Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Acker Bilk MBE (jazz)

A for-one-night-only jazz gig is coming to the Royal Hippodrome at the beginning of August when clarinettist Acker Bilk MBE brings his Paramount Jazz Band to the venue. A traditional jazz man at heart, Bilk was one of the main figures to popularise New Orleans and Chicago jazz in the UK of the 1960s.

Famed for his goatee beard, waistcoats and trademark bowler hat, Acker Bilk first began playing the clarinet in 1948, some sixty-five years ago. He borrowed a military clarinet whilst serving in the Royal Engineers and formed his first band in Bristol after being demobbed. The Paramount Jazz Band came into their own in 1951 when a six month, seven hours a night, seven days a week residency in a Dusseldorf bar cemented their musical style and look. His most famous composition is undoubtably Stranger On The Shore, originally written and named for his daughter Jenny but retitled when it was used as the theme tune for a TV series. The instrumental piece spent 55 weeks in the pop charts of the day and was the first ever recording to be simultaneously Number One in both the UK and the USA.

Royal Hippodrome, Sat 3rd Aug, 20:00.
Tickets £19, £17.50 concessions, available online, by calling 01323 412000 or in person at the Congress Theatre Box Office.