Jazz Hastings’ October Session

By Julian Norridge 

Two brilliant saxophonists, Chris Biscoe and Allison Neale, will revisit two classic albums first recorded 50 years ago by jazz legends Gerry Mulligan and Paul Desmond at Jazz Hastings’ October session at the East Hastings Sea Angling Association on the Stade on Tuesday 1st October.

Jazz – two saxophonists are Allison Neale (left) and Chris Biscoe (right)
PICTURE: Sue Biscoe

The original recordings, called Blues in Time and Two of a Mind, featured freewheeling, wonderfully melodic interpretations of standard material. The guardian said of them that they had “the rare distinction of being both clever and tuneful, with touches of wit”.

This new band, which has adopted the name Two of a Mind, evokes the spirit of these classic recordings while giving free reign to the personalities of the musicians. Chris Biscoe on baritone sax and Allison Neale on alto use some arrangements from the original recordings alongside some of their own compositions and arrangements.

Multi-instrumentalist Chris Biscoe  has played with numerous bands since he started in the 1960s, including Graham Collier and the New York Composers Orchestra. Among many others, he has recorded with Pete Hurt, Tony Kofi and Henry Lowther, all of whom have played at Jazz Hastings this year.

American-born altoist Allison Neale’s beautifully crafted lines evoke the spirit of Paul Desmond and Art Pepper, with whom she has a particular affinity. She has performed alongside international artists such as Scott Hamilton and featured in both the John Dankworth ‘Generations’ Band and the ‘Back to Basie’ Orchestra.

They will be joined for this evening by bass player Simon Thorpe, well known to Jazz Hastings from Hexagonal. And by drummer Matt Fishwick, who has played in the UK and USA with Scott Hamilton, Jim Mullen, Anita O’Day and many others.

Doors will open at 7.45pm for an 8.30pm start. As ever, tickets are £10 on the door or just £3 for under 18s.

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