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Fraser Thompson

An experienced amateur instrumentalist and singer, he first played jazz saxophone in the 1980’s. Then, after a long lay-off for work and family reasons, he picked up his saxophone again in 2014 to audition for a rock band and to learn the art of jazz improvisation. The rock band didn’t work out but, now retired, he plays tenor and alto saxophone in two bands: Silver Sax – an 11-piece saxophone-based jazz orchestra and with Cuesta Azul – a jazz sextet, which he fronts alongside John Hawkins. In addition, he also gigs regularly in pubs either alone or with other amateur musicians. Originally a clarinet player and choral singer, brought up on classical music, he is still learning his trade as a jazz musician and does so with the help of professionals Steve Sherriff in Nottingham and Matt Ratcliffe in Derby in their respective jazz improvisation workshops. He regularly attends jam sessions in Nottingham at the Jam Café, Peggy’s Skylight and The Malt Cross, where he has the opportunity of performing alongside professionals and other talented amateurs.


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