Summer night brings fresh jazz to church for concert

Tim Thornton has been hailed by critics
Tim Thornton has been hailed by critics

Cool jazz for a summer’s evening is in store at St Andrew’s church in Bedford on Saturday June 4.

The Tim Thornton Quartet to perform as part of the church’s series of concerts.

At the fresh age of 26, double bass player and composer Tim Thornton has already established himself as a powerhouse of the UK jazz scene. With a residency at Ronnie Scott’s Late Late Show hosting with his quartet and as a regular member of The Ronnie Scott’s All Stars as well as sideman to numerous national and international artists, Tim’s talents have earned him a fierce reputation.

The Evening Standard has described him as “the most natural young double-bassist in years,” while London Jazz has praised his “rich woody bass sound”.

Tim will be joined by various esteemed musicians.

His long-term musical associate, young drummer Chris Draper, has toured with celebrated UK jazz singer Clare Teal and American bassist Kyle Eastwood and also plays with Omar and Soweto Kinch.

Pianist Grant Windsor has roots in hip-hop and broken beat music as well as being Clare Teal’s musical director and playing jazz with the likes of Gregory Porter.

Sax player Riley Stone-Lonergan has been recognised as an outstanding tenor player with numerous awards under his belt including Yamaha Jazz Scholar 2011.

The concert starts at 7.30pm and doors open at 7pm. Interval refreshmentsare available.

Tickets cost £10 or £8 for concessions and £4 for students aged 16 to 21.

They are available from St Andrew’s Church Centre Office, by phone, email or in person. Email centremanager@standrewsbedford.org, call 01234 216881 or visit www.standrewsbedford.org to book or for more information.