Tendring Thunderbirds 2017
+ Special Guest Paul Higgs
The Tendring Thunderbirds heady mix of Swing, Ragtime, New Orleans, Kansas City, Caribbean and Chicago music started at the Electric Palace has been an annual fixture at the cinema for 10 years. There have been numerous requests for a 2017 concert and we can confirm that the date will be Thursday 14th September. The 2016 concert raised £1,085.00 for the new Restoration Project and it is hoped to do even better this year. With many requests from fans and players for a return of the EP’s own multi-style fun band here they are again – this time plus special guest Paul Higgs who is well known for his appearances with the Chris Ingham Quartet on some of the best recent discs – such as the Hoagy Carmichael and Dudley Moore tributes. With the two trumpet / two reeds line-up the band can feature New Orleans, Kansas City, Chicago styles as well Duke Ellington, Earl Hines, Bix, Hoagy and Caribbean numbers.
Chris Strachan Frank Weatherley Evan Jones Trummy Mayhew
John Parker Mike Hurell Alan Arnold John Sutton
The line-up will be :
Two-trumpet numbers and solo features
Star Guest Paul Higgs Trumpet virtuoso
Leader Chris Strachan Trumpet, flumpet, mini-sousaphone etc.
Powerful reeds section plus solo features
Frank Weatherley Saxes, Clarinet, Flute
Evan Jones Saxes, Clarinet
Outstanding on Trombone & Euphonium
Mike Hurrell Piano Superb Ragtime, Stride and Cabaret styles
John Parker Guitar Master melody player
Alan Arnold Double bass Very fine bass player and wood carver
John Sutton Percussion The doyen of British drummers
The line-up of Trummy on trombone and euphonium plus the great reeds duo of Frank and Evan guarantees great swing. The peerless rhythm section of Mike ‘Mr. Ragtime’ Hurrell on piano, John Parker master guitar balladeer, the superbly melodic string bass of Alan Arnold and – the ultimate champion of 1920s-30s Jazz Age drumming John Sutton ( as on the soundtrack of the film The Great Gatsby ) all flag up another land-mark concert.
The Tendring Thunderbirds + Special Guest Paul Higgs will be playing at the
Electric Palace Harwich Thursday September 14th 2017 at 8pm.
Tickets £10 are available now on-line and at all the usual outlets.