The Sax music scene is set for a bumper year with jazz, blues, ska, cabaret, popular classics, and tea dances all due to be performed at Saxmundham’s Market Hall in a series of concerts starting in April.

Back by popular demand under the SAXJazz brand is the Ipswich-based Swing Machine Big Band who sold out last year at the Market Hall. An evening of big band Swing jazz from the golden eras of the 30s, 40s and 50s – music from the likes of Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Ted Heath, Woody Herman, Duke Ellington and Stan Kenton – is sure to enthuse Swing fans once again. Doors open at 7pm with an 8pm start on Saturday April 18. Tickets cost £12 per head.

Next up on Saturday May 16 at 8pm is The Blues Bluffers, a Norfolk-based tribute band to the Blues Brothers, performing hits from the iconic film. The band’s repertoire also includes Ska and Reggae music from Bad Manners, Madness, Specials, Toots and The Maytals, The Beat, Desmon Dekker, Prince Buster, Dexys Midnight Runners, and The Selector. 

On Saturday September 5, following its barnstorming performance last year at the Market Hall, is the Horn Factory. Its brand of fast moving, toe tapping contemporary jazz has made the eighteen strong unit one of East Anglia’s premier big bands and has a loyal following. Be sure to get tickets at £12 per head well in advance as this concert will be a certain sell-out. 

Then under the SAXclassics brand on Saturday October 10 is Opera-lele, a unique comedy music act specialising in performing music from opera and musical theatre accompanied by the twang of ukuleles. Trained as singers at the Royal College of Music and Goldsmiths College, the London duo of George Bartle and Amanda Harkett burst on to the music scene in 2016 and have since been critically acclaimed across the UK. 

A return to the successful SAX Tea Dance which first performed in January this year is scheduled for Tuesday October 13 at 2.30pm. This event bridged generations with students from Saxmundham Free School delivering teas and coffees to the tables while older participants recalled the Saturday night dances of their youth, making it a memorable afternoon. 

For the Autumn concerts, organiser Rosie Hoare is planning further SAXclassics. At the time of going to press she is keeping tight-lipped about the details, but be sure to be surprised and delighted at the diversity and quality of the chosen acts.

Summing up, Rosie said: “So there it is, a season of concerts at the Market Hall that has something for everyone under the flourishing SAXmusic brand which is supported by Saxmundham Town Council. 

“We are building on last year’s successful SAXJazz concerts and aim to put Saxmundham’s SAXmusic on the map in this part of Suffolk, providing enjoyable and varied concerts for our communities”. 

Updates will be announced in Saxmundham News, saxmarkethall.co.uk and saxmundham.org.

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