Tribute to a true Jazz legend

A four-piece jazz band will bring their show “Too Cool – A Tribute to Chet Baker” to two rural Lancashire venues this month.

Sue Richardson and her trio will perform at Calder Vale Village on Friday 25 September at 7.30pm, followed by The Arts Centre, Burscough Wharf on Sunday 27 September also at 7.30pm. Tickets for the shows are available directly from promoters at each venue.

To book tickets to the Calder Vale gig call (01995) 603838 / 602615 / 606278. For The Arts Centre, Burscough Wharf contact 01704 896590.

“Too Cool – A Tribute To Chet Baker” is a special show featuring Baker’s most famous standards, his own compositions and works inspired by his life. As well as performing some of the songs forever associated with Baker and his sublime solos, Sue Richardson has uncovered great songs written by him. There is also new material, written by Richardson, including works inspired by Chet Baker’s life away from music. The show also focuses on lesser-known material composed by the man himself whilst in prison in Italy.

Sue Richardson is a trumpet-playing, singer songwriter whose album, by the same name as the show, was released in 2013, on the 25th anniversary of Baker’s death. Richardson performs alongside a trio of musicians during the show who together bring a mesmerising live experience to audiences.

Weaving through the music are anecdotes about Baker, whose sweet music was such a contrast to his troubled life. Actress and theatre director Sylvia Syms helped Richardson craft the narrative, which is as important as the music, making it more accessible to all audiences. The quartet take listeners on a journey through Baker’s life, highlighted by original songs from Richardson herself.

The shows form part of Spot On Lancashire’s autumn season of rural touring, which sees 20 shows travel to venues across the county over the next four months.

Speaking ahead of her Lancashire shows, Sue Richardson, said:

“We love bringing our show to rural venues. The audiences are always friendly and love to get involved even if the material is unfamiliar to them. It also means that we get off the beaten track and see some beautiful places along the way. We need rural venues – they are the lifeblood that help sustain the arts.”