Special guest artist dazzles in Robertsbridge

Robertsbridge jazz club at the village hall - photo by Neil Garrett

Robertsbridge jazz club at the village hall - photo by Neil Garrett

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Spring is in the air and, as the trumpets of daffodils provide a vibrant display so did trumpet player and special guest Paul Higgs on his visit to Robertsbridge Jazz Club.

Once again a full house at Robertsbridge village hall enjoyed Paul leading the band with numbers such as Slowboat To China, Bye Bye Blackbird, Stardust and the theme tune from Bewitched, as well as the theme tune from Tomorrows World which was performed for the television show by John Dankworth. The band also played various blues numbers.

Paul was joined by Mike Hext on trombone, Ted Beament on piano, Val Mannix on bass with Pete Beament on drums.

Paul is renowned as one of the UK’s leading trumpet players and composers. Paul has had an extensive musical career in many fields including performing, composing and arranging music for film, TV and theatre. He was a musical director for many years for the National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company. He has performed with luminaries including Sir Peter Maxwell Davis, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Johnny Dankworth, and Lulu. Paul has also performed in major concert venues around the world.

Ted Beament will be performing this April at Ronnie Scotts with the Humph Band; Ted joined The Humphrey Lyttelton Band in 1995 which was his first-ever job with a regular working band and he was a central member during its success. Every year the existing members of the band still perform for a full house at Ronnie Scotts to critical acclaim.

Mike Hext is rather busy and is currently performing at The Royal Opera House undertaking Wagner’s Meistersingers, a new opera called Exterminating Angel by Thomas Ades, Sleeping Beauty by Tchaikovsky, also a new Wayne McGregor ballet.

The next event will be on April 13 from 8pm to 10.30pm. Words and photo by Neil Garrett.