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Over 150 packed the Pallant Suite for the Club debut appearances of the Sweden-based tenor saxist Lennart Andersson and his friend and jazz colleague, leading UK reeds player, Alan Barnes.
To complete the band we welcomed back Ray D'Inverno with his trio. This time, the award-winning pianist playing keyboards, was joined by Adrian Kendon, who lectures in jazz at Chichester College, on bass, and Andy Trim on drums.
This strong and versatile group played to the strengths of all its members with powerful interpretations of famous jazz classics and standards. It was clear to see how Lennart has become so established on the UK jazz scene. His exciting style, impressive technique and melodic approach was gratefully received by a demonstrably enthusiastic crowd.
Alan Barnes showed us why he is arguably the finest reeds player in the country and put his command of all saxes to great effect. This really was a quite outstanding evening and left an appreciative audience calling for more.
In fact they could have had one or two numbers more as, at the end of the evening, Alan and Lennart managed to scoot over to The Fountain in South Street to find time to jam with a local blues band - much to the delight of a younger, but no less ecstatic, crowd.
What a night!