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The Great British Songbook - Jazz Evening with Frank Griffith

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The Great British Songbook
Jazz Supper Club with Frank Griffith and friends

Pete Churchill, piano/vocals and Laurence Evans, bass

Doors open at 7pm. Music is followed by the main course with another round of music before dessert. There will be a Q&A with the artists before they play out the evening with their final set.

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Main course

Truffle Roast Chicken
with dauphinois potatoes, creamed leek and a wild mushroom sauce

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Wild Mushroom Turnover
with dauphinois potatoes, creamed leek and a wild mushroom sauce

Dessert

Deconstructed Rhubarb & Blood Orange Crumble
with custard


About the performance

Much has been made of the “Great American Songbook” celebrating the classic songs of American composers, like Gershwin, Porter, Berlin, Ellington, et al. These classic standards continue to form the repertoires of jazz performers worldwide today.

People might be surprised to learn of the plentitude of classic songs written by British composers. These include gems like The Very Thought of You, The Touch of your Lips, Pure Imagination and Almost Blue, among countless others. Bedford-based Pete Churchill and Frank Griffith will be joined by bassist, Laurence Evans, and perform an entire evening of “The Great British Songbook” and no doubt inspire listeners to look beyond the prevailing American influence on classic jazz song.


Born in Eugene, Oregon in 1959, Frank Griffith lived in New York City from 1980-1995. While there he worked with Ron Carter, Jon Hendricks and Jack McDuff and played lead alto with the Glenn Miller Orchestra for a nationwide tour in 1984. He has also worked with the orchestras of Toshiko Akiyoshi, Mel Lewis, Buddy Rich and Mel Torme. He has recorded with guitarist/singer John Pizzarelli on his CD’s All Of Me and Naturally and produced and arranged for guitarist, Dave Stryker’s Steeplechase CD Nomad.
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Pete Churchill is a remarkable phenomena- the Pied Piper of Bedford and beyond turning his hand to all things sound and song- equally happy crooning and leading and composing for choirs as he is mucking into the piano chair accompanying the great and the good of the jazz world.


Bassist, Laurence Evans, heralds from Newcastle Upon Tyne and resided in Cambridge since 1997. He has regualry performed with Nick Hill, Jon Turville, Josh Kemp, Sarah Tandy, Pete Churchill, Graham Harvey and Martin Hallmark among numerous others.

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United Kingdom

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