Music in the air

Edington Priory Church hosted its 12th Annual Jazz BBQ on 25th July 2014.

Blessed with a warm evening, this ever popular event kicked off with the barbeque, bar and musical entertainment in the car park.

Meanwhile, saxophonist and local resident Michael Lukes led the band for the main event in the church. Michael, who received very favourable remarks when he entertained us in the car park last year, started out as a classical cellist. But, having fallen in love with jazz at an early age, he learned double bass and studied saxophone at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Whilst at Oxford he wrote his undergraduate thesis on Duke Ellington's Orchestra.

Other band members were …

Howard Peacock, who began learning the guitar at university, says that his style is influenced by Wes Montgomery and Mike Stern. Howard teaches Latin at a South London girls' school, and makes beer in his shed.

Tom Gray, piano, fell under the spell of jazz as a teenager. While studying at Oxford he became involved in the thriving jazz scene with stints in the University Jazz Society Orchestra and a weekly local pub residency. He is encouraging his two pre-school children to carry on his love of the genre.

John Rixon played bass for us this year but was originally a drummer, whilst the multi-talented John Callaghan started out as a pianist before becoming a drummer. He also plays tuned percussion from time to time.

Two intervals gave everyone a chance to take some air and enjoy the refreshments, and the evening finished at about 11pm.

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