Avalonian Free State Choir & Dave Martin's Jabbo Five Concert Dates

PUBLISHED: 13:13 04 April 2011 | UPDATED: 19:08 20 February 2013

Avalonian Free State Choirs

Avalonian Free State Choirs

A return visit by this 36-strong well-established & spectacular Glastonbury choir and a New Orleans style Jazz Band.

Thursday 19thMay

TheAvalonian Free State Choir

A return visit by this 36-strong well-established & spectacular Glastonbury choir, singingMusic from Near and Far. Their programme includes traditional and medieval English gospels, folksongs & madrigals and tunes from Bulgaria, Estonia, France, Georgia, Greece, Poland, Russia and South America. Their performance here last year produced numerous standing ovations. Their latest CD will be on sale in the interval.

Tickets 6 on the door or 5 in advance.

Thursday 21stJuly

Dave Martins Jabbo Five

This New Orleans style Jazz Band was formed in June 2010 to play the music of Jabbo Smith and Louis Armstrong from the 1920s and was immediately booked for this concert as three of the musicians,Dave Martin(cornet),Des Bacon(reeds) andMike Denham(piano) have, between them, already played on ten occasions in Martock Church, to great acclaim.

The Jabbo Five also includes Pete Miller, banjo, who came to Martock withThe City Steam Jazz Band. Pete has also played withAl Hogans Goodtime Jazz BandandGwynnes Hot Six.

The fifth member is John Beacham, on tuba when playingJabbo Smithtunes, but on trombone when playing theLouis Armstrong Hot Fiverepertoire. John played for many years with theKen ColyerandMonty Sunshine Jazz Bands.He has recorded withChris BarberandHumphrey Lytteltonand has played inFive a slide,a trombone quintet, andThe London Ragtime Orchestra.

The Jabbo Five has proved extremely popular and, although all the musicians have busy careers in several other bands, already has two dozen emgagements listed on their website, including the forthcoming Lyme Regis and Bude Jazz Festivals. The splendid website http://www.jabbofive.com/allows you to hear six of their recordings and to listen to Jabbo Smiths 1929 discs when he was a rival for Louis Armstrongs crown. Jabbo failed to capitalize on his early success, preferring Wine & Women to Song, but made a comeback at international festivals after the Second World War.

Tickets 6 on the door or 5 in advance.

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