Following the successful visit of his Benny Goodman style trio ‘Palomar’ in 2016, local musician Ray Simmons brings a new group ‘Jazz Unlimited’ to Beccles Public Hall on 20 May for a fund-raising concert of classic jazz greats. Co-led by local guitar hero Phil Brooke, Jazz Unlimited offers a relaxed sophisticated and soloistic sound evoking American small group jazz of the ’50s and 60s with material extending from the earliest years of the Jazz Age, through Swing, Bebop and Cool and into the ’70s and beyond. Ray feels ‘Jazz Unlimited’ can be proud of a repertoire almost limitless in scope with compositions by WC Handy, Gershwin, Ellington and many others comfortably rubbing shoulders with the likes of ‘modernists’ Dave Brubeck, Bill Evans and Miles Davis in a heady cocktail which is guaranteed to set your toes tapping. Completing the group are the ever-youthful virtuoso bassist Owen Morgan and star drummer, Craig Hipperson.
‘….their style of jazz was so infectious that it had the small but privileged and very appreciative audience tapping feet all evening……if you weren’t there, you missed a real treat and a very happy evening. (Marshland Mardler Review June 2017
There is more information at www.jazzunlimited.co.uk
Jazz-Unlimited will be playing on Sunday 20 May at 3pm (doors open 2,30pm) at Beccles Public Hall. Tickets are available from the box office, open Monday to Saturday, 10am – 3pm, from www.becclespublichall.co,uk or by ringing 01502 770060 for fee-less card sales.