Ollie Weston - as his website says “plays, writes and records music”. He plays all the saxes plus bass and piano and is he’s a highly rated educator to boot! Ollie has a fabulous tone on the classic alto and tenor saxes, but he also plays a mean bass clarinet and he’ll be bringing as many of these as he can to our concert on 6th August, when he’ll present some of the music that Duke Ellington and musical collaborator pianist Billy Strayhorn made famous throughout the world of jazz and which is still regarded today as much in advance of its time. Playing with Ollie will be pianist Jonathan Taylor, bassist Paul Jefferies and drummer Euan Palmer.
You’d be hard pressed to find a more celebrated jazz vocalist in Europe, let alone Britain. Tina May has sung with some of the finest bands and band leaders in Europe and America and that’s in no small part due to her having a fabulous jazz voice and being one of the best presenters of jazz music in the business. Tina will no doubt bring a hint of French language and chanson to the occasion, as she’s very much the francophile and spends a lot of her performing time in France as well as England. Tina’s rhythm section for the night will be led by the award winning pianist Dave Newton, with Paul Jefferies (bass) and Mitch Perrins (drums).
Stuart Henderson trumpet and flugel horn specialist - is a very fine player and composer, highly regarded for his tone and stunning articulation. His career spans stints in brass bands as a youngster, and many years in the British Army as an outstanding trumpeter including a period as The Queen’s trumpeter. In 'civvy street’ for several years now Stuart is known as highly respected jazz trumpet player and he has has created a highly entertaining show which outlines the history of the trumpet in jazz, from the early years of ragtime, through swing to bebop, fusion and beyond. Featuring the music of legends such as Buddy Bolden, Clifford Brown, Luis Armstrong, Lee Morgan, Dizzy Gillespie, Chet Baker, Clark Terry, Miles Davis and Tom Harrell. Performing with Stuart will be Rob Terry (piano), Paul Jefferies (bass) & Simon Price (drums).
Here’s what Downbeat Magazine had to say about Karen and once of her recent recordings:
“Sharp loves melody, whether composed or improvised, as reflected in her relaxed and natural phrasing”
We say, Karen Sharp is a fabulous musician and great saxophonist. She’s been a prominent member of the UK jazz scene for at least 20 years and a nominee and award winner in many polls. Born in Suffolk, Karen was an accomplished classical pianist before taking up clarinet and then switching to sax when she discovered Jazz via two great giants of the instruments - Sonny Rollins and Dexter Gordon. She has worked alongside some of the cream of the British scene including John and Jaqui Dankworth, Alan Barnes and Scott Hamilton. For this performance she’ll in the company of one of Britain’s foremost guitarists Nigel Price, bassist Paul Jefferies and Miles Levin son of world renowned drummer Tony Levin. Should be a corker!