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!
What can we say that hasn’t already been said? This extraordinary violin virtuoso has been wowing jazz audiences now for over 15 years. A favourite at jazz clubs and jazz festivals throughout the UK and Europe, Ben brings his own turbo-charged brand of swing jazz to Witney Jazz for a night that will be filled with anecdotes, humour, phenomenal violin playing, above all brilliant music aplenty with a festive feel. If you’ve not heard Ben before - you really should - and the live experience is best! This show will have a hot-club feel as it also features two guitar toting stalwarts of the gypsy jazz scene: Stuart Carter-Smith and Caley Groves as well of course as Ben himself on violin and vocals and Paul Jefferies on double bass.
Mr Nicolas Meier’s concerts feature him playing an array of stringed instruments including a conventional arch-top jazz guitar; a nylon strung electro-acoustic guitar and an 11 stringed fretless Glissentar. Nicolas' style is eclectic and features jazz fused with world music flavours (mainly Spanish and Turkish). As well as touring his own ensembles he is music director for the fabulous Belgian singer Gabrielle Ducomble and if you were at any of Jeff beck's world tour concerts a couple of years ago - you'd have seen him directing the band there too.
He'll be playing music with stylish rhythms, foot-tapping grooves and the most beautiful of ballads and his band will comprise the wonderfully gifted classical/jazz violinist Richard Jones superb Spanish percussionist Demi Garcia-Sabat and bassist Paul Jefferies.
Roger Beaujolais is one of Britain’s most celebrated jazz musicians. Now recognised as a Vibes virtuoso, Roger started musical life as a drummer, but turned to playing vibes in his twenties and he has carved out an enviable reputation as one of the most accomplished players of this slightly unusual instrument in Europe and beyond. You may not have heard of Roger, but you will have heard his work on recordings with great jazz ensembles from the UK, Europe and USA as well as with pop, soul and rock legends like Fairground Attraction, Peter Gabriel, Robert Plant, Morrissey, Alexander O’Neil and many, many more. With Bristol based pianist Andy Nowak on piano, bassist Paul Jefferies and drummer Kevin O’Rourke this has the all the musical hall-marks of a superb jazz concert. Join us and hear how gorgeous the Vibraphone can sound in a live jazz setting.
John Alfred Mandel was a hugely successful and popular American composer, who worked with the likes of Count Basie, Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee and many more. His biggest hits included ’The Shadow of your Smile’, ‘Emily’ and ‘A Time For Love’. He was also a very successful film score composer and produced award winning music for M.A.S.H., The Sandpiper & Drums of Africa. Mark Crooks is an award winning saxophonist of international repute who has played on numerous west end shows as well as his own concerts at the best jazz clubs in Europe. He’ll be on stage at Witney Jazz playing both alto saxophone and clarinet, with the illustrious Jonathan Taylor, bassist Paul Jefferies and drummer Charlie Stratford.