Jazz at the Cask

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THE Alastair Laurence Quartet and Tina Featherstone will be Scarborough Jazz’s guests at the Cask tonight and next Wednesday respectively.

Pianist Alastair studied in York and has built a career spanning 50 years. 

He spent 14 years living and working in Norway and is taking two Norwegians to the gig: bass player Trond Bull-Hansen and drummer Arne Dybdahl. Belgian flautist Serge Lippens makes up the quartet.

Alastair likes to keep his gigs free and open and has hinted that he may be joined by another musician on the night.

The group is also known as the International Mountain Jazz Ensemble, as which they have just played at a music festival in Wadhurst, Sussex.

Tickets cost £4 or £3 in advance.

Tina Featherstone, who plays flute, clarinet and tenor sax, was due to make her debut at the Cask last winter, but broke her wrist.

Inspired by her father Mike, who played with Tubby Hayes, she started on clarinet when she was nine; moving to the flute, tenor sax and piano when 14. 

Tina is a graduate of the Leeds College of Music, where her tutors included Al Wood, Ronnie Bottomley, Trevor Vincent and Nicki Allen; and where she was lead clarinet with Graham Hearn’s New Music Ensemble and solo clarinet with the LCM Wind Band. 

She has played with Tony Faulkener’s Big Band, the New Squadronaires and a Stan Kenton tribute band. Tina has her own trio that has played in Ireland and Finland.

Tina teaches music to the deaf at St John’s School in Boston Spa and has worked with the inmates of a high-security prison, so the Cask audience should make her feel at home, says promoter Dick Armstrong.

Tina will be backed by the Mike Gordon Trio.

Admission will cost £2.