THE omens seem to be against guitarist John Etheridge playing for Scarborough Jazz.
In December, heavy snow stopped him travelling from his Hampstead home.
The show was postponed to tonight but has now been called off again, as he is ill.
At short notice, the organisers have called in an old friend who happens to be one of the UK’s most distinguished jazzers, Alan Barnes.
At the recent British jazz awards, the only person to get more than one award was Alan, who got three.
He will be backed by Ben Crosland on bass and drummer Dave Tyas, who were due to back John Etheridge, and Paul Kilvington on piano.
The jazz club’s guest next Wednesday is trumpeter and flugelhorn player Martin Jones.
Martin’s repertoire spans the decades of jazz history, from Louis Armstrong to Miles Davis.
He turned professional and moved to London in 1982. After residencies in jazz clubs in London and Paris, he went on to play all over the world.
He has worked with Keith Tippett, Andy Shepherd and Kenny Wheeler among many others in a long career.
Martin is a music lecturer at Hull University and runs a jazz diploma course at East Riding College.
In recent years, Martin has taken his singing seriously and now his jazz vocals are central to his performances.
Simon Coles will be at the piand with Bob Walker on bass and drummer Dennis Hitch.