Originally for the North East of England and now based in London, Jo Harrop has recently recorded a cracking album with fellow northerner, guitarist Jamie McCredie and its getting lots of critical acclaim from radio and the jazz and popular music press. The great Daily Telegraph critic Dave Gelly says:
"This is a little gem of an album: simple, modest and, as far as I can tell, perfect. Jo Harrop sings, Jamie McCredie plays guitar, and the songs date from between the late 1920s and the early 2000s, from Billy Rose to Tom Waits. Nothing unusual there, you might think. However, what sets Weathering the Storm apart from similar offerings is that the duo get everything right, and that’s quite rare."
Add the heartfelt, honey-toned double bass of Paul Jefferies to the mix and you have a show that promises to be very special.
The indefatigable trumpeter Damon Brown is back in England for a short tour away from his now home of South Korea. A virtuoso on both trumpet and flugel horn, this superb player is most at home blowing hard over be-bop changes, but he is equally capable of foot-tapping swing, passionate ballad playing and some of the most tasteful blues lines you’ll ever hear. Rhythm section of piano, bass & drums personnel to be announced!
‘Fluent, impassioned and technically superb’ Jack Massarick, THE EVENING STANDARD
Rob Terry has had his fair share of musical ’stardom’. He has written music with Eurythmics Dave Stewart, toured as Music Director with singer Eartha Kit and played for Britain at the Eurovision Song Contest. But we believe it’s as a pianist, composer and arranger in his own right that he truly shines and so any opportunity to hear Ron’s trio (Rob - piano, Paul Jefferies - bass & Charlie Stratford - drums) should be grabbed with both hands. Rob will be creating a very special set of music that reflects the festive season. It’s a must see!
There’s a delicious agility to Alex’s playing. She moves through chord changes swiftly but keeps the listener anchored with great tuning and melodic lines that delight the ear and the soul.
Alex Clarke has been playing the saxophone for less years than you have fingers, but she has already reached the dizzy heights of finalist of the 2020 BBC Young Jazz Musician of the year and is now a regular guest at jazz clubs stretching to all compass points of the UK. This concert will feature Alex performing jazz that’s known for its melody rather than its acrobatics and she has chosen one of her favourite rhythm sections of Tom Berge (piano), Paul Jefferies (bass) and Charlie Stratford (drums). It’ll be grrrrrrreat….
Name the venue and he’s most likely to have played there! Nigel Price is one of the hardest working and most admired UK jazz guitarists of our era. He came to prominence playing with the James Taylor Quartet and since going out on his own, Nigel has picked numerous awards and created a fearsome reputation as a player of great passion, flair and knowledge. Many know him for his fabulous quartet featuring saxophonist Vasilis Xenopoulos, but for this concert he’ll be playing his favourite music as front man in trio format. Nigel will be joined by bassist Paul Jefferies and drumming whizz, Jonathan Silk. If you play guitar you shouldn’t miss this, if you love jazz you really have to be there and if you haven’t heard of Nigel, you should prepare to be amazed!
Steve Waterman is professor of jazz at Trinity School of Music in London and visiting Trumpet specialist at The Royal Northern College of Music and The Royal Welsh College of Music - so you might say he knows his trumpet flavoured onions. A top British player, both at home and on the international scene, who possesses a beautiful mellifluous tone and super-creative approach to soloing. To name who Steve has played with would require much more space than we have available here but suffice to say he has performed or recorded with hundreds of greats from Carla Bley through Mal Waldron to Mike Garrick and Don Weller. Steve’s rhythm section will feature the excellent pianist Frank Harrison, bassist Paul Jefferies and drummer Euan Palmer.