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in the Sherling Studio at Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts

Zaum – A Tribute to Steve Harris

A new season of jazz in the intimate confines of the Sherling Studio at Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts gets underway in September.

Launching the season on 28 September is a special tribute to legendary Poole-based drummer, composer and music educator Steve Harris ten years after he joined the great gig in the sky. It promises a smorgasbord of musical delights; the original line-up of Steve’s free improv outfit Zaum will unite for one night only while Jan Kopinski, frontman of trailblazing nineties improv-funk outfit Pinski Zoo (of which Steve was a key member), will play solo and join Zaum. The Heavens, the unique vocal group featuring Steve’s partner, singer Kathie Prince, and eldest daughter May Harris-Prince, will perform a couple of pieces and join the massed ensemble. And finally, a specially convened Harris String Quartet will world premiere a new piece written in tribute to Steve by his old Dorset Music Service colleague, Aidan Fisher. Expect musical fireworks, sonic landscapes and jazz freer than anything you’ve ever heard before!

On 12 October the stars of the Humphrey Lyttelton Band Karen Sharp and Robert Fowler join forces to create the fantastic sound of two giants of the tenor saxophone – Al Cohn and Zoot Sims. Together with their wonderful arrangements of original compositions and standards, they provide some of the hardest swinging and most exhilarating sounds in jazz.

Jean Toussaint

MOBO-nominated saxophonist and star of Jazz Jamaica Camilla George brings her quartet to Lighthouse on 26 October. Dubbed the ‘golden girl of jazz’ by the Evening Standard, Camilla was born in Nigeria and grew up listening to Fela Kuti alongside Jackie McLean and Charlie Parker. She has handpicked an exciting band, showcasing some of London’s finest young players.

Fusing Arabic and Western musics, Natacha Atlas is a genuine world music superstar, having made her name with Transglobal Underground before releasing a string of acclaimed solo albums. Natacha has also recorded with Nitin Sawhney, Peter Gabriel, Ibrahim Maalouf and many others. Catch her at Lighthouse on 9 November, with support from Randolph Matthews.

US-born Jean Toussaint graduated from Berkley College and joined Art Blakey’s legendary Jazz Messengers before going on to lead his own bands across Europe and beyond. His great new quintet, which you can catch at Lighthouse on 23 November, is very much in the Blakey mould; amazing young players led by a fantastic leader.

Terry Seabrook’s all-star sextet Milestones reunite to perform Kind of Blue in its entirety at Lighthouse on 7 December, plus other classics in a celebration of the music of Miles Davis. The line-up reads like a “who’s who” of British jazz, with the fabulous Martin Shaw (Cleo Laine, John Dankworth, Peter King, Tim Garland) taking on the Miles role, Lighthouse favourite and multi-award winner Alan Barnes on sax, along with the magnificent Andy Panayi. The band pays due respect to Miles’ original music whilst allowing the musicians to showcase their own brilliance and improvisational skills.

Heading into the new year, on 18 January legendary American tenor star Scott Hamilton returns to Lighthouse after a seven-year absence with his regular, all-star UK quartet. Scott regularly tours across Europe and beyond, playing mainstream jazz and standards of the highest quality. He has appeared on over 100 albums and was named ‘International Jazz Saxophonist of the Year ‘in the 2007 inaugural Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Awards.

As an extra bonus, jazz lovers can also look forward to Ronnie Scott’s All Stars in the Lighthouse Concert Hall on 25 October. Featuring classic music from the jazz greats who have performed at Ronnie Scott’s, alongside narration and projected archive images and rare footage from the club, The Ronnie Scott’s Soho Songbook is a glimpse into this unique world and its incredible history. Hosted and performed by the award-winning Ronnie Scott’s All Stars, and led by the Club’s Musical Director, this unique evening celebrates the music and history of Ronnie Scott’s and is a must for any music fan.

Tickets for all events are on sale now at the Lighthouse ticket office. Call 01202 280000 or book online at www.lighthousepoole.co.uk

Zaum, Jan Kopinski & Friends
Friday 28 September at 7.30pm
Tickets £12
Discounts: Seniors, U18s, Students, ATL, Live For 5

Karen Sharp & Robert Fowler
Friday 12 October at 8pm
Tickets: £16
Discounts: Seniors, U18s, Students, ATL, Live For 5

Camilla George Quartet
Friday 26 October, 8pm
Tickets: £14
Discounts: Seniors, U18s, Students, ATL, Live For 5

Natacha Atlas
Plus support from Randolph Matthews

Friday 9 November at 8pm
Tickets: £20
Discounts: Seniors, U18s, Students, ATL, Live For 5

Jean Toussaint Quintet
Friday 23 November at 8pm
Tickets: £16
Discounts: Seniors, U18s, Students, ATL, Live For 5

Terry Seabrook’s Milestones
Friday 7 December at 8pm
Tickets: £18
Discounts: Seniors, U18s, Students, ATL, Live For 5

Scott Hamilton Quartet
Friday 18 January at 8pm
Tickets: £17
Discounts: Seniors, U18s, Students, ATL, Live For 5

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Ronnie Scott’s All Stars
Thursday 25 October at 7.30pm (Concert Hall)
Tickets: £22.50
Discounts: U18s, Students, Senirs, ATL


Tickets & information 01202 280000
www.lighthousepoole.co.uk

Booking Fees: Prices quoted are for tickets booked in person at the Ticket Office. Tickets booked by telephone or online are subject to a booking fee of up to £1.75 per ticket