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Jazz sax star Peter in town for Bancourt gig

By Herald Express  |  Posted: June 06, 2013

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PETER King (below) will be on stage for the Speakeasy Jazz gig at Torquay's Bancourt Hotel on Wednesday night, joining the Craig Milverton Trio.

In 1959, at the age of 19, Peter King was booked by Ronnie Scott to perform at the opening of Scott's club in Gerrard Street, London. In the same year he received the Melody Maker 'New Star' award.

He worked with Johnny Dankworth's orchestra from 1960 to 1961, and went on to work with the big bands of Maynard Ferguson, Tubby Hayes, Harry South, and Stan Tracey, the Brussels Big Band, and the Ray Charles band on a European tour.

He has also played in small groups with musicians such as Philly Joe Jones, Zoot Sims, Al Cohn, Red Rodney, Hampton Hawes, Nat Adderley, Al Haig, John Burch, Bill Watrous, and Dick Morrissey, Tony Kinsey, Bill Le Sage and singers such as Jimmy Witherspoon, Joe Williams, Jon Hendricks, and Anita O'day. He is a member of Charlie Watts' Tentet.

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He has also made appearances on a number of pop duo Everything But The Girl's albums, as well as on the solo album North Marine Drive of Everything But The Girl member Ben Watt. In 2005 Peter King won the BBC Musician of the Year award.

Drummer Nick Millward, who has been Kenny Ball's regular drummer for some years, will be joining the Craig Milverton Trio.

SOLAR, described as 'probably the funkiest band in the south west', return to the Barrel House in Totnes tomorrow night. The venue has just had a major refit.

Solar have been playing at the Barrel House ever since it started live music under a previous owner more than a decade ago.

The band play classics from soul, Motown, disco and funk plus some well-chosen current chart numbers.

The band comprises Annika Skoogh on lead vocals, Neil Maya on saxes, Tom Unwin on keys, Jesse Molins on guitar, Kev Sanders on bass and Nick Carter on drums. Neil, Tom and Kev also sing backing vocals.

YOU can join the Devon Baroque Ensemble tomorrow night to mark the 300th anniversary of Archangelo Corelli's death with a concert entitled Catch the Corelli Connection, which will also showcase music by J.S. Bach, Handel and Vivaldi.

Jane Gordon (violin), Sharon Lindo (violin), Barbara Degener (cello) and Jonathan Watts (harpsichord) come together as the Devon Baroque Ensemble to present the programme of sonatas in St Mary's Church, Totnes, tomorrow at 7.30pm in a concert organised by the Totnes Early Music Society.

Tickets will be available on the door.

THERE'S a full programme of music to go with the ales, ciders and fine food on offer at the Occombe Beer Festival this weekend.

Bands playing tomorrow will be The Quincies, The Blues Executive, 59 Ford and Duke Johnson and the Scorchers. Saturday sees live music from Brando Walker, Light The Dark, Mafia 4, These Reigning Days, Land of the Giants and Triple Threat.

The programme offers huge variety, from the nostalgic sounds of rockabilly aces 59 Ford to hiphop and R&B from Triple Threat.

Watch out for Mafia 4, who are a full-band version of the popular acoustic duo Mafia Babies, and of course These Reigning Days, who will soon be playing in front of half a million people at a Polish festival which boasts the largest live audience in the world.

Occombe might not be quite so densely populated, but the atmosphere will be just as good.

Tickets for Saturday night have long since sold out, but there are still some left for tomorrow.

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