Octopus return to Cask for club

Octopus jazz band
Octopus jazz band

Eight-piece jazz outfit Octopus plays an array of standards when the band returns to the Cask in Scarborough on Wednesday January 28.

This band has an impressive library of big band arrangements tailored to fit an octet.

Some of the finest arrangers in the business such as Bob Florence, Bill Holman and Marty Paich have worked on this material. It includes many standards, as played by Duke Ellington, Count Basie and other famous bands.

There are new works by Ron Simmonds who was lead trumpeter with the Ted Heath and John Dankworth bands, and also by drummer Ronnie Bottomley of the Leeds College of Music.

The Octopus musicians are: Keith Parker – trumpet and flugelhorn, Paul Sharpless – trombone, John Mallinder – soprano and alto sax, Cliff Williams – tenor sax and Dennis Proby – baritone sax. The rhythm section is Frank Harrison – piano, Martin Shaw - bass and drummer Pete Parker.

The band havs played the Burton Agnes Festival several times.

The music starts at 8.45pm.