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Sunday 3rd April 2022     



St Michaels and All Angels Church, Adbaston, ST20 0QE

Tickets £10  and in advance via email:  or phone  01785-850967

Much Ado About Jazz..

​​Chris Gumbley Clarinet and Alto Saxaphone


Al Gurr Piano/Keyboard

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Cheek to Cheek

(Irving Berlin)

Fascinating Rhythm

(George and Ira Gershwin)

Tomorrow's World

(John Dankworth)


(George Gershwin/DuBoseHeyward)

Norwegian Wood


Petite Fleur

(Sidney Bechet)

Blue Rondo a la Turk

(Dave Brubeck)


Take Five

(Dave Brubeck)


(Jacob do Bandolim)

Pure Imagination

(Anthony Newley/Leslie Bricusse)

China Boy

(Phil Boutelje and Dick Winfree)

In a Sentimental Mood

(Duke Ellington)

One Note Samba

(Antonio Carlos Jobim)

Much Ado About Jazz …… in their own words


‘After years on the road we have lost track of the number of concert-goers complaining that much jazz is aloof, self-indulgent and lacking in any real melodic content: jazz which is sometimes sarcastically referred to as 'Meet-me-at-the-end-Jazz'.

As a result, we revisit some much-loved (mostly) jazz classics and present them with a lot of energy so that the audience not only feel more involved, but also gain an insight into how jazz musicians work on stage. If you add to that a large dose of dry humour you'll hopefully start to get a feel for what our performance is all about.’


Chris Gumbley (Alto Saxophone/Clarinet)

After graduating from Huddersfield School of Music, where he studied clarinet, piano and composition, Chris taught at Stoke-on-Trent College before being offered posts teaching saxophone at Birmingham Conservatoire and composition at Birmingham University.

An eclectic musical outlook and adaptability in his playing has led to high profile work in the past with The Temptations & Four Tops (U.K. Tours ’03 and ’05), Saxtet, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, English Chamber Orchestra, Pasadena Roof Orchestra and the Berkley Salon Ensemble, as well as theatre work and innumerable jazz gigs.

Chris has a particular interest in jazz education, with colleges and schools in UK and abroad often calling on his services in this field. He recently ran a jazz workshop for a music school in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic.
In 1987 he founded Gumbles Jazz Club in Stafford, his home town, which ran for over 20 years, and even hosted his own BBC radio show, Jazzbeat, for a short while. He is a regular performer at the annual Stafford Music Festival.

Current playing projects include Tribute to Cannonball – a quintet which reproduces the sound of the great Cannonball Adderley Quintet of the 1950s and 60s – and this new show, Much Ado about Jazz – a humorous take on the world of jazz. Recent classical recitals have included performances of both the Mozart and Brahms Clarinet Quintets with members of the CBSO.

Chris’s work as an ABRSM examiner has taken him all over the world - most recently to Australia, South Africa, Singapore and Turkey. He adjudicated at the 2019 Perth Piano Competition and the 2020 Young Musician of the Caribbean in Santo Domingo.

Al Gurr (piano/keyboards) has pursued a freelance musical career since graduating from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire back in 1991. He has toured with artists such as Alfie Boe and Hayley Westenra, and played for countless other artists including Jonathan Ansell, Faryl Smith, Blake, Leslie Garret, Josie Lawrence, John Nettles, Jenny Agguter and many more. Al's amazing virtuosity has led to tv and radio sessions along with orchestral concerts, rock gigs and jazz gigs.


In the jazz field he has played with many of the leading names on the British scene including Simon Spillet, Alan Barnes, Mark Nightingale, Julian Stringle, Sara Colman, Bruce Adams, Art Themen (to mention a few) and currently plays regularly in the Bryan Corbett Quartet and Tom Hill’s 70’s Jazz Funk Machine.


Algorithm Studios is where Al has produced several albums and production work for different artists, particularly those who perform in the cruise ship market such as Jacqui Scott, Craig Owen, Ralph Allin, Gary Arbuthnot and Penny Mathiesen.

Al has travelled the world supporting an arts learning company that delivers training programmes for large organisations that use performance metaphors for leadership and engagement. Part of this delivery includes a ‘TeamJazz’ presentation that demonstrates team development and dynamics for business leaders.

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