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Your host Annie.
What's On
Thorpe Hall
Golf Club


Please join us for a
fantastic evening of
jazz and swing on
Tuesday Evenings.
    Thorpe Hall Golf Club
            Thorpe Bay

 in the on-site car park with overflow at the back of the club house.
Disabled lift available.
Show Times
Start:  20:00 
End:   22.30
Book online here

Pre-show food
From 18:30
Book or reserve with venue.

Tuesday 30th May


Alan Barnes on Sax & Carinet
Ted Beament on piano
Murray Salmon on Bass
Les Circle on Drums & guest vocalist

A classic evening of swinging jazz with one 
of the best saxophonist /clarinet players in the U.K. Songs from the Charlie Parker & Art Pepper songbook with
a smattering of the American Songbook. 
So looking forward to having Ted with us again.

Alan Barnes is a prolific international performer, composer, arranger, bandleader and touring soloist.  

He is best known for his work on clarinet, alto and baritone sax, where he combines a formidable virtuosity with a musical expression and collaborative spirit that have few peers.  

His range and brilliance have made him a “first call” for studio and live work since his precocious arrival on the scene more than thirty years ago.

His recorded catalogue is immense.  He has made over thirty albums as leader and co-leader alone, and the list of his session and side-man work includes Bjork, Bryan Ferry, Michel LeGrande, Clare Teale, Westlife, Jools Holland and Jamie Cullum. He has toured and played residencies with such diverse and demanding figures as Ruby Braff, Freddie Hubbard, Scott Hamilton, Warren Vache, Ken Peplowski, Harry Allen and Conte Candoli.

In British jazz, the young Barnes was recognized – and hired – by the established greats of the time:  Stan Tracy, John Dankworth, Kenny Baker, Bob Wilber, and Humphrey Lyttelton.  But he is equally respected for his longstanding and fruitful collaborations with contemporaries such as David Newton, Bruce Adams, and Martin Taylor.

Alan Barnes’s unique musicianship, indefatigable touring, and warm rapport with audiences have made him uniquely popular in British jazz.  He has received over 25 British Jazz Awards, most recently in 2014 for clarinet, and has twice been made BBC Jazz Musician of the Year.

I was relishing the prospect of Barnes’s casually 
consummate musicianship, deadpan humour 
(he could be a comedian, if jazz ever fails him), 
and indomitable belief in a respected place for the 
music’s rich history in this eclectic and often forgetful world.
John Fordham - The Guardian.

Joining Alan tonight onstage are:-
Ted Beament on piano
Murray Salmon on Bass
Les Circle on Drums & guest vocalist

Alan Barnes on Sax & Carinet
Ted Beament on piano
Murray Salmon on Bass
Les Circle on Drums & guest vocalist

30th May 2017, Member
Barnes, Bird & a Sprinkling of Pepper
Price: £14.00
30th May 2017, Non Member
Barnes, Bird & a Sprinkling of Pepper
Price: £16.00


Tuesday 6th June



​​Will Barnes (Gypsy Fire) on guitar
Dominic Ashworth of guitar
Ken Marley on bass

Sarah Barnwell is a violinist of international acclaim. Whether beautifully melodic & lyrical or fast & furious, Sarah’s playing is always exciting & delivered with a lovely tone. 

The Sarah Barnwell Quartet features 
outstanding musicians from around the UK. 
Playing Swing, Gypsy Jazz, Folk and Blues
with authentic passion, fire and virtuosity. 

Sarah is under increasing demand as a guest
with some of the world’s leading Gypsy Jazz, Swing and Folk musicians whilst her own quartet is fast becoming recognised as one of the most exciting & original, in the UK & Europe.

‘I was brought up on my parents’ tour bus, travelling all over Europe, meeting the most extraordinarily crazy and talented people!  Mum needed a backing singer, so I stepped in… aged 9. It was an incredible apprenticeship for a young musician. Writing and arranging music, recording and performing it with my quartet….. I can’t imagine doing anything else!

Sarah Barnwell Quartet plays modern acoustic music, melding it seamlessly with vintage swing, gypsy jazz and blues. Played on violin, two guitars and double bass, it sounds both fresh and authentic. Above all the musicians have fun, and that communicates itself to their audience. 

6th June 2017, Member
Sarah Barnwell Quartet
Price: £14.00
6th June 2017, Non Member
Sarah Barnwell Quartet
Price: £16.00


Tuesday 13th June



Pete Long on Clarinet
Colin Good on Piano
Anthony Kerr on Vibes
Richard Pite on Drums

​This quartet is an offshoot of clarinettist Peter Long's project to re-create the Benny Goodman Orchestra, which has toured the UK re-creating the famous 1938 Carnegie Hall concert to great critical acclaim.

Featuring the leading instrumentalists in this field, the quartet brings a flavour of the heady energetic optimism which is the hallmark of the early swing era.

Peter will be joined on this evening by Colin Good on piano, who is regarded as one of the finest stride piano artists anywhere, Anthony Kerr, award-winning vibraphonist, and Richard Pite, nationally renowned as the leading exponent of the Gene Krupa drum style.

It is generally agreed that the first quartet Benny Goodman led in 1936 marked a high-water mark in his creativity. It was also a landmark ensemble in the history of American culture as it was the first mixed race ensemble to play universally in public. Notable for the incredibly high energy of its performances, the quartet mixed a repertoire of jazz standards of the day such as I Got Rhythm, Sweet Sue, and Tea For Two with intricate original compositions such as Flying Home, Seven Come Eleven, and Dizzy Spells.

13th June 2017, Member
Benny Goodman Experience
Price: £14.00
13th June 2017, Non Member
Benny Goodman Experience
Price: £16.00


Tuesday 20th June



The American Songbook

Paul Wood is an Essex based singer whose great voice & personality has seen him travel extensively around Europe & the U.K.

A distant relative of Mario Lanza ,Paul started singing at the age of 6 & never looked back. He has worked on T.V, Radio,The Royal Albert Hall, Ronnie Scotts & The Royal Festival Hall to name just a few. One of the highlights of his career was performing for Prince Rainier in Monte Carlo.

With over 30 world-wide tours with the well known big bands it is no surprise that he works with some of the best in the business and tonight is joined by Cliff Hall on piano. 

20th June 2017, Non Member
The Paul Wood Quartet performs 'The American Songbook'
Price: £14.00
20th June 2017, Member
The Paul Wood Quartet performs 'The American Songbook'
Price: £12.00

Tuesday 27th June


Martin McNeill - guitar & vocals
Steve Weston - harmonica & vocals
Marc Cecil - dums
Tim Huskisson - piano
JJ Zarbo - bass

Good time blues, swing & boogie woogie from one of the finest exponents of the slide guitar. Combining chicago & west coast swing with jazzy overtones.

MARTIN McNEILL is acclaimed for his dynamic slide guitar playing and soulful vocals. He has gigged with many British and American blues artists including Leo Bud Welch, U P Wilson, Chris Corcoran, Ben Waters, Ben Tyzack, Mississippi MacDonald and Dave Ferra. When he first started playing as a teenager, Martin supported visiting US blues artists including one of his biggest influences, Fred McDowell, and legendary duo Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee.

Tonight the band will feature Steve Weston on harmonica & vocals.

Steve "West" Weston is one of the country's top-rated blues harmonica players. As well as fronting his own group, West Weston's Bluesonics, he plays with a host of artists including Muddy Waters' son Mud Morganfield.

Steve was featured on the hit album Going Back Home by ex-Doctor Feelgood star Wilko Johnson and the Who's Roger Daltrey.

Bring your dancing feet, you won't be able to keep still!

27th June 2017, Non Member
Martin McNeill's Bottleneck Blues featuring Steve 'West' Weston
Price: £14.00
27th June 2017, Member
Martin McNeill's Bottleneck Blues featuring Steve 'West' Weston
Price: £12.00


Tuesday 4th of July


​Sarabanda  play Cuban Son,Salsa  & Latin Jazz with a serious groove.

Pianist Sara McGuinness sought out musicians with a passion for Cuban music to form a band and the result is a powerful 5-6 piece band with a big sound.

The band play a range of Cuban music including “Son” from the 40s and 50s, as popularised by Buena Vista Social Club,  Cha Cha Cha, Danzon, Latin Jazz through to modern day hot Timba and Salsa. 
Their obvious love of the music they play is evident in the passionate and exuberant arrangements of Cuban songs both classic and modern. The fabulous singer Elpidio Alegria, hailing from Buenaventura on Colombia’s pacific coast, is much in demand for his fantastic vocal talents and our team of instrumentalists are drawn from the top musicians in the field. 

Bassist Jimmy Martinez and Colombian percussionists Alejandro Martinez, Bill Bland and Emeris Solis.


4th July 2017, Non Member
Price: £16.00
4th July 2017, Member
Price: £14.00


Tuesday 11th July


Anita  Wardell   - Vocals
Robin Aspland  - Piano
Dario  Di Lecce  - Bass
Steve Brown on - Drums

Exciting, breathtaking,  mesmerizing and captivating! 
That's what you get when you spend an evening in the company of Anita Wardell and her fellow musicans Robin, Dario and Steve!   

Born in Guildford, UK, Anita moved to Australia with her family as a child. Anita's formative years were spent soaking up the Rodgers and Hammerstein and Cole Porter classics. She also explored her father's collection of big band albums by Duke Ellington, Count Basie and many more.

During her teens she learned her vocal craft from greats like Ella Fitzgerald, Mark Murphy, Carmen McRae, Betty Carter, Jon Hendricks and Eddie Jefferson.

Anita received the prestigious BBC Jazz Award for Best of Jazz category in 2006 and the British Jazz award for Best Vocalist in 2013.

This, coupled with the release of The Road has propelled Anita into the major artist arena. She has guested on many local and international recordings.

Join us tonight to fully savour the superb
vocal improvisations and vocalese as Anita waxes the lyrical to the instrumental solos of her quartet.

A musician who uses the voice as her instrument, displaying precision and agility,
mixed with heartfelt emotion.

11th July 2017, Non Member
The Anita Wardell Quartet
Price: £16.00
11th July 2017, Member
The Anita Wardell Quartet
Price: £14.00


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