IJF – Stars at St Peter’s

Performed on Sat 22 Jun


7:30pm-10:30pm. Doors Open 7.00pm.
St Peters by the Waterfront Arts Centre, College Street, Ipswich

A return of our acclaimed Stars at St Peter’s club style show. This year we feature top singer Polly Gibbons, sax supremo Alan Barnes, violin king Ben Holder with the great Chris Ingham Trio with Chris Ingham on piano, Arnie Somogyi on bass and George Double on drums. Plus the popular opening set by tomorrow’s jazz musicians, the West Suffolk Youth Jazz Orchestra.

Stars at St Peter’s is a unique and special long night of jazz, featuring top players all performing together as well as in duets and trios. If you like jazz it is a night not to be missed with a unique line up of players you never see in this combination.

Polly Gibbons is a growing presence in the UK Jazz scene. She has already been nominated twice as "Best Jazz Vocalist" by JAZZ FM and the BBC. Fully embracing the inspiring expansiveness of American Jazz, Blues, Soul and R&B, her career as a vocalist, composer and live performer is influenced by these genres. But Polly is hesitant to define her music as strictly Jazz; her wide repertoire and the ease and style with which she performs it, have led her to appear at a variety of music festivals and venues: from the prestigious Royal Albert Hall in London opening for George Benson and Gladys Knight, or for Bozz Scaggs at the famous Montreal Jazz Festival. Her music and her voice have a broad appeal to music lovers - and her ongoing touring over the last few years in the USA has gained her many new fans. Polly's third album on Los Angeles based label, Resonance records 'All I Can Do' released in February 2019. Click here to listen to Polly Gibbons.

Alan Barnes is a prolific international performer, composer, arranger, bandleader and touring soloist. He is best known for his work on clarinet, alto and baritone sax, where he combines a formidable virtuosity with a musical expression and collaborative spirit that have few peers. His range and brilliance have made him a “first call” for studio and live work since his precocious arrival on the scene more than thirty-five years ago. His recorded catalogue is immense and he has made over thirty albums as leader and co-leader alone. Click here to listen to Alan Barnes.

Ben Holder is one of the most gifted and exciting young jazz violinists in the UK. Taught classically from the age of six, he studied at the Birmingham Conservatoire. During his classical studies, Ben began listening to Jazz - classic masters such as Benny Goodman and Oscar Peterson and of course the great jazz violinists including Grappelli, Joe Venuti and the awe inspiring Stuff Smith. Ben's innate sense of swing rhythm, (something which often eludes classical players), stems from those early listening sessions - and his various awards bear testimony to his abilities. A first call jazz violinist for many of the UK's top bands and studios.

Neil Yates is a renowned trumpet player, composer, arranger and educator. Now resident in North Wales, he spent the formative years of his career in London, as a jazz trumpeter with the BBC Big Band and John Dankworth Orchestra amongst others, and working on the London session scene where he recorded with top pop artists including Supergrass, Robbie Williams and Alison Moyet.
He has lectured in music at Leeds College of Music, Birmingham Conservatoire, Royal Northern College of Music and The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and his commissioned composition include an hour-long suite for brass called "Sketches of a Northern Town" and "Undivided"** - a suite for jazz orchestra and ceilidh band which premiered at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall as part of Celtic Connections 2015.
He is the winner of Arts Council Wales' Creative Wales Award 2012 and is Artistic Director of Llandudno Jazz Festival

The Chris Ingham Trio are one of the UK's leading rhythm sections. Described by Art Themen as "like being driven around in a Rolls Royce", the group which consists of pianist Chris Ingham, bassist Arnie Somogyi and drummer George Double are regulars at Ronnie Scott's club and have received high praise in both the national and specialist jazz press.

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