Style of Music to Expect Friday 21st September 2012

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If you appreciate quality live music then you can be guaranteed the Maritime Jazz Festival has plenty of that. However, if you are new to jazz you may not recognise all these famous artists and what they play. Have a look below to help make your mind up which performance to come to. And if you still can't make your mind up then just come to all the performances!!

Who is Dorian Ford?  Book Tickets   

Dorian is an actor and a musician.  He has acted in so many things it's too many to mention here, but when he was yonger he was a foreign exchange student in the kids programme Grange Hill, he has also been on Eastenders, he has played Prince Edward in BBC's Richard III, and in more recent times was the rehearsal pianist in the hit Oscar Nominated film 'Mrs Henderson Presents', where he performed both as an actor and pianist auditioning the likes of Will Young.  His piano music was also used during the film for other scenes.  As a musician Dorian has also performed in the jazz world with Julian Joseph and Courtney Pine, in theatre at the Old Vic, in classical industry, for TV adverts, for Tonight with Trevor Macdonald, and for private functions for the likes of Prince Charles and Joan Rivers.

What will the music be like?

Other than the obligatory CD quality standard, Dorian is a very musically sensitive performer.  He and the band will perform a mix of original compositions and jazz standards offering cool grooves appealing to those having melodic tastes.  He will be joined by the UK's smoothest (no much smoother than that....No..smoother still....No..smoother) trumpet players Matt Gough (who is great with a mute!), plus full band. 

Who is Tommaso Starace and What will the music be like?  Book Tickets   

Saxophonist Tommaso Starace and his quartet comprising Kristian Borring on guitar, Jerome Davies on bass, and Chris Nickolls on drums perform a concert entirely dedicated to the great French pianist Michel Petrucciani.
Celebrating the Music of Michel Petrucciani is the latest Cd by Starace and his debut on Universal/Emarcy Label.
Petrucciani was very much respected by the American jazz community and around the world for his extraordinary technique, elegance of execution, and his charismatic energy conveyed through his many memorable compositions.
In the concert, the quartet will perform some of the most popular tunes from his extensive repertoire - Petrucciani led his band over many years, producing a total of 32 albums.
The Quartet has recently performed a sold out concert at the Blue Note in Milan. They have visited many clubs and festivals across the Uk including Pizza Express Dean Street, Royal National Theatre, Italian Cultural Institute, Brecon jazz Festival, Oxford Jazz festival, Lichfield Jazz Festival, Biella Jazz Festival, Open Brianza Jazz Festival, and many others.
Tommaso has collaborated with many great jazz musicians which include Dave Liebman, Norma Winston, Kenny Wheeler, Liam Noble, Laurence Cottle, Tino Tracanna, Paolo Fresu, and award winning Oscar composer Dario Marianelli.
'...Tommaso all my congratulations for your very beautiful colours which retrace Michel’s steps'.
(Louis Petrucciani)

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Who is Shane Hampsheir and what will the show be like?  Book Tickets    

Shane Hampsheir is a Kent born singer and his career started a few years ago after being invited by Universal Records to sing the Michael Buble' song 'Home' on an album that also features other stars such as Hayley Westernra and many more (an album which was featured on BBC News).  Since then Shane has become a house hold name travelling Europe with his Buble'/Rat Pack style of singing.  The show on 22nd will include all your favourite hits and will also include his professional female dancers.  In addition the big band will include several notable Big band musicians, to name a few there will be Tommaso Starace on Alto, Ken Mackintosh Big Band tenor player Don Stuart, Pizza Express Dean St Big Band Tombone player Geoff Mason and long term Syd Lawrence Big Band bass player Andre Messeder.

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