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Fizgig Jazz Archives
Please note, these profiles were archived in 2003 and are for historical reference only. Sadly some of the musicians are no longer with us, however some of the artists still perform locally or nationally;
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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)
BEARFOOTE & THE JETTY STARTERS - Bearfoote and the Jetty Starters is a mainstream band playing a wide range of swing standards, latin jazz and blues The band is led by the regular front line of Peter Storey (sax) and Cliff Lee (clarinet). Pride and joy of the band is the swinging rhythm section comprising Geoff Dillamore on guitar, Kim Jameson on bass and Rob Hedworth, drums. As reported in Jazzrounds, " ...the confident rhythm group swings like hell". Regular guests join the band on vocals, piano, vibes and even jazz harmonica! The band get together for the sheer joy of making live jazz happen and the enthusisam shows. For more info & updated gig listings visit Bearfoote & the Jetty Starters website.
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'.
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.
THE BRASSHOPPERS - 8 piece group bring a brassy blast of New Orleans, Mardi Gras, Rio Carnival and Spanish Fiesta wherever they play. They have performed their unique brand of brassbound funk, Latin & jazz at over 2000 festivals and venues throughout the UK, Europe, Middle East, USA and Canada, since their formation in 1988. Quality musicianship and irreverent sense of humour combine to give The Brasshoppers a truly universal appeal. 'The Brasshoppers music is irresistible ... those of melancholy disposition need not apply!' (Time Out). For further info visit The Brasshoppers website.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
BEN CROSLAND / STEVE WATERMAN QUARTET - Steve Waterman -trumpet/flugelhorn, Ben Crosland -bass guitar, Stuart McCall -guitar, Dave Walsh -drums. The band brings a contemporary approach to well chosen standards and plays originals by Steve and Ben. The music whether hot and fiery or cool and restrained benefits from Steve's outstanding ability.
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.
THE DEVILS MUSIC - Old Nick's own quartet play a mixture of jazz, swing, & boogie woogie with help from various artists.
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.
DR JAZZ - Jazz band featuring Arthur Jessop (banjo / guitar), Frank Robinson (saxophone, clarinet, trombone), Paul West (string bass). They are joined on special occasions by top jazz artist Les Bonner (keyboards) - Les studied piano from the early age of 7 & turned professional after leaving school, playing piano & vibes for many big bands of the 40's, 50's & 60's, playing alongside top jazz artists. He has made a lot of recordings for both radio & TV.
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.
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)
GEOFF GASCOYNE QUARTET - Featuring Geoff Gascoyne - double bass, Ben Castle - saxes, Gareth Williams - piano, Sebastian De Krom - drums. Utterly accomplished, classical 'modern jazz¹ of the mid 1960s period. Castle and Williams, sure-footed and virtuosic, ride on Gascoyne¹s rich sound and swing.
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.
DAVE GREEN TRIO - Dave Green -double bass, Gene Calderazzo -drums, Iain Dixon -saxes, Britain's no. 1 bass player leading a trio evoking the Sonny Rollins sessions with Elvin Jones. The format means room to explore; but with Green at the helm swing will be king. Rolling rhythm and melody intertwined; intimate and exciting
HARLEQUIN JAZZ BAND - Traditional Jazz Band based in Sleaford, Lincolnshire. Formed in 1972, the band play regularly at the Solo Club, Market Place in Sleaford, & feature vocalist Ann Smith. Concerts now take place on the first & third Fridays of the month. They are joined on 3rd December by Ken Sims who played trumpet with the Acker Bilk & The Paramount Jazz band for 8 years. He has also worked with the Cy Laurie band & with a top clarinet player the The Sims / Wheeler combination. Also joining the band for this special concert (entry £5), keyboard player Peter Tabois from the North Lincolnshire based Apex Jazz Band.
JOHNNY HILLYARD TRIO - Hypnotic Mainstream and modern jazz, including Oscar Petersen and Ella Fitzgerald and George Benson work. Featuring bandleader Johnny (ex pro vibes player) on keyboards, backed by bass & drums, Johnny's band has a Monday residency at the New England Hotel in Boston. They have an open mic policy, with guest musicians both experienced and those who are setting off on a musical career performing during the evening. This has attracted performers from the local Boston Youth Jazz orchestra and other musicians.
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.
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.
STACEY KENT QUARTET - Stacey grew up in New York, listening to the music of the jazz greats before moving to London 5 years ago, playing in interestingly named Vile Bodies Swing Band, before forming her Quartet for British & European tours. The love of the music she heard in her formative years has led her to a career as a jazz performer. Described as one of the finest interpreters of 20th century popular song, 'beguiling ... you won't hear much better' (The Times). She appeared at the 1997 Grimsby Jazz Festival with her band featuring 3 world class musicians, Dave Newton (piano) Dave Green (bass) & Steve Brown (drums). Here she captivated the audience, & us with her singing, that has a romantic & midnight zone feel to it. Since then Jim Tomlinson has joined the band. Highly recommended by Fizgig!
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.
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).
NEW RIVERSIDE JAZZMEN - The New Riverside Jazzmen take their name from the original band called The Riverside Jazzmen which was formed in Grimsby after the Second World War by young men returning home from the Forces. What a great time that must have been for jazz 51; these musicians were able to play live for a public who had probably only heard the music on the radio, or on hard to come by records. The band based in Grimsby is under the leadership of Brian Clarke. He formed the band in 1983 to pursue the art of playing in a Chicago style of jazz. The nucleus of musicians consists of - Brian Clarke (cornet and vocals) Colin Gordon (trombone), Les Williams (banjo and vocals) Peter Tabois (piano/keyboard), Dave Cook (drums). The bass seat is being ably filled at present by Bill Wright of Sleaford, who plays electric bass guitar, he also plays a mean banjo! Noel Akester has recently been welcomed into the band on the clarinet/soprano sax/tenor sax.
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.
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)
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
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.
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.
THE PILGRIM STOMPERS - Led by cornet player & vocalist John Paddon, the band also feature John Ballinger (trombone), Arthur Jessop (banjo), Dougie Woods (electric bass), Dave Parker (clarinet) + either Charles King, Hugh Marrows or Owen Campbell (drums). The Stompers are dedicated to playing authentic New Orleans style jazz & are often joined by guest musicians from Britain or the USA, including some of New Orleans's top jazzmen.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
RAZZMAJAZZ - 5 piece band who are often joined by guest singers including Ann Smith + other musicians. With trombone & trumpet accompanied by mellow guitar / banjo, drums & double bass the band play a selection of mellow evening jazz, & some uptempo numbers, 16 year old drummer Ian recently stood in for the band's regular sticks man.
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'.
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)
LEO SOLOMON TRIO - 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 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).
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.
MARTIN TAYLOR & JACK EMBLOW - Martin Taylor is widely recognised as one of the world's most gifted guitarists, he is joined by master of the accordion Jack Emblow, together they have toured with The Spirit Of Django, appearing at The Grimsby International Jazz Festival in 1996. A rare chance to see these world renowned performers in Lincoln.
MARTIN TAYLOR'S SPIRIT OF DJANGO - Martin Taylor is widely recognised as on of the most gifted guitarists in the world. Inspired by the legendary guitar genius Djanjo Reinhardt, he launched his tribute, the acoustic Spirit Of Django featuring Jack Emblow (accordion), Dave O'Higgins (saxs), John Goldie (rhythm guitar) & Terry Gregory (acoustic bass) in 1994.
MARTIN TAYLOR - Martin is widely recognised as being one of the most gifted guitarists in the world. His professional career began when at the age of 15, Martin fulfilled a long-time ambition to play with The Count Basie Orchestra. He later toured the world with another jazz legend, Stephane Grappelli, whom he worked with for 10 years. He has previously appeared in the area with his band Spirit Of Django this time he will treat the audience to a dazzling solo performer.
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).
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.
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.