Soloist and quartet at jazz club

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GUITARIST Jamie Taylor and the Alastair Laurence Quartet will be Scarborough Jazz’s guests at the Cask tonight and next Wednesday respectively.

Jamie has played with Jim Mullen, Carlos Lopez Real and Alan Barnes.

Jazz UK described him as “enormously impressive; Taylor’s playing is full of ideas with a strong sense of direction”. 

Until recently Jamie taught jazz at LCM. He leads a group, Java, which has played at Scarborough’s jazz festival, and is a member of the Al Wood Trio. 

A regular contributor to the US magazine Just Jazz Guitar, Jamie has played with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and made several TV broadcasts.

He will be backed by the Mike Gordon Trio.

Admission will cost £2.

The Alastair Laurence Quartet will be making their debut at the jazz club. 

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 they may be joined by another musician on the night.

They play a mixture of jazz classics and standards in a manner that reflects their close association.

The group is also known as the International Mountain Jazz Ensemble, as which they are about to play at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and a music festival in Wadhurst.

Tickets cost £4 or £3 in advance.