Beaufort Jazz

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May and June retrospective

When musicians take the trouble to venture across Europe to play at our monthly evening it is hoped that everything will run smoothly and that the event is a success. Our May Beaufort Jazz evening welcomed the excellent Diminuita who made the considerable effort of traveling from their native Greece to embark upon their first UK tour. A full house in the Ellerbrook Suite gave them a very warm reception and were rewarded by an hour of Gypsy Jazz with a distinctive Mediterranean influence. A mixture of standards and own compositions from their album a-rhythmology made for a very entertaining and well composed set.

Diminuita certainly deserve a wider audience and hopefully their european tour will give them just that. Even though this was a whistle stop visit, the band still managed two high-profile gigs at ourselves and Le QuecumBar. Venues that missed out will no doubt hope that they are able to tour the UK again in the near future. Even with such a hectic schedule some sightseeing was possible and they managed to take in the Lancashire coastline including Antony Gormley’s Another Place before returning to the continent. Hopefully they enjoyed their trip to the North West and that they will visit us again some day.

Whilst much of the UK watched the Diamond Jubilee concert on television a good number of us caught the smaller but equally enjoyable musical event at our June Beaufort Jazz evening. The splendid Lost Cause Association were our featured musicians who were joined on stage for the later part of their set by violinist Don May. This evening was very much Beaufort Jazz “on the road” as a wedding at the Briars Hall Hotel gave us the opportunity to explore a new venue at the Arts Centre on the Burscough Wharf.

The Lost Cause were in good form putting together a very enjoyable Gypsy Jazz set with a nod to their country roots. A number of Beaufort regulars were impressed and hope they will be back at future evenings. Whilst somewhat smaller than the  Ellerbrook Suite, the Wharf is a very tidy venue with good facilities for small to medium events. With a bit of luck it will develop into a valuable local facility for musicians and artists. Thank you to all at the Wharf for making us most welcome.

On a final note it was time to say goodbye to Paul Draper who looked after the sound at our Beaufort Jazz evening for the very last time. Paul has recently taken on other business commitments and felt that it would be difficult to continue at our monthly gathering. Best wishes to Paul for the future.

Our featured musicians for our next Beaufort Jazz evening on July 2nd will announced in the near future. See you then.

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June 7, 2012 Posted by | Beaufort Reviews | , , | 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