Jazz names to play Honiton

PUBLISHED: 09:58 05 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:35 15 June 2010

Famous musicians from the country s jazz scene will soon be heard in Honiton when the Little Big Band visits St Paul s Church to give a concert sponsored by Honiton Rotary Club, to raise funds for Hospiscare.

Famous musicians from the country's jazz scene will soon be heard in Honiton when the Little Big Band visits St Paul's Church to give a concert sponsored by Honiton Rotary Club, to raise funds for Hospiscare.

Led by well known clarinetist and saxophonist Chris Gradwell, the band line-up includes the great tenor sax player Jimmy Hastings whose name is an icon in the jazz world.

He has played with almost every great musician and with many bands, such as the BBC Big Band.

Among others, he is still a member of the Humphrey Lyttleton Band.

The Little Big Band specialises in music from the '20s to the '60s from such artists as Benny Goodman, Sid Phillips, Artie Shaw, Harry Gold, and others.

Formed several years ago, specially to make what became very successful recordings of poems by John Betjeman, accompanied by the music of Jim Parker, the band went from strength to strength and was asked to appear at a Royal Variety Show at the London Palladium.

They have also accompanied the pianist Peter Skellern in many recordings and on concert tours.

Following two very successful annual concerts given by the Devon & Cornwall Police Band, and the EMG Symphony Orchestra, this concert will explore a completely new field for the Rotary Club, but it is already creating a considerable amount of interest in the town and further afield.

The concert takes place at 7.30pm, on Thursday, April 3.

Tickets, at £10 and £8, are now available from A Dimond & Co, High St, Honiton - tel (01404) 46680 - Hospiscare Shop, High St, Honiton, tel (01404) 44445, or Eileen Rooke, tel (01404) 831866. All seats are unreserved.

John Dalton

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