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Swinging Around The Christmas Tree with The Ben Martin Quartet

Peggy's Skylight, 3 George Street, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG1 3BH

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Sunday 24 December 2023

Venue: Peggy's Skylight 

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Dining from 12pm
Performance 1-3pm (with interval)

Tickets: £10

Swinging Around The Christmas Tree with The Ben Martin Quartet

Christmas carols are mercilessly ripped apart and put back together again in the name of Swing!

A fairly tongue-in-cheek and not to be taken too seriously fun afternoon of Jazz Christmas hits with The Ben Martin Quartet.

Jazz and the Golden Age of Hollywood are synonymous with rousing film scores and memorable hits from some of the greatest movies ever made. Alongside these terrific tunes are a wealth of Christmas songs written by Tin Pan Alley's greatest songwriters. White Christmas and I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm by Irving Berlin, Let It Snow by Jule Styne, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town by John Frederick Coots & Haven Gillespie and The Christmas Song by Mel Tormé. These gems have been performed by the cream of jazz royalty including Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Wynton Marsalis, Shirley Horn and Nat King Cole. Inn fact it's easier to find a list of artists who haven't cashed in on the festive season.

With their Great American Songbook forms and standard chord sequences they're the ideal vehicle for jazz musicians to unleash their improvisational skills on and for the great tinsel town arrangers to arrange and rearrange to their heart's delight. And the musicians don't stop there.

Christmas carols are mercilessly ripped apart and put back together again in the name of Swing! The Ben Martin Quartet have been playing together for over a decade in many different guises.

Their credits include Sir Paul McMartney, Lady Gaga, Matt Goss, Tony Kofi, Dick Pearce, Jim Mullen, Andy Sheppard, Kenny Wheeler and many more.

Lineup
Ben 'Jammin' Martin – saxes/mulled wine
Andrew 'Woody' Wood – drums/mince pies
Matthew 'Anthony' Ratcliffe – piano/stollen
Martyn 'J' Spencer – double bass/small sherry and a carrot

 

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