The Gramophone Five Plus Four – North Wales Jazz Night

The Gramophone Five Plus Four – North Wales Jazz Night

Get ready for an exciting evening’s music as clarinettist BILL BASEY, best known throughout the area as leader of his eighteen piece big band, brings his smaller combo, the Bill Basey Gramophone 5 plus 4, to the White House.

The group, which has a reputation for first-rate swing and mainstream jazz and is a favourite band at the annual Nantwich Jazz and Blues Festival, draws on the great music composed between the 20s and the 70s with, for example, the sounds of Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Duke Ellington and Woody Herman, playing timeless material, often with a modern feel. Numbers range from popular standards like Stella By Starlight and Sleepy Time Down South to the Ellington classics, I’m Just A Lucky So and So and Concerto for Cootie.

​Heading the line-up is Bill Basey himself on clarinet and sax, with an array of front-line talent which includes DON OWEN and TONY TUCKER (trumpets), JOHN CLEWETT (alto & baritone saxes), KEITH ALLEN (trombone) and Guildhall School of Music graduate LIAM BYRNE (tenor sax), who is well known to North Wales Jazz audiences as leader of the Classic Jazz Quartet, BBQ and Hot 6.

For this North Wales Jazz concert, the six front liners will be joined by the rhythm section of MALCOLM HOGARTH (keyboards), a member of the UK’s longest established trad jazz outfit, the renowned Merseysippi Jazz Band, ISABEL TONER (double bass) and BILLY BUCK (drums).

Byddwch yn barod am noson gyffrous o gerddoriaeth wrth i’r clarinetydd BILL BASEY, sy’n enwog trwy’r ardal fel arweinydd ei ‘fand mawr’ deunaw darn, ddod â grŵp llai, The Bill Basey Gramophone Five plus Four, i’r Farmers Arms.

​Mae gan y grŵp enw da am swing o’r safon uchaf a jazz prif lif ac mae’n un o’rhoff fandiau bob blwyddyn yr y Nantwich Jazz and Blues Festival. Clywir dylanwad y gerddoriaeth wych a gyfansoddwyd rhwng yr 20au a’r 70au gyda seiniau Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Duke Ellington a Woody Herman. Byddant yn chwarae deunydd bytholwyrdd sy’n aml yn teimlo’n fodern. Bydd y caneuon yn amrywio o glasuron poblogaidd fel Stella By Starlight a Sleepy Time Down South i glasuron Ellington, I’m Just A Lucky So and So a Concerto for Cootie.

​Y blaenwr fydd Bill Basey ei hunan ar y clarinet a’r sacs, ac mae doniau’r rheng flaen yn cynnwys DON OWEN a TONY TUCKER (trwmpedau), JOHN CLEWETT (sacs alto a sacs bariton), KEITH ALLEN (trombôn) a LIAM BYRNE sydd wedi graddio o Ysgol Gerdd y Guildhall (sacs tenor). Mae cynulleidfaoedd Jazz Gogledd Cymru’n gyfarwydd â Liam fel arweinydd y Classic Jazz Quartet, BBQ a Hot 6.

​Yn y cyngerdd hwn gan Jazz Gogledd Cymru, yn ogystal â’r chwech yn y rheng flaen, bydd yr adran rhythm yn cynnwys MALCOLM HOGARTH (allweddellau), aelod o’r band jazz traddodiadol hiraf ei barhad yn y DU, yr enwog Merseysippi Jazz Band, ISABEL TONER (double (dwbl bas) a BILLY BUCK (dryms).