A SWINGING night of jazz is set to entertain music lovers this weekend.

The Andy Brush Quintet presents their show Hot Music for a Cool Night at The Centre in Tollesbury this Saturday.

The event is aiming to raise money for the Housing Action by Residents of Tollesbury.

Andy Brush has been a professional saxophonist since 1993.

He has travelled extensively across the world with various touring bands to such places as New York, Tokyo, Florida, Taiwan, Moscow, Barcelona and Rome as well as playing in many clubs and festivals across the UK and Europe.

Mr Brush said: “I got my first saxophone at the age of 21 after hearing the late Bob Berg play at the Town and Country Club in London.

“Thinking it would be easy to sound like Berg in a few weeks, I had a rude awakening, became very disillusioned and within a month sold my sax.

“As the buyer walked away with my instrument, I knew I had made a mistake so the next day I bought another sax and became obsessed.

“I spent hours playing along to my favourite CDs but without having a clue about scales, chords, theory or improvisation.

“After about a year I realised I needed some guidance so sought a teacher.

“After several uninspiring lessons with various teachers I heard Sax Appeal play. The tenor player that night was Gary Plumley and I was so impressed I asked him to teach me.

“He agreed and imparted some very worthwhile knowledge during the course of our lessons.

“My view is that you never reach a point where you can’t learn more from inspirational players with greater knowledge.”

There will also be a fundraising raffle drawn at the interval.

Doors open at 7.15pm for an 8pm start.

Tickets cost £10 and can be bought in advance at Fred’s Stores, Palmers Garage or by emailing fundraising@hartollesbury.com.

For details, call 01621 860395.