Bobby Wellins, who is famously revered in the jazz fraternity for his seminal role in the ground breaking Stan Tracey Quartet album ‘Under Milk Wood.’ are set to perform together on stage at Doncaster Conservative Club on Thursday June 14.
The one and only Glasgow born Bobby began playing alto sax and clarinet at around 12 years old, playing local gigs, he later joined the RAF as a musician and began to concentrate on the tenor saxophone and after demobilization worked with numerous bands, gaining valuable experience with the likes of Buddy Feathersonhaugh’s Quintet, Frank Weir, Eric Winstone John Dankworth and Vic Lewis with whom he toured the USA before joining Tony Crombie in 1959 and working with Bert Courtley’s ‘Jazz Committee’ in early 1960, Tony Kinsey and Tommy Whittle’s Orchestra, forming his own Quintet in 1961 before beginning his long association with Stan Tracey as featured solist with Stan’s Quartet and Big Band.
Since then, Bobby has been an active teacher and is an Honorary Fellow in West Sussex Institute Music Department of Higher Education, has featured with Charlie Watts’ Orchestra and worked with the Big Bands of Kenny Wheeler and Bob Wilber and with John Barnes and Spike Robinson in ‘Tenor Madness’ as well as recording many fine CDs, noteably ‘Birds of Brazil’ orchestrated by Tony Coe: CD 2097 and ‘Special Relationship’ with Jimmy Knepper and Joe Temperley: CD 2012, both on the Hep label, and being voted Best Musician in this year’s Parliamentary Jazz Awards.
Sharing the spotlight with Bobby will be Alan Barnes no stranger to Doncaster audiences his most recent visit to the town being with scintillating trumpet star Bruce Adams at the Con Club , who is in constant demand on the UK and international jazz circuit and is also regular compère of The Scarborough Jazz Festival which has been broadcast several times on BBC Radio Three and is also a prolific recording artist. And completing the triumvirate will be Doncaster’s very own rising star Nadim Teimoori a former DYJO member, currently studying at The Royal Academy of Music and a member of NYJO, who has performed at Ronnie Scott’s and Chelsea’s 606 Club, in the presence of the Queen with NYJO and with the Dankworth’s and many other jazz luminaries as well as winning the prestigious Humphrey Lyttelton Award and appearing with the new Humphrey Lyttleton Band.
The top-drawer rhythm section will once again and deservedly be The Nicola Farnon Quartet comprising of Nicola on double bass and vocals Piero Tucci, piano and sax, Chris Walker guitar and Phil Johson drums who have also been selected to accompany trombone star Roy Williams at the Con Club in September.
The highlight event is anticipated to be a sell out though there may still be time to reserve advance tickets £9 by visiting or phoning The Blue Building, 38-40 High Street, Doncaster DN1 1DE tel.(01302-734309) or by paying at the door £10 subject to availability. The concert begins at 8.30pm and is jointly presented by Jazz into Doncaster and John Sheppard of the former NCB Lodge Jazz Club.
The Terry Allonby Trio got off to a flying start at their new White Swan venue on Frenchgate and announce to their ardent followers that they will be in monthly lunchtime action on every first Saturday henceforth at the venue between 12 noon to 3pm.
At Doncaster Little Theatre on Friday 15th June is The Philip Clouts Quartet at 8pm, tickets £10/£8, £6 for 14 to 18 years. Box office: (01302) 340422. The Kenny Ball Jazzmen are at Doncaster Civic Theatre on Thursday, June 21 Box office (01302) 342349, Barnsley Jazz at The Fairway Hotel S75 4LS presents Jeff Milner’s New Orleans Jazz Band Monday June 18 and Spirit of New Orleans Monday June 25, Tel. (01226) 281805/290105, at Sheffield Millennium Hall on June 24 is The Colin Yates Big Band, Telephone Colin on (01709) 523283 or go to www.wegottickets.com and search for Sheffield Jazz.