Summertime, and the evenings are jazzy

Jazz at the Hub, Sheringham Little Theatre. Picture: SUBMITTED

Jazz at the Hub, Sheringham Little Theatre. Picture: SUBMITTED - Credit: Archant

Jazz is becoming the music for all seasons at a north Norfolk venue, as sessions are added to the summer programme for the first time.

Sheringham Little Theatre has been hosting jazz for many years during the autumn, winter and spring.

And the current Jazz @ the Hub sessions are proving so popular they are being carried on through the peak summer months.

Theatre director Debbie Thompson said the jazz regularly drew sell-out, 60-strong crowds to the Hub coffee bar.

'It is so well attended we did not want people to miss out in the summer, and we hope holidaymakers also come and enjoy the sessions too,' she added.


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Vic Brown, organiser of the Jazz in the Hub sessions, said the aim was to provide 'melodic jazz standards' rather than trad or modern variants.

Mr Brown and his wife Jean, from Trunch, scout jazz talent from across Norfolk and Suffolk for the Sheringham sessions.

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He praised the Hub venue where musicians were happy to play because they were 'listened to by appreciative regulars.'

Mr Brown is also a musician, having learned drums at school, played in rock bands in London in the 1960s and resumed playing – and his love of jazz – on moving to Norfolk in the 1990s.

He is the drummer in the Norfolk Jazz Quartet and said there was still a good following for jazz at Sheringham at a time when other clubs were cutting down on their jazz nights.

Jazz at the Hub events (all Sundays at 7.30pm unless stated):

May 29, Phil Brooke, The Art of Trio. Guitarist Phil plays jazz standards and explores the tunes of Herb Ellis, Barney Kessel, Tal Farlow, Jimmy Raney, Red Norvo and Oscar Moore. He is joined by Simon Brown (piano) and Ivars Galanieks (double bass).

June 26, John Whitehead Trio. Norwich-based pianist John combines standards and originals with Dave Pullin (double bass) and Neil Kane (drums). John has played with big bands and small combos, and appeared on TV.

July 17, Tom Clay-Harris Quartet. Talented young Norfolk trumpet player Tom is completing a BMus jazz course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He was in the Norwich Student Jazz Orchestra from 2006-2012 and has been part of the Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra since 2012. He and a group will play standards and originals.

Monday August 8, The Norfolk Jazz Quartet. Tim Densham (clarinet and sax), Peter Gregory (guitar), Liz Underdown (bass) and Vic Brown (drums) will play swinging jazz standards and music from the American Song Book.

Monday August 29, Simon Brown Trio. Performer, arranger, musical director and music education Simon Brown (piano) regularly plays with a range of top British and International artist. His Hub show will feature a varied repertoire with Jose Canha (bass ) and Alex Best (drums).

Other music at the theatre in coming months includes:

May 21, Hayley Moyses Britgrass Three. Norfolk musician Hayley, who has played in Nashville, brings a mix of Bluegrass, Americana and Appalachian music along with the band's country versions of contemporary songs.

June 11, An Evening with Stringfillies. Harp, cello and violin trio Xenia Horn, Hattie Bennett and Emily Bennett perform Irish, Scottish, Celtic, Gaelic and folk in a concert specially arranged for the Little Theatre.

July 2, Tormenta Flamenca. A music and dance show, called Tablao, pays homage to the early days of Flamenco through the golden age of the 1930s to modern stylised spectacle. Drumming rhythms, bold choreography and furious footwork.

July 3, Hits of the Rat Pack. Swing singers Paul and Stephen Amer, with a live band, singer Ellie Darnell and backing dancers, perform swing classics from the Rat Pack's residency at the Las Vegas Sands Casino.

? For more information and tickets call 01263 822347 or visit www.sheringhamlittletheatre.com

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