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Sax star Alan lined up for Speakeasy

By Herald Express  |  Posted: September 12, 2013

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SPEAKEASY Jazz welcome Alan Barnes and the Graham Pinkney Quartet at the Bancourt Hotel in Torquay on Wednesday night.

Alan Barnes (pictured) is one of the most entertaining saxophonists/clarinettists in the UK today.

He took up the clarinet at the age of 12, and alto saxophone at 15. He played with the Midnight Follies Orchestra and the Pasadena Roof Orchestra, then the hard bop band of Tommy Chase, the Jazz Renegades and the Humphrey Lyttleton band.

As a sideman, he broadcast regularly over a 10-year period with the BBC Big Band, Radio Orchestra and Concert Orchestra and has toured and recorded with big band leaders Dick Walter, Kenny Baker, Bob Wilber, Mike Westbrook, Don Weller, Stan Tracey and John Dankworth.

Other bands he has toured and recorded with include the Tina May Trio, Bill LeSage's Genetically Modified Quintet, Spike Robinson's Tenor Madness, Pete York (in Germany), Clare Teale, Clark Tracey and David Newton's 'Bootleg Eric' and a sextet with Don Weller playing the music of Cannonball Adderley.

Alan has appeared as a session musician on albums by Selina Jones, Bjork, Bryan Ferry, Michel LeGrande, Van Morrison, Clare Teale, Westlife and Jamie Cullum and can be found on film and television soundtracks. Over the years, Alan has won many British Jazz Awards.

He will be accompanied by the Graham Pinkney Quartet, Matt Carter, keys, Graham Pinkney, vibes, Mike Thorn, bass and Colin Hedworth, drums.

The music starts from 8.30pm.

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