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01352 701521, or at

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Commencing 8.00pm

Clwyd Room, Clwyd Theatre Cymru


Admission £12, Concessions £10, Schoolchildren £5


Further info: 01745 812260


Tuesday 28 March / Dydd Mawrth 28 Mawrth

Swings The Thing: Tom Harrison Quintet

with special guest, vocalist Cleveland Watkiss



SWING'S THE THING, a joyful celebration of the music of jazz legend Duke Ellington and his long-time collaborator Billy Strayhorn, sees alto saxophonist TOM HARRISON head an all-star cast of musicians in a performance which includes stunning interpretations of numbers such as "Solitude", "Take The 'A' Train” and "Prelude To A Kiss".


"Like all jazz musicians I grew up listening to Ellington,” says Tom. “I haven’t tried to reinvent the music, I’m trying to capture the feeling behind Duke’s songs, what they’re about, what they mean to me, and build a performance on that." A graduate of the renowned Trinity College of Music, Tom has performed with many

internationally acclaimed jazz musicians including Terell Stafford, Jason Rebello and Jean Toussaint, as well as with pop bands like M-People and The Fall.


CLEVELAND WATKISS has been described by The Evening Standard as “The best male vocalist in Britain”. A winner of multiple awards including the London Jazz Awards and Wire/Guardian Jazz Award (for three consecutive years) for best male vocalist, Cleveland was born in Hackney, East London, to Jamaican parents. A co-founder of the vastly influential Jazz Warriors Big Band, he has performed with a diverse range of global artists including Stevie Wonder, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Jazz at the Lincoln Centre Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Bob Dylan, Art Blakey, Abdullah Ibrahim

and many more!


ROBERT MITCHELL (piano) emerged onto the London jazz scene in the early 1990s as a member of two very different bands, Quite Sane and Tomorrow's Warriors, which established him as a versatile musician with a diverse outlook. He has gone on to record eight albums of his own music and has participated in over a hundred projects as a sideman, performing with artists like Norma Winstone, Courtney Pine,

Greg Osby and Steve Williamson.


DAVID LYTTLE (drums) first reached a national audience playing with jazz guitar legend Louis Stewart in 2006 and over the next five years his touring bands would feature a long list of international jazz icons, including Soweto Kinch, Terell Stafford and Jason Rebello. More recently, David's MOBO nominated album Faces, featuring Joe Lovano and rapper Talib Kweli has been described as “sophisticated and sharp” by Rolling Stone Magazine.


DANIEL CASIMIR (double bass), winner of the Musicians’ Company Young Jazz Musician Award, 2016, has performed with Julian Joseph, Lonnie Liston Smith, Jason Rebello and many more. He appeared at Theatr Clwyd in November 2015 as a member of the astounding quartet led by former Jazz Messengers saxophonist, Jean Toussaint. A member of the acclaimed Clark Tracey Quintet Daniel features on two of

the band's albums, Meantime and Jubilation, and 2017 will see the release of his debut album as leader, as well a recording with Jean Toussaint.


"A masterly performance of musicianship and vocal dexterity” - UK Vibe