JAZZ BANDS / MUSICIAN PROFILES
Below are profiles of some of the jazz performers who have appeared in Lincolnshire / East Midlands area since 1999. These profiles were originally featured on Fizgig's Jazz page. Please note that these profiles are now dated and may not reflect recent changes of line up, circumstances, latest news etc. As artists return to the area, these profiles will be updated and transferred to artist / band webpages.
Fizgig now has seperate webpage for the following jazz bands / musicians
| Bearfoote & Jetty Starters | Devils Music | Glenn Miller Tribute Orchestra |
| Johnny Hillyard Trio | Stacey Kent | Syd Lawrence Orchestra | New Riverside Jazzmen |
| Pilgrim Stompers | Curtis Stigers |
MERVYN AFRICA - Pianist & composer who originates from cultural melting pot of Capetown. His sumptuous improvisations evoke the spirit of the townships, where music, politics & personal experiences have a great influence on the people. Here music is to be enjoyed, rather than analysed, giving a freedom that allows a freeflow of styles, here township jazz, carnival songs, American jazz & even Malaysian musical tradition blend. From this background comes Mervyn Africa, his rich & highly dynamic style has a lyrical & compelling intensity, that will draw the audience into the music. He has played with many fellow African musicians as well as more widely known performers such as Courtney Pine, Carmel & David Jean Baptiste.
JASON ASHWORTH - An excellent solo keyboard player & vocalist with an easy listening theme of varied accessible & mainstream jazz.
BACK TO BACHARACH - This tribute to the master of melody, features the 15 piece New Squadronaires Orchestra, under the direction of Freeddie Bence. Vocal talent includes Bobby Crush, Linda Nolan, Danny Williams & Vinnette Cowen.
ALAN BARNES QUINTET - 'One of the most talented, finely focused & inspired young jazzmen around today' (Crescendo), he has contributed fine session work & blistering solos to many bands, including The Pasadena Roof Orchestra, Humphrey Littleton, & Stan Tracy's Big Band - twice voted top alto sax in the British Jazz awards & top clarinetist in 1994 & 1996. Featuring Alan on saxes, Bruce Adams (trumpet / flugelhorn), Brian Dee (piano), Steve Brown (drums) & Len Skeat (bass), this quintet are decribed as the most exciting & inventive small band in Britain today, with 2 seriously acclaimed CD releases. "Sensational" (Digby Fairweather)
BBC BIG BAND - The BBC Big Band will be appearing at the Majestic Theatre, Retford on Sunday 20th August 2000. The evening's programme will pay tribute to the likes of Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Stan Kenton and Count Basie and the special guest singer will be Rosemary Squires, who has been described as 'Britain's Doris Day'. The concert starts at 7.30pm and tickets are £10.50 and £11.50, available from the Box Office: 01777 706 866.
ACKER BILK & HIS PARAMOUNT JAZZ BAND - A jazz legend, the ever popular clarinettist is still in constant touring with his own jazz band, some 37 years after 'Stranger On The Shore' became the first ever record to be number 1 in both UK & USA simultaneously.
DARIUS BRUBECK & MICHAEL ROSSI - January sees a jazz 'first' for Lincolnshire. On Monday 28 January 2002, two world-class jazz musicians, Darius Brubeck and Michael Rossi, will be performing in concert. Darius is the son of Dave Brubeck and, like his father, is a pianist and composer. They have frequently toured and recorded together, and Darius has composed several of the pieces they have performed together. He is currently Professor of Jazz Studies at the University of Natal in Durban, South Africa, where he has been very active in promoting the concept of 'Afro-Cool' jazz. On this occasion he will be joined by saxophonist and composer Michael Rossi. Rossi trained at he New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, USA, and has played and recorded with a vast range of international soloists and orchestras, including Aretha Franklin, the Artie Shaw Orchestra and the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra. He is currently a Lecturer in Saxophone and Woodwind at the South African College of Music, University of Cape Town. For this, their first performance in Lincolnshire, they will be joined by two local musicians on drums and double bass. This is a concert not to be missed.
BON TEMPS PLAYBOYS - Play jazz, rock and roll & skiffle, include in their line up Terry Butler, a bass player for Lonnie Donegan's band.
LES BONNER - Jazz piano player, Les has had a long and successful musical career, having been a professional since leaving school. He has done it all, solo, small bands, big bands, ballroom, nightclubs & jazz clubs. Les has also made TV & radio broadcasts, tapes & CD's. Now settled in the area and continuing to contribute to the music scene, Les is also one of the organisers of the Louth music group Allegro Appassionato.
URI CAINE - Uri Caine is an acclaimed jazz pianist with a lifelong passion for the music of Mahler. Together with an 8 piece lineup including electronics, turntables & more conventional jazz instruments he takes the cream of the Mahler repertoire & creates a stunning & unique fusion of sounds & experiences.
LIANE CARROLL - First appeared (to our knowledge!) in Lincolnshire in 1993 at the then Spalding Jazz & Blues Club. Described by Dave Lee (founder of Jazz FM) as "the most exciting & original voice I've heard in many years". "She combines energy & the kind of talent that should ensure a glittering fortune ... you don't get many singers who dig in so hard at the piano" (The Guardian - 1991). From Scat duets to Beatles favourites, Liane's singing & playing will entertain diners throughout the evening, when she returns to The Exeter Arms!
DAVE CHALLIS - A virtuoso of the clarinet & sax. who has performed with many American jazz legends including Billy Butterfield & Bill Coleman. He began playing in his teens in London's East End alongside Pete Strange (trombonist with Humphrey Lyttelton) & John Beechham (of Monty Sunshine's band). He later led his own band which featured regular East Coast Jazz man Dave Williams. He currently leads a jazz trio & Dixieland band 'The Dixie Dudes' & a larger band playing 'commerical music'.
CAROLE CLEGG & SPEAKEASY - Carole Clegg & Speakeasy exclude a great jazz club atmosphere honed in residencies such as Newcastle's Jazz Cafe & the 100 Club in London. Carole's sensual blues vocals combine superbly with the band's mixture of youth & experience to create sounds across a whole range of jazz styles, from trad & Dixie to the coolest blues. Special guest Digby Fairweather is one of Britain's greatest instrumentalists, he has played trumpet with most of the best bands of the last 20 years, recorded over 50 albums & written definitive books on the trumpet.
CASTLE, FRANK 'N' STAN - (Apr 2003) This wonderful jazz trio will be touring rural Lincolnshire venues in May 2003. Three fabulous musicians playing a variety of jazz and Latin standards such as Speaklow, On Green Dolphin Street, This is a Lovely Way to Spend an Evening and many more, including requests from their audiences. The trio oozes quality and the musicians have a lot of experience. Featuring Geoff Castle (keyboards), Frank Holder (singer) and Stan Robinson (tenor sax). They are just at home at Ronnie Scotts as in a village hall, these three have worked with a range of jazz greats like John Dankworth and Cleo Laine and they will woo audiences with their skill and warm personalities. This show will have a wide appeal across all ages and musical tastes and will be an evening to remember.
KEN COLYER TRUST NEW ORLEANS JAZZ BAND - Ken, who died in 1988, visited New Orleans in the 50's to play & listen to the jazz legends. On his return he formed his first Jazzmen, which included Chris Barber, Monty Sunshine & Lonnie Donnegan, this band introduced New Orleans jazz to Europe, sewing the seeds for the rise in the popularity of traditional jazz. The Trust band was formed in March 1988 shortly after Ken's passing by a group of his friends & fans. The 6 piece band has a wide repertoire based on the same jazz roots that inspired Ken, all but the young trumpet player have played with Ken.
SHEENA DAVIS GROUP - New Jazz 5 are pleased to kick-off the new season of 'Jazz at the Lawn' concerts on Saturday 26th January 2002 at 8.30pm with 'The Sheena Davis Group'. Sheena Davis (vocals), Matt O'Regan (piano), Pete Carter (drums), Rob Rickenberg (bass). After graduating from the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, whose director, Bill Ashton, described her as 'the finest all-round singer to perform with the band', she formed the Sheena Davis Group and this young band has performed at most of London's top venues, including Pizza in the Park, Ronnie Scott's and the 606 Club.Sheena recently won the British Gas/Tomorrow's People Award and the Groups first album 'Smile' was released last May to critical acclaim.Sheena has an incredible diverse range with a strong and clear delivery which is put to good full use on the group's tight arrangements of popular standards and unexpected reworkings of modern classics. 'Fiery jazz and blues vocalist'. The Times'The finest new talent to come around for many years. A vibrant combination of soul and jazz delivered with refreshing panache'. (Jazz FM). Contact: John Holland - New Jazz 5 Tel:  873236 [day] 529717[evening]
ANGELO DEBARRE QUARTET - Angelo is a leading light of the Parisian gypsy jazz scene and one of the most versatile guitarists of our time - he is joined for his 2002 tour by three popular British jazz musicians, Christian Garrick (violin), Dave Kelbie (guitar) and Pete Kubrick Townsend (double bass) - Moving and exhilarating, this is a rare opportunity to see one of the masters of this style of jazz performing.
JACQUELINE DANKWORTH & FIELD OF BLUE - Daughter of John & Cleo, Jacqui is a wonderful performer in her own right, musician, singer, songwriter and actress. Together with writing partner Harvey Brough (formerly of Harvey & The Wallbangers fame) debut album 'Field Of Blue' fuses a sensibility of the spirit of jazz, blues & folk. Their all original jazz music lies somewhere between the worlds of pop and jazz, giving it both accessiblity and substance. Jacquline's voice has been described as "creamy and smoky and can fill empty corners of a room with warmth".
NEVILLE DICKIE & MARTIN LITTON - Billed as 2 pianists & a straw hat, Neville excites audiences with his extrovert piano playing, with its machine gun speed, flashy fingering & a powerful, accurate left hand, yet beneath his flamboyant style lies the shy, gentle giant of jazz. Martin Litton is a strong, sophisticated soloist with an eclectic repertoire. He has played with some of the greats of traditional jazz, including Kenny Ball, Humphrey Lyttleton, & Bob Hunt's Duke Ellington Orchestra, & led his own band Martin Litton's Red Hot Peppers who play the music of Jelly Roll Morton. These 2 fine pianists will perform both solo pieces & duets during their show.
DIXIE LINCS - Led by pianist Jim Gilliatt, Dixie Lincs feature bass player Pete Brennan & drummer Alan Marsh who also play in the Rose & Crown Jazz Band. Their line up currently includes trumpet player Pete Surfleet, Fred Baker (trombone) & Malc Hammond.
DOUBLE TAKE - Guitar duo John Illingworth & Steve Rodda, have been playing in the Lincoln area for almost 2 years. Their repertoire includes a mix of Swing, Jazz Standards, Latin & Blues. The duo often have a double bassist too, usually John Porter or David James.
MARTIN DREW QUARTET - The quartet features the exciting & dynamic sound of saxophonist Mornington Lockett one of the most sought after young musicians on the London jazz scene. Drummer Martin has played professionally for almost 25 years, backing many famous jazz musicians, including Oscar Peterson & from 1975 to 1995, Ronnie Scott. Completing this exciting quartet are one of Britain's top young jazz bass players, Laurence Cottle & talented pianist Gareth Edwards.
AN EVENING WITH BILLY & ELLA - Talented Jazz trio, Kathleen Willison (vocals), Tim Whitehead (tenor sax) and Pete Jacobsen (piano) present an evening with Billy & Ella. Many singers have been influenced by Billie Holiday & Ella Fitzgerald, both came from different backgrounds, one with a particularly tragic live, they sang from the heart and touched the hearts of millions. In this show the trio will introduce some lesser known from their repertoire but will also delight the audience with their original, contemporary arrangements of jazz standards made famous by Billie & Ella. Pete Jacobsen has also appeared with Celtic-jazz group Carmina.
NICOLA FARNON QUARTET - Nicola was trained classically on the cello & piano from a young age& changed to jazz in her twenties when she started playing double bass & singing. She has assembled a sparkling quartet of the finest musicians & they play regularly & tour major festivals & jazz venues. They are Nicola (double bass & vocals), Ben Martin (tenor sax), Chris Walker (guitar) & Phil Johnson (drums)
KEVIN FLANAGAN - CHRIS INGHAM QUARTET - Quartet who feature the superb American saxophonist Kevin Flanagan, one of the most respected soloists around today, & the talented pianist & vocalist Chris Ingham. Together they combine in a unique way that gives the band its own distinctive sound. The band's line-up is completed by Andy Brown (double bass) & Russ Morgan (drums). The quartet's second CD, the follow up to their criticially acclaimed debut CD, is due for release shortly.
CHICO FREEMAN QUARTET - This all American band (the first such band to appear at Peterboro Jazz Club) will present a superb evening of classic jazz featuring 4 of the greatest American jazz musicians, led by the brilliant sax player Chico Freeman, who has gathered around him a fabulous rhythm section, George Cables (piano), Victor Lewis, rated by many as one of the top drummers of all time. (July 3) Tickets are limited so book now! - 01733 552331 / 01733 571764 (after 7pm)
GENERAL CLUSTER - Storming Yorkshire based sextet playing original arrangements of Jazz standards.
HERB GELLER - World famous American alto saxophonist, whose playing is influenced by Benny Carter, Johnny Hodges & Charlie Parker. Along with the likes of Art Pepper & Bud Shank, Herb is regarded as one of the most alto sax solists from the 50's West Coast scene. He started his career with Joe Venuti in 1946, & over the next 20 years he played & recorded with many of the great names in jazz, including Benny Goodman, Quincey Jones, trumpeter Clifford Brown, drummer Max Roach & the Be Bop trumpeter Kenny Dorham to name but a few! He moved to Europe in the 60's leading his own bands & guesting with many touring artists. He played lead in the Clarke-Boland Big Band. Herb is joined by a trio led by top UK pianist John Donaldson, on what could be his last tour of the UK.
THE HOT CLUB - Led by Danny Morgan, The Hot Club play an eclectic mix of jazz styles. Audiences can enjoy instrumentals with an original Hot Club flavour, bossas and slower ballads all with a Django edge. Band members include Barry Wormesley and Brian Stoute (bass). Complementing the instrumentals, Carol Lester's assured and polished delivery of standards to raunchy jazz songs and appearances by guest musicians (who may appear from behind the scenes!) & vocalists add to the variety during their regular evenings at The Bell in Weston Hills. (see Jazzrounds Apr / May 2001 for review of The Hot Club at The Bell). Autumn 2001 sees the release of the group's CD 'Let's Get Down To The Bell' which features the band and some of the guests, including Carol Lester, Meena, Patsy Mays, Andy Moran and Graham Lester who appear with them at The Bell on Wednesday evenings. The CD is actually recorded in a studio rather than the venue itself, but apparently captures the atmosphere of their live performances. A full review of the CD (which is priced at £9.95 and available from The Bell, Weston Hills, near Spalding) can be read in Dec 01 / Jan 02 Jazzrounds. For further info contact Dan on 01775 723179.
JAZZ CREATION - Quartet, featuring John Wilson from Nottingham on reeds, Richard Smith on guitar & banjo, bass player John Clark & Greg Platt (drums). Vocals are provided by Greg & Angie (Angie currently sings at Jocasta's Restaurant in Whisby on Wednesday evenings)
ROBIN JONES & HIS LATIN JAZZ SEXTET - Described by Jazz Journal 'the UK's foremost exponent of the Afro-Cuban jazz idiom'. Formed in 1995, from members of Robin Jones' 12 piece band King Salsa, the Latin Jazz Sextet draws on the afro-Cuban roots of the music whilst adding a 60's Blue Note style to their work. Well known on the London Jazz circuit, the sextet feature top percussionist / drummer Robin Jones who in this line up plays congas, he is rated one of the best in the world, Adam Riley (drums), Steve Waterman (trumpet), Nick Walker (sax), Chris Kibble rated as the top Latin jazz pianist in Europe & Gerry Hunt (bass guitar). Their 1998 CD 'Latin Underground' was awarded the Medal Of Honhour at the Benelux International Culture Festival.
JENKINS VULCHEVA INCIDENT - Musically the East meets The West, Kalinka Vulcheva principle soloist of the world renowned Bulgarian ensemble 'Le Mystere Des Voix', she is joined by former Whippersnapper multi-instrumentalist Martin Jenkins on fiddle, flute, mandolin & mandocello - and inventive percussionistTed Kay who is influenced by jazz & indian vibs. Unique & powerful crossover music.
JIVING LINDY HOPPERS - Europe's finest authentic jazz dance company, best known for their breathtaking performances of The Lindy Hop - the original form of jive dancing from 1920's Harlem. Be dazzled by their energetic, thrilling & exuberant dancing as they bring the finger snappin' music alive to create an atmosphere you'll never forget.
INGRID JENSEN QUARTET - A young jazz trumpeter with brilliant technique & sophisticated, sensitive & powerful sound. This Canadian born musician now resides in New York, this is her first British tour - joining her the superb rhythm section of John Donaldson (piano), Andy Cleyndert (double bass) & Steve Brown (drums). Her CD 'Vernal Fields' was voted top album by a Canadian artist in 1995.
JUST THE JOB JAZZ - John Softley's Just The Job Jazz feature Peter Rudeforth (trumpet), Julian Stringle (clarinet), Andy Flaxman (trombone) playing Dixieland jazz - tel 01780 481184 for more info.
TRUDY KERR - Described as "one of the best of the younger crop of jazz singers", Trudy is blessed with a big and beautiful voice and her work is "constantly inventive". Swinging hard is her forte & she does this with ease. She got her big break when spotted by Ronnie Scott in 1995, now a regular performer at Ronnie Scotts she is clearly a young jazz singer who can harness improvisation and unleash an unmissable performance. For her appearance at Grantham in Sep 2001 Trudy with be accompanied by a jazz trio.
KOPINSKI & KONIKIEWICZ - Jan Kopinski (saxophones) and Steve Harris from the contemporary jazz outfit Pinski Zoo team up with virtuosic Polish pianist and composer Wojciech Konikiewicz, a hypnotic and lyrical partnership that draws together Polish folk laments, jazz and classical music.
TERRY LIGHTFOOT & his BAND - Of all current European bandleaders on of the most appropiate to head any tribute to Louis Armstong is Terry Lightfoot. Terry, who formed his first band in 1955 was to become one of the very few British musicians to actually play alongside the great man. To celebrate the Louis Armstrong Cenennial, Terry Lightfoot & his band are presenting a tribute to the life of Louis. The show will include some of the great songs of the later stages of Louis' career such as 'Hello Dolly', 'Mame', 'Wonderful World', 'Cabaret' earlier film hits from 'High Society' & great hot jazz instrumentals from his earlier days with The Hot Five & King Oliver.
DON LUSHER & FRIENDS - Described as Britain's favourite quintet. Featuring stars of the Ted Heath Band, Don Lusher (Jazz award 2000 on Trombone), Roy Willox (sax, clarinet, flute), Ronnie Verrell (drums), Lennie Bush (double bass) & Brian Dee (piano), they play thrilling music from jazz to sophisticated swing.
BARRY MARTIN - Renowned New Orleans jazz band leader, who is probably best known for his work with The Legends Of Jazz, which he formed from the remnants of the Kid Ory Band in California, before touring the world. A jazz historian, author, reconteur as well as a singer & an authentic New Orleans style drummer, Barry is a great all round entertainer who joins the Pilgrim Stompers on occasions.
TINA MAY QUARTET - Regarded by many as the UK's leading jazz singer, who makes marvallous use of her great voice, one moment her sultry vocals sound reminscent of Astrud Gilberto, the next pure toned like Billie Halliday. Though she has a contemporary approach, her work is grounded the classic era of Irving Berlin & Cole Porter, whilst her sets avoid the well worn standards. Her trio features the superb pianist Nikki Iles (who appeared with Gina Harkell in Spalding a few years back) - she has since won the John Dankworth Special Prize at the British Jazz Awards in 1996. Two highly rated young British musicians Simon Thorpe on double bass & drummer Tristan Maillot join Tina for an evening of pure quality jazz.
PAT McCARTHY QUARTET - Jazz quartet who play popular jazz standards with a modern feel. Plenty of jazz guitar to enjoy too. The quartet have played on the main stage at The Grimsby International Jazz Festival as well as in local pubs.
PAT McCARTHY & DAN DOBSON - Local jazz guitarist Dan & nationally renowned jazz guitarist Pat have joined forces to play an extensive repertoire of jazz, blues, swing & golden oldies. Dan has toured Mexico & Central America accompanying American blues singers in jazz packages sponsored by the United States Information Service. Pat has toured with his own quartet playing many jazz clubs & festivals, he has also played with many of the great names in jazz.
MOOD INDIGO - Trio playing an exciting mixture of flamenco & jazz, a fusion of fast & furious guitaring, a pleasure to hear & watch! Guitarist Steve Pinnock formed his own band performing early 30's swing music, achieving great success both in Britain & Europe, culminating in performances at the Montreux Jazz Festival. Steve has supported some of the biggest names in the business, including Eduardo Niebla & Antonio Forcione, Nico (from Velvet Underground) Donovan and Ralph McTell. More recently Steve was involved with the 'Highly Strung' project a fast and furious jazz/flamenco fusion which set many venues across the Midlands alight. Now his latest band Mood Indigo are causing huge interest as he takes his playing to new boundaries. Alongside Steve, soulful vocalist, Roger Bird is an enthusiastic showman, with emphatic delivery and rapport with a crowd, Roger has trod a winding road to lounge, via pub rock, folk, blues & jazz. He has been described as "Harry Connick meets Monty Python", his unique style draws heavily on the "Vegas" tradition of showmanship;blending diverse influences , he is a slick stylish contemporary crooner. Completing the trio comes Mitch Oldham who trained in percussion throughout his school days, playing in most of the Midlands concert bands and orchestra's. During the eighties he gathered a vast amount of experience playing with rock, funk and reggae bands around the UK. In the early nineties he set up a music school and became heavily involved with the "Nottingham School Of Samba", writing arrangements and performing with them at major festivals around the country (Notting Hill Fest. London, Edinburgh Fest. etc.). He has recorded and toured with many bands including "Seven Little Sisters " headlining at gigs of 15,000 people. Together they combine to present a diverse repertoire of jazz, classics & contemporary material. For more info about this exciting Lounge style trio visit Mood Indigo's website.
SONNY MORRIS & THE DELTA JAZZ BAND - Sadly Sonny who was to appear at The Guildhall in Grantham earlier in 2001 died a few days after his scheduled appearance. The Delta Jazz Band appeared with Jim Holmes standing in for Sonny who was seriously ill in hospital at the time. He was 72 years old.
In 1989 trumpet player Sonny Morris achieved his aim to make music in the spirit of the recordings made by New Orleans musicians between the 1940's & 1960's, with the emphasis on ensemble playing. The band (led by Sonny) comprise of 7 players who love to perform traditional jazz. As well as Sonny, the band features Roy Maskell (trombone), Terry Giles (clarinet), Chris Satterly (piano), Colin Bowden (drums), Andy Maynard (banjo) & John Sirett (bass).
LES MUSCUTT - New Orleans based banjo player, Les is currently on tour with Chris Burke (clarinet). They will be guesting with two of Lincolnshire's New Orleans jazz bands during August 2000. For a while in the mid 60's Les was the guitarist with the R & B band The Mike Cotton Sound. Les recently featured on an album featuring 14 of New Orleans finest traditionalist jazz musicans backing Nicholas Payton & Doc Cheatham. Les has also worked with many other musicians on the New Orleans jazz scene, including Al Grey, Benny Powell & as a member of Lional Ferbos & The Palm Court Jazz Band. Chris we understand leds the Chris Burke & the New Orleans Music.
COREY MWAMBA - Young "vibes maestro" - for further info visit the Corey Mwamba website.
NEW NOAKES INTERNATIONALS - 5 piece contemporay jazz quintet led by guitarist Pete Oxley. NNI also feature Butch Thomas (saxophones), Robin Aspland (Hammond / piano / keyboards), Raph Mizraki (acoustic & electric basses) & Etienne Brachet (drums). As well as performing in NNI, these musicians have a wealth of experience, Butch has performed with Sting, Lenny Kravitz & Aretha Franklin, Robin has worked with Van Morrison and Steve Grossman, Raph with Maddy Prior and Rolf Harris!, Etienne with Toufic Farrouk. The group embark on the 'offical' release tour of their album 'Blue In Black & White' in the summer of 2002. The album is described by John Etheridge as 'All in all, this is a strong album of contemporary compositions and soloing as you'll hear anywhere'. Join the NNI emailling list by emailing email@example.com .
NEW ORLEANS ECHOES - 8 piece band, which has been in existance for over 2 decades NOE play in a style which is both authentic & adaptable. Enjoy the sounds of New Orleans jazz, blues & hints of vaudeville. Featuring Pete Curtis (clarinet), Roger Ely (cornet), Roy Maskell (trombone), Jerry Card (drums), John Collinson (piano), John Robert (bass), Chris Marney (banjo) & Penny Paine (vocals).
EDUARDO NIEBLA EXPERIENCE - A flamenco jazz guitarist of world class virtuosity, Eduardo Niebla has teamed up with accompanying guitarist Giorgio Serci & master tabla player Partha Sarathi Mukeherjee to form The Experience. Expect a 'stunning kaleidoscopic array of sonic textures, part classical, part flamenco, tinged with jazz and Latin hues; passionate & gorgeously ornamented' (The Scotsman). Eduardo's latest albums 'I Can Fly Now' and 'The Gift' have been widely acclaimed but 'no recording can do full justice to the thunderstorm of this musician in full flow - deep booming chords interspersed with lightning perscussive effects ... his language is full of hot, dark, Mediterranean passion'.
THE EDUARDO NIEBLA GUITAR DUO - On Wednesday 18th July world class guitar master and virtuoso, Eduardo Niebla, brings his flamenco jazz to Hull with his internationally acclaimed Guitar Duo. Featuring his guitar accompanist Giorgio Serci, Eduardo will present his latest compositions from his albums "The Gift" and "Natural" ("A stunning collection" -Jazz UK). This concert promises truly breathtaking technique with artistry to match. The concert is organised by Hulljazz who can be contacted on 01482 492868 for information or tickets or you can pay at the door: £6 members, £8 non-members. Concert starts at 8:30pm at the Goodfellowship Inn, Cottingham Road, Hull
ROY NORTON'S STANDARD - A tribute to Chet Baker. Roy is more than a jazz musician. Famed for his tour de force as MC for the Grimsby Jazz Festival for many years, he is also the man who knows everybody on the jazz scene, & has played with most of them. This quartet formed specially for the Alford Festival is Roy Norton (trumpet & flugelhorn), Chris Walker (guitar), Pete Barnaby (double bass) & Errol Rollins (drums)
NOTTINGHAMSHIRE POLICE BAND - The NPB perform an evening of music and entertainment for all the family, with music from Films, the Shows, Big Band and Swing, music by Frank Sinatra, Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Cole Porter, Lloyd Webber and many more. For more info. visit the Nottinghamshire Police Band website.
PETE OXLEY TRIO - 'Armed only with a modem free device, with no hill too great for his trusty Morris Minor, one of Britain's finest jazz guitarists returns from his recent world - domination tour of The Hebridean Islands, to undertake the 'Clement Weather Tour' of Britain, with Andy Brown & Russ Morgan.
CHRIS WATSON'S OUTSIDERS - Featuring guitarist Chris Watson who has worked the contemporary jazz & blues scene, not only in the county, but London, Paris & New York, Chris has worked with the likes of George Russell, Dizzy Gillespie, Nancy Wilson & John Williams - The 10 piece band blast up a storm! Each performance is a 'no holds barred' concert of lively & exciting music that will enthral audiences.
SANDRA PEHRSSON - Rising star, this brilliant young Swedish singer won Leeds College of Music 1999/2000 prize "Best Jazz Singer". Her performances include Blues to belters - standards and contemporary - including some sung in Swedish. Her talented band features, Sandra Pehrsson -vocals, Jim Corry -saxes, Matthew Bourne -piano (winner of Perrier Young Jazz Musician of the Year 2,001), Riaan Vosloo -double bass, bass guitar (Holland) and Dave Black -drums - For more info visit the Artiste's site:
THE PERFECT HOUSEPLANTS - Featuring improvisation, some tempting classics & original music, this band including some familiar faces, including Huw Warren (piano / cello) & Mark Lockheart (saxes / clarinet) from the June Tabor Quartet & Dudley Phillips of the Orphy Robinson Band on electric & double bass.
ROBERTO PLA'S LATIN JAZZ ENSEMBLE - Pure Latin-American Jazz by 'one of the best Latin bands to be heard anywhere in the world' - led by the fabulous percussion of Roberto Pla, the band also feature a superb combination of trumpet, sax, as well a vocal element.
RED HOT CHILLIES - Traditional 5 piece jazz band, nationally renowned for its fantastic jazz which is great to dance to. Their grand repertoire includes hits from Gershwin & Cole Porter to Ellington. The band have recently appeared at some prestigious venues including the Chelsea Arts Club, Cafe Royal London, the Black Bottom Club in Northampton & the Birmingham Jazz Festival. A spicey night of live jazz!
SAMMY RIMMINGTON - Clarinet & sax player Sammy has dedicated his life to New Orleans music joining the 'Ken Colyer' band at the age of 18. He has performed with nearly all the great names in jazz, including George Lewis. He toured & recorded with the legendary 'December Jazz Band' in 1965. Sammy leads his own band in Europe, & travels to Australia, USA & Japan annually.
SPIKE ROBINSON QUARTET - American saxophonist who plays beautiful swinging melodies inthe mold of the late Stan Getz & Zoot Sims. 'Spike Robinson is beyond question one of a handful of contemporary giants of the tenor saxophone' (Leonard Feather)
DENNIS ROLLINS BADBONE & CO - Dennis, Britain's foremost funk-jazz trombone player, has worked with some of the country's top jazz and pop personalities. The 6 piece BadBone & Co was launched in 2000 and is gaining a strong following on the UK jazz and dance music scenes. Their high energy groove based funky jazz dance music and Dennis' musical virtuosity and incomparable showmanship make their live performances special. They released their latest album 'Badbone' which pays modern tribute to the 70's era, in 2001. For more information about the band visit the Dennis Rollins website.
SEPTPIECE - Brilliant seven-piece jazz band defies definition! Built around the core of John Donaldson's fluid piano, the creative saxophone playing of Mark Lockheart (of Scratch Band fame), Andy Cleyndert's powerful bass & the sheer versatility of ex-Fairport Convention drummer Dave Mattacks on drums, the band also boasts a 3 piece string section! Prabjote Osahn on violin & Beverly Harling on viola bring Eastern & classical influences, while Stuart Hall's jazz virtuosity on violin is nothing short of genius. Harling's dusky vocals complete the line-up of what is one of the most technically accomplished & musically inventive combos on the circuit today.
LEO SOLOMON TRIO - (updated Apr 2003) A relaxing evening of easy listening jazz, with an optional buffet, with Jazz pianist Leo, playing the Steinway piano in the Auditorium's foyer. The trio have a national & international reputation for accompanying artists in the jazz & cabaret field. In 1998, Leo & trio drummer Norman Beane celebrated 50 years working together by making a highly successful CD, the trio is completed by gifted bass player Peter Barnaby. Leo has been playing the piano since he was 8 years old, though his serious interest in jazz began 7 years later when he became a bandleader for the first time. All three have worked with many professional musicians from the world of jazz. Peter Barnaby also has an international reputation as a maker and repairer of instruments.
LEO SOLOMON TRIO - Enjoy a relaxing evening of easy listening jazz, with an optional buffet, with Jazz pianist Leo, playing the Steinway piano in the Auditorium's foyer. The trio have a national & international reputation for accompanying artists in the jazz & cabaret field. In 1998, Leo & trio drummer Norman Beane celebrated 50 years working together by making a highly successful CD, the trio is completed by gifted bass player Peter Barnaby.
SOUPSONGS -THE MUSIC OF ROBERT WYATT - The World Premier of a brand new piece celebrating the music of Robert Wyatt. Robert (who lives in Lincolnshire) was a founder member of the innovative jazz rock group, Soft Machine. Working with Anne Whitehead, has put together an exceptional group of friends & musicians, who have played with him over his long career. The 2 concerts will feature work from Robert's solo career with music spanning 3 decades from the acclaimed 1975 album 'Ruth is Stranger Than Richard to 'Shleep' in 1997. Wyatt an extraordinary musical talent, has also work with Hendrix, Kevin Ayres, Brian Eno, Mike Oldfield, John Cage, Nick Mason, Elvis Costello & Peter Gabriel. Robert himself has not appeared on the concert stage for almost 20 years, but he has agreed to join the audience for these 2 special concerts (at 3pm / 8pm), with his wife & collaborator Alfreda Benge.
MARTIN SPEAKE & COLIN OXLEY DUO - Two of Britian's finest jazz musicians will be touring Lincolnshire in May 2001 as part of the Lincolnshire Rural & Community Touring scheme. Martin Speake plays alto sax and is a composer & jazz educator. He was a founder member of the award winning saxophone quartet, Itchy Fingers. Martin plays with a whole range of musicians and bands, including Stan Tracey, Bob Wilder, Jim Mullen, Clark Tracey and Loose Tubes. He also leads a quartet as well as the seven piece band Fever Pitch. Colin Oxley is a jazz guitarist who has been a member of Stacey Kent's group since 1991, touring extensively through the UK and Europe. He has recorded a number of albums and played with many visiting musicians including American tenor saxophonist Scott Hamilton and cornet virtuoso Warren Vache. The duo will perform a programme of music which will include some of the great names of jazz - Jimmy Van Heusen, Cole Porter, Johnny Green, Irving Berlin, Victor Young & Antonio Carlos Jobim alongside compostions by Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Bill Evans, John Coltrane and Bunky Green. A programme, during which both musicians (who are great communicators) will talk to their audience about their music ~ music which should appeal to both jazz buffs and newcomers to the musical genre alike.
NEIL STACEY - Neil is one of Britain's most talented guitarists. As the founder & leader of the Kimbara Brothers one of Britain's best Hot Club inspired groups, & Acoustic Mania, he has toured Britain & Europe wowing audiences wherever he has played. Still only a young man, Neil has recorded & guested on 15 albums & is a prolific composer. A passionately creative musician, Neil uses his guitars with awesome technique, exciting improvisations & breathtaking beauty & sensitivity. He is joined by 3 fantastic musicians, Rob Terry (piano), Bernard O'Neill (double bass) & Matthew Skelton (drums).
TOMMY SMITH QUARTET - Probably Britain's top contemporary saxophonist, Tommy Smith is a major talent. With 3 big commissions, nominations for 2 national awards, release of his Bluesmith album (featuring John Schofield) & headline solos on the jazz-imbued 'The Talented Mr Ripley' - Tommy Smith's 2000 looks like being the best ever year so far of an already spectacular career. With his quartet featuring Gareth Williams, Orlando Le Flemming & Sebastian de Krom, Tommy will highlight material from 'Bluesmith'.
BRYAN SPRING / MARK EDWARDS TRIO - All 3 members of this trio come with formidable backgrounds in British jazz. Drummer Bryan played with the legendary Tubby Hayes, Stan Tracey & many visiting American artists. Mark is an established favourite with jazz audiences throughout the UK with his highly individual keyboard style. Meanwhile it is claimed that bass player Mick Hutton has featured in over 5000 gigs worldwide, over 200 radio broadcasts & some 30 albums, West End shows & films.
EGILS STRAUME TRIO - (Apr 2003) The Boston Youth Jazz Orchestra team up with the Egils Straume Trio from Lativa at Blackfriars Arts Centre in Boston. The Lativan trio have been described as one of the best free jazz groups in Eastern Europe. Egils Straume who has composed and performed on over 20 recording is a graduate from the Moscow State Conservatoire. He plays alto and soprano, alongside him Maris Briezkalns (percussion) and Ivar Galenieks (bass) complete the trio's line up. Maris, one of the former Soviet Union's most famous jazz percussionists has worked with Grover Washington and Cecil Taylor, Ivar is a former member of the Lativan State Symphony Orchestra.
ABDUL TEE JAY'S ROKOTO - In the late 80's Abdul Tee Jay's Rokoto, from Sierra Leone, began to purvey a tight expert mixture of highlife, which in its original dance band form was a blend of European jazz-band instrumentation mixed with local Akan & Ga rhythms, given added spice by a variety of Latin, calypso & soukous. The 'highlife' term came from the smart dress adopted by the relatively prosperous audiences that were attracted to this exciting new musical form in the 20's. The group's debut LP 'Kankakura' was written entirely by Tee-Jay. With their highly dancable blend of jangly guitar, hip shaking percussion, spirit rousing vocals & the sunniest sounds around, Barton Arts defy anyone to remain seated!
STEPHEN TRIFFITT & NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA - Stephen Triffitt and the Nelson Riddle Orchestra UK celebrates Sinatra in a spectacular new show featuring classic Sinatra songs performed by the star of 'The Rat Pack' together with a 17 piece big band. Stephen who has played the role of Sinatra in both smash hit shows 'Frank, Sammy & Dean - The Rat Pack Live from Las Vegas' and 'The Main Event' faithfully recreates the magic of the legendary singer down to the very last detail. The Nelson Riddle Orchestra have backed greats such as Barbara Streisand, Linda Ronstadt and Frank Sinatra himself. For more info visit Flying Music website.
PETER TABOIS - Jazz pianist Peter first played at the famous Grimsby South Bank Jazz Club in the early 60's. Since then he has appeared with many local bands - currently the New Riverside in Grimsby and the Apex in Scunthorpe - he has also backed British & American stars.
STAN TRACEY QUINTET - The Stan Tracey Quinetet appear at Goodfellowship Inn, Cottingham Road, Hull on Wednesday 18-Sept 8:30pm, Promoted by Hulljazz for Information: Tel. 01482 492868, Admission: £14 (£12 subscribing members). A quintet led by the redoubtable Stan Tracey. Rhythm section is as usual Clark Tracey on Drums and Andrew Cleyndert on double bass. For his front line Stan has chose Nigel Hitchcock on tenor and Mark Armstrong on trumpet - a top-notch lineup guaranteed to do full justice to his impeccable compositions and arrangements. On Wed 18-Sept 2002, Hulljazz opens its Autumn series with a Quintet led by the internationally renowned jazz pianist, composer and arranger Stan Tracey. He is generally regarded as one of Britains greatest living jazz musicians. His career spans over 40 years, and goes back to the embryonic days of modern jazz in this country. His rise to fame started in 1960 when he began a seven year stint as resident pianist at Ronnie Scott's Club. He played with all the great American musicians who appeared at the Club during that time including Zoot Sims, Al Cohn, Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon, Roland Kirk, Ben Webster, Stan Getz, Freddie Hubbard, and J J Johnson. In his formative years, Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk were the biggest influences on Tracey's style but his distinctive and unique percussive chordal sound is now instantly recognisable as his own. His playing and composing have brought him international recognition and many honours including the OBE, honorary D.Lit, honorary member of the Royal Academy of Music, and Fellow of the Leeds College of Music. He is one of the handful of British jazz musicians to have achieved real global fame and was voted International Jazz Musician of the Year in 1985. Playing with him for the Hulljazz concert are his son drummer Clark Tracey, Andrew Cleyndert on double bass, Nigel Hitchcock on tenor and Mark Armstrong on trumpet - a top-notch lineup guaranteed to do full justice to Stan's impeccable compositions and arrangements. The performance is given with financial assistance from the Goodfellowship Inn where it is to be held. The concert starts at 8:30pm.
THEO TRAVIS QUARTET - Saxophonist Theo has played at New York's legendary Blue Note Club & was nominated as 'Rising Star' in the 1996 & 1997 British Jazz Awards. Savour the soulful virtuosity of this highly imaginative quartet who recently played a week at Ronnie Scott's, in your home city.
THE VAUGHAN HAWTHORNE-NELSON QUARTET - "One of Britian's finest young jazz talents" was how the Observer described Vaughan back in 1987. After studying classical clarinet, violin & piano, he finally chose alto-sax, & majored at college in Boston (USA). Here too, he recorded his first 2 albums, one of which 'The Path' was nominated by the Boston Globe Music Awards '90 as "Best Jazz recording on an indepentent label". Vaughan's playing has an emotional depth, rarely found in one so young, & his playing has the ability to immediately communicate with the listener. He will be joined by Mark Mondesir (drums) who has played with Courtney Pine, Orlando Le Fleming (bass) & Adam Sakeld (guitar).
CHRIS WATSON'S OUTSIDERS - Featuring guitarist Chris Watson who has worked the contemporary jazz & blues scene, not only in the county, but London, Paris & New York, Chris has worked with the likes of George Russell, Dizzy Gillespie, Nancy Wilson & John Williams - The 10 piece band blast up a storm! Each performance is a 'no holds barred' concert of lively & exciting music that will enthral audiences.
MATT WATES SEXTET - One of the top bands on the London Jazz scene, led by the brilliant young saxophonist Matt Wates. Matt has worked with many jazz outfits, including Sax Appeal, PAZ & Itchy Fingers. The band who have just released their 3rd CD, also features trumpet player Martin Shaw, Andy Panayi (saxs / flute), John Pearce (piano), Malcolm Creese (bass) & drummer Steve Brown.
HELEN WATSON - Her distinct & unique vocal qualities have attracted work with such artists as Little Feat, & Andy Fairweather-Lowe, she has also toured with Joe Cocker. The soulful & jazzy songstress, plays fine guitar too -her live performances will appeal to both blues & jazz audiences, & to lovers of fine music.
DON WELLER - Saxophonist Don Weller is a musician of equal standing to those he aspired to as a young musician in the the 60's. Held in high esteem as the 'real thing' by other musicians, Don has worked with many artists in different fields, including Alex Harvey and Alexis Corner's Rocket 88. The Don Weller Quartet features Don on sax, John Donaldson (piano), Andrew Cleyndert (double bass) and Dave Barry (drums).
BOB WELLINS - Regarded by many as one of the finest saxophonists this country has ever produced & has produced some of his finest work in recent years. One jazz critic remarked 'he can play the Armani suits off most of the new wave of tenors'! (Martin Gayford). Bob will be joined by young Australian pianist John Foreman & award winning drummer Clark Tracey.
RICK WOOLGAR QUARTET - Since turning professional in 1979, Rick has had a career in most areas of the music biz. More recently he has concentrated on his love of improvisation, using jazz, blues & soul as his expressive vechicle. He is well known among local musicians for his work.
THE ZAPPATISTAS - Playing some of Frank Zappa's greatest rock music with an energising injection of jazz rock, this band of top musicians are led by John Etheridge who jazz fans may recently have seen playing in Lincoln at Sept. New Jazz 5 gig.
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