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Gaz Hughes Sextet

ft. Bruce Adams, Alan Barnes and Dean Masser

Thursday 28 July 2022 8pm Livermead Cliff Hotel, Torquay

door £23

Drummer Gareth Hughes presents an all star sextet featuring Bruce Adams, Alan Barnes and Dean Masser 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.

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.

As a sideman Hughes has performed with a veritable ‘who’s who’ of British and American jazz musicians, among them pianists Tom Kinkaid and Brian Dee, saxophonists Greg Abate, John Hallam and Nat Birchall and guitarist Remi Harris, these representing just a few names on a long and illustrious list. He has also worked as a session musician in the fields of pop and television. As an educator Hughes holds teaching posts at Salford University and Manchester Metropolitan University. In 2019, Gaz was voted 5th Place – BRITISH JAZZ AWARDS, in 2020 Gaz released his first album as a band leader which was supported by a huge UK tour and extensive radio play. “Incredible” – Ginger Baker

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.

He has been a regular jazz poll-winner and with his spectacular range and power on the instrument has been in demand as a lead, and jazz trumpet man. Bruce has often worked as a special guest soloist with both the Scottish Radio Orchestra and the BBC Big Band. Bruce’s long-running musical partnership with saxophonist, Alan Barnes, has produced many plaudits and acclaimed recordings.

“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

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.

“…phenomenal stylistic range…” – Dave Gelly

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

Dean Masser first rose to prominence with the legendary Jack Parnell Quartet. Tenor saxophonist Dean Masser has played alongside some of the biggest names in British Jazz and is well known as co-leader of the popular Jazz Worriers alongside trumpeter Neil Yates. Like his long-time hero, Dexter Gordon, Dean is a hard-swinging, lyrical saxophonist, with a big sound who likes to make every note count with an assertive hard-driving approach that makes everyone sit up and take notice.

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

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