Multi-instrumentalist and composer at Narberth’s jazz club

Time to blow out the winter blues at Span Arts’ monthly evening of jazz, with the passionate composer and musician Graham Pike, backed up by local favourites the John Gibbon Trio, at the Dingle Club in Narberth on March 19.

Graham Pike is a multi-talented and prolific character, a sparkling performer on trumpet, harmonica, flugelhorn and trombone, and he’s known for swapping instruments mid-tune, utilising sound FX or singing at the drop of a hi-hat. He’ll be joined by local favourites the John Gibbon Trio in a scintillating meeting of minds, with everything from piano to scat-singing on the evening’s menu, making this an interesting night not to be missed.

Described as a multi-instrumentalist able to transgress from many styles like jazz and fusion to classical and trad-folk to blues, his sets are always varied and extraordinary with a large repertoire. Expect to hear anything, including Fats Waller, Ellington, Gershwin, Miles, Parker, Chick Corea, ‘50s/’60s beat jazz, Horace Silver, Lee Morgan and Herbie Hancock.

Graham is also part of a quartet, featuring an exciting and talented line-up of professionals, boasting a repertoire including Post-Bebop, Cool, Ambient, Latin and some originals together with sound FX and ambience appealing to varied crowds.

As well as this, He’s also a talented and in-demand composer for television, whose studio production includes everything from BBC kids’ shows like Tweenies and Playdays to Crimewatch and Hearts of Gold, and his previous lives include decades of theatre work as pianist, musical director, composer, and arranger.

Span Arts' long-running jazz monthly takes place in a relaxed and comfortable spot, with real ales and delicious stone-baked pizza made to order by Pembrokeshire Pete... order on arrival or at any time during the show.

Book tickets at span-arts.org.uk or call the Span Arts box office on 018340869323.

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