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Gaz Hughes Sextet

ft. Bruce Adams and Alan Barnes.

Thursday 28 July 2022 8pm Livermead Cliff Hotel, Torquay


Drummer Gareth Hughes presents an all star sextet featuring Bruce Adams and Alan Barnes playing the music of Art Blakey. This will be a superb evening of top class mainstream/modern jazz played by some of the very best instrumentalists the UK has to offer.

Alan Barnes is a uniquely popular multi-award-winning multi-instrumentalist, an outstanding clarinettist, saxophonist,composer and arranger. His career since leaving Humphrey Lyttelton’s Band has taken in playing with many of the top American jazzmen, collecting over 30 British Jazz Awards in at least five categories and being twice nominated as BBC Jazz Musician of the year. He is fluent and passionate about jazz, inspired by bebop, both respectful of the history and forging ahead into the future.

Bruce Adams is one the jazz scene’s most dramatic and stimulating performers, as well as being a tremendously affable companion. His stream of jokes, anecdotes, and hilarious observations reflect an early immersion in show-biz.
However, on stage, Bruce has the ability to produce jazz in a great range of styles, while all the time maintaining his own personal approach and possesses a level of musicality that enables him to get the right ‘feel’ for whichever genre he chooses.

Gaz Hughes first came to wider public attention as the original drummer in the Matthew Halsall Band and featured heavily on the early recordings of the Gondwana label. A particular highlight was recording the album “On The GO”, which won THE BEST JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR – Gilles Peterson Worldwide Awards, 2012 and was nominated Best Jazz Album MOBO Awards, 2011.

“Bruce Adams is surely one of the finest jazz musicians that the UK has produced; remarkably he has embraced most styles and put them together in a way that is unique to him. The other thing I greatly admire about Bruce is his consistency; I have never been to a performance by him that was less than brilliant.” : Don Mather – MusicWeb

“…phenomenal stylistic range…” – Dave Gelly

“…consummate musicianship and deadpan humour…” – John Fordham.

Line up: Alan Barnes – Alto Sax, Bruce Adams – Trumpet, tbc– Tenor Sax, Mike Green – Double Bass, Gaz Hughes – Drums, Keyboards – tbc

“Thoroughly entertained by top class musical talent” – Pershore Jazz