Worthing Theatres have announced their latest autumn/winter Jazz Café season at the Pavilion Café Bar, where customers can enjoy a Wednesday evening in the company of highly acclaimed jazz artists, whilst enjoying a range of drinks, and a selection of food ready to order from the menu, all accompanied with exquisite views overlooking Worthing seafront.
On 17 October the season opens with tenor saxophonist, Robert Fowler. A decade of international touring with The Pasadena Roof Orchestra honed Robert’s talent before he went on to work with many bands from the jazz scene including The Great British Jazz Band, The Syd Lawrence Orchestra, Redtenbacher’s Funkestra and The BBC Big Band. He played on a session for Roxy Music’s Bryan Ferry, for the album As Time Goes By which led to further touring and recording with Bryan, appearing on his albums Frantic, Avonmore, and the Jazz Age.
American born alto saxophonist Allison Neale plays the Jazz Café on 7 November. As a strong advocate of the melodic West Coast style she has performed alongside leading international artists such as Adelaide Hall and Bud Shank and features in both the John Dankworth Generations Band, Back to Basie Orchestra and the Two of a Mind Project with multi reed man Chris Biscoe. She frequently tours the UK with her current Quartet.
On 19 December the Café Bar welcomes guitarist Colin Oxley. Colin Studied at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama, graduating in 1990. In the same year he was voted Best Soloist in the National Big Band Competition and has gone on to pursue a highly successful musical career. A long standing member of singer Stacey Kent’s group he now performs with many different groups including Andy Cleyndert’s Quartet, The Dave Newton Trio and BBC Big Band to name a few.
Performing on 13 February is trombonist Winston Rollins. Starting as a member of the Doncaster Jazz Orchestra, upon moving to London Winston attended Trinity College of Music where he met liked minded musicians and formed the Winston Rollins Big Band. As well as performing in many West End musicals, Winston is the lead trombone player of the Jools Holland Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, runs the Trinity College Big Band and is also the deputy musical director of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra.
On 27 March Scottish musician Jo Fooks will be performing tenor saxophone. In 1992 she won The Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year and Jo went on to study saxophone at the Guildhall School of music in London and Berklee School of music in Boston. After recording her debut album Here and Now!, the legendary British trumpeter Humphrey Lyttelton invited her to join his eight-piece band, with whom she toured and performed in some of the most well renowned theatres and venues in Britain.
To finish off the season in style Jazz vocalist Jacqui Hicks performs at the café bar on 24 April. Jacqui is an unparalleled exponent of the rare art of singing jazz ballads with poise elegance and beauty, as well as having a great feel for her beloved Soul and Funk. She was voted one of the top ten British vocalists in 1990 and in the same year released a solo vocal album featuring the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. Jacqui has toured the world with Shakatak and had numerous TV appearances and sessions with Matt Bianco with whom she is featured on their last two albums.
Tickets for Jazz Café at the Pavilion Café Bar are available to purchase by calling the Worthing Theatres box office on 01903 206 206 and online at worthingtheatres.co.uk.