Wacky night of music

The Stu Brown Sextet – Raymond Scott Project, Thursday, May 10, Whittingham Memorial Institute, 7.30pm. Tickets £7, £4.50 children. To book, contact 01665 574964.

A WACKY evening of musical entertainment is in store when The Stu Brown Sextet comes to Whittingham.

The group was formed in 2008 by drummer Stu Brown to celebrate 100 years since the birth of the little-known band leader, composer and inventor Raymond Scott whose wacky, eyeball-popping cartoon jazz is most widely recognisable for its use in the Looney Tunes cartoons from the 1940s onwards and, more recently, in Ren and Stimpy and The Simpsons.

His manic, offbeat compositions, such as Dinner Music for a Pack of Hungry Cannibals and Square Dance for Eight Egyptian Mummies, are performed with zest and spontaneity by Stu Brown’s brilliantly orchestrated sextet.

The group has proved immensely popular with audiences of all ages and backgrounds, from jazz fans to general music lovers, and film and animation fans to families with young children.

They have played to crowds at many of the leading jazz festivals, including Manchester and Edinburgh.

Each show opens with a specially-commissioned eight-minute documentary film about Raymond Scott.