Tuesday 18 June / Dydd Mawrth 18 Mehefin
JOHN HALLAM QUARTET


 

GERRY TOMLINSON(keyboards),

ED HARRISON (double bass)

and NIGEL CRETNEY (drums)

“equally impressive on tenor and baritone saxes as on clarinet...an individual style characterised by

an airy swing, a lyrical approach to improvising,

an unflagging dynamism and prevailing good taste."

Manchester Evening News

 

THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION, Llay, LL12 0RL
Commencing 8.30pm approx

Admission £6.50, Concessions £5.50,
NWJS Members £5, Students' Union Members £3
Further info: 01745 812260

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Well-known throughout the North West, band leader John Hallam is a virtuoso clarinettist and reeds specialist whose clarinet playing draws inspiration from Benny Goodman,

Artie Shaw and Acker Bilk, whilst on saxophone he cites Lester Young, Stan Getz and Gerry Mulligan as just a few of his influences. Having worked alongside many of the greats, John's playing is imbued with the rich history of jazz and resonates strongly with audiences wherever he appears.

It was during his twenty-one year stint with the Smoky City Jazz Band starting in the late 60s that John first started to work with some of the legends in the business, such as Humphrey Lyttelton, George Melly,

Bud Freeman, Wild Bill Davison,

Stephane Grappelli, John Barnes and many more, as the band toured, played at a number of European festivals and took part in many radio and TV broadcasts.
 

Becoming freelance in 1989 John has continued to work alongside many of the finest musicians from both sides of the Atlantic. From the United States he has played with, to name just a few,

Clark Terry, Benny Carter, Al Grey, Warren Vache, Howard Alden, and Randy Sandke, as well as the UK's Danny Moss, Roy Williams, Campbell Burnap, Mark Nightingale,

Jack Emblow and Digby Fairweather.

In 2000 he formed his 'Jazztet' to play his own kind of music, going on to make three successful CDs, as well as Sideways, an album that he recorded with fellow sax man Alan Barnes and pianist Dave Newton. John has also had a long association with American pianist Jeff Barnhart which has led to many recordings and live performances with different line-ups, including 'Jeff Barnhart's British Band'. More recently he has recorded Deep Purple with the Tom Kincaid Trio, which is his first album on his own label,

Jazz by Design.

John Hallam has been described by The Manchester Evening News as “equally impressive on tenor and baritone saxes as on clarinet...an individual style characterised by an airy swing, a lyrical approach to improvising, an unflagging dynamism and prevailing good taste."


Appearing at clubs and festivals throughout the UK, John is a firm favourite with North Wales jazz audiences, and for this performance he will be joined by his own band, featuring Gerry Tomlinson (keyboards),
Ed Harrison (double bass) and Nigel Cretney (drums).