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An Evening Of Jazz with

Chris Gumbley

Clarinet/Bass Clarinet/Saxophones

and Al Gurr

Piano
"Much Ado" is something a bit different.
It's a show aimed at people who don't necessarily like jazz!
(as well as those who do!)
Really? Let us explain.

After years on the road we have lost track of the number of concert-goers complaining that much jazz is aloof, self-indulgent and lacking in any real melodic content: jazz which is sometimes sarcastically referred to as 'Meet-me-at-the-end-Jazz'.

As a result, we revisit some much-loved (mostly) jazz classics and present them with a lot of energy so that the audience not only feel more involved, but also gain an insight into how jazz musicians work onstage. If you add to that a large dose of dry humour you'll hopefully start to get a feel for what our performance is all about.

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Audience Quotes
“An exciting jazz duo whose comical timing is as good as their musical timing”
“Jazz fans relished in the exciting renditions of the different standards and yet the none jazz fans were still completely engaged in the music”
“I dislike jazz, but I loved that!”
“Al and Chris had us in fits of laughter but not because of the music”
“They managed to convert an audience who were skeptical about improvisation to being jazz lovers by the end of the night!”
"The playing was sparkling!
“I wouldn’t have chosen anyone else to have opened the festival, it was an amazing opening night and set a wonderful precedent for the whole weekend”- John Barber, 3 Shires Festival
What type of venues will this suit?

Much Ado is suited not only to jazz venues, but to classical and acoustic music clubs wanting to try something a bit different without frightening their members!

Because we are a duo, providing our own P.A. and lights, this makes us an attractive and economical option for promoters trying to make ends meet.

As an addition to our show we can also provide jazz workshops for any age or standard of playing. This can work well on the same day of our show.

Please get in touch for more information.

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