Classic jazz in Honiton show

PUBLISHED: 12:38 27 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:40 15 June 2010

Jim Thomas, president of Honiton Rotary Club, has expressed his satisfaction at the way arrangements for one of Honiton s biggest musical events of the year are progressing.

Jim Thomas, president of Honiton Rotary Club, has expressed his satisfaction at the way arrangements for one of Honiton's biggest musical events of the year are progressing.

He was pleased that members of the Exeter and East Devon branch of Hospiscare were rallying round to help with a spectacular concert to raise money for their organisation.

Several businesses in the town had also pledged their financial support.

Sponsored by the Rotary Club, the concert of music from the '20s to the '60s to be given in St Paul's Church by the Little Big Band is creating considerable interest and tickets are in demand. It takes place at 7.30pm on Thursday, April 3.

This well known band has had a successful history since it was formed some years ago, to add the backing to two very successful recordings of poems by Sir John Betjeman.

Included in its career have been countrywide tours with such artists as Peter Skellern and Richard Stilgoe and they have played at a Royal Variety performance.

Led by clarinetist Chris Gradwell, familiar in both the classical and jazz worlds, as well as in the West End theatre land, the band consists of hand picked players, including that icon of the jazz world tenor saxophonist Jimmy Hastings who also plays with the Humphrey Lyttleton Band.

With classics from such big names as Sid Phillips, Harry Gold, Artie Shaw and the incomparable Benny Goodman, feet should be set tapping and there will no doubt be an urge to get up and dance in the aisles.

There will be familiar tunes from the era including a rousing finale to raise the roof with Benny Goodman's Sing, Sing, Sing.

Tickets at £10 and £8 (all unreserved) are available from A Dimond & Co telephone: (01404) 42052, and the Hospiscare Shop tel: (01404) 44445, both in Honiton High Street.

John Dalton

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