Loughton Festival to start with music and dance gala

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Chris Neill Chris Neill

A teenage jazz pianist who has played with a large London swing band will help kick off an eight week culture festival this weekend.

Chris Neill, 18, who has performed with the The Denmark Street Big Band, will play with Matt Lowrie on bass, Dom Antony on drums and singer Ellie Bignall at the Loughton Festival music gala on Saturday.

The musician, from Hill Road, Theydon Bois, said the group would be playing popular contemporary tunes during the night at the Loughton Club in Station Road from 8pm.

He said: “We will probably be doing some Stevie Wonder and Adele songs, mixed in with popular jazz songs.

“We’ve always tried to keep it as contemporary and likeable as possible.”

He runs jamming sessions on Sunday nights from 8pm to 11pm at Buckhurst Hill Sports and Social Club in Queens Road, which he met the other members of the group through.

He said: “There’s always a lot of variation there and some hardy regulars.”

Also playing at the festival’s gala will be singers Sophie Hess, Paul Jefferies and Ian Mair, performers from the Loughton Music Academy and dance pair Melle and Jennie.

Tickets, costing £5 each, will be available on the door.

For a full list of festival events, visit www.loughtonfestival.org.

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3:32pm Tue 5 Mar 13

Cornbeefur says...

I must say that whilst a lot of the Jazz is rubbish this lad knows his stuff and should not be missed.
I must say that whilst a lot of the Jazz is rubbish this lad knows his stuff and should not be missed. Cornbeefur

5:03pm Tue 5 Mar 13

girlfromessex says...

Yes, I am going to try to go - we don't get enough jazz around here. I went to see the festival jazz up in Debden last year and it was an amazing night!

Does anyone know where the Loughton Club is?
Yes, I am going to try to go - we don't get enough jazz around here. I went to see the festival jazz up in Debden last year and it was an amazing night! Does anyone know where the Loughton Club is? girlfromessex

7:56pm Tue 5 Mar 13

BigKeef says...

It is next to the Brown's garage site on the end of Station Road:

Loughton Club
8 Station Road
Loughton
IG10 4NX
It is next to the Brown's garage site on the end of Station Road: Loughton Club 8 Station Road Loughton IG10 4NX BigKeef

7:56am Wed 6 Mar 13

girlfromessex says...

Thanks BigKeef. Always called that the Working Men's Club. I hear that Brown's is going to be turned into a Nandos!
Thanks BigKeef. Always called that the Working Men's Club. I hear that Brown's is going to be turned into a Nandos! girlfromessex

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