On Tuesday, 27th December 2022: Alan Barnes’ Octet plays Copperfield: A Dickensian Jazz Suite £25

Alan Barnes Saxophones, clarinets and raconteur

Bruce Adams Trumpet

Mark Nightingale Trombone

Robert Fowler Saxophones and clarinet

Karen Sharp Saxophones and clarinet

David Newton Piano

Simon Thorpe Double Bass

Clark Tracey Drums

“Like the Dickens classic itself, Alan Barnes’ “Copperfield” has something for everyone. A great night out that is also a treat for the jazz connoisseur; it will delight anyone who loves music or literature – or just being entertained!”

Review of a performance at Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho

This new set takes the audience through the characters and scenes of ‘David Copperfield’, told in Alan Barnes’ own inimitable style with his charismatic, engaging humour.  After each sketch, eight virtuoso musicians bring the characters and scenes to life, switching audiences from hilarity to pathos with a skill that would have done credit to Dickens himself!

Alan Barnes is one of our greatest jazz musicians, winning many awards, playing clarinet, alto & baritone saxophones, both in smaller intimate jazz clubs and on larger concert hall stages with equal creativity, all with his unique and warm style of presentation rich in anecdotal humour. He is also an outstanding music writer and arranger, with two previous, brilliant jazz suites playing to packed houses in the EFG London Jazz Festival. Tonight he is joined by an outstanding  ensemble of highly- awarded British Jazz greats.

“Barnes is a true Dickensian. He is a serious reader of the novels. It is a clear blunder of providence that he was born too late to appear in their pages!”

– Hot News


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