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Some Kinda Wonderful – Celebrating the music of Stevie Wonder

The Noel McCalla/Derek Nash Band

Thursday 23 June  Livermead Cliff Hotel, Torquay 8pm
Tickets £20 adv  £23 door
More details and tickets: https://fougoumusic.com/fougoujazz/some-kinda-wonderful/
Tickets are also available from English Riviera TIC, Torquay Harbour

Celebrating the genius of Stevie Wonder throughout his entire career, the mesmeric vocalist, Noel McCalla, and award-winning saxophonist, Derek Nash, have put together a band of top musicians to play a wide-ranging back catalogue of classic hits, from 1970’s Signed, Sealed, Delivered through to hits from Talking Book, Innervisions, Songs in the Key of Life and Hotter than July. Playing hit after hit, from the dance floor classics I Wish and Superstition to beautiful arrangements of My Cherie Amour and Overjoyed, the set will also include compositions by Stevie Wonder that others have had massive hits with.

Noel McCalla’s long association with the brilliant Morrisey Mullen Band earned him acclaim as “one of Britain’s best Soul Singers” (Blues and Soul Magazine) and, for more than 19 years, Noel’s searing, soulful vocals were featured with the iconic Manfred Mann’s “Earth Band”. He also provided vocals on Mike Rutherford’s highly acclaimed album, Smallcreep’s Day, and is often featured with jazz funk band, Mezzoforte.

Derek Nash has played in Jools Holland’s Rhythm and Blues Orchestra since 2004 and is also a member of the Ronnie Scotts Blues Explosion. He has won several British Jazz Awards throughout his career fronting Sax Appeal, his Acoustic Quartet and the funk band, Protect the Beat. Derek has performed live, on record and on television with Gregory Porter, Chaka Khan, David Sanborn, Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, Amy Winehouse and many, many more. At the forefront of the British jazz movement, Derek Nash is “one of the most versatile saxophonists in the UK today” (The Guardian)

The all-star band features Neil Angilley – piano, Tim Cansfield – guitar, Jonathan Noyce – bass, Nic France – drums. Musicians whose credits include Bill Withers, The Bee Gees, Gary Moore and Michael Ball and Alfie Boe.

Rarely have I heard the music of Stevie Wonder interpreted with such finesse, energy and all round brilliance

– The House of Soul

Gaz Hughes Sextet ft. Alan Barnes, Bruce Adams and Dean Masser

Gaz Hughes Sextet ft. Alan Barnes, Bruce Adams and Dean Masser

Thursday 28 July Livermead Cliff Hotel, Torquay 8pm
Tickets £20 adv  £23 door
More details and tickets: https://fougoumusic.com/fougoujazz/gareth-hughes-sextet/
Tickets are also available from English Riviera TIC, Torquay Harbour

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.

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.

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.

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.

Published by Susie Colley

Chair of the Chamber of Commerce