WitneyJazz

Welcome to Witney Jazz, we arrange monthly jazz concerts showcasing truly entertaining jazz musicians in a friendly, club like environment - please check out our web site and get in touch if you like what you see - you’d be very welcome

What’s On

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Jamie Brownfield Quartet (the Music of Benny Goodman)

August 4th 2017

£15.00 (£12.00 if ordered ahead)

Doors open at 19:15, show starts at 20:00

Welcome Jamie Brownfield - ridiculously young professional trumpeter and lover of music with melody!

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Jamie teams up with jazz violinist Ben Holder and stunning pianist Tom Kincaid to create a musical tribute to the music of Benny Goodman. yes - we hear you “but Benny was a band leading clarinettist” true, but that’s what makes it much more fun. These guys are not setting out to emulate or copy the great reeds player but they do adore his music and they will take it by the scruff of the neck and create something truly effervescent with it, that much we can promise. Tom Kincaid is a Manchester based pianist who specialises in the older, perhaps less chromatic piano approach with rhythm being its prime element, yet he has a touch that’s at once feather light and yet truly muscular - the closest thing you’ll come to hearing Teddy Wilson live!

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Julian Marc Stringle Trio

September 1st 2017

£15.00 (£12.00 if ordered ahead)

Doors open at 19:15, show starts at 20:00

Quite probably the UK’s finest jazz clarinettist - certainly one with the most illustrious hair! Julian presents an evening of swing jazz with a ‘smidge' of funkiness together with ace UK guitarist Nigel Price and Paul Jefferies on bass.

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A child prodigy - clarinettist / reeds-smith and all round nice guy Julian Marc Stringle, has been performing at a stratospheric level for the whole of his life it seems! For those who recognise names - he studied clarinet with Wilf Keeley and composition with William Lloyd Webber. His first TV performances were with Acker Bilk aged 14 and he went on to be regular with the Kenny Ball Band, George Chisholm and Dame Cleo Lane bands - all of this in his twenties. But Julian hasn't just kept playing the traditional or even mainstream flavours of jazz - his own 'all star' quartet specialises in Latin/funk music and he frequently dips into the classical world with special duo performances featuring the phenomenal Canadian guitar virtuoso Dominic Ashworth. So we've asked Julian to team up with top British jazz guitarist Nigel Price and bassist Paul Jefferies to present a varied show of jazz styles. Julian's playing is full of sparkle and wit - you're in for real musical treat!

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Gabrielle Ducomble Band

October 6th 2017

£15.00 (£12.00 if ordered ahead)

Doors open at 19:15, show starts at 20:00

A change to the previously advertised programme (Michael Roberts) - we are truly delighted to introduce the wonderful Belgian vocalist Gabrielle Ducomble with Mark Rose (guitars), Bill Midge (piano) and Paul Jefferies (double bass).

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Gabrielle divides her time between performances here in the UK and Paris. She has a beautiful voice that is as powerful as it is clear and beguiling. Her music is very much jazz, but of a style that you’d hear drifting from smoky Parisian night clubs during the 40s and 50s. So expect melodies like La Vien Rose, Under Paris Skies and lots more. You can check Gabrielle’s music, videos and biography on her website http://gabrielleducomble.com but let us give you highlights: Born in Belgium, she sang from a very early age and after winning countless singing competitions, she was a finalist in 2003 in the French version of Pop Idol. Subsequently she signed to Sony France and the resulting album went double Gold! She’s now firmly back to what she loves doing - singing jazz and she is one of the most talked about vocalists on the London scene. Pitch perfect, with an incredible sense of time and rhythm we can confidently predict you will be utterly mesmerised!

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Rebecca Poole Quartet

November 3rd 2017

£15.00 (£12.00 if ordered ahead)

Doors open at 19:15, show starts at 20:00

The delicious Rebecca returns because she was literately so popular last time she performed at Witney Jazz - with Hugh Turner (guitar), Paul Jefferies (bass) & Stuart Henderson (trumpet) - a night of American Songbook Jazz and lots more.

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You may have heard her as ‘Purdy’ her alter-ego more pop styled character, but tonight it’s very firmly Rebecca Poole the jazz singer you’ll be coming to hear. She has a distinctive sultry, yet musical style with that rare ability to hold your attention whilst she relates the real meaning of a song. Fist class pitching and a touch of sparkle complete the sonic story. Rebecca is no stranger to small audiences (in fact she tells us she loves the sense of intimacy in smaller venues) but she’s also happy in front of tens of thousands as witnessed by her performances at Wembley Stadiums and the Royal Albert Hall with the likes of Jools Holland. She’s a regular at the top clubs in London and we’re delighted to have her with us again at Witney Jazz.

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Ben Holder’s Gypsy Christmas Show

Dec 1st 2017

£15.00 (£12.00 if ordered ahead)

Doors open at 19:15, show starts at 20:00

Virtuoso violinist brings a Gypsy Swing jazz Christmas to Witney!

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Ben is well known for his outrageously speedy playing - which loses none of its articulation of intonation in the process. He’s also a very good composer and he’ll be bringing a mix of self-penned tunes plus some great seasonal favourites to Witney Jazz for this concert. This will be a real family oriented affair so bring all the generations with you as there’ll be cake, a bumper raffle, great humour and some of the most entertaining jazz you’ll hear this side of 2018…with Jez Cook on Maccaferry guitar and Nick Millward on a specially cut down drum kit plus Paul Jefferies on double bass and perhaps something else…..

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Rob Terry Trio - The Great American Song Book

January 5th 2018

£15.00 (£12.00 if ordered ahead)

Doors open at 19:15, show starts at 20:00

Stunning trio who combine classical & jazz music return with music from the Great Songbook

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Rob Terry studied classical composition at The Birmingham Conservatoire, he went on to play jazz with with a plethora of Brit jazz vocalists and became music director for Eartha Kit, Dave Stewart (Eurythmics) and many more. His classical credentials are top notch, his jazz prowess is breath-taking and he returns to Witney Jazz to present a sparkling new set of arrangements of melodies from the Great American Songbook. With Charlie Stratford (drums) and Paul Jefferies (upright bass) we know there’s some stunning live music to be had from this highly regarded trio.

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Will Barnes Gypsy Jazz Project (feat. Tommaso Starace)

February 2nd 2018

£15.00 (£12.00 if ordered ahead)

Doors open at 19:15, show starts at 20:00

Ex-Gypsy-Fire guitarist Will Barnes brings an awesome new project to Witney Jazz

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Will Barnes has to be one of the most respected British gypsy swing jazz guitarist. When he’s not producing (as engineer) great rock and pop albums, he performs in a host of jazz ensembles playing both arch-top and Maccaferry acoustic guitars in straight ahead or Gypsy jazz. His work with the quartet Gypsy Fire is hugely respected, full powered, harmonically inspired - he is a guitarist’s guitarist! he leads a quartet that features another great 6-string player - Gloucester based Andy Wood plus Paul Jefferies on bass and guesting on soprano / also saxes the incredible Italian soloing stallion, Tommaso Starace.

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Ian Bateman ‘Fourtet’

March 2nd 2018

£15.00 (£12.00 if ordered ahead)

Doors open at 19:15, show starts at 20:00

World class trombonist celebrates the music of JJ Johnson & Frank Rosolino

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Ian Bateman is one of our most celebrated trombonists - and this will be the first time we’ve welcomed a ‘bone’ player to Witney Jazz. In his 40 year professional career he’s played alongside some of the finest jazz musicians there are, including tours with Terry Lightfoot’s band, Chris barber’s band and concerts with Buddy Rich, Aker Bilk, Kenny Ball and Pete Allen. He has a lightness of touch that contrasts beautifully with inevitable full throttle passages - he is beutifully melodic and as you’d expect he swings like a pendulum! With Tom Pilling on piano, Paul Jefferies on bass and Charlie Stratford on drums.

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Ben Holder Quintet - 'When Oscar met Stephane & Benny’

April 6th 2018

£15.00 (£12.00 if ordered ahead)

Doors open at 19:15, show starts at 20:00

An imagined meeting between three of the greatest jazz musician the world has ever heard.

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Ben Holder is famed for his incredible energy - all of which he crams into each and every concert he gives. Whether playing violin (on which he is a virtuoso) or piano, or even singing, he gives his all to create the most entertaining gig possible. He kicked off our very first Burford jazz concert and we’ve decided to get him back to show us what a new line-up can create. He’s brining his quintet which features the award winning talents of two brand new musicians to Burford Jazz - clarinetist Julian Stringle and pianist Craig Milverton. This quartet has recorded a superb album which will be on sale at the concert.

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Wendy Kirkland’s 'Piano Divas’ Quartet

May 4th 2018

£15.00 (£12.00 if ordered ahead)

Doors open at 19:15, show starts at 20:00

Celebrating the worlds greatest female piano playing jazz singers - no pressure!

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Wendy Kirkland was an organ scholar and whilst she still plays the king of keyboards, she’s also a fabulous, creative jazz pianist. She hit upon the idea of creating a show based on the music of women in jazz who both play piano and sing and she set to creating some rather clever arrangements. A highly respected album followed and this finely tuned concert is now creating quite a stir. Expect some very renditions of music from the likes of Diana Krall, Blossom Dearie, Nina Simone and Shirley Horn amongst others.

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Roger Beaujolais Band (feat. David Newton on piano) - The Music of Milt Jackson

June 1st 2018

£15.00 (£12.00 if ordered ahead)

Doors open at 19:15, show starts at 20:00

The toast of British vibraphone players, this jazz icon showcases his amazing skills and music.

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Take a look in the jazz music press and you’ll read accolade after accolade for this fabulous musician. Roger has successfully straddled the worlds of jazz, blues, pop and rock for over three decades, playing alongside the cream of British jazz musicians and performing with and playing sessions on recordings with Peter Gabriel, Robert Plant, fairground Attraction and Paul Weller to mention just a few and he was a founding member of the Chevalier Brothers - a big hit around clubs throughout Europe in the 1980s. He’ll be back to playing the music of the late, great vibes player Milt Jackson with one of the UK’s best loved pianists David Newton, Paul Jefferies on double bass and drummer TBA .

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Katharine Timoney Quartet

July 6th 2018

£15.00 (£12.00 if ordered ahead)

Doors open at 19:15, show starts at 20:00

Self assured, high-quality jazz vocalist with more than a hint of glamour….

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Katharine is one powerhouse of a singer - she’s equally at home belting out soul and R&B as she is singing well chosen notes over jazz standards. This very talented (and still very young) vocalist grew up in Northern Ireland listening to the Great American Songbook and it shows. She sings these classics with a deep understanding of the meaning behind the music and the lyrics. She lists her influences as Etta James, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Amy Winehouse - so that should give you an idea about the sonic soundscape she’s aiming for. On hand to provide rhythm, harmony and great ‘time’ will be Tom Kincaid, Paul Jefferies and Nick Millward.