As a student in Hull one of my favourite haunts was The Sailmakers Arms as they hosted a weekly Jaz night (which also included a quiz and free chips, both staples of a film student’s life). Each week I, along with an ever-changing assortment of friends, acquaintances and drinking buddies would descend on the pub, before heading to the live music area upstairs. There we would drink and listen to an eclectic mix of the good, the great and the questionable as they played original songs and Jazz classics. It is, and always will be, one of my lasting memories of being a student in Hull and helped to solidify my love of Jazz.
These days the Jazz club is long gone, but as is usually the case in Hull, the scene is still going strong, finding new homes and new artists to play. The current home of real, good quality Jazz in Hull is the Tunnel Bar on Dagger Lane. The unique venue, hidden down the city’s old cobbled streets hosts the Culture:Jazz Quintet each month for an evening of Jazz standards, original takes on recognisable songs and original arrangements. For those looking for a night of great, live Jazz music it’s one not to be missed. The next performance is tonight (October 6th) from 8pm.
The quintet is brought to you by Culture:Music, a Hull based music performance and tuition company led by Daniel Thompson and Charlotte Coggin. The music degree graduates founded Culture:Music with the aim of teaching music, inspiring musicians and creating engaging music performance opportunities for artists in Hull and the surrounding areas. Daniel began his musical career progressing through the East Riding of Yorkshire Music Service before performing with several of their ensembles on a variety of instruments including the Double Bass, Saxophone and flute. Charlotte is a classically trained Soprano, singing teacher, music teacher and musical director who developed her musical skills by performing in the musical ensembles of the East Riding of Yorkshire Music Service and in the Hull Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.
With the addition of composers, Michael Betteridge and Simon Oliver and musician, Nigel Byron-Chappel, they combine classic jazz with modern rock, pop and world music, creating performances that are accessible to everyone. As well as hosting live performances, the group offers tuition for schools, one to one tuition and group tuition from industry professionals and certified teachers. Far more than a music tuition company, they are a group of passionate professional musicians, who also teach and are a great example of the current crop of creative focussed businesses coming out of Hull.
Find out more at: www.culturemusichull.co.uk