A POPULAR jazz band is set to play as part of a musical extravaganza in west Dorset.

Swing and jazz band The Old Malt House are a swing and jazz ensemble from Bristol who have a passion for the trad jazz of the 1920s to 40s, featuring Joseph Trudgeon on vocals and guitar. They will be playing as part of the ‘Jazz in the Theatre’ series.

As well as playing at festivals such as Glastonbury, Boomtown and Fanny's Meadow, the Old Malt House Jazz Band have played venues across the country from London to the Brecon Beacons and Cornwall, much to the delight of local jazz lovers.

The band is led by Joseph Trudgeon and his regular collaborator, saxophonist Greg Sterland. They will be joined by their rhythm section of Dan Somers on piano, Bill Frampton on double bass and Paul Archibald on drums.

Their set includes Louis Armstrong’s Dinah, Billie Holiday’s Me, Myself and I (Are All in Love with You), and Can't we be Friendsby Red Nichols and his Five Pennies, not to mention the Little Ann Street Stomppenned by Joseph Trudgeon himself in a 1920s style.

They will play on Friday, December 17 at 8pm at Bridport Arts Centre.

Entry is £12. Tickets are available online at www.bridport-arts.com, or by phone on 01308 424901.