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Mike Hatchard’s Monthly Jazz Breakfast

Sunday 7th April 2019 - Starts 11am



Join us for Ropetackle’s regular monthly jazz concert with the inimitable Mike Hatchard, special guests, and plenty of wonderful live jazz music. See below who will join Mike each month, and start your Sundays the right way.  Pastries and cakes available to purchase at each event.


Sunday 3rd March:

Feat. Susanna Warren (clarinet, bass clarinet and vocals), Jeremy Young (guitar)  and David Miles (bass).

Jeremy first started playing guitar at the age of 18 when he found an old  one on top of his father’s wardrobe and fell in love with the instrument.  Self taught, he went on to study performing arts and popular music at Welsh  College of Music and drama, and became established in South Wales working in  theatre shows and as a rock player, making numerous t.v and radio  appearances with various bands. In 2005 he discovered and was blown away by Django Reindhart and immersed himself in learning not only jazz but the
unique Manouche, gypsy jazz rhythm guitar and picking style. Jeremy founded Welsh gypsy jazz-influenced band Afternoon in Paris with whom he has appeared at jazz clubs and other venues around the country, and  is also in demand as a soloist and rhythm player. He most recently played for Garry Potter at the Neath Guitar Festival.

Susanna studied classical clarinet and piano at the Birmingham Conservatoire
and chamber music at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest.  She has
performed in many fabulous places and circumstances all over the world and
started playing jazz in 2007. Susanna, also a member of Afternoon in Paris, she writes a lot of her  own material and occasionally plays sax with an iconic Welsh rock band.

With the addition of the David Miles (ex Moody Blues) on bass, this promises
to be a cracking session of swing, hot-club and plenty of joie de vivre!


Sunday 7th April

Feat. Clark Tracey (drums) and Derek Nash (saxes)

Tracey first played piano and vibraphone before switching to drums at age
13, studying under Bryan Spring. Tracey played in several ensembles with his
father Stan Tracey from 1978 until 2013, including a quartet called Fathers
and Sons with John and Alec Dankworth in the 1990s. In addition to his
extensive work with his father, Tracey has played with many visiting
American musicians such as Scott Hamilton, Johnny Griffin, Red Rodney, 
Barney Kessell, John Hicks and Pharoah Sanders throughout his career. He
also worked and recorded with Buddy DeFranco and Martin Taylor from 1984–86,
then with Charlie Rouse (1988), Alan Skidmore in Hong Kong (1989), Tommy 
Smith (1989), and Guy Barker (1992).

He has led his own ensembles since the early 1980s, playing with many jazz greats and leading bands in tours around the world. His reputation for hiring highly talented youngsters is legendary, Tracey’s current quintet includes luminaries Chris Maddock, Henry Armburg Jennings,  Harry Bolt and Daniel Casimir.

At the forefront of the British Jazz movement, Derek Nash is “one of the
most versatile saxophonists in the UK today” (The Guardian.)

Derek has been a member of the Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues Orchestra 
since 2004, has led Sax Appeal for over thirty years, fronts the funk/fusion
band Protect the Beat, and is a member of the Ronnie Scott’s Blues 

He is renowned for his energetic, vibrant, passionate and charismatic
performances on all four saxophones – from sonorous baritone to soaring
soprano – and is an award-winning performer having received the John
Dankworth Award and the British Jazz Award (Small Group) for Sax Appeal.

We could go on and on with Tracey and Nash’s credentials, but space is limited! Just know that these two legends will deliver a stunning performance and early booking is advised.



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