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Mike Hatchard’s Jazz Breakfast with special guest Jo Fooks

Sunday 2nd June 2019 - Starts 11am

TICKET PRICE: £12

Ropetackle’s regular Sunday morning jazz-fest is legendary, as is its host, the inimitable Mike Hatchard. Every show features one or more well-known music personalities for a cool couple of hours’ entertainment. Buy your coffee and croissant at the bar, take a seat, and start your Sunday the right way. With saxophonist Jo Fooks, Oz Dechaine (bass) and Darren Beckett (drums).

Early booking advised.  Ticket price includes £1 venue levy.

About Jo:

Jo Fooks, born in Edinburgh, began learning the saxophone at 15. In 1992, she won ‘The Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year’. Inspired and encouraged by local Edinburgh musicians, Jo went on to study saxophone at the Guildhall School of music in London (1995-99). She also studied at the Berklee School of music in Boston after receiving a full fee scholarship for the summer jazz programme.

After recording her debut album Here and Now!, the legendary British trumpeter Humphrey Lyttelton invited her to join his eight-piece band. With whom she toured and performed in some of the most amazing theatres and venues in Britain. Humph’s fun-filled and melodic approach to music was to be a huge influence. And through performing in his band, Jo also recorded and worked with Acker Bilk and played alongside Tina May, Joe Temperley, Scott Hamilton, Elkie Brooks,and many others.

Jo‘s other influences include Illinois Jacquet, Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gorden, Cannonball Adderley and Bill Evans. Her mellow tone is often compared to Stan Getz and Zoot Simms.

Jo began to compose her own music in 2004 after learning and analysing a wide variety of Jazz standards. She currently gigs in and around the London area and her teaching positions have included tutoring the RAF bandsmen (2000-2006).


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