Jazz icon, Count Basie, is one of the greatest bandleaders of all times. He was the arbiter of the big-band swing sound and his unique style of fusing blues and jazz established swing as a predominant music style
With evergreen writing including “One O’Clock Jump”, “Lil’ Darlin”, “Jump- in’ At The Woodside” and possibly his most famous “April in Paris”, Basie changed the jazz landscape and shaped mid-20th century popular music, duly earning the title “King of Swing”.
One of the UK’s most popular all time great jazz masters, award winning Alan Barnes –playing alto and baritone saxophones, clarinet and bass clarinet (voted best saxophone 2016 British Jazz Awards) leads a sextet of UK jazz greats playing the music of Count Basie
George Hogg – trumpet
Robert Fowler – tenor saxophone & clarinet
Robin Ashland – piano
Adam King – double bass
Matt Home – drums
Performance starts at 8pm
Tickets: £30, £25 & £20
The magnificent church of St John the Evangelist was designed by Thomas Archer and is the most elaborate of the many churches commissioned at the turn of the 18th century with construction lasting 14 years and completed in 1728.
THE BARFORD STONEMAN QUINTET
To entertain our St John’s audiences before both afternoon and evening concerts, the Barford Stoneman Quintet, featuring Joel Barford, Harry Greene, Miles Mandolin, Alexandra Ridout & Noah Stoneman; award winning young musicians, will play creative, inventive, stylish be-bop jazz.
DINING AND REFRESHMENTS
Beneath the St John’s hall, under the vaulted ceilings of the crypt, is the Footstool restaurant. This is an elegant and cosy place to enjoy everything from a Sunday lunch before the afternoon concert, afternoon tea between the concerts, a buffet dinner before the evening concert and of course snacks and refreshments throughout the day and in the concert intervals.
Table reservations for lunch and dinner are recommended. Call 020 7222 2779 or email email@example.com
St Johns Smith Square is just off Millbank between Westminster and Lambeth Bridges, close to the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey, with nearby underground stations at Westminster and St.James Park, regular bus routes and ample free Sunday car parking on the adjacent streets and in local council car parks in Great College Street and Arneway Street.