‘Jazz In Hornby’

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Next gig: The Chris Coull Quintet, Friday 10th August


‘Jazz in Hornby’ has an impressive record of staging ‘accessible’ jazz of world-class standard several times a year. Jazz evenings have a warm, friendly and informal atmosphere, helped along by the bar which is open all evening.

‘Jazz in Hornby’ was started many years ago by Sam Ashton. He calls upon his extensive knowledge of jazz music, and contacts within the jazz world to entice some especially talented performers to our small village venue.

When choosing a band my watchword is ‘accessible’, says Sam, and is all about improvisation and spontaneity. He aims for the music to be melodic and embrace a mix of styles; some blues, sometimes cool & reflective, some jazz standards and must always include some foot-tapping swing.

If it sounds appealing, why not support local live music and pop along to Hornby Institute on Friday evening 10th August to see the wonderful Chris Coull Quintet

Tickets £10, obtainable from the Institute on 01524 22 22 27. However there’s no need to book in advance – just turn up. Bar opens at 7.30pm and the music starts at 8pm.



Chris Coull Quintet

Led by trumpet and flugelhorn maestro Chris, the band also features four of the north west’s finest jazz musicians:

Chris Coull, trumpet and flugel
Ed Kainyek, tenor sax
Ed Andrzej Baranek, on piano
Rob Steels, double bass, and
Jack Davies, on drums.

Playing a blend of blistering bebop and cool jazz sounds, the Hornby show will be the band’s only UK date. (It’s their 4th visit to Jazz In Hornby, so they clearly have an enjoyable evening!)

The quintet provide thoughtful and subtle variations on the jazz theme to encompass Bossa Nova, Swing, Be-bop, smooth grooves and cool jazz styles of Miles Davis’ golden era. Their repertoire contains literally thousands of jazz classics such as Summertime, Take 5, Fly Me To The Moon, It Ain’t Got That Swing and lots more from the American songbook.

During his career Chris Coull has played for Bill Clinton, Prince Charles, Lord Mandleson, Crowne Prince Haakon, to name a few of the band’s more well known clients. They have toured all over the world including events as far afield as Qatar, Dubai, Kuwait, Thailand and individually their members are regulars at UK summer venues such as “Appleby Jazz” and “Love Supreme Jazz Festival”

And now, illustrating Sam’s impressive influence, Chris and his band return to little-olde Hornby!

Sample his virtuosity here. (Note that the other band members will be different at our Hornby gig):


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