Alan Barnes will make a welcome return to the Underground Theatre in June with his quartet which features Robin Aspland on piano, Mark Hodgson on bass and Paul Clarvis on drums.
Originally studying saxophone, woodwinds and arranging at Leeds College of Music in the late 1970s, Alan has worked continuously since then and has enjoyed a prolific career working with a great variety of musicians, both on the jazz scene and with household names such as Bjork, Van Morrison and Westlife. He has toured around the world from New York to Tokyo including American and European tours in Bryan Ferry's band and a solo stay in South Africa. You might even have spotted him in the Laurie Holloway orchestra playing for the early series' of Strictly Come Dancing!
Over the years Alan has also won many British Jazz awards in alto, baritone, clarinet and arranging categories. In 2001 and 2006 he received the prestigious BBC Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year award and in November 2003 he was made a fellow of the Leeds College of Music.
The Underground club evening will include the Quartet's versions of modern compositions by Thelonius Monk and Cedar Walton as well as classic standards from Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington and Johnny Hodges and no doubt a fair bit of laughter courtesy of Alan's laconic wit!
Underground Theatre, Friday 22nd June, 20:00.
£11 (UGT members/students £10)