Popular return of jazz sparring partners and quintet

Jazz Festival.Jazz players David Newton and Alan Barnes perform.Picture Richard Ponter 133940b
Jazz Festival.Jazz players David Newton and Alan Barnes perform.Picture Richard Ponter 133940b
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Alan Barnes/Bruce Adams Quintet, Millennium Hall, Sheffield

The ever-popular and award-winning Alan Barnes returns with the straight-ahead hard bop jazz quintet he’s been leading with blistering trumpet and flugelhorn giant Bruce Adams for 20 years.

Organisers Sheffield Jazz says that this is the best line-up yet.

The two horn players have been popular sparring partners on the jazz scene for many years.

The rhythm section features Robin Aspland on piano, Simon Thorpe on bass and Matt Home on drums.

Their highly accessible repertoire is drawn mainly from the classic bebop and hard bop years, with tunes by Coleman Hawkins, Dizzy Gillespie and Cannonball Adderley.

They also play a smattering of Ellington and several straight-ahead originals, plus some blues and Latin numbers.

The evening will feature music from their latest album, Spontaneous Combustion, which is out on Woodville Records, Alan’s own label.

The emphasis is on accessibility, intensity and good humour, and a conviction that jazz should swing.

As well as leading bands, Alan Barnes has enjoyed a prolific career as a sideman. He also broadcast regularly over a 10-year period with the BBC Big Band and Radio Orchestra.

Bruce Adams is well known for dramatic and stimulating performances and for his stream of jokes, anecdotes and observations, populated by a sort of Scottish-Runyonesque cast of characters.

The gig is at the Millennium Hall in Ecclesall Road, Sheffield on Friday night.

For advance tickets, go to www.wegottickets.com.