Superlatives abound when people refer to jazz violinist Ben Holder. He is one of the most outstanding jazz entertainers the UK has to offer and with his virtuosic cross-fertilisation of classical, jazz and blues instrumental playing, gritty vocals and powerful piano playing, he definitely reaches the musical parts that many others fail to reach. This quartet (The B.H.Q.) has performed together for nearly 10 years, so they know how to wring the very last drop of musicality from each bar of Ben’s arrangements. Tickets for Ben’s shows always sell fast - be sure to grab yours soon!
Ben Holder (violin/vocals/piano), Jez Cook (guitars), Paul Jefferies (double bass) and Nick Millward (drums).
These four will kick up a musical storm! Jazz Vocalist Randolph Mathews is one of the moist exciting vocal talents in Britain today - this is what Britain’s number one Jazz radio station 'Jazz FM’ said about him: “Dazzling improvisational skills. Flawless and world class”. World class guitaristNicolas Meier is all about creating beautifully crafted music whether that’s powering out jazz standards, touring with Jeff Beck or taking his own project featuring Yellow jackets bassist Jimmy Haslip to an Uber-impressed Europe. Expect Jazz, World music, arabesque and Latin creations but overall a shimmeringly outstanding 90 minutes of music as you’ve possibly never heard before. Percussionist Demi Garcia and bassist Paul Jefferies will complete this this very exciting line-up.
The son of the late trumpet legend Denny Ilett, Denny Ilett (Junior) has, for over 30 years astounded audiences with his bluesy inflected jazz guitar and vocal performances. A regular at Ronnie Scotts and numerous jazz venues across Europe, he’s first call for many of the top UK artists and big bands and for 20 years toured the world with the wonderful New Orleans singing music ambassador, Lillian Boutte. We thought it was about time that we treated the Witney Jazz to 'Denny Ilett the blues singer and guitarist.' Outstanding guitar skills, a very fine voice and outstanding band leadership mark this guy out as one of the very finest: And he’s on stage with an awesome band: Tom Berge (piano/organ), Paul Jefferies (double bass and bass guitar) and Kevin O’Rourke (drums).
Critically acclaimed guitarist Chris Cobbson draws on his Ghanaian roots to create this show which features the rhythms and world jazz feel of the band (Chris on guitars, Phil Dawson - second guitar, Paul Jefferies - basses and Karl vanden Bossche on percussion). Chris has performed with a host of greats from worlds of jazz including Courtney Pine, Osibissa and Ghanain jazz ensemble Baraka and many more national and international musical ensembles. He has now formed his own critically acclaimed band to create a brilliantly musical soup of African and Western jazz sounds. Not to be missed.
Julian Stringle has been entertaining audiences since he was in his early teens. A genuine example of a ‘Child Prodigy’ this - ladies and gentlemen - is one of the nicest guys in the business and a very, very fine musician to boot! ‘Jools’ has performed with just about anyone who is anyone in the jazz world, both as a virtuoso clarinettist and as a gifted saxophonist - he’s even a great singer! We have assembled a great band with Jools at its epicentre surrounded by Canadian superstar guitarist Dominic Ashworth, the incredibly popular drummer Nick Millward and bassist Paul Jefferies. This will be a show that highlights all the music that Julian is famous for - early swing to early funk and everything in between…..