JAZZ at the Hunter Club is celebrating its first anniversary with a performance by award-winning jazz singer Tina May.
Since October last year The Hunter Club has hosted some of the greatest jazz musicians from legendary figures like Peter King and Bobby Wellins to the stars of the future, Nigel Price, Derek Nash and Steve Fishwick.
The idea of the club is that a star guest is invited to the venue to hold a workshop for aspiring musicians and then play live, accompanied by house rhythm section, the Chris Ingham Trio.
Paul Schofield, who organises the fortnightly jazz nights at the Hunter Club in Bury St Edmunds, learned jazz piano at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, taught by band leader Chris Ingham.
Paul said he had been able to attract some of the top musicians in the country.
He said: “I set the jazz night up last summer after chatting with Andy Hunter. We talked about doing workshops a couple of hours in the afternoon where a jazz professional would come in a few hours early, would teach students and then do an evening show. Having studied jazz piano at university I ended up drafting my university teacher, Chris Ingham, in to help me. The idea was to make sure the music was top quality and that our forte was jazz.
“We just wanted to have a place where people can go and have a great night out listening to great music in a chilled out atmosphere. We have decided to start this venture on in one of the worst years economically so it has been a struggle all the way. But to have national and international stars into the club and playing in Bury St Edmunds has been worth the effort.”
To celebrate the anniversary, top vocalist Tina May will grace the stage at the Hunter Club, in St Andrew’s Street South, on October 14, hosting a vocal workshop for budding jazz singers beforehand.
Tina said: “When I play in Bury St Edmunds it always feels like I am coming home.
“I am very much looking forward to it.”
Tickets to the event are £10 or £25 including the workshop.