JAZZ Aesthetic play for Scarborough Jazz at the Cask tonight, to be followed next Wednesday by saxophonist Mark Hodgkins.
Jazz Aesthetic, an 11-piece student band, was formed in 2009 by Peter Elsdon, head of the jazz and popular music degree course at Hull University.
“For me, the point of Jazz Aesthetic was to have a student band I could be an active part of”, says Peter. “The jazz world has always provided opportunities for young musicians to learn on the bandstand. That’s why I formed this band - it allows these students to practise and hone their art in Yorkshire jazz clubs.
“Jazz Aesthetic have performed a series of high-profile gigs since their formation, including a concert at the university’s Middleton Hall with guest Steve Parry on trumpet, and a show-stopping set at Hulljazz”.
Their repertoire concentrates on contemporary jazz, with music by Herbie Hancock, Don Grolnick, Chick Corea, Bob Berg, Weather Report and John McLaughlin.
The arrangements, all written for the band, give plenty of opportunities for the musicians to stretch out, with lots to get their teeth into.
Mark Hodgkins lives and works in Thailand, visiting England occasionally.
In 1999 he formed the Bangkok International Big Band, which has received rave reviews in the media.
Mark has devoted his life to music and been involved with numerous entertainers locally and nationally, including trumpeter Maynard Ferguson.
The king of Thailand is a jazz fan and wrote a blues number for the big band. On Mark’s last visit here, he played it with the resident trio.
“That may be the only instance of something written by royalty being performed in a British jazz club,” says promoter Dick Armstrong.
“Mark is an accomplished player with an attractive and warm sound”.
He will be backed by Mike Gordon on piano, Bob Walker on bass and drummer Dennis Hitch.
Admission to both gigs will cost £2.