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New Jazz Songbook

Jazz Septet, led by John Wiliams and featuring singer, Sarah Moule, which brings together two very different genres – jazz and English song.  A 21st century response to the flowering of English song which took place in the early part of the last century.

Five eminent jazz composers - Barbara Thompson, Simon Wallace, John Mayer, Dick Walter and Nikki Iles – have written contemporary jazz settings of poems by Blake, Hardy, Richard Jones and Rossetti.

Click on a Sax to hear mp3 music clips recorded live at Leasowes Bank Arts Festival (if you can't play the extracts you may need to download the latest version of Windows Media Player from

The Lady in the Firs
‘The Lady in the Furs’  (Thomas Hardy)  music by Simon WallaceDhanywad

 ‘Dhanywad’ (Thank you) Translation from the Arabic by William Jones, music by John Mayer

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