A Cask full of jazz

Sean Hollis, Trumpet, photographed on the 2nd July 2008, Scarborough Jazz
Sean Hollis, Trumpet, photographed on the 2nd July 2008, Scarborough Jazz

TRUMPETER and flugelhorn player Sean Hollis (pictured) plays for Scarborough Jazz at the Cask tonight, to be followed next Wednesday by the Matt Anderson Quartet.

Sean is a powerful and creative player who is a great favourite at the club, says promoter Mike Gordon, whose resident trio will back him.

From Jersey, Sean graduated from the Leeds College of Music and quickly established a fine reputation as a freelance. Touring with The Rat Pack Show and working with the Glenn Miller Tribute Show helped build this reputation. 

He has played with the Al Wood Big Band, the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, the Northern Jazz Orchestra and Steve Parry’s Big Band From Hell. 

A tenor sax player, Matt Anderson first played at the jazz club while in his second year as a student at LCM.

“He made such an impression that he was booked to appear again in autumn 2009,” says Mike. 

Now a professional musician and composer based in Leeds, Matt has attracted funding from Jazz Yorkshire’s Futures scheme.

Mike says: “This allows him to write and record new music, and we will hear this quartet play some of it, plus songs from the standards repertoire”. 

The band has had two changes of personnel since its last appearance. “Guitarist Aubin Vanns and drummer Sam Gardner are new to us, but John Marley is again on double bass”, says Mike. 

Matt began his musical career playing sax in local ska, reggae and funk bands. When he was about 14, he heard Sonny Rollins and jazz gradually became the most important thing in his life.

Admission to both gigs costs £2.

Picture by Mike Jackson