Sun 23 Dec - ALAN BARNES (saxes & clt)
Our Xmas gig could feature no one better than the great Alan Barnes. His unique musicianship, indefatigable touring, and warm rapport with audiences have made him uniquely popular in British jazz. He has received over 25 British Jazz Awards, most recently in 2014 for clarinet, and has twice been made BBC Jazz Musician of the Year.
Sun 06 Jan - ANDY PANAYI (saxes & flute)
Andy is an exceptionally gifted jazz musician, skilled in performance, composition and arranging. He plays all the flutes and all the saxophones and currently leads his own groups, both jazz and classical. He is professor at The Royal College of Music and The Royal Academy of Music in London and the Birmingham Conservatoire.
Sun 20 Jan - JULIAN MARC STRINGLE (clt)
"Julian is an immense talent! Probably the best clarinettist to emerge in British jazz for several decades. His playing has ‘world class’ written all over it". Sir John Dankworth. "Stringle's clarinet sound is exquisite. It has freshness, sparkle and a flute-like softness. At times he makes the clarinet sound re-invented". John Fordham, The Guardian.
Sun 03 Feb - SUE RICHARDSON (trp & voc)
Since being tipped for the top by Jazzwise magazine, Sue’s career has gone from strength to strength. "If Chet Baker and Clifford Brown are two of her main role models - her timbre is warm and full-bodied - her soloing, while avoiding high-note theatrics, evokes the generosity and exuberance of players from the swing era.” The Times.
Sun 17 Feb - NIGEL PRICE (gtr)
Nigel has worked tirelessly to organise his own tours (including a 56 date tour in late 2016) and has picked up a Parliamentary Jazz Award (Best Jazz Ensemble, 2010), a nomination for a British Jazz Award (Best Guitarist, 2014) and a British Jazz Award (Best Guitarist, 2016) along the way. He is a regular performer at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club.
Sun 10 Mar - JO HARROP (voc)
Jo Harrop is a jazz singer who has a refined mellow sound evoking the greats such as Anita O’Day & Billie Holiday and has graced many prestigious stages and studios around the UK. She delivers a beautifully warm and swinging sound and includes songs associated with the great Peggy Lee in her repertoire.
Sun 24 Mar - PETE NEIGHBOUR (clt)
Pete Neighbour is a highly respected clarinet & sax player, originally from London and now based in the USA. He travels extensively performing in his own inimitable style of swing era jazz but for the 21st Century. He performs regularly, worldwide, in a variety of settings with concert and guest appearances all over Europe, North America, Australia and Asia.
Sun 07 Apr - HANAH HORTON (sax)
A natural born improviser from an early age, Hannah has played the saxophone since before high school days. As a youngster she attended the prestigious Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama and in her teens became a lead member of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. Now her hallmark velvet tone and versatility are attracting growing audiences.
Sun 21 Apr - RENATO D'AIELLO
“Renato is a superlative saxophonist with a passionate and poetic soul. He has all the virtues – a beautiful sense of time and pacing and a technique which effortlessly projects his brilliantly flowing ideas.” Ian Carr, Jazz writer. “D’Aiello’s weighty, behind-the-beat sound shows a poetic imagination." John Fordham, The Guardian,