Live Review: Charity Jazz Roar Up at The Brunswick

Mark Edwards’ Charity Jazz Roar Up with Cloggz & The Bobby Wellins Quartet

The Brunswick, Hove 18/10/13

I’d heard lots of great things about Mark Edwards’ previous Charity Roar Ups, but this was the first time I’d actually been to one. Having seen Cloggz before at The Verdict back in March this year, I knew to expect an eclectic mixture of jazz and film music. The sensitivity of the musicians was of the highest calibre and the beauty and emotion in the solos of violinist Ben Sarfas touched everyone in the room.

The second half of the evening featured saxophonist Bobby Wellins, a veteran superstar of British jazz performing with bassist Andy Cleyndert, drummer Spike Wells and the ever-flexible Mark Edwards, who performed incredibly.

Andy Cleyndert impressed everyone with his solid sound and confident, expressive solos.

The climax at the end of the evening was the reunion of saxophonists Julian Nicholas and Bobby Wellins, who showed an awe-inspiring telepathy, trading phrases and generally having a good time.