The village band resumes its regular classical and jazz concerts

The welcome return of professional live music to the Eccleshall area is marked by the Adbaston Community Concert Society’s (ACCS) first concert of 2022 featuring a local jazz celebrity.

Chris Gumbley and pianist Al Gurr, photo above from left to rightwill present their program “Much Ado About Jazz” in April.

With an entertaining program aimed at those “who don’t necessarily like jazz” (and those who do), Chris and Al include comedic timing and humorous exchanges playing a range of jazz classics and other parts.

The concert includes music by the Gershwins and Isiah Berlin, classics by Sydney Bechet and Dave Brubeck, pieces by Duke Ellington, Johnny Dankworth and Lennon/McCartney, plus a guide to those by several lesser-known artists.

A graduate in clarinet, piano and composition, Chris Gumbley taught saxophone at the Birmingham Conservatory and composition at the University of Birmingham. He founded the Gumbles Jazz Club in Stafford, his home town, which operated for over 20 years, and even hosted his own BBC radio show, Jazzbeat, for a short time.

With an eclectic musical interest and adaptability, Chris also performs with classical ensembles including Mozart and Brahms Clarinet Quintets with members of the CBSO. He is a regular performer at the annual Stafford Music Festival.

Pianist Al Gurr has pursued an independent musical career since graduating from the Royal Birmingham Conservatory. He toured with artists such as Alfie Boe and Hayley Westenra, and performed for many other artists.

Al’s incredible virtuosity has led to television and radio sessions, as well as orchestral concerts, rock and jazz concerts.

Both Chris and Al are strongly committed to music education and learning, both in the UK and overseas. As well as judging international piano competitions, Chris’s work as an ABRSM Examiner has taken him all over the world – most recently to Australia, South Africa, Singapore and Turkey.

Al is involved in delivering training programs that use performance metaphors, including a “TeamJazz” presentation that demonstrates team development and team dynamics for business leaders.

The concert will begin at 5.30pm on Sunday April 3 at St Michael and all Angels Church, Adbaston in Stafford.

Tickets are £10 and light refreshments are included with free parking nearby. They can be purchased at the door or in advance by calling 01785-850967 or emailing [email protected]

For more information visit www.muchadoaboutjazz.co.uk and www.adbastonccs.org.uk.


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Willie J. Johnson