Hot stuff at the Playhouse

The Alex Yellowlees Band, Alnwick Playhouse, Thursday, May 3, 7.30pm. Tickets £14, £13 conc, £15 premier.

OFTEN hailed as the Scottish Grappelli, Alex Yellowlees brings his own brand of the ‘hot club’ style, which has entertained audiences across Europe, to the Playhouse.

In his own words on his website, Alex Yellowlees said: “Making music has been one of the great joys and journeys of my life; from classical to Celtic to bluegrass and finally into the world of jazz and specifically the gypsy jazz guitar of Django Rheinhart and the electric violin sound of the great French jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli.

“I have loved the sound of jazz violin, gypsy jazz guitars and double bass since my father took me to a concert of Stephane Grappelli when I was 12 years old and my journey began.

“Combine lovely melodies with improvisational opportunity and I am in heaven.

“It is my privilege to perform with three wonderful virtuosic musicians and it is always a pleasure sharing the stage with them.”

His band consists of guitarist Mike Nisbet, an award-winning graduate from the Leeds College of Music, Ged Brockie, who recently figured in a poll listing the world’s top-300 acoustic guitarist, and Kenny Ellis, who has been at the forefront of the Scottish Jazz scene for more than three decades.