Big band sounds from Octopus

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Wednesday July 24 sees the return to Scarborough Jazz at The Cask of eight-piece outfit Octopus – who play big band arrangements.

Some of the finest arrangers in the business such as Bob Florence, Bill Holman and Marty Paich have worked on this material which includes many standards.

There are new works by Ron Simmonds who was lead trumpeter with The Ted Heath and John Dankworth bands, and also by drummer Ronnie Bottomley of the Leeds College of Music.

The Octopus musicians are: Keith Parker - trumpet and flugelhorn, Paul Sharpless and trombone, John Mallinder - soprano and alto sax, Cliff Williams – tenor sax and Dennis Proby -– baritone sax. The rhythm section is Frank Harrison – piano, Martin Shaw – bass and drummer Pete Parker.

This band plays regularly in Hull and have twice played the Burton Agnes Festival.

The music starts at 8.45pm and entry is £3.

Scarborough Jazz Festival, based at the Spa, will run from Friday September 27 to Sunday September 29. Courtney Pine is one of the headliners.