Jazz at the Cask

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RON Burnett and Greg Wadman play for Scarborough Jazz at the Cask tonight, to be followed next Wednesday by Mark Toomey.

Ron began playing trombone as a schoolboy at Hull Grammar School. A fellow pupil, trumpeter Chez Chesterman, encouraged him into his band, which played skiffle and trad jazz. 

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Ron has played with Bobby Wellins, Acker Bilk and the late, great Humphrey Lyttelton. He leads the mainstream jazz Mardi Gras Band based in York which has Greg in the front line. 

Their repertoire is drawn from many decades of recorded jazz history from jaunty 1920s melodies through to more recent jazz classics.

“Together they generate a party atmosphere, with their two-tone shoes and brightly flamboyant shirts,” says promoter Dick Armstrong.

Alto saxophonist Mark Toomey began to play sax at the age of 10, studying privately and later at music colleges including the Guildhall School of Music in London. 

A professional since 1987, Mark has played with many well-known jazz musicians including Tony Coe, Don Rendell, Ronnie Scott, Peter King, Kenny Wheeler and Scott Hamilton. 

Mark mixes playing with teaching, has his own group and works as a sideman.

He has absorbed influences from many instrumentalists and has developed an alto style and sound reminiscent of the great bebop players.

His repertoire includes jazz standards and the work of the great songwriters – Kern, Porter, Rodgers and Hart etc. 

Mark is a composer, so expect some original material. “Everything will be played with passionate lyricism and fire”, says Dick.

The resident backing trio will play at both gigs.

Admission to both gigs will cost £2.