Harmonious night from jazz kings

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SEXTET We Free Kings and guitarist Derrick Harris play for Scarborough Jazz at the Cask tonight and next Wednesday respectively.

We Free Kings, making their Cask debut, features some of the finest jazz musicians in the North, says promoter Dick Armstrong.

They are led by saxophonist and composer Toby Greenwood on tenor and soprano saxes, with Kevin Holborough on trombone, Mark Chandler on flugelhorn and a rhythm section of Jamil Sheriff on piano, Gary Jackson on double bass and Dave Walsh on drums. 

They will play music written and arranged by Toby with strong evocative melodic themes. Some can be heard on their debut album, A Dove in Every Pocket.

The music displays tangible influences from Latin American and South African jazz, with echoes of Monk and Mingus. 

The Yorkshire Evening Post said We Free Kings play “a fine selection of sumptuously mellow, head-noddingly groovy and impeccably performed numbers”.

Tickets cost £5 on the door or £4 in advance from the Cask and Record Revivals.

Since graduating from Leeds College of Music – where he also taught for several years, Derrick Harris has had a busy career as a professional freelance. 

He has played in over 20 West End theatre and national tours of productions of Grease, Chicago, Fiddler on the Roof, Chorus Line and West Side Story. 

He has played concerts and tours with Russ Abbott, Gene Pitney, Jack Jones and Lesley Garrett, among others. 

Derrick’s jazz credentials are strong too; he has played with Jon Taylor, Nicola Farnon, Al Wood and Joel Purnell, to name but a few. 

Once More For Luck, his latest CD, was recorded with Adrian Knowles on bass and Ronnie Bottomley on drums. It features 11 of Derrick’s arrangements and compositions.

Derrick will be backed by Mike Gordon on piano, Bob Walker on bass and Dennis Hitch on drums.

Admission will cost £2.