MEMBERS of the Ayr Jazz Club are looking forward to kicking off the 20th year of the group with a visit from the Lazy River Jazz Band.

Band leaders Chris (clarinet/piano) and Veronica Perrin (cornet) love to play at Ayr Jazz Club and will also feature in a special band arranged for February 2025.

Joining them at the Fairfield House Hotel on Friday, June 21 will be a very popular trombonist/harmonica player, Herbie Hudson; sousaphone/tuba player Phil Rutherford, who featured with the Vieux Carre Jazzmen; Lindsay Henderson on rhythm guitar; and Steve Harrison on drums.

It comes after the Vieux Carre Jazzmen visited the town to help the club's members celebrate the 19th birthday of the group.

A spokesperson said: "Despite some last-minute cancellations due to illness, the club celebrated its 19th birthday in style with the Vieux Carre Jazzmen.

"Brian Bennett, who runs the band and features on banjo, takes great pride in promoting the young jazzmen in his area, and once again they rose to the occasion.

"We look forward to seeing them again on November 29.

"Recently we have had a number of new faces to the club which we really appreciate, so if you haven’t been to our club before or recently do come along and assist the hard-working committee to keep the club and the music alive.

"You are guaranteed a warm welcome and it’s only £10 for the evening."

There's no need to book in advance for the concert, which runs from 7.30-10.30pm; just come along and pay at the door.

For any further information about the club telephone Stuart McLean on 01292 590773.