Thursday, March 23, 2006

Janette Mason's Din & Tonic Play on Sat 25th March

Janette Mason’s ‘Din & Tonic’

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Janette Mason is probably best known for being the powerhouse keyboardist behind some of the UK’s top bands – not just in the jazz genre. With an impressive CV including stints playing with Oasis, Pulp, Seal and Suzanne Vega from the world of rock, as well as alongside established UK jazzers Ian Shaw, Claire Martin and Annie Whitehead (to name but a few), it is hard to believe that Janette has also found time to be the Musical Director for one of Jonathan Ross’s TV shows and write songs for the likes of ‘Sex and the City’ and the hit US ‘Drew Carey Show’! Phew!

Regular visitors to Sherborne Jazz Club will, however, best remember Janette from last years unforgettable gig from the Deirdre Cartwright Group when, together with her fellow musicians, she wove a spell over the enthralled audience there that night.

So, when Janette finally found time to begin her own project and release a CD, we jumped at the chance to book her. Through ‘Din & Tonic’, Janette’s compositions interweave hard-hitting rhythms with her angular, yet accessible use of harmony; complex textures that journey from intimacy to dynamic attack, intricacy to expansive fluidity.

As you might expect, Janette is joined by the very finest of UK musicians – each something of a legend in their own right.

On saxophones, Janette is joined by Julian Siegel – another musician that has wowed the fans at Sherborne with his own band (‘Partisans’), and a sax player with a wonderful tone and intense depth of playing.

Double bass is provided by the sublime talents of Dudley Phillips, late of Mark Lockheart’s ground breaking ‘Perfect Houseplants’. A self taught musician who won a scholarship to the Guildhall School of Music, Dudley is the kind of solid but creative backbone bass player that every band cries out for.

To power the rhythm section, Janette is joined by the incredible Winston Clifford on drums. Winston has played with everybody that is anybody on the London scene as well as US heavyweights Art Farmer, Freddie Hubbard and Archie Shepp, and has built up a reputation for rhythm and excitement that is second to none.

Saturday 25th March promises to be an evening of superb and exciting music, creation and interaction. The audience are in for a very special evening and a real treat!

To cater for the higher than normal numbers expected, this gig will now be staged at THORNFORD VILLAGE HALL (Thornford, Dorset – 3 miles south of Yeovil and Sherborne) – not The Plume of Feathers in Sherborne, as advertised.

Entrance is £12 for non-members, £10 for members and £7 for students (with ID) and accompanied under 18’s.

Because of the larger venue, we will not be issuing tickets for the event. Please just pay on the door.

For further information visit or call 01935 410881.

Doors open at 8.00pm with the music starting around 8.45pm - 9.00pm. A licenced bar will be available.

The Editor

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