southport International Jazz Festival. Two gigs that have come to our attention will be held in the Town Hall Gardens. The Garden gigs are free for the general public to enjoy and on a fine day there can be few better ways to spend a little time. It’s worth noting that in the event of bad weather these gigs are relocated to one of the nearby hotels. This year it seems to be the Bold Hotel – but please check.

Swingology – Town Hall Gardens – 2.30pm Friday 11th May

Petrus –  Town Hall Gardens –  11.30am Saturday 12th May

We also understand that Vernon Fuller, Twin Frets and Modjango will be appearing. If you want to check out the full line-up you can download the famous pocket guide Festival programme by clicking here. It’s good to see that some new venues have been added this year and hopefully they will be well attended.

If you miss Petrus at the Festival they will also be playing at the Wilmslow Conservative Club on the 14th May (8 pm start).

Last but not least, Adam Palma will be performing with Joscho Stephan at the Barnaby Arts Festival at 8pm in the Macclesfield Town Hall on the 24th June. They will also be holding a master class earlier the same day at 2pm in the live room of Cabin 5150 recording studios. This is a rare appearance in the UK from Joscho and his website lists this as his only UK date. John McCormick will feature on bass and Kristyna Myles will be the guest vocalist. Definitely one to include on your gig list.

May 8, 2012 Posted by | Event Announcements | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Diminuita to feature Monday 7th of May

Diminuita

Diminuita

Following last month’s Beaufort Jazz evening when we were entertained by Daniel John Martin we are very pleased to continue the international theme for the forthcoming month and welcome the Athens based swing trio Diminuita as our featured musicians for May. This is their first tour of the UK and we were delighted when they contacted us last November and we realised that their visit coincided with our May evening. Needless to say we were quick to extend the invitation to join us and open the evening as our featured musicians.

Those of you who get our monthly email will probably be suitably impressed with the long list of Diminuita’s considerable achievements. In addition to performing at numerous events and music festivals they also found time to help launch the first Reinhardt inspired festival in May 2010.  Held in Athens, the festival (named Djangofest) celebrated the 100th anniversary of Reinhardt’s birth and was such a success that it was subsequently repeated in 2011.

Diminuita was originally formed in 2007 and they have quickly made an impact in the world of Gypsy Jazz. In 2011 they found time to record their first official CD entitled a-rhythmology in addition to touring mainland Europe. Their style is described as being “natural and acoustic” with the emphasis on keeping the music true to its original intent. Much of their set list will no doubt be very familiar to Beaufort regulars –  but with the added spice of different arrangements and some of Diminuita’s own compositions. It doesn’t have to be said  – but this will be another fine evening at Beaufort Jazz.

Diminuita’s tour is as much as cultural visit as well as an opportunity to play in the UK as they hope to catch up with some sightseeing as they travel around the country. After so much effort in organising their itinerary we are obviously hoping that they will be rewarded with an excellent turnout on Monday and that we can give a warm Beaufort welcome to these generous musicians.

Diminuita are Giorgos Papadogiannis  – lead guitar, Effie Saranti – rhythm guitar and Kostas Arsenis on upright bass.

As usual the evening starts at 8pm so please make an extra special effort to arrive in good time to welcome our guests on stage. Look forward to seeing you on Monday.

May 4, 2012 Posted by | Beaufort Announcements | , , , , , | Leave a comment