Review: Jazz Heaven at The Spring Arts Centre in Havant

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Think Ronnie Scott’s jazz club, think smoke-filled rooms and you have the atmosphere at Jazz Heaven, at The Spring.

At the culmination of a day of workshops and seminars came this performance by some of the very best jazz musicians in the country, and we were treated to some very fine jazz indeed.

Featuring Alan Barnes (sax and clarinet), Martin Shaw (trumpet), Nikki Iles (piano), Malcolm Creese (double bass), Clark Tracey (drums), and Trudy Kerr (vocals), the packed house enjoyed an evening starting with Come on Down, through How Deep is the Ocean by Irving Berlin, to the harmonics of Mark Time, the glorious Tiny Capers from Clifford Brown, and ending with a gorgeous version of Beware My Foolish Heart.

Jazz nights used to be a regular feature at The Spring, and judging by the response from the audience to this superb group of musicians, more would be very well received.