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Youthful musicians with swing

PUBLISHED: 16:30 14 May 2001 | UPDATED: 15:05 22 October 2010

Youth Jazz and Swing @ St Andrew's Church, Hingham

Youth Jazz and Swing @ St Andrew's Church, Hingham

By DAVID WAKEFIELD

The end to a glorious early summer's day provided the perfect platform for this interesting evening of jazz and swing music from a predominantly youthful line-up – the latest in this biennial series of concerts in aid of the St Andrew's Heritage Fund.

A good audience was treated to a four hour-plus mix of music from those just learning the art to those who have, as near as possible, perfected it.

The latter protagonists were Peter King (alto saxophone) and Gerard Presencer (flugelhorn) whose presence, predictably, lifted the rest of the young musicians taking part.

These top Brits, backed by the Norwich Students Jazz Orchestra (leader Dave Amis) produced playing that enthralled; King's hard-swinging style is at home on virtually any vehicle, and Presencer – whose sumptuous version of Thad Jones' A Child Is Born left one breathless – has a technique that is staggering for a still young man.

Earlier, Jazz Quavers, one of the bands led by Gill Alexander from her South Norfolk Jazzangles base, and the Nick Mills Quintet, comprising for the main part former members of the NSJO, showed what the up-and-coming can do.

The concert was compered by Radio Norfolk's Paul Barnes, whose knowledge of popular music enabled him to sketch in the background to all the tunes in the programme.


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