Clarinet and sax sounds at Cask

Frank Brooker-saxophone, photographed on the 25th March 2009. Scarborough Jazz Club.
Frank Brooker-saxophone, photographed on the 25th March 2009. Scarborough Jazz Club.
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One of the most respected jazz musicians in the North appears for Scarborough Jazz at The Cask on Wednesday September 26.

Frank Brooker’s clarinet and tenor sax sounds are warm and attractive - and he swings at any tempo!

He has been playing for over fifty years, beginning during the Trad boom playing clarinet in the New Orleans style. Mastering the tenor sax enabled Frank to embrace a wider jazz repertoire, he claims that he was influenced by Barney Bigard, Coleman Hawkins and Sonny Rollins.

Frank leads his own quartet and trio as well as playing regularly with the bands of Kid Boyd and Dave Brennan. He also works as soloist or sideman in an area that roughly takes in Newcastle, Manchester and Humberside.

Over the years Frank has fronted the Mike Gordon Trio many times and has developed a fluent musical relationship with them. Mike says,

“The trio loves to play with Frank as he presents a different, interesting and accessible programme. He also usually sings on one or two numbers.

His playing sounds effortless and fluent.

The gig starts at 8.45pm and admission is £3.