Pat Sprakes [Newark] 3/3/23

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Pat Sprakes [Newark] 3/3/23

March 3 @ 8:00 PM - 10:30 PM

Pat Sprakes is a guitarist and bassist, who has hte uncanny knack of combining technicality whilst retaining solid harmonic rhythm and groove. Turning professional in 1991 he toured extensively with Tony Kofi and Pat McCarthy.

In the mid-90s he went on a UK tour with Jazz Expressions which culminated at Edinburgh International Jazz Festival and in 1999, he was selected by Darius Brubeck to perform on several tour dates in the Midlands.

Pat has performed on many recordings, particularly with singers such as Helen MacDonald and Sarah Bennett and has worked with Wendy Kirkland since 2003. His notable collaborations include Jim Mullen, Phil Robson, Adrian Ingram, Nigel Price, Jamie Taylor, and Sam Dunn. He has also worked with Karen Sharpe, Alan Barnes, Roger Beaujolais and Alex Garnett.

In 2012 he set up Chesterfield Jazz Club with Wendy Kirkland. He has been a member of the music department staff at Trent College in Nottingham since 2011 whilst continuing to teach privately throughout his entire career. Pat is largely self-taught having learned from players he respects highly, such as Adrian Ingram but cites Wes Montgomery and George Benson as two major influences. Those latter influences are very apparent in his sublime playing.

Pat has appeared at Stray’s since 2007, but always as part of the Wendy Kirkland band. This dates sees him playing his favourite tunes alongside his good friends, Mat, Si and Steve, aka PRS.

Just want to enjoy the ‘live’ lounge vibe?

If you’re not fussed about watching our Friday Jazz Sessions, you can still hear the gig through our sound system…



Doors open at 7:30pm and food is available to order from this time, until 9:00pm. Seats are unallocated, so get in early if you have specific requirements – please note, we always give priority to elderly, single and customers with disabilities.

We want you to have a great night with us! However, one man’s boogie is another man’s dirge, so we operate a minimal talking policy during the performances. We ask you to consider your neighbours in this respect.

We offer incentives to buy tickets on the night, to forthcoming gigs and recommend buying these in the interval, to save you waiting at the end of the night.

Lastly, from the staff at Stray’s and the house band, we look forward to seeing you and sharing some fabulous jazz with you…

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Stray’s Coffee, Newark
  • 16 Middlegate
    Newark, Notts NG24 1AG United Kingdom
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  • Mat Short
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