VIDEO: Jazz at the Vic with John Burgess

The wet and wild weather failed to put a damper on Jazz at the Vic on Sunday afternoon, with award-winning musician John Burgess and Bute band Les Gitanes providing a spirited and energetic performance for an enthusiastic audience.

A remarkably talented man, John Burgess thrilled audience-goers with screaming high notes, and fast and furious trills on the clarinet, which was contrasted wonderfully with a sultry and breathy tone on the saxophone.

John Burgess and Bute-based band Les Gitanes wowed the audience at the Victoria Hotel on Sunday afternoon.

John Burgess and Bute-based band Les Gitanes wowed the audience at the Victoria Hotel on Sunday afternoon.

Les Gitanes, comprising Tim Saul, Paul McKay, Keith McIntyre and Alec Mack, matched John in style and talent, with each member showcasing their improvisational skills.

The ensemble played a few well-known favourites, including ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’, ‘Les Yeux Noir’ and ‘Pennies from Heaven’, as well as some perhaps relatively unknown works including ‘Mar E Sol’ and ‘A Porter’s Love Call’.

The next jazz concert to make a note of in your diary is New Year Jazz at the Vic, which will be held on Friday, January 2, in the Victoria Hotel. Further details will follow soon.