Programme for 2017

Friday 14th July


6pm-8pm, in the Assembly Room

The University of South Florida Jazztet 

The USF Jazztet is an exciting ensemble featuring Jazz Studies students and faculty from the University of South Florida School of Music. It is led by two USF Professors. Jack Wilkins on sax, has played with J.J. Johnson and the Nelson Riddle Orchestra. Tom Brantley is on trombone. The group will perform a variety of jazz music – from classic jazz to modern originals written by members of the group. The fast-paced show is sure to delight audiences with the variety of music offered and the talent of the musicians on stage. The band has played at some of the world’s most prestigious jazz festivals, including Montreux, Umbria, the North Sea and Jazz a Vienne.


9pm-11pm, in the Assembly Room  

The Greg Abate Quartet

Saxophonist Greg Abate hails from Rhode Island. After graduating from Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music, he played lead alto with the Ray Charles Orchestra and, subsequently, the Artie Shaw Orchestra. Bassist Geoff Pearson also studied at Berklee College. He has worked with a long list of distinguished musicians, including Art Farmer, Scott Hamilton, Jean Toussaint, Tubby Hayes, Ronnie Scott, Barbara Thompson, Art Themen, Don Rendell, Dave O’Higgins, Guy Barker, Alan Skidmore, Bill le Sage, Alan Barnes, Jim Mullen. Pete King, Warren Vache and Tommy Whittle. Neil Hunter studied classical piano and organ at Newcastle Cathedral. Ian Beestin (drums) has performed at Glastonbury and at the British Blues Awards.

The sharp angularity of [Abate’s] phrases and the often startling pauses in his fast-moving lines give his work a feeling of constant invention and creativity. Chicago Tribune. 


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Saturday 15th July 


10am-12 noon, in St Mary’s Church

Gospel Singing Workshop

All welcome to come along to this chance to learn the art of Gospel . All done in two hours and then you’ll perform at tomorrow’s jazz service. Your chance to be a star! Further information on who to contact to sign up will be in our next update



12 noon-1.30pm, in the Court Room 

The Annika Skoogh Quartet


Born in Latin America and raised in Sweden, multilingual singer, Annika Skoogh, has appeared at the Bristol Harbour Festival, the International Duke Ellington Festival, Bude Jazz Festival, Dartmouth Music Festival and Teignmouth Jazz Festival. Matt Carter (keys) has appeared at the 606 Club and the Wavenden Stables and with Alan Barnes, Greg Abate and Joss Stone. Al Swainger (bass) has worked with Alan Barnes, Roger Beaujolais, Digby Fairweather’s Half Dozen, Scott Hamilton, P.P. Arnold, Tina May and Steve Waterman. Drummer Coach York has worked with Peter King, Bill le Sage, Jim Mullen, Don Rendell, Simon Spillett, Roger Toussaint, the Mike Westbrook Big Band and Jimmy Witherspoon.

Seriously good talent… what a voice! Phonic FM.



1.30pm-3.30 pm, in the Assembly Room 

Richie Bryant All Stars, Tribute to Armstrong and Bechet

Marlborough’s favourite eclectic bunch of All-Stars! Leader Richie Bryant (drums) is a former member of the Aker Bilk and Terry Lightfoot bands. Enrico Tomaso has been awarded the Top Trumpeter accolade in the British Jazz Awards. He has worked with the Pasadena Roof Orchestra, Ray Gelato and Aker Bilk. Pete Allen, an honorary citizen of New Orleans, is a master of the clarinet. He is also on saxes and vocals. Pianist James Clemas is a graduate of Leeds College of Music. Those he’s worked with include Alan Barnes, Digby Fairweather, Tony Kofi, Dave O’Higgins, Greg Abate, Simon Spillett, Pete Allen and Roy Williams. Dave Hanratty is on bass.



2pm-3.30pm, in St Mary's Church  

The Acapella Extravaganza


Two great local outfits! Mother’s Jam take the lead in the first half: An A Cappella group of six women, under the direction of singer/arranger, Kait Lee, they perform an impressive repertoire, ranging from jazz, to gospel, to world music and pop. In the second half, the Marlborough Community Choir take over. This is a stunning local effort. Under the direction of Vanessa Lafaye, who comes all the way from Florida, inclusivity is the motto! /



3.30pm-4.30pm, in the Court Room

Emma Jonson: Boogie Woogie Pianist

Boogie woogie pianist and vocalist Emma Jonson studied jazz and contemporary music at Leeds College of Music. She has worked with Jamie Cullum and Steve ‘Big Man’ Clayton. She was ‘Newcomer of the Year’ at the last jaxxfest. TimBo Jones on drums has worked with Dizzie Gillespie and Steve Gibbons.



4.30pm-6.30pm, in the Assembly Room 

The Hitman Blues Band and the New York City Horns


The blues is a living form of music - and The Hitman Blues Band from New York City is proud to be a part of it! The blues isn't just dusty 78's being done again and again, no matter how great the original versions were. Modern blues keeps the music alive, and with original songs that have won fans (and not just blues fans) all over the world, the Hitman Blues Band is dedicated to both honouring the past greats and bringing the blues into the future. Band founder Russell ‘Hitman’ Alexander (guitar/vocals) gained his nickname through his encyclopedic knowledge of all the hits. He knows the words to around 600 rock, blues, funk and reggae songs and another 300 standards. Multi-instrumentalist, Michael Snyder, performs on keyboards, tenor sax and drums. Paul Gilmore is on bass guitar, Guy LaFontaine on drums, Mikey Vitale on tenor and Nick Clifford on baritone sax and Eric Altarac on drums. The band includes two lady backing singers.

The Hitman Blues Band, an eight piece from New York, blew the place apart…A set of full-blown powerhouse blues that had the queue for CDs formed across the hall. Blues in Britain



6.30pm-7.30pm, in the Court Room

The Slaughterhouse Seven

Chuff’s old favourites are back! They’ve graduated from his music classes at Downside and are now citizens of the World, yet the panache and style remain the same. Indeed they’ve progressed to becoming professional musicians. 



7.30pm-9.30pm, in the Assembly Room  

The Latin Underground 

Led by iconic conguero Robin Jones, the Latin Underground sextet plays authentic Latin music with a strong jazz influence. Generally considered to be one of the finest percussion players around, Robin’s shaven head and distinctive earing has been seen in groups from his own 'King Salsa' to those of Tito Puente, Elton John and Sade amongst many, many others. Latin Underground play classic Latin jazz tunes as well as great originals from saxophonist Nick Walker producing a truly infectious Latin vibe that is always rhythmic and exciting. Chris Kibble teaches jazz and blues piano at Goldsnith’s College. Drummer Marc Cecil has appeared at Brecon and Glastonbury Festivals, the Royal Opera House and Wembley Arena and worked with the Drifters, the Foundations, Ramon Goose, Henry Lowther, The Platters, Karen Sharp and Art Theman. . Gerry Hunt (guitar, saxophones) was a member of Loose Tubes and has worked with King Salsa and the National Theatre. Gavin Broom is on trumpet.

'One of the country's leading salseros, Afro-Cuban percussionist Robin Jones, performs storming Latin jazz' Time Out


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10pm-midnight, in the Assembly Room  

The Debbie Bond Quartet


Marlborough Arts Association is proud to present Debbie Bond, all the way from Tuscaloosa, who has dedicated her musical life to preserving and promoting Alabama’s rich blues heritage. This is true Deep South music with her soulful voice tempered by the rhythms of her beautifully understated guitar. A collaborator of such blues greats as Eddie Kirkland and Willie King, she comes here on the recommendation of another blues great familiar to audiences here, Little Jimmy Reed. Multi-instrumentalist, Rick Asheton is an outstanding keyboard player and gives the music a honky-tonk, New Orleans flavour to the sound. Drums and sax complete the quartet. A mouthpiece for sultry, Southern charm and whimsical musical conversation, Debbie Bond gets her heart tangled up in an intimate mess of backwoods Alabama soul. Living Blues Magazine

Sunday, July 16th


10am, St. Mary’s Church 

Annual Jazz Service

with Debbie Bond and Rick Asheton and the Marlborough Community Choir.



2pm-4pm, in the Assembly Room

Clare Teal and her Big Mini Big Band - The Ella Fitzgerald Show

Our glorious star is back to pay tribute to another great star! 2017 marks the original first lady of song’s centenary. From her early days with Chick Webb at the height of the Swing Era to her work in the 50’s and 60’s with Norman Granz celebrating the Great American Songwriters including Cole Porter, George and Ira Gershwin, Jerome Kern Johnny Mercer and Irving Berlin culminating in surely the most treasured songbook series ever recorded.

Award winning jazz vocalist and Radio 2 presenter Clare Teal endeavours to explore the many facets of this incredible singer from small band to big band from the warmth of studio sessions to the joyful exuberance of her live performances aided by a band comprising the finest jazz musicians in the land. This line-up includes 2 trumpets, trombone, tenor sax, alto sax , bari sax , piano, bass and drums.

Her voice has a smile in it - Dave Gelly, The Observer.

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5pm-7pm, in the Assembly Room

The Gabby Young Quintet

Old Marlburienne Gabby Young was on track to become an opera singer until the jazz greats inspired her to switch direction. A much-travelled artist who has performed across Europe, the USA and the Middle East, nearer home her contagiously wacky style has graced the Southbank Centre, the Barbican, the Royal Albert Hall and the Glastonbury Festival. Band line up: Gabby Young - voice, guitar, ukulele; Stephen Ellis - voice, guitar, keys; Jay Chakravorty – voice, guitar, accordion, keys; Jamie Murray – drums; Thom Ashworth – voice, double bass.

A gloriously cheerful live performer with an entertaining jumble of styles that match her flamboyant image - The Guardian.