Jazz club’s March meeting focuses on ‘clarinet kings’

Mark Crooks, an outstanding jazz clarinet and saxophone player
Mark Crooks, an outstanding jazz clarinet and saxophone player

STEYNING Jazz Club has a treat for clarinet fans on Friday.

Mark Crooks, an outstanding jazz clarinet and saxophone player, will perform Clarinet à la King at the Steyning Centre.

He will be exploring the music of the ‘clarinet kings’, including Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw.

Supporting him will be a first-rate rhythm team, made up of Gabriel Latchin piano, Adam King on bass and Matt Home on drums.

Colin Jilks, from the jazz club, said: “Mark leads his own jazz group and plays with the brilliant John Wilson Orchestra and the Back to Basie Band.

“He has played in all of London’s top jazz venues and at jazz festivals up and down the country.

“A recent highlight was a week’s engagement at Ronnie Scott’s with the John Critchinson Quartet, and he was invited to feature as clarinet soloist with an all-American band at the Lincoln Center in New York in June 2010.”

Steyning Jazz Club meets at the Steyning Centre, Fletcher’s Croft, at 8.30pm on the first Friday of the month. Doors open at 7.45pm.

Admission is £7 members, £12 guests, £7 students. A bar is provided by The Norfolk Arms.

There will be no April meeting, as it falls on Good Friday, so the following performance will be on May 1.

Legendary multi-reed player Alan Barnes will be making a welcome return to the club, with the Terry Seabrook Trio.

The trio will be led by Terry, a local pianist, composer and band leader, with Milo Fell on drums and Simon Thorpe on string bass.

Alan is one of the most in demand and popular musicians in the UK, playing saxophone and clarinet as well as being broadcaster, composer and arranger.

He and Terry, who performs regularly at Steyning Jazz Club, took to the road with their band touring the UK with the Miles Davis’ Milestones tribute evening.

Visit www.steyningjazz.co.uk for more information about the club and the forthcoming programme. Call Denis Cummings on 01903 814017 or email info@steyningjazz.co.uk to find out more.