Sat 23 March 2019 |Clare Teal and her Trio |Swing’s The Thing

  • Corn Exchange
  • Sat 23 Mar
  • 20.00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £23 / £21
  • 1 Hour 45 Mins

Jazz vocalist and BBC Radio 2 presenter Clare Teal and her Trio feature the very best of popular music from the golden age of song in this upbeat and uplifting new show.

The evening will feature standards from the grand masters of the Great American Song Book and witty urbane song stylists of the 50’s & 60’s Cy Coleman & Carolyn Leigh & Dave Brubeck. There’s always a nod to more contemporary writers and originals too.

Clare and her Trio’s fabulous arrangements interspersed with warm and witty storytelling guarantee a night to be remembered.

** For full accessibility details, please contact Dorchester Arts’ box office 01305 266926

Sat 13 Apr | Fever: Jo Harrop sings Peggy Lee

  • Corn Exchange
  • Sat 13 Apr
  • 20.00
  • Accessible **
  • Suitability: All
  • £14 / £12

Peggy Lee was one of the great figures of jazz and American popular song, with a career spanning six decades. Sinatra called her ‘regal’; Duke Ellington called her ‘the queen’. She wrote and sang for Disney’s Lady And The Tramp and had a string of hits stretching from her early days with Benny Goodman until the 1990s.

In this wonderful show, jazz vocalist Jo Harrop pays tribute to the sultriest songstress of all, delivering moving renditions of classics such as Fever, Why Don’t You Do Right and The Folks Who Live On The Hill. Featuring Alex Webb on piano, Henry Gilbert on bass, Joel Prime on drums and special guest Tony Kofi on alto sax.

“This girl was born to sing jazz!” Blues & Soul magazine

** For full accessibility details, please contact Dorchester Arts’ box office 01305 266926

Sat 8 Jun | Frank Griffith & Tina May: Jazz Meets Broadway

  • Dorchester Corn Exchange
  • Saturday 8 June
  • 8.00pm
  • £15 / £13 members and concessions
  • 2 Hours (approx)
  • Seated

The songs of the Broadway and West End stage have historically provided a rich trove of repertoire for jazz artists. The Frank Griffith Quartet (Frank Griffith – sax and clarinet, Robin Aspland – piano, Jeremy Brown- bass, Rod Youngs- drums) along with singers Tina May and Michael Roberts will present an evening of gems from Guys and Dolls and West Side Story as well as Sondheim’s song Here’s to the Ladies Who Lunch. There will also be a premiere of Frank and Tina’s new song, Lucky Lady.

Vocalist, Tina May, was the first winner of the Worshipful Company of Musicians Young Jazz Artist Award and has fifteen CDs to her name. Tina recorded “Sings the Ray Bryant Songbook” in 2002 featuring her lyrics to the legendary pianist’s tunes. She has appeared with Stan Tracey at St Paul’s Cathedral performing Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concerts.

Vocalist, Michael Roberts has appeared with the likes of Frank Sinatra Jr, Sir John Dankworth, Imelda May and Supergrass.

American saxist and clarinetist, Frank Griffith, has been resident in the UK since 1996 and his Nonet appeared regularly at the Ealing Jazz Festival, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Pizza Express and Ronnie Scotts. He curated and led the Festival Tentet for the Billy Strayhorn Centenary Concert at Cadogan Hall as the part of the 2015 London Jazz Festival. Frank has also played with and/or arranged for Sir John Dankworth, Dame Cleo Lane, Kenny Wheeler, Mel Torme, Ron Carterand Lionel Hampton.