THE VICTORIA HOTEL

 

The family run Vic offers excellent accommodation, great food and a very warm welcome. Why not come early and treat yourself to dinner, available from 6pm,

or even stay the night?

Info/Reservations:

www.vicmenai.com/croeso.html

Tel 01248 712309

 

The Victoria Hotel

Telford Road

Menai Bridge

Isle Of Anglesey

LL59 5DR

Concert commmences 8.30pm

 

Admission £6.50, Concessions £5.50

S U Members and School Children £3

 

For further information telephone

01745 812260

 

 

JAZZ AT THE VIC

 

 

DEAN MASSER / NEIL YATES QUINTET

THE JAZZ WORRIERS

Wednesday 25 June / Dydd Mercher 25 Mehefin

 

 

 

 The Jazz Worriers - Locking Horns!

The current season of jazz at the Vic finishes on a high note with this standout quintet led by two of the UK's finest jazz soloists, evoking the classic jazz sound of the 50s and 60s exemplified by the music of Sonny Rollins, Clifford Brown, Freddie Hubbard and Dexter Gordon. Due to appear at the Vic last February when violent storms forced the cancellation of the concert we are delighted to finally present The Jazz Worriers in June.

Tenor saxophonist DEAN MASSER is a commanding player who, like the title of his first album as a leader suggests, is very much “Old School”, continuing the legacy of the music he was exposed to from an early age: Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and the sounds of players like Ben Webster, Lester Young and Eddie Lockjaw Davis. When he started to play saxophone in his teens he was drawn to the big-toned, hard swinging styles of Dexter Gordon, and later Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, Johnny Griffin and Stanley Turrentine that can be heard in his own playing today.

 

After studying at the City of Leeds College of Music for three years Dean became a member of the Jack Parnell Quartet which recorded a live album during a week long stint at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in London’s Soho. Since then he has played alongside many of the leading names in British jazz including Kenny Baker, Gerard Presencer, Clark Tracey, Don Weller and Mark Nightingale, and has been a long-standing member of the Andy Prior big band.

NEIL YATES is a trumpeter, multi-instrumentalist, composer and arranger who studied music at Salford University and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, turning professional in 1991 as a London-based jazz trumpeter working,

most notably, for the BBC Big Band and

Johnny Dankworth Orchestra. He moved on to higher profile session musician work in 1994, performing and recording with The Brand New Heavies, Robbie Williams and many more.

 

To address his own creative urges Neil left London in 1999, eventually settling in a North Wales beauty spot to write and record his award winning first solo jazz album

"New Origins", which won the Jazz Services Promoter's Choice Award 2006, and second album "Five Countries" in November 2011. Meanwhile, his Sketches of a Northern Town project won critical acclaim at the 2007 Cheltenham Jazz Festival and he became greatly involved in Celtic music, performing, writing and arranging for traditional music legends Michael McGoldrick

and Kate Rusby.

 

Neil's jazz credentials are first-rate, having performed with the likes of Peter King, Don Weller, Denys Baptiste, the Jazz Jamaica All Stars, Clark Tracey and NYJO, and having featured on the albums “Migrations” by Gary Crosby’s Nu-Troop and “For The Moment” by the Caroline Taylor Quintet. As well as co-leading The Jazz Worriers he also leads a five-piece band, Hubbard's Covered, dedicated to the music of his hero,

Freddie Hubbard.

 

Dean has performed at numerous prestigious venues and festivals and has had many television and radio appearances to his credit. In 2010 he released his album “Old School”, to great acclaim, with pianist Max Turnbull, double-bassist Malcolm Creese and drummer Paul Robinson, with special guests, vocalists Andy Prior and Jenny Russell. 

"A very exciting and enjoyable CD; Dean's album has soul in it." – Jack Parnell

With this concert's line up completed by the considerable talents of

ANDRZEJ BARANEK (keyboards), ED HARRISON (double bass) and MAREK DORCIK (drums) the audience needn't worry about experiencing anything less than an exceptional evening of jazz.