SAXjazz success raises hopes for more in 2020

The trio of SAXjazz concerts performed at Saxmundham’s Market Hall during the summer was brought to an end by a storming performance from Horn Factory, an eighteen-strong big band from Ipswich.

Playing in front of a capacity and appreciative Market Hall audience, Horn Factory played a varied repertoire during a two hour set, ranging from the big band classics of the 30s, 40s and 50s to a contemporary take on the Average White Band.

Over 140 people braved a wet September Saturday night, packing the venerable Market Hall to hear some memorable arrangements with outstanding solos from band members on trumpet, sax, bass and drums.

Horn Factory leader and drummer Bob Airzee said after the performance: “to play to such an appreciative audience was definitely our pleasure”.

Another big hit of the evening was the pop-up bar which not only looked professional but blended in as though it was a permanent fixture, drawing one punter to comment: “it transformed one end of the hall into the best pub in Sax”.

SAXjazz organiser and local resident Rosie Hoare summarised the three concerts as a great learning experience. “We wanted to prove that Sax and its Market Hall could put on such a show, draw audiences from across this part of Suffolk, and live up to expectations.

“SAZjazz was an experiment to gauge whether there is an appetite for community jazz events. Over the summer the SAXjazz concerts have featured a variety of jazz styles from the three bands; the Swing Machine, I Salsa, and Horn Factory. Judging by the audiences’ feedback I think we hit the mark”.

She continued: “We have learned that the Market Hall can still host such concerts, as it used to do many years ago, and has made my colleagues and I on the Market Hall Development Group, and I hope the Town Council, all the more determined to make the Hall fit-for-purpose for modern times to stage such concerts and events”.

Buoyed by the SAXjazz success Rosie is currently discussing with the Town Council and Sax Music Fest, her partners in SAXjazz, plans to mount four concerts in 2020, to include the tantalising prospect of a Blues Brothers type show.

“I am open to suggestions and would welcome ideas from anyone who wants to see music at the Sax Market Hall play a vibrant role in our community”, she said.

Rosie can be contacted at rosiehhoare@gmail.com

News of forthcoming events at the Market Hall are at www.saxmarkethall.co.uk


Saxmundham Market Hall really came into its own on Saturday 11th May,  and  proved once more to be a great place for live entertainment – “quite like the old days,” said a dancer, when SAXjazz presented the Swing Machine Big Band playing glorious 40’s and 50’s music at the Sax Market Hall. “The Swing Machine played brilliantly, and my friends and I couldn’t get over how well so many people could jive. The hall with its corner bar looked fantastic, and everyone plainly had a blast. Congratulations to  all those who organised it. We can’t wait for the salsa night.

Before the event started, the audience were invited to come from 7pm to revise their jive and stroll steps, led by Beth Keys-Holloway who got everyone into the mood. Some sat and enjoyed the entertainment, but many more danced almost every number. The Krafty Braumeister from Leiston supplied the licensed bar, and offered a range of excellent beers, wines and a cocktail for the evening, their own Negroni! Local resident and international lighting designer Ian Scott helped transform the Market Hall from its usual formal lines into a magical nightclub for the evening. SAXjazz organisers would like to thank the team from Sax Music Fest and all the volunteers and people who bought tickets to make the evening such a success .
 Another dancer: “Great Band , excellent beer and such a happy crowd. I’m really looking forward to the salsa night” – so on to the next one – on Friday 21st June at 8 pm, I-Salsa who are a young group of talented professional musicians from London are coming to bring their special version of Cuban salsa music to Saxmundham, and a dancer will again lead the class beforehand so that people can learn or revise their steps and gain confidence. Tickets can be obtained at £10 from H.G. Crisps the stationers and Jackie L, both in the High Street in Saxmundham or 07784 452419 Come and join the fun!
This leads on to the big free Sax Music Fest, which will be held again on the playing fields at the Saxmundham Free School on Friday 26th and Saturday 27thJuly 2019 – watch this space! www.saxmusicfest.co.uk for further details.

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