Celebrating overseas link ... and all that jazz

Jazz met Johannesburg at a special concert to celebrate school links which spread across the world.

The Amble Club hosted band Amjazz Experience on April 26..

The group was made up of three teachers from the town’s James Calvert Spence College, Miles Buxton, Andrew Brook and Tom Garbutt, and ex-pupil, Adam Harvey.

The quartet formed in October but this was their first gig in a club location.

The performance celebrated the annual event of teachers and pupils exchanging hospitality with Southlands High School, Durban.

As well as overseas guests, there was also a local element to the audience.

The quartet borrowed its signature arrangement, Take Five, from the Dave Brubech quartet of the 1960s and the line-up of saxophone, piano, bass and drums is the same.

It was this number’s repetitive riff which started off the performance, quickly progressing to arrangements of melodies like Somebody Loves Me. The quartet also used alto, soprano and tenor saxophones.

At the interval, JCSC pupil Georgia Soan talked about her experiences of the 2012 exchange in South Africa.

Afterwards, the band played African Waltz, followed by a folk jazz version of That Somebody Was You.

Comments about the performance have been very appreciative. A raffle raised £80 for this year’s exchange.