Arriving early and thinking how lucky I was to be photographing and drinking quality coffee at the same time, I attended the pre-launch event for the the first ever collaboration between the Royal Shakespeare Company and English Touring Theatre in the production of A Mad World My Masters which will be on in March at the Grand Theatre.
The pre-launch session, with another to come on Sunday 1 March, was a warm up for what is to come in the production. Last Sunday, Bobby (guitar and vocals) and Jemima (vocals and harmonica) played along with Gabor Jonas (saxophonist), putting their own unique twist and jazz infused influence on their own written songs and performing an amazing version of Abba’s Mamma Mia. I didn’t recognise Mamma Mia when they began to play it, so different was it from the original, but it was absolutely super. I knew I was on to winner when they opened their set with a track by Erykah Badu, a favourite vocalist of mine and perfect Sunday morning music.
Starbucks treated their guests to free mini cups of popcorn and samples of coffee, accompanied by tasters of their scrumptious sandwiches. This Sunday, Starbucks will host the same event, but with a change of musicians, from 1 to 3pm. This time local jazz/blues guitarist Tom Vernon and vocalist Nicci Wood will be playing live. Tom is well known in the local area for his exceptional guitar playing and teamed with Nicci’s vocals, a relaxed afternoon will be had by all.
A Grand Theatre spokesperson said:
“It was wonderful to see so many people enjoying the Starbucks Sunday Jazz at the weekend. The Grand is always seeking new ways to engage with the community and local businesses through the arts -we look forward to the next event this Sunday.”
Starbucks Blackpool Store Manager Steve Garside said:
“The Jazz Sunday event was a great success. Customers even came in today saying how much they enjoyed it and are looking forward to this Sunday. Hopefully we can work with the Grand in the future, building on the momentum of this project.”
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