West Cumbrian youngster takes to Cockermouth stage with Snake Davis

Jack Moore with jazz legend Snake Davis after the Cockermouth Live! gig at The Kirkgate Centre
Jack Moore with jazz legend Snake Davis after the Cockermouth Live! gig at The Kirkgate Centre
6 July 2017 3:03PM

Seven years after meeting one of his musical heroes, a talented Brigham teenager joined him on stage for a Cockermouth Live! gig.

Jack Moore, 15, played saxophone alongside jazz legend Snake Davis at The Kirkgate Centre on Saturday night.

"It was an amazing experience to play with such talented musicians," said Jack.

"Snake Davis was the first sax player I listened to when I started playing. It was a great night."

Jack, a pupil at Cockermouth School, first met Snake when he was playing at Cockermouth Live! in 2010 and ran a workshop.

Mum Susan said: "Jack was a tiny tot, aged eight, but really enjoyed the workshop. Snake got him interested in improvisation."

Jack has gone on to reach grade eight in saxophone and drums. He can also play the piano and bass guitar.

Playing with Snake was Jack's fourth and final gig of the day on Saturday. It had been arranged by festival organiser Bob Pritchard.

Jack's first performance was in the United Reformed Church, when he was playing the drums with Cockermouth School Band. He then went on to Wild Zucchinis where he played popular music on his saxophone. Next up was Shills, where he played smooth jazz.

He joined Snake for two numbers in his evening gig, watched by his parents Susan and John.

"It was tiring but fun to perform to a wide range of audience members. Playing with Snake Davis was the cherry on the top," said Jack, who wants to be a professional jazz musician.

He first started taking lessons with Billy Bowman, who loaned him a saxophone.

"He usually does one or two venues at Cockermouth Live! but to do four, and one with Snake Davis, was absolutely fantastic," said Susan.

"It was awe inspiring to watch him, we are so proud."

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