NORTH Wales Jazz will be presenting some punchy brass arrangements and classic jazz numbers later this month.

At the White House, in Rhuallt, on April 10, clarinettist Bill Basey, best known throughout the area as leader of his 18-piece big band, will bring his slightly smaller combo, the six-horn front line Gramophone Five Plus Four.

The group, which has a reputation for first-rate swing and mainstream jazz and is a favourite band at the annual Nantwich Jazz and Blues Festival, draws on the great music composed between the 20s and the 70s with, for example, the sounds of Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Duke Ellington and Woody Herman, playing timeless material, often with a modern feel.

Numbers range from popular standards like Stella By Starlight and Sleepy Time Down South, to the Ellington classics

I'm Just A Lucky So and So and Concerto for Cootie.

Heading the line-up is Bill Basey himself on clarinet and sax, with an array of front-line talent, which includes Don Owen and Tony Tucker (trumpets), John Clewett (alto and baritone saxes), Keith Allen (trombone) and Guildhall School of Music graduate Liam Byrne (tenor sax), who is well known to North Wales Jazz audiences as leader of the Classic Jazz Quartet, BBQ and Brownfield Byrne Hot 6.

For this North Wales Jazz concert, the six front liners will be joined by the rhythm section of Malcolm Hogarth (keyboards), Isabel Toner (double bass) and Billy Buck (drums).

The White House offers a wide choice of home-made food in its attractive restaurant, with evening meals being served before the concert from 5pm.

People can even stay the night.

The jazz performance commences at 8pm and admission is £8, with concessions at £7, and school children are admitted for £3.

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