Ginger Tunes Quintet @ Llay North Wales Jazz Society

Tomorrow night – Tuesday 26 February 8pm-10.30pm

Mike Smith Saxophonist and his popular band, the Mike Smith Ginger Tunes Quintet at Royal British Legion, Llay, Nr Wrexham LL12 0RL

The music commences at 8pm and admission is £8, concessions £7,

Also featuring Jamie Brownfield on trumpet, the Ginger Tunes Quintet recently recorded a new CD which, with its tenor sax and trumpet re-workings of favourite jazz standards is reminiscent of the classic 1950s and 60s studio albums of Ben Webster and Harry Sweets Edison. The album’s title, ‘Winging It’, along with the aviation-themed track list, refers to Mike and Jamie’s shared hobby of flying, both having recently qualified for their pilots licences.

An extremely popular player on the North West jazz scene, saxophonist Mike Smith divides his time between fronting his renowned quintet and touring internationally as a sideman with artists like Elkie Brooks, Tony Hadley and Kid Creole.

Since taking up music at the age of 10, Mike went on to study at the prestigious Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts where he now teaches saxophone. With several of his own albums out on the ‘Ameritz’ record label, Mike’s diverse and wide-ranging experience has earned him kudos amongst his peers making him one of the most sought after saxophonists in the area.

On trumpet, Jamie Brownfield won in the Rising Star category at the 2012 British Jazz Awards, and with influences including Clifford Brown, Chet Baker and Wynton Marsalis he has a prodigiously broad playing style running the gamut of jazz trumpet. More recently, Jamie’s playing won him a trip to New Orleans, that involved performing during a VIP flight to the city for the famous Mardi Gras where he got the chance to play with one of his modern trumpet heroes, Leroy Jones.

A highly entertaining band, the Mike Smith Ginger Tunes Quintet is completed by Tom Kincaid (keyboards), Ed Harrison (double bass) and Jack Cotterill (drums).


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