16 Jun 2016, 20:15Colne River Room Studio
What do David Beckham, Alfred Hitchcock and trombonist Jackie Free have in common? The answer is not only that each has been hugely successful in his chosen field of football, film or fine jazz, but that they were all born in the East London area of Leytonstone, Jackie on 28th March 1932. Where they differ is that Jackie, like another great trombonist Chris Barber, is still going strong – blowing strong- as a vigorous octogenarian. Jackie started playing jazz music with like-minded young musicians at the Leyton Youth Club in about 1948 and 1949 and managed to keep playing trombone during his National Service with the RAF then joined pianist Harry Walton and his Jazz Band in 1954. He makes a welcome return to the Pump House with wonderful musicians – Pete Rudeforth (trumpet), Julian Stringle (reeds), Murray Salmon (bass), Martin Guy (drums) and Tim Huskisson (piano) accompanied, tonight, by special guest Barbara Jay.