The music of Duke Ellington and his right hand man Billy Strayhorn has been inspiring singer Sarah Moule and pianist Simon Wallace ever since they both discovered jazz. Simon was hooked after seeing the Ellington band live when he was 13 years old and Ellington’s music was Sarah’s first jazz passion and always features in her set. Together with drummer Paul Robinson and bassist Paul Jefferies, they will celebrate ‘Swee’ Pea’ and ‘The Duke’ with a collection of their greatest songs with a couple of rare Ellington gems. .
Three highly regarded musicians, singer Sarah Moule, pianist Simon Wallace and drummer Paul Robinson have performed at Ronnie Scott's Club, the Purcell Room, most major London jazz rooms and all over the UK. Sarah sang for six years with Proms favourite The John Wilson Orchestra and has released four critically acclaimed CDs. Simon toured internationally with the Lindsay Kemp Company, has recorded with Geoff Beck and been Musical Director for Imelda Staunton, Ian Shaw, Barb Jungr and Clare Teal. Paul Robinson toured worldwide for 18 years with Nina Simone, was a member of Art of Noise and currently tours with Eric Bibb.
'Cool, elegant, immaculate' 5 stars The Observer
'Classic late-night club jazz. Exquisitely textured arrangements...such a stunning interpreter of a lyric' 4 stars Jazz Journal
'Peppers & Beans’ The Alan Barnes & Ian Smith Quintet
Re-scheduled to Wednesday December 9th
Book now to get tickets at £17:00 each!
Doors open at 19:15, show starts at 20:00
An all star band for this Witney Jazz ’Special’ event featuring stalwart of the UK jazz scene, Alan Barnes raconteur and ace trumpeter Ian Smith, pianist Alex Bryson, bassist Paul Jefferies and drummer Clark Tracey. This brand new show features the music that straddled swing and Bebop in the 40s and 50s. From trumpeter Harry ’Sweets’ Edison who performed with Jeter Pillars, Count Basie and Buck Clayton to name a few through Ben Webster with his smooth as silk tenor sound who created a wealth of recordings with his own ensembles as well as a memorable series with ’Sweets’, to the slightly edgier alto sounds of arch bebopper, Art Pepper. All wrapped in humour, story telling and pure musical joy. Paul Jefferies on bass, drums and piano TBA.
One of finest jazz violinists in Europe - Ben Holder is a wizard on the fiddle and an accomplished raconteur! He’ll be performing at Witney Jazz with his regular, long time quartet comprising Ben himself (violin and vocals), Jez Cook (guitars), Paul Jefferies (double bass) and one of the club’s favourite drummers - Nick Millward. Ben’s show will feature Christmas or festive melodies, much swing and lots of laughs as he powers his way through astonishing violin solos, anecdotes and some of the most delightful ballads you’ll hear this time of year.
Multi-award winning Julian Stringle is perhaps best known for his superb clarinet playing which has pin-point articulation, gorgeous tone and a truly engaging approach to soloing. However, he also sings with a voice that could win awards on its own merit and he’s mean saxophonist to boot! He plays music from just about every era of jazz- but tonight Julian will be adding his very own touch of magic to a bunch of much loved standards from the 30s, 40s and 50s - the music that made Acker Bilk, Monty Sunshine and Benny Goodman household names throughout the world and even hit the charts on occasion. Playing wonderful music with Julian will be the inimitable pianist Craig Milverton, much loved drummer Nick Millward and bassist Paul Jefferies.