St Mary's Church, Westonzoyland
Music on the Levels
Music on the levels presents The Crazy Rhythm Club in a free concert on Sunday 29 October at 3.30 pm.
Come and shake off those October blues with Crazy Gypsy Jazz!!…A rendezvous of crazy nomadic musicians whose paths cross in a vibrant exchange of wild violins, stomping guitars and fiery rhythms. Some call it Gypsy Jazz. The swing is infectious; the music is both irreverent and virtuosic. A musical time travel from the Hot Club of Paris, inspired by the maestros Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelli.
The Crazy Rhythm Club line-up is Azhaar Saffar vocals /violin; Alex Bishop guitar; Federico Leonori double bass.
CRAZY RHYTHM CLUB at CORSHAM FEST
Although trained as a classical concert violinist at the Royal Northern College of Music, Azhaar Saffar’s first job was playing and singing jazz in restaurants and writing ‘gypsy’ music for theatre.
She went on the tour the world, discovering different music traditions as she went. ‘I discovered jazz in Manchester, pop in London, rock n roll in Los Angeles, Arabic music in Egypt, bossa nova in Brazil. funk in Brighton, cambia in Costa Rica, salsa in Mexico . . African music in Mali . . blues in Chicago,’ says Azhaar.
The Crazy Rhythm Club is the latest in a line of musical ventures by Azhaar Saffar. ‘My first group was the acid jazz group Wildflower’, she says, ‘and we were indeed a wild bunch, touring Europe in an ex Us army bus to promote our album Looking for a Miracle.’
Then in 2000 she formed a Baziliian jazz fusion group, Sirus B, with Azhaar as singer, co-writer and manager. The group went on to tour widely and release several albums. At the same time, the Arts Council funded her to develop a jazz dance ballet. When Sirus B ended after ten years, she embarked on what she calls her ‘Bohemian wanderings in the Americas. In Costa Rica. she became involved in the Sistema method of music teaching as a way of building communities and in Mexico City she recorded new songs.
On returning to the UK, Azhaar formed another group, Global Wave (‘Best described as Nu world jazz’, she says), and will be releasing a new album, Songlines, later this year.
The concert starts at 3.30 pm and will be in the Church Hall, Main Road, Westonzoyland, TA7 0ED on Main Road. Doors open at 3.00pm. Seating is around tables, informal cabaret-style.
As usual, sumptuous home-made teas will be available at modest charge before, during and after the concert.
Admission to the concert is free. Music on the Levels is grateful to Sedgemoor District Council and Westonzoyland Parish Council for financial support, to the many generous donations collected at the concerts.
There is no need to book; just turn up at the Church Hall in time to be seated by 3.30 pm.
Doors open at 3.00 pm. Contact Ann Philcox on 01278 691438 email@example.com for more information.
Sunday, 26 November, 3.30, St Mary’s Church
BLACK CAT JAZZ
Six piece band playing in the New Orleans dance hall style, in a varied programme, including popular songs, blues, rags, jazz standards and a liberal sprinkling of spirituals, both instrumental and vocal, that will resound in the marvellous acoustics of this historic church.
Sunday, 28 January, 3.30 pm, Church Hall
LADY MAY SWINGS
Lady May Swings perform music by some of the greatest songwriters of the 1920s and 1930s including George Gershwin, Cole and many more.
Leading the band and performing with supreme vivacity, Rosie May brings a sparkle to the verses with her own take on the classic repertoire all backed by a swinging hot club style rhythm section.
Sunday, 25 February, 3.30 pm, Church Hall
TELL ME THE TRUTH ABOUT LOVE
Niall Hoskin, baritone, with Jacquelyn Bevan, piano a mixed programme ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous including pieces by Purcell, Tom Lehrer, Mozart, Copland and Somervell.
Sunday, 18 March, 3.30 pm, Church Hall
Local guitarist, Sam Patten plays in the new folk trio Arquebus.
Sunday, 29 April, 3.30, Church Hall
Musicians aged 8 to 18 from the Centre for Young Musicians Taunton, a division of the Guildhall School, playing piano, clarinet, voice, trombone, trumpet, guitar, and flute in classical, jazz and contemporary - something for everyone.
Sunday, 27 May, 3.30 pm, Church Hall
An original acoustic guitar and ukulele duo with outstanding finger style playing influenced by folk, Americana and world music. ‘Quality song writing, engaging, uplifting and filled with memorable melodies’.
Saturday, 23 June, 3.30 pm, St Mary’s Church
CHURCH FÊTE CONCERT
Enjoy an afternoon celebrating our wonderful Somerset folk song heritage with Amanda and Nick from Mrs Price's Parlour. Songs of love, courtship, sea, rural life, celebrations and camaraderie.
Saturday Afternoon Cafe.
Held in the Church Hall on Saturdays from 2.30 pm to 4.30pm. All profits to support the Church Hall.
Next due: Oct 14th, Nov 11th, Dec 9th.