High-octane jazz sound


TRUMPETER Mark Chandler and young Latin-jazz band Yoruba play for Scarborough Jazz at the Cask tonight and next Wednesday respectively.

Mark Chandler had to miss his last booking at the Cask and Stuart MacDonald stepped in at short notice.

A busy musician with a wealth of experience, he plays with the band Jazzmahoot, the Nicki Allan Sextet and two London bands, Rebop (who play Miles Davis material) and the Jay Craig Big Band.

He grew up influenced by players like Stan Getz, Art Farmer and Clifford Brown.

“Nowadays, I listen to everything, mainly saxophone players”, he says.

He will be backed by the Mike Gordon Trio.

Admission will cost £2.

Yoruba are a powerful, high-energy, eight-piece band with a tight, driving sound, says promoter Dick Armstrong.

“They have garnered a lot of praise and positive press comment,” he adds. Louise Gibbs, head of jazz at Leeds College of Music, said they gave a “stunning performance”. In Jazz UK, Brian Priestley wrote: “Yoruba did Latin jazz with creativity far beyond the call of duty”.

Scarborough Jazz has a policy of supporting youth and student bands. Yoruba are part of the Jazz Futures project sponsored by Jazz Yorkshire.

The line-up is leader Aron Kyne on piano, Greg Nicholas on trumpet and flugelhorn, Ben Lowman on alto sax, John Waugh on tenor sax, Sam Vicary on electric bass, Ali Mac on percussion and Tim Carter on drums. 

“They are some of the hottest young talent around, drawing together a diverse mix of influences to create a fusion of jazz, salsa and samba, with beautiful harmonies, syncopated rhythms and a massive horn section sound,” says Dick.

Admission costs £3.