Beacon Launches Monthly Cabaret-Style Jazz Club

TALENTED musicians from across the UK and beyond come to The Beacon as it launches a monthly cabaret-style jazz club.

This exciting project was made possible by a partnership formed between the director of the hall, Pauline Kane, and the musician, professor Robert Kalin.

Robert approached Pauline to create a club and she had thought along the same lines.

He said: “There are a few jazz musicians in this area but I think it’s gotten a bit lost in the west of Scotland.

“The local availability of jazz music events for young artists and part-time artists has declined in recent years, meaning local artists have had to travel farther to hear live jazz performances.

“We want to bring it back as a musical genre here.

“Our goal is to increase the accessibility and appreciation of jazz as an art form, especially among the younger generation.”

To kick off the new venture in style, the club’s first official party will see the award-winning Georgia Cecile Trio take the stage on May 19.

The club will then operate on the last Thursday of each month.

Well-known Inverclyde drummer and Capitol Big Band mainstay Joe Baldi says Greenock has produced some of the best jazz musicians in the world, such as Duncan Lamont, Jackie Dougan and Roy Whiteford.

He says there is a jazz history and tradition in Greenock and hopes the club will pay homage to it.

Beacon boss Pauline says the club will have something for everyone.

There are plans to hold workshops to give budding jazz musicians the chance to learn from those who are more experienced, and those under 26 can buy tickets for £5.

Pauline added: “There has already been so much enthusiasm for the club.

“We want to showcase different styles of jazz to make it as accessible as possible to people.

“I look forward to building relationships with some fantastic musicians and helping to revive Inverclyde’s once thriving jazz music base.”

To book tickets, visit www.beaconartscentre.co.uk

JAZZ IT UP Lisa McRuvie, Pauline Kane, Professor Robert Kalin, Joe Baldi, Fiona Kalin and Stuart Gorman (seated).

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