Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Swingtime in Bearwood!

Photo courtesy of Benjamin Amure

We had heard that tickets are selling fast so we caught up with The Silvershine Jazz Club to find out why they can't wait for this Thursday night.

Reuben James is back in town and this time he's bringing a red hot band to the Silvershine Jazz Club, featuring New Yorker Giacomo Smith on Clarinet and Alto, plus “Tomorrow’s Warriors” Ruben Fox and Mark Kavuma.

Band members have been making quite a name for themselves in venues like Ronnie Scott’s, while Reuben himself is coming to you direct from headlining at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival. Wynton Marsalis is quoted as saying “We haven't had anything like this in New York for over twenty years" of Giacomo Smith on the Ronnie Scott’s website.

Reuben started his Jazz career at a very young age in The Notebenders Big Band, a community project started by Andy Hamilton. He went through Birmingham Youth Jazz and touring with Abram Wilson and onto study Jazz in London. Now he’s able to bring the very best musicians back to gig in Bearwood and we’re very excited.

The full line up is:

Giacomo Smith - Clarinet/Alto (New York) (state)

Ruben Fox - Tenor (Brixton)

Mark Kavuma - Trumpet (Africa)

Rosie Turton - Trombone (Countryside)

Moses 'Big beat' Boyd - Drums (Catford)

James Banner - (Dudley)

Reuben James - Piano (Bromford)

Reuben James presents the era of jazz that saw the likes of Lester Young, Count Basie, Ben Webster and Charlie Parker taking risks, expressing themselves and getting people on their feet into the wee hours of the morning.

Kansas Smitty’s brings that vibe to you LIVE. Don’t be fooled though, this is no vintage hang. This is swing. Here. Now.”   As Reuben says “Jazz ain’t no background music"

If we'd known earlier what Reuben had planed we'd certainly have charged more on the door. However, from the punter’s point of view this is a wonderful opportunity to see a great act at a price you’re not likely to see again. Be there!

The evening at Corks Club (558 Bearwood Road) starts 9pm and admission is only £4 per person (£3 concs). 

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