Here is a reminder of two interesting shows I am involved with over the next few days. I hope you can come.
You might as well live
You still have time to catch the end of the Derbyshire tour of Cotton Grass’s brilliant new play about Dorothy Parker and her writing if you come to The Medway Centre, Bakewell on Friday May 17th at 7.30 pm.
We have performed it six times around Derbyshire and it is going very well.
It stars the wonderful Sue Daniels and the jazz is provided by the Steve Salfield Trio featuring Graham Jones on double bass and Matt Ratcliffe on keyboard as well as me on tenor sax.
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.
Friday May 17th. You might as well live. Bakewell
Please see the website for venue and booking details: http://www.cottongrasstheatre.co.uk
Further dates for “You might as well live”
Thursday 12th September to Saturday 14th September. You might as well live. Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford
Sunday October 20th. You might as well live. Gregson Centre, Lancaster
Jet Collective premieres the exciting new piece – JetStream
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).
All the best and hope to see you soon