Leighton Buzzard’s Oxjam festival reaches its grand finale on Sunday (March 29) with The Greensands Jazz Jam at the Black Lion.
This promises to be an unmissable treat for lovers of live jazz, featuring a line-up of world class professional musicians and up-and-coming talent.
Organised by and starring Leighton double bassist and Ronnie Scott’s regular Arnie Somogyi, the daytime gig will also showcase the talents of fellow Leighton resident Bruce Adams on trumpet, along with drummer Ronnie Fenn and pianist Richard Busiakiewicz.
“There’ll be a few surprises and some special guests,” promises Arnie. “We have a number of top-notch musicians with international profiles living in and around Leighton Buzzard – Bruce Adams alone has won the British Jazz Award for best trumpeter on more than one occasion. It’s all for a good cause too.”
Admission to the event, which kicks off at 1pm, is free, with a minimum suggested donation to Oxjam of £5.
Earlier in the week, head to the Sacred Heart Church Hall, Beaudesert, to hear the Leighton Linslade Concert Band in action, on Wednesday March 25, from 7.30pm. Admission is free, with 50% of the retiring collection going to Oxjam.
The Sun pub’s second Open Mic Night of the month takes place on Thursday, March 26, from 8.30pm. Anyone is welcome to take a spot at the regular event – there’s more information at www.facebook.com/thesunpubopenmic
Friday’s offerings include an acoustic evening with Chasm & Co at the Green House, High Street, from 7.30pm. Guitar and vocal duo Chasm will be joined by singer Emma Whittemore and there’ll also be sets by The Progresseons [correct] and singer/songwriter Charlie P Walker. A little further down the road, local favourites Paradox will be hoping to get punters up on their feet with their pub gig at the Crown, North Street, from 9pm.
The Crown plays host to more live music on Saturday March 28th, with the Onyx Party Night – head down there from 8pm to enjoy the group’s broad range of covers from Elvis to Taylor Swift. Across the road at the Wheatsheaf the Oxjam Showcase features The Rusty Gs’s, Charlie P Walker, and The Well Known Thief Family, whilst the Green House hosts an informal acoustic session from 7pm – come along to join in, or just sit back and listen. Admission is free to all Friday and Saturday night gigs, with a collection taken at each for Oxjam.
Finally, more good news for jazz fans as internationally renowned British jazz vocalist Liane Carroll comes to the Green House on the evening of Sunday, 29th March, from 7pm. Tickets cost £18 and there’ll be a collection for Oxjam.