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  Derby Jazz

  11th December 2015 7:30pm

  Standard £13.00

  Under 16s with a paying adult £0.00

  Pensioners, Students £11.00

  Box Office Closed

A Jazz Christmas Carol - Alan Barnes Octet

Like the Dickens classic itself, Alan Barnes’s “Christmas Carol†has something for everyone. A family night out that is also a treat for the jazz connoisseur; it will delight anyone who loves music or literature – or just Christmas! This new suite of pieces, touring for the first time this year, takes the audience through the characters and scenes of ‘A Christmas Carolâ€. Readings from the original Dickens tell the story, and after each scene eight virtuoso musicians bring the characters and scenes to life, switching audiences from hilarity to pathos with a skill that would have done credit to Dickens himself! A gruff baritone sax plays Scrooge, his lost love Belle is a lyrical alto, his clerk Bob Cratchit a cheery clarinet and Marley’s Ghost walks in the person of a swinging trombone. Just as Scrooge’s ghosts take him on a tour of his life, so the movements of this suite seemed each to have a benevolent presiding ghost, celebrating the spirit of jazz greats past and present. The music and readings inspire the full range of Dickens’s imagination and emotion: from terror and remorse through to love and then irresistible joy: "God Bless Us Every One!"


  Simon Thorpe Bass

  Alan Barnes Saxophones

  Mark Nightingale Trombone

  Bruce Adams Trumpet

  Robert Fowler Saxophones

  Karen Sharp Saxophones

  Clark Tracey Drums

  Dave Newton Piano


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