9 June 2014

Live Review: Kemptown Carnival 2014

Now in its third year, the Bristol Bar Jazz Stage was the place to be during the 2014 Kemptown Carnival.

Students from Brighton Jazz School’s Saturday class began with a selection of classic jazz tunes such as Blue Bossa.

Brighton Jazz School’s Learn To Play class then took to the stage and vocalist Yvonne Rawcliffe gave her rendition of How Deep Is The Ocean, joined by Don Benjamin on clarinet.

The Jazz School set was brought to a close with a rousing rendition of Herbie Hancock’s Watermelon Man arranged by pianist Jenny Wilcox.

    The Sussex Jazz Orchestra (pictured), under the direction of trombonist Mark Bassey, performed tunes by their former leaders Ian Hamer and Paul Busby. The highlights were Bassey’s tribute to Simon D’souza entitled Spirit D’souza, together with a storming arrangement by Simon D’souza of Killer Joe.

Joymask delivered some soulful vocals over funky grooves in a set of both originals and covers, from their new EP We Can Walk. Highlights included Can I Have My Sunshine Back and some beautiful soloing by Mickey Ball on trumpet.

    X-tet, the first band to play at last years Love Supreme Festival, performed some great arrangements.

    Vels Trio and Captain of the Awesome Machine also performed.

    Well done to Jack Kendon for organising the event. If you missed it then there’s always next year.


Charlie Anderson

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