Steve’s Gigs for 2013
A friend recently commented that there hasn’t been a “Steve’s Gigs” email for a while. Well I’ve been lazing in the sun, but now, here is some of my news for 2013.
I’m involved in two exciting new ventures as well as continuing with the jazz groups.
The first is David Frederickson’s brilliant new play about the writer Dorothy Parker. “You might as well live” is performed by Sue Daniels and the Steve Salfield Trio featuring Graham Jones on double bass and Matt Ratcliffe on piano and me on tenor sax. We did three shows in 2012 and it went very well indeed. So far we have eight more shows booked this year so I hope you can catch one of these.
Poster Sarah Hepworth
A show featuring the words, wisdom and wisecracks of one of America’s foremost jazz age writers. Dorothy Parker’s short stories and journalism are characterised by rapier wit and her poems by melancholy and aching vulnerability. Her pen frequently upset the literary establishment and provided an acerbic commentary on life in inter-war America. She was a very rude and very funny lady.
She was active in cultural politics on the west coast, setting up the Hollywood Anti-Nazi League and (with Lillian Hellmann and Dashiel Hammett) the Screenwriters’ Guild. She also visited and wrote about Spain during the Civil War, supporting the efforts of the Republican Government to provide basic education for their people. Of course, she ended up on Senator McCarthy’s Hollywood blacklist which, she said, severely curtailed her earning power. But it didn’t stop her telling it like she thought it was.
Dorothy Parker will be accompanied on stage by the Steve Salfield Trio playing the music of the twenties and thirties. She will fill you in on her life, her loves and her views on the writers and cultural icons of her day.
Dates for “You might as well live”
Saturday April 27th. Edale
Friday May 10th. Youlgrave
Saturday May 11th. Coal Aston
Friday May 17th. Bakewell
Thursday 12th September to Saturday 14th September. Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford
Sunday October 20th. Gregson Centre, Lancaster
Please see the website for venue and booking details: http://www.cottongrasstheatre.co.uk
The second new venture is another creation, yet to be created, by the Jet Collective. We will get together for the weekend of May 25/26 to produce a new piece of music called JetStream, inspired by the weather. This formula was very successful in 2011 when we created our Derbyshire Suite so we’re trying it again.
Sunday May 26th 2013, 7.30pm.
Jet Collective premieres the exciting new piece – JetStream – in the Burton Institute, Winster, on Sunday 26th May 2013, at 7.30 pm.
Jet Collective includes Winster’s Steve Salfield on saxophones, and his excellent musician friends: Reg Clegg guitars and bass, Paul Biggins keyboard, guitar and bass, Simon Beckett percussion, Clive Loveday drums.
The group of professional jazz musicians will get together for the weekend of May 25th and 26th to create a new piece of music inspired by weather, which they will perform on the Sunday evening. The exciting truth is that no one knows yet, what the music will be. You can be the first to hear it. JetStream follows Jet Collective’s successful Derbyshire Suite which was created in the same way in 2011 and performed to great acclaim during 2011 and 2012 and released on CD. Listen to The Derbyshire Suite at http://jetcollective.wordpress.com/2012/07/01/hear-the-derbyshire-suite-album/
Tickets £6/£3 for children from Carolyn at Winster Post Office, or steve or on the door. (Please bring your own refreshments).
Sunday June 23rd. Wendy Kirkland Quartet at Holymoorside Arts Festival – I’ll let you know the venue and time soon.
Tuesday July 2nd. 7-9 pm. Steve Salfield with Pete Moxley keyboard and Graham Jones double bass. Art and Jazz. Winster Church.This annual art exhibition, part of Winster Wakes, is organised by Jacquie Salfield and by coincidence she books the Steve Salfield Trio to play in this lovely space.
Saturday July 20th and Sunday July 21st, 2-4pm. Winster Secret Gardens. Steve Salfield Quartet with Wendy Kirkland keyboard, Pat Sprakes double bass, Clive Loveday drums play in a beautiful Winster garden in this very popular annual event..
Sunday July 28th Jet Collective performs JetStream. Venue to be confirmed.
Hope to see you soon