At Hanley Castle High School at 8 p.m. Tickets £16 (Members £13)
Of all the 'honorary' New Orleans citizens who happen to come from England, Sammy Rimington is perhaps the most lyrically musical. A graceful and highly creative master of New Orleans jazz, he came to prominence with Ken Colyer's Jazzmen around 1960 and worked regularly with the band thereafter as well as with like-minded musicians countrywide in Britain and America. In 1965 he moved to the USA, worked with Henry 'Red' Allen, Zutty Singleton, Herman Autrey and others, and soon after moved to New Orleans where he replaced Butch Thompson in the Hall Brothers Band, recorded with Kid Thomas (George Lewis shared the session) and regularly collaborated with visitors such as pianist Don Ewell. After returning to Europe he worked with Barry Martyn, formed his own jazz-rock band Armada and worked around Britain and Europe with among others George Webb (1973), Martyn's Legends of Jazz (1974), Duke Burrell (1974-75), and Chris Barber (1977-79). By 1995 he had played and recorded with every American and European New Orleans style jazzman of note, and like a small number of other great British reedmen e.g Tubby Hayes or Pete King, his name had become a promise of quality and flair.
'It's very difficult to express my feelings for this kind of music' says Rimington, 'but I know after years of playing and experience that it's one of the most difficult forms of music to play well, due to it's simplicity and relaxed rhythmic feel. I prefer the music to be free but controlled, not restricted and tied down to sounding like a particular band on record'.
Personnel: Sammy Rimington (England/Sweden), clarinet, saxophone, flute, vocals; Philippe De Smet (Belgium), trombone; Emile Van Pelt (The Netherlands), piano, vocals; Norman Emberson (England/Germany), drums; Paul Sealey (England), banjo, guitar; Trefor Williams (England), double bass.
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