ONE OF Northern Ireland’s favourite traditional jazz outfits – The Martello Jazz Band - makes a return visit to Flowerfield next week.
Formed in the autumn of 1985 by a group of enthusiastic musicians who had played previously in other bands, the Martello Jazz Band’s aim was to produce a sound reminiscent of the Dixieland bands of 20s and 30s New Orleans, but also to stamp on it their own brand of drive and flair.
The resulting music is fresh and full of vitality, while still retaining a traditional flavour. This recipe has been successful in introducing a wide range of audiences to this form of music, even those who previously did not consider jazz to be to their taste!
Through the years the Martello has had many exciting encounters with celebrated international musicians who have ‘sat in’ with the band, including Humphrey Lyttleton and Helen Shapiro, George Melly with John Chiltern and the Feetwarmers, and the legendary trumpet player Kenny Baker.
For their concert, on Thursday, June 5, the Flowerfield auditorium will be seated cabaret-style, with tables and chairs – patrons are invited to bring their own bottles of wine. Corkscrews and glasses will be available, and there will be soft drinks available for designated drivers. Please note that seating will be limited to 80 for this show, so be sure to book early!
Tickets for the show are priced at £12, and they’re available from reception at Flowerfield Arts Centre – you can also purchase tickets using your debit or credit card by phoning the reception staff on (028) 7083 1400.