Lizzie Cooper Jazz - with two special guests

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1st December 2015 - 8pm

Venue: Loughborough Town Hall

Joining me tonight are not one but TWO UK jazz legends: Bruce Adams, trumpet & flugelhorn and Brian Dee, piano.

The two stars are joined by Bill Coleman on double bass and Trevor Davies on drums.

Bruce Adams - one the jazz scene’s most dramatic and stimulating performers, he is also a tremendously affable companion.

His stream of jokes, anecdotes, and hilarious observations reflect an early immersion in show-biz, and a keen eye and ear for the many quirks of human nature.

His stories are populated by a sort of Scottish-Runyonesque cast of characters, some of them long-gone pals of his father and uncle, who were both professional musicians. However, on stage, Bruce Adams takes the playing side of things very seriously. 

And he cut his musical teeth on solid commercial work – on cruise liners, in dance halls, music halls, and even worked in support of comedy legends like, Tony Hancock and Freddie Starr.

He has been a regular jazz poll-winner and with his spectacular range and power on the instrument has been in demand as a lead, and jazz trumpet man. 

Bruce has often worked as a special guest soloist with both the Scottish Radio Orchestra and the BBC Big Band.  

Our second special guest, pianist Brian Dee, began his musical career in London in the 1950's where he played at the opening of Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club.

He quickly established a reputation as one of the most respected piano accompanists and recorded with many world famous names including Bing Crosby, Peggy Lee and Fred Astaire.

As a session musician he has also appeared on Elton John's album Madman Across the Water.

More recently he has recorded with Elaine Delmar, Duncan Lamont and the Ted Heath Band as well as his own trio and quartet.

The instrumentalists he has accompanied include many of the jazz greats such as Chet Baker, Benny Carter, Harry Edison , Zoot Sims and Ben Webster ....

The two stars are joined by Bill Coleman on double bass and Trevor Davies on drums.

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