A first birthday bash for valley’s jazz club

A wonderful night of great music is promised when the HX7 Jazz Club celebrates its first birthday on Thursday January 27.

Two first class bands are sharing the top of the bill at Hebden Bridge Trades Club, and a third one makes its debut performance in a highly entertaining concert where birthday cake and candles will be strongly featured!

Making the trip from Dublin especially for this performance, Zrazy are no strangers to Hebden Bridge, having performed there on several occasions during the Arts Festival.

Combining the warm, compelling vocals of Maria Walsh with the compositions and lyrics of pianist Carole Nelson, the band have won the hearts of audiences worldwide. Joining Carole and Maria at HX7 will be Bruce Reid on double bass and Rob Turner on drums.

Zrazy are known for their unique brand of jazz, bluesy soul and latin and they’ll be performing numbers from their previous CDs as well as from their latest project The Silence of Clouds which draws upon all facets of Carole and Maria’s musical world: classical, traditional Irish and jazz improvisation.

Co-headlining with Zrazy and hailing from considerably nearer Hebden Bridge, is the outstanding Ben Crosland Quartet.

Ben formed the Quartet, his current working band, in 2006, bringing together his long-term playing partner Rod Mason (saxophones) with Paul Kilvington (piano) and Dave Hassell (drums) - two acclaimed stars of the vibrant Manchester jazz scene.

The band’s repertoire consists of Crosland’s tunes and also compositions by such contemporary musicians as Don Grolnick, Michael Brecker, Jim Hall and Keith Jarrett.

Opening the show which has an earlier than usual start-time of 8pm (doors open at 7.30), will be the first ever performance by the newly formed Dave Nelson Trio.

Pianist Dave Nelson runs the HX7 Club, and often performs his own solo piano compositions as a warm-up. “I love playing solo piano,” commented Dave, “but I definitely felt that what I was writing could sound great with some bass and drums in there.

“I couldn’t resist the opportunity to borrow Bruce and Rob from Zrazy, and now I can find out whether it all works. I think it will!”

HX7 Jazz takes place monthly on a Thursday at the Trades Club in Holme Street, Hebden Bridge.

Appearing on February 17 is The Dylan Howe (son of legendary Yes guitarist Steve Howe) Quartet with Howe on drums, Brandon Allen on tenor sax, Ross Stanley at the keys and Tim Thornton on double bass.

Phone the Trades Club on 01422 845265 to book advance tickets which are £12, and £9 for concessions and members.