Mill Session : Gentle Jazz

Friday April 12th  7.30pm

Tickets £10 from TicketSource or on the door.

Gentle Jazz is a well-known group of Dumfries and Galloway performers. Our programmes feature the ‘greats’ of the American Song Book: the well-loved songs of Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin from the 1920s and 30s, together with the occasional ‘novelty’ from the 1960s. Our style is mainly 60s ‘bebop’ jazz, with a little bossanova and fusion (not to mention some audience participation) here and there. We aim to provide good entertainment whilst avoiding excessive din at all costs!

 

A typical programme comprises two sets of about 50 minutes’ music, separated by an interval for refreshments. The group appears variously as a Trio, Quartet or Quintet, and energetic charity group committees have in the past raised £1000 and more from a Gentle Jazz evening.

Singer Audrey Lowrie, from Dumfries, was classically trained, but loves jazz singing. She has introduced us to a number of new numbers, in the ‘novelty’ category noted above.

Bass guitarist Howard Bradley, from Gelston, has played in Rock bands, but he also enjoys the more subtle disciplines of the small jazz group, and has been with Gentle Jazz since its inception.

Drummer Jamie Hoyle, from Dumfries, is a professional teacher, and timpanist with the Solway Sinfonia. He’s versatile too - able to double as keyboard player when Geoff plays the sax.

Keyboard player and saxophonist Geoff Keating, from Gatehouse, earned his living as a teacher and lecturer. An arranger and composer, in a previous life he once recorded with Cliff Richard, and once with Peter Sellers!

 

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