JAZZ AT THE TOM THUMB. Performances usually take place on the second Wednesday of every month at the charming TOM THUMB, one of the smallest theatres in the world.
ABOUT THE SHOW: Clarinet and piano stars back at the Tom Thumb..
Jazz at the Tom Thumb this month will see the return of stellar clarinetist Chris Rumsey, together with piano maestro, Nick Capocci. The quartet will be completed by Tony Hudd on guitar and Clive Fletcher on double bass.
For many years Chris worked as a very busy dance band musician and he still regards himself as primarily a swing player. He moved into playing jazz in the nineties and his ability to improvise was clear to everyone. As well as being a superb musician Chris has an engaging stage presence and audiences are always sure of a laugh or two. The phone has never stopped ringing and he has played with Paul Booth and Bill Barnacle, among others, locally.
Nick Capocci, now paying his fourth visit to the Tom Thumb,is a classically trained pianist who has been involved in a wide variety of music. He cites his main influences as being Jimmy Yancey and Thelonius Monk. He is a prolific composer and his piece The Donut King is a very popular big band number. The band will also feature other of Nick’s compositions, including one of his jazz arrangements of Bach. Nick is very well -known locally having played at the Walpole Bay Hotel on a Sunday lunchtime for the last eighteen years as well as appearing regularly at the Tartare Frigate and the Powell Arms.
Clive Fletcher has a vast range of experience in both Classical and Jazz music. He has a Masters degree in music as well as a Royal Academy Diploma for double bass. He is very busy locally playing regularly at the Loius Armstrong and Cullin’s Yard in Dover. He plays in orchestras, chamber groups and the Zen Bicycle Band. Among his many influences he cites Ray Brown and Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen.
This session will be the first to be held under the new proprietors, Sara and Alex Ratcliffe, and we all wish them every success in their future at the theatre. Many thanks are due to the previous owners, Jess and Eoin, for everything they have done to make the Tom Thumb Theatre such an important part of Thanet’s burgeoning artistic community.
JAZZ AT THE TOM THUMB continues to go from strength to strength, and, as ever, a great show is in prospect in a welcoming friendly atmosphere.
The bar, upstairs at the theatre, is open from 7 pm and after the show. The music starts at 8 pm.
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