The extraordinarily fine and hugely popular trumpet and flugelhorn horn maestro Stuart Henderson, is back with us at Witney Jazz and he’ll be curating a show that explores the body of work that was made famous by the trio of jazz giants Oscar Peterson, Clark Terry and Herb Ellis. To do this justice we have a quintet on hand crafted from some of the finest players we know: Pianist Tom Berge, guitarist Jez Cook, drummer Nick Millward and bassist Paul Jefferies.
Smooth jazz vocals and melodic trumpet lines underpin Gary’s musical skills. He’s a talented and extremely experienced musician who can turn his ‘hands’ to any style, but he’s most at home when performing music from the American Songbook and when ’swing’ is the required feel of the night. Frequently appearing at festivals and jazz clubs across the country with his own band and as a guest with some of the UK’s top musicians, Gary is a natural front man and great entertainer. We’re delighted to present Gary Wood with the tastefully talented rhythm section that is pianist Tom Berge, bassist Paul Jefferies and drummer Mark Whitlam.
As a young musician Tim Whitehead was a gifted classical clarinettist. At university, whilst continuing his music, Tim studied Law but soon after soon after qualifying he realised that the ‘pull’ of performance and particularly Jazz proved too strong and he opted to follow the musical option. His trajectory into the musical stratosphere has included USA tours with top American pianist Phil de Greg, membership of the 80’s groundbreaking jazz ensemble 'Loose Tubes’ and in 2009 he was nominated as Artist In Residence at Tate Britain. These are just some highlights of a stellar career - so - we are proud to have Tim perform at Witney Jazz with a hand-picked band including pianist Jonathan Taylor, bassist Paul Jefferies and drummer Alex Goodyear.
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).