Diary

  • Sun
    17
    Dec
    2017

    Slide by Slide

  • Sun
    24
    Dec
    2017

    Carl Sinclair CHRISTMAS PARTY with SPECIAL GUESTS Al Nicholls (saxophone) and Bruce Rollo (double bass)

     

    Al Nicholls (Saxophone)

    Al Nicholls is the product of a sound musical training, both academically through Leeds College of Music and practically via the bands of Ray Gelato, The Big Town Playboys, King Pleasure and many others bigger and smaller.  Al is also the leader and musical driving force of London's renowned jump jive and good time swing band Blue Harlem.  Al also plays regularly with the band of TJ Johnson and with fellow tenor saxophonist Jo Fooks.

    Bruce Rollo (double bass)

    Bruce Rollo is one of the finest traditional jazz and swing bassists. A master of the supremely rhythmic and percussive "slap" style of bass playing.  Inspired at an early age by many of the bands that did not use drums making the bass the driving force in the rhythm section, he has played for many years with traditional jazz bands all over the UK and Europe, even jamming alongside Jimmy Rosenberg at the finale of the Riverboat Jazz Festival in Denmark.

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  • Sun
    31
    Dec
    2017

    NO SESSION TODAY - HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE

  • Sun
    07
    Jan
    2018

    Baby Jools' Jazzaholics - all request session

    Baby Jools is a jazz drummer and a specialist in the New Orleans style. He has been playing professionally for 7 years all over the UK and Europe. He started to play at the age of 6, accompanying his dad’s records. Being great followers of the music, his mother and father took him to all the jazz events they could. At the age of 17, he joined the Millennium Eagle Jazz Band, before moving on to Jim McIntosh and the Jazzaholics, Max Collie’s Rhythm Aces and the Sheepwash Playboys. Jools also works as a freelance musician and runs his own band, the Baby Jools All Stars.

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  • Sun
    14
    Jan
    2018

    Washington Whirligig

    “Whirligig by name and by nature, this recently formed band is a joy to both listen to and play with. Their enthusiasm, endeavour and the excitement they create on the bandstand will, in my opinion as an occasional guest member of the band, take them a long way toward their drive to success. As with many other bands, the Alex Welsh Band are among their influences and inspirations, but with one difference, they play with the fire and drive of their idols, missing in so many other “tribute” bands. I will be happy to play with this band as often as they ask me to" Jim Douglas Banjo and Guitar, Alex Walsh Band 1963-1981

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  • Sun
    21
    Jan
    2018

    Richard Exall's Shooting Stars

    The Shooting Stars were formed in 2008 to perform at The Carriage House for what was hoped to be the beginning of regular jazz concerts throughout the year. The front-line, having worked together in the Big Chris Barber Band, share a love and respect of all forms of jazz but have their roots firmly planted in the vintage, golden period of jazz history. The band benefits from it's unique position of being a relatively young group of musicians with an extremely deep and varied collective wealth of experience, and between them have probably played at every major concert venue and jazz event in Europe. Musically, The Shooting Stars are mostly at home playing the beautiful melodies and stomping jazz from the 20's 30's and 40's, where they can exploit the bands virtuosity, with exciting solos and tight ensemble passages.

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  • Sun
    28
    Jan
    2018

    Lady be Good

    Lady be Good is an ensemble with a difference. Fronted by the Giocoso Saxophone Quartet, this all female 8 piece line-up of vocals, 4 saxes, piano, bass and drums can provide the sounds of the big bands through to pop classics for dancing.

    Our repertoire covers 100 years of music, from Fats Waller and Gershwin through to Adele and Caro Emerald. If you prefer the rat pack sound, we are happy to invite one of our favourite male vocalists as guest singer.

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  • Sun
    04
    Feb
    2018

    Apex Jazz & Blues

    ROBIN MASON – clarinet & saxes
    JON STONE – trumpet & vocals
    RON HILLS – trombone
    PETER ROBINSON – banjo & guitar
    BOB BOUCHER – bass
    JIM HARNEY – drums

    This Midlands based band formed over 20 years ago with some members from the Hazel Slade Big Band are sure to give pleasurable entertainment. Their repertoire is vast and varied and they present in a light-hearted fashion with some banter between Jon & Robin. They really are a little big band!

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  • Wed
    07
    Feb
    2018

    The OFFICIAL Tribute to Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen "Kenny Ball's Greatest Hits", presented by The Ian Bateman Jazz Band * * * * * £10 per ticket * * * * EVENING of WEDNESDAY 07th February (doors open 19:30) * * * * * *

     

    "Kenny Ball's Greatest Hits", which will be the OFFICIAL tribute show to Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen. Kenny's son, Keith Ball, had been keeping the original band going up until a couple of years ago and is giving this show his full support.  Kenny's legacy of hit songs is iconic in the British jazz world and we all want to ensure that it endures for longer and to the same high standard.  Ian Bateman is launching this band as a tribute to Kenny, Kenny did a lot for Ian and many other musicians, career-wise, and this is our personal nod to him.  Kenny's trumpet/vocal role will be played by Ben Cummings, who played for the Jazzmen many times.  Indeed, Ian Bateman (trombone), Trevor Whiting (clarinet),  John Day (double bass) and Craig Milverton (piano) were often covering for the regulars of the Kenny Ball Band and of course Nick Millward (drums) was a band member for many years.  The band will be in the 1960s format and we shall be resurrecting not only the hit songs that endured, but also those that disappeared from the repertoire.  We will be joined on banjo by Tom 'Spats' Langham (banjo).

    Playing hits like "Samantha",  "Midnight in Moscow", "March of the Siamese Children" "From Russia with Love", "The Green Leaves of Summer", "Sukiyaki", "So Do I", "I Wanna Be Like You"

    For tickets, see Emma on the desk at Jazz on a Sunday, or send a SAE and cheque made payable to "Jazzamatazz" to Ms E Pearse, 1 Long Close Avenue, Allesley Village, Coventry, CV5 9GH.  (PS Don't forget to specify which concert you want tickets for)

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  • Sun
    11
    Feb
    2018

    Alex Clarke (young lady saxophonist) with Bill Coleman (bass), Nick Millward (drums) and Tom Kincaid (piano)

  • Sun
    18
    Feb
    2018

    Annette Gregory's Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald

    This band is a vibrant and swinging quintet lead by an Ella Fitzgerald-esq vocalist Annette Gregory.  "A wonderful surprise" at the Brecon Jazz Festival of 2017.  Annette will be accompanied by a team of accomplished and experienced musicians; John Mcdonald on keyboards who is also her musical director with the wonderfully smooth saxophone playing from Dionne Sambrook.  Annette's rhythm section is made up by her swinging drummer Marsh Barton and the steady deep double bass playing of Martin Lammyman. Annette will be bringing to you wonderful music of Ella Fitzgerald, arguably "The first lady of Jazz".

     

    See this review from The Jazzmann Magazine

    http://www.thejazzmann.com/reviews/review/annette-gregory-celebrating-ella-fitzgerald-cawley-hall-eye-leominster-here/

     

     

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  • Sun
    25
    Feb
    2018

    Scarlette's Serenaders

    Scarlette's Serenaders are named after Mike Owen's daughter, their repertoire includes jazz standards, old popular songs, and pretty much any songs they happen to like on the day itself!

     

     

     

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  • Sun
    04
    Mar
    2018

    The Frog Island Jazz Band

    Band Personnel:
    John Whitehead ~ cornet/vocal
    John Jeanes ~ trombone
    Brian Lawrence ~ banjo/vocal
    Rob Fullalove ~ brass bass/vocal
    Jim Hurd ~ clarinet/vocal
    Keith Durston ~ piano
    Chris Marchant ~ Drums

    About the Band:
    Classic 1920's - 1930's New Orleans Jazz. The repertoire covering the music of such names as Jelly Roll Morton’s Red Hot Peppers, The New Orleans Wanderers, Johnny Dodd’s Blackbottom Stompers, Papa Celestin’s Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra, Clarence Williams and King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band. The band has built an international reputation for its feeling and enthusiasm when recreating the classic recordings of this era.
    Over the years the Frogs have appeared regularly at Jazz Clubs and venues throughout the United Kingdom and have also performed on numerous occasions in Holland, Belgium, France, Germany and USA.
    In April 1980, the band travelled to New Orleans and was the only British band to appear at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Returning in 1982, the Mayor of New Orleans conferred the title of ’International Honorary Citizens’ upon the band for its services to the music of the city. The band returned again in 1986 and 1988 receiving a warm and enthusiastic reception.

     

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  • Sun
    11
    Mar
    2018

    J B Jazz & Blues

    The band was formed a few years ago, bringing together five talented musicians from different backgrounds with a common approach to their music - to have fun.
    Through appearances in festivals and residencies at several Gloucestershire venues, the band have developed a considerable following. They have made a guest appearance on the hit Channel 4 comedy series “Spaced”, and have also received the prestigious Staffordshire Jazz Society "Band Of The Year award" twice in the last three years!

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  • Sun
    18
    Mar
    2018

    Phoenix Jazzmen with Sheila Fawkes

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    25
    Mar
    2018

    Kevin Grenfell's Jazz Giants with John Hallam

  • Sun
    01
    Apr
    2018

    Terry Beano's Jazz Vet's (Tierra Buena)

    The Tierra Buena Traditional Jazz Band has been entertaining audiences in Coventry and Warwickshire every week for nearly sixty years! Come and hear and enjoy this remarkable institution.

    This six-piece band started playing Traditional/Dixieland/New Orleans Jazz in 1958 at The Pilot Hotel, Radford, just as the 'Trad Boom' started (band and audience were very young then!). Several years at The Pilot were followed by years at The Cottage, Earlsdon, then other residencies at pubs and clubs in Coventry and in Warwickshire, and more recently ten years at The Cocked Hat, Binley. Almost always it has been on Monday nights, and most remarkably half of the current band have been playing since the earliest days. The band has increased its expertise and its repertoire with the years, yet kept its enthusiasm and stayed true to its jazz idiom.

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  • Fri
    06
    Apr
    2018

    Sixties Retro * * * £7.50 per ticket * * * EVENING OF FRIDAY 06th APRIL (Doors open at 19:30) * * *

    Sixties Retro were first formed in 2001 from a group of friends who came to know each other at the legendary Earlsdon Cottage in Coventry.  After 10 years involved in other projects the band has recently reformed and are taking the resurgent sixties scene by storm, playing to packed houses all over the UK.

    "Groovy? Yeah Baby!"

    We take you back to when bands like The Beach Boys, The Beatles and The Byrds were high in the charts. The Mini and the E-Type Jaguar were the cars of choice, Twiggy and the Miniskirt graced the catwalk and great songs filled with swirling guitars and sweet harmonies were everywhere.

    Sharp suited and booted, Sixties Retro are bringing on back the good times with all the hits from your favourite decade covering songs from artists such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Small Faces, The Byrds, The Searchers, The Beach Boys, The Kinks, The Dave Clark Five, The Hollies, Spencer Davis Group, Manfred Mann, Herman's Hermits, Neil Diamond, Sandie Shaw, Lulu, Gerry and the Pacemakers, The Swinging Blue Jeans, The Fourmost, The Foundations, The Tremeloes, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, Tommy James & The Shondells, The Kingsmen, The Contours, The Velvelettes and many more....
    Just as Sergeant Pepper said ... "A splendid time is guaranteed for all!"

    www.60sretro.co,uk

     

    For tickets, see Emma on the desk at Jazz on a Sunday, or send a SAE and cheque made payable to "Jazzamatazz" to Ms E Pearse, 1 Long Close Avenue, Allesley Village, Coventry, CV5 9GH.  (PS Don't forget to specify which concert you want tickets for)

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  • Sun
    08
    Apr
    2018

    THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN * * * * * £10 per ticket (inc buffet) * * * * * * 10th Anniversary Concert * * * * * *

    "BRINGING POPULAR JAZZ INTO THE 21ST CENTURY!"

    Formed in 2013 by a nucleus of musicians from the Chris Barber, Acker Bilk and Kenny Ball bands, the MAGNIFICENT SEVEN jazz band comprises some the most sought-after and successful musicians on the jazz scene today. Performing a wide range of jazz styles through well crafted arrangements, this band of versatile musicians successfully blends music from every jazz genre into an exciting and approachable package.
    Calling on their experience of performing with Europe's most influential jazz bands of the last sixty years, the MAGNIFICENT SEVEN combines a wealth of experience with youthful exuberance. Paying homage to the great jazz masters of the early jazz period as well as keeping alive the sounds of the swing era, the MAGNIFICENT SEVEN's repertoire also celebrates the jazz revival of the 1950's, tipping their hat to the great bands of Barber, Ball and Bilk. This band takes no prisoners!

    The MAGNIFICENT SEVEN play a varied repertoire, with compositions and arrangements by Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Louis Prima, Errol Garner, Fats Waller, Chucho Valdez, Paquito D'Rivera and many more.

    Line - up

    Amy Roberts - clarinet, flute and saxophones

    Richard Exall - clarinet and saxophones

    Ian Bateman - trombone

    Ben Cummings - trumpet

    Nick Millward - drums

    Bill Coleman - bass

    Craig Milverton - piano

     

    For tickets, see Emma on the desk at Jazz on a Sunday, or send a SAE and cheque made payable to "Jazzamatazz" to Ms E Pearse, 1 Long Close Avenue, Allesley Village, Coventry, CV5 9GH.  (PS Don't forget to specify which concert you want tickets for)

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  • Sun
    15
    Apr
    2018

    The Chase Jazzmen

    This highly popular and talented band is comprised of leading musicians in their field each of whom have a long standing history of playing traditional and popular jazz.

    With a high standard of musicianship and a touch of humour the band will provide first class entertainment.

    The music is drawn mainly from popular composers and date from a period of between 1900 and 1950 in a Traditional style along with numbers from the swing era including Sinatra type compositions.

    The band is West Midlands / Shropshire based and covers adjacent counties that include Worcestershire, Staffordshire Herefordshire and Warwickshire with occasional excursions further afield

     

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  • Sun
    22
    Apr
    2018

    Spat's Langham's Hot Fingers

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    29
    Apr
    2018

    Martinique Jazz Band

    Established nearly twenty years ago, The Martinique Jazz Band fast became one of the top jazz bands on the local scene in the Midlands.  They have played at many of the premier venues both in the UK and on the continent, and played with many of the top stars in jazz.  Their annual German tour has always gone down well with both the musicians and the audiences.  The Band has also played in Fritzels on Bourbon Street in New Orleans during the Jazz and Heritage Festivals.  After being invited to play at one of the Mayors charity presentations, the whole band were declared "Honorary Citizens of New Orleans!".  The Band refuses to be labelled as a "Dixieland" band and they take pride in playing many different styles of jazz, from King Oliver to King of the Swingers, from Beiderbeck to Brubeck, from Louis Armstrong to Louis Prima through to Louis Jordan.
    Their musical repertoire is as broad as it is long.  Many of their numbers will be recognised by even non-jazzers but they also continue to play lesser-heard obscurities because of their unique musical value. The play-list includes, Old Classic Jazz, Blues, Show Tunes, Sinatra and some good old swingers but the main aim is to send people home very happy.

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  • Sun
    06
    May
    2018

    Bev Pegg's Good Time 4

    Bev Pegg and his Good Time Four. The line-up is Bev Pegg - vocal / guitar, Roger Heeley - piano, John O'Connor - double bass and Ken Wright - drums.

    Roger Heeley: - Birmingham. Played alongside Bev since 2000. A highly regarded pianist who has played alongside many legendary jazz stars such as Harry Edison, Lockjaw Davis, Sonny Stitt, Bruce Turner, Billy Butterfield, Buddy Tait etc.

    John O'Connor - Double Bass. John lives in Wednesbury. An excellent bass player who plays all styles of music, and has played with many top bands all over the UK.

    Ken Wright - Born in Kidderminster, many years in London and now lives near Moreton-in-Marsh. Ken has played alongside Bev since 1961 in various jazz, rock, skiffle and country bands. He was on many recording sessions from the 60s onward for musicians such as Kathy Stobart, Bill Le Sage, Bridget St John, Clifford T Ward and Elton John.

    Bev Pegg – Bev began his musical career during the skiffle craze of the late 1950s. He learned three chords and started doing gigs. Before long, he discovered Django Reinhardt and Eddie Lang, and became hooked on that style of guitar playing. Together with Duncan Swift and Rick Vaughan, he was a founder member of the Blue Blood Jazzmen whose residency at Stourport Boat Club during the early 1960s holds fond memories for many people living in Worcestershire at that time. Bev then moved on to other bands and did a lot of recording studio session work, and comedy variety shows. He appeared on radio and television many times, and played with and alongside numerous famous names as diverse as Acker Bilk, Jasper Carrott, George Melly and Robert Plant. However, after several lengthy breaks due to business commitments over the years, he finally burst back on the jazz scene in 1997 with his “Good Time Jazz Gang”. He has a repertoire of several hundred songs from the turn of the 1900s to the present day; however he has a great love for the classic 1920s and early 1930s jazz era. He plays the guitar and banjo with great competence and dexterity. Bev's congenial and humorous stage presence has put him in great demand from promoters of events ranging from jazz, skiffle, comedy, variety shows and corporate after-dinner functions. Whether it is with his band or as a solo act, and whichever part of the UK he performs, Bev leaves a trail of people following him around to catch his next gig. His audiences are always guaranteed excellent music and loads of laughs. As is the case with all of Bev's bands, his performances are in line with the hirer's requirements, whether they want comedy interspersed with the show or whether they want a "bop 'til you drop" all dancing format.

    Together with all of this, Bev's hilarious anecdotes of his experiences in the Black Country from childhood to the present day, bring great humour to his performances.

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  • Sun
    13
    May
    2018

    Jeff Barnhart's Silent Movie Show

    Thrill to the comedic antics of early film comedy stars like Laurel and Hardy, Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd in an entertaining afternoon of mirth and music for the entire family. Pianist Jeff Barnhart returns to Jazzamatazz with a treasure trove of stories and films from the Early days of cinematic comedy, all with his jazzy live piano accompaniment setting the mood. Car chases, stunts, suspense and romance await you as Jeff weaves his musical magic from scene to scene. An unforgettable show of education, entertainment and above all, LAUGHTER!

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  • Sun
    20
    May
    2018

    New Orleans Heat

    A seven piece band playing the old style New Orleans jazz.  Recreating the music of the crescent city, be it a stomp, blues, hymn, spiritual or pop song of the day.  In the style of the late great, Bunk Johnson, George Lewis and Kid Thomas bands.  Our motto is "helping to keep the real jazz alive".  We travel extensively over the UK & Europe playing jazz clubs, theatres, hotels, jazz festivals, church concerts and private engagements.

    We offer a choice of band size to suit any occasion. The regular seven piece line up is - Richard Church cornet/trumpet, Dave Vickers trombone, John Scantlebury or Roger Bird clarinet/sax, Barry Grummett piano, Colin Bushell drums, Harry Slater bass and Alan Birkinhead banjo.

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  • Sun
    27
    May
    2018

    John Hallam and Amy Roberts Quintet

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    03
    Jun
    2018

    Swing Museum

    The Swing Museum are a quartet performing Parisian Swing from the 1920s and 1940s.  Members are A.C. Wood (Guitar and Vocal), Andrew Rackham (Violin), Adam Fernie (Guitar) and Stewart Brackley (Double Bass).   The Swing Museum have performed throughout the UK at Concerts, Festivals, Lindy Hop Dances and Private Functions for some years.  The Swing Museum have played for 10 consecutive years at The Twinwood (International) Glenn Miler Festival and gave a concert along side The Jive Aces in London for The National Jazz Archive in 2015.

    The Swing Museum are popular with Lindy Hop Dancers and have played for events from London to Hull to Devon/ Suffolk and The Home Counties.  The band are in constant demand at festivals and have appeared at Folk East Festival, Stratford River Festival, Stratford Foods Festival, Godiva Festival, Birmingham International Jazz Festival to name a few and have regularly given concert performances to great audience responses in concerts and Theatres across the country.

    "The Hottest Hot Club Band in The UK" Southwold Arts Centre

    "Saw The Swing Museum, Brilliant!!" Jazz West Mids.

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  • Sun
    10
    Jun
    2018

    Kevin Grenfell's Jazz Giants with Paul Harrison (Denmark) & Phil Nice (Denmark)

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    17
    Jun
    2018

    The Pedigree Jazz Band

    A Tribute to Trad!

     

    Chris Walker (reeds)

    Chris turned professional with the London City Stompers and later joined Mike Daniels, Colin Kingwell’s Jazz Bandits and The Real Ale & Thunder Band. He has led the Chris Walker Swingtet for thirty years, which is still going strong. He is also a renowned radio broadcaster, and jazz lecturer on P&O, Cunard and Saga cruise ships.

    Tony Mann, Trombone
    Tony is another brass band trained multi-instrumentalist with several years former experience with local West Country bands Equally at home playing double bass, Sousaphone or trombone, Tony is a valuable asset to any band.

    Andy Chislett: Trumpet
    A very popular, well schooled, musician with an astounding technique and engaging personality. Based on the South Coast, Andy is one of the UK’s best known trumpeters and educators having spent 9 years cruising with NCL, P&O and Cunard. He is also the jazz soloist for top big bands such as The String of Pearls, John Miller, The Palm court and the Tuxedo jazz orchestras.

    John Noddings: Banjo & Guitar
    John was a founder member banjo player of the Coventry based Dud Clews Jazz Orchestra and played and recorded with the band, on and off, over the years. He has played regularly with George Huxley’s Jazzmen since 1995 in both in the full band and in George’s smaller groups. He was co-organiser of the intriguing Royal Ascot Jazz Band for 25 years until 2 years ago. He also organised the Midlands based band Jazz Salon Rouge from the late 1970’s until he recently moved down to Devon.

    Ken Ames OR Mike Bennett: Double Bass
    Ken Ames is a renowned double bass player and he has worked, over the years, with Ken Colyer, Bob Wallis and Monty Sunshine (to name but a few!) Originally this band’s banjo player, Ken has rejoined the band on bass to allow Tony to take the trombone chair as Roger Marks replacement.

    Mike is living proof of the old saying: “Have bass, will travel”. His first gig was in Malawi. Subsequently, Mike has played in places as far afield as Cairo, Prague, and Vienna. He has been lucky enough to have played with numerous bands and musicians over the years including Chris Barber, Acker Bilk, Kenny Ball, George Melly, and even Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees. Masterful and modest, that’s Mike…

    Colin Larn: Drums
    Colin has been a professional BBC/ITV session drummer for the past 40 years. Colin’s CV includes tours and performances with Ron Goodwin, Matt Monroe, and the Liverpool Philharmonic in addition to Barbara Jay, Tommy Whittle, Don Rendell, Roy Williams, Don Weller and Peter King. His career highlight was being invited to permanently join a New Orleans band whilst visiting that city!

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  • Sun
    24
    Jun
    2018

    Frank Griffith's Club Hotfoot

     

    Frank Griffith’s Club Hotfoot makes its Jazzamatazz debut with a fully het up four-piece celebrating the spirit of Rheinhart as well as the small groups of Artie and Benny. The well seasoned and established guitar duo of Andy Robinson and Charles Alexander, a bassist and Franks’ fleeting clarinet and brooding tenor sax will excite all. Come along to an get the full Django- Gypsy Jazz experience.

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  • Sun
    01
    Jul
    2018

    Fret and Fiddle

    Fret and Fiddle
    Fret and Fiddle have come along way since forming in 2001 as a duo making their mark as a tribute to Stephane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt. Since those early days playing at small folk and blues clubs and experimenting with their repertoire they have enjoyed over a decade of success as a trio, winning awards such as Stafford Jazz Society's “Band of the Year” and producing over four albums of material. The co-founders of the group, professional violinist Sally Minchin and guitarist Andy Bole, embarked on their project “Grappelli Swing” in 2014 to wide critical acclaim playing as a four-piece line up on their'' UK tour. Now they have added an exciting new dimension to the band and are joined by the phenominally talented Steve Street on drums. Steve adds a whole new vibe to the group, giving breath to the high energy styles and catapulting the band into greater musical possibilities and genres. Prepare to be dazzled by Fret and Fiddle's show which takes you through the swing music of the 1920's, the blues, americana, folk, gypsy and some foot-tapping fiddle tunes. Come and hear songs from the shows such as “Anything Goes by Cole Porter,” sing along to old hits like “I Can't Give you Anything but Love” and prepare to be dazzled by Andy's greek bouzouki playing! This versatile and entertaining group even throw in a few refreshingly individual songs by the likes of Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen, making certain that there is something in every show to delight everyone in every audience. Fret and Fiddle have just released their new album “J'Attendrai” which has been making waves locally and nationally and their track “Pennies from Heaven” has already been played as part of BBC Introducing on local BBC radio.

    Sally Minchin – violin/vocals
    Andy Bole – guitar/bouzouki/banjo
    Rich Hughes – piano
    Simon Smith – double bass
    Graham Smith – drums and percussion

    www.fretandfiddle.co.uk

    https://www.facebook.com/FRET-AND-FIDDLE-291387810257/

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfQ3BqFh--0

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehEUHj4Ja68

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_97Zo2XZ3A

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  • Sun
    08
    Jul
    2018

    Eagle Jazz Band (Millennium)

    The Midlands based Millennium Eagle Jazz Band emerged as a direct result of the demise of the very popular Eagle Jazz band in 2005. The Millennium Eagle Jazz Band sports a healthy combination of youth and experience; Pete Brown (trumpet and valve trombone) and Brian Lawrence (bass) were both long serving members of the Eagle Jazz Band after initially forging their musical partnership in the Potteries based Mardi Gras Society Band during the 1970s. Matt Palmer (clarinet & saxes) joined in 2004, having worked extensively with Pete at Alton Towers theme park in Staffordshire. Young Drummer Jack Cotterill has added youthful vigor to the engine room to allow the band to fire on all cylinders when required, along with Chris Etherington (banjo) and Andy Holdorf (trombone).The collective experience amassed by the current line-up includes top UK theme parks, cruise liners, major UK and European Jazz Festivals and Radio and Television broadcasts.

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  • Sun
    15
    Jul
    2018

    The Swing Kings

    A return visit by popular demand of this great band lead by Ron Hills who is considered by jazz fans as one the UK's finest trombonists. This swinging, six-piece unit includes some of the Midlands most respected jazz musicians including Tony Pipkin (trumpet & flugel horn) and Roger Healy (piano) who pay a respectful tribute to some of greatest icons of 1930's and 40's jazz and popular music when swing was king!

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  • Sun
    22
    Jul
    2018

    Jeremy Huggett's Swing Zing

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    29
    Jul
    2018

    J B Jazz & Blues

    The band was formed a few years ago, bringing together five talented musicians from different backgrounds with a common approach to their music - to have fun.
    Through appearances in festivals and residencies at several Gloucestershire venues, the band have developed a considerable following. They have made a guest appearance on the hit Channel 4 comedy series “Spaced”, and have also received the prestigious Staffordshire Jazz Society "Band Of The Year award" twice in the last three years!

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  • Sun
    05
    Aug
    2018

    Carl Sinclair Duo with Howard Smith

    People are surprised when I tell them I play completely by ear!

    Coming from a family of strong musicians, I first started playing the piano when I was six years old. I had classical lessons to the age of twelve (just listening and learning to copy the sounds) and went on to win 'Young Musician Of The Year'.

    A few years later, I switched to a teacher that gave me more direction on improvisation, jazz and pop. By the age of eighteen, I'd mastered the art of playing boogie woogie piano - relying on a strong left hand and a quick technique.

    Since 2007, I have become one of the resident pianist at Jools Holland's live music venue 'The Jam House' in Birmingham. I'm also very privileged to have performed at some of the countries top music festivals and theatres. I've played at countless weddings and private parties - and even done a few for some celebrities!

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  • Sun
    12
    Aug
    2018

    Dart Valley Stompers

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    19
    Aug
    2018

    John Watson's Krupa Connection

    Take three highly respected professional jazz musicians from world famous bands. Introduce them to a style of jazz almost unheard since the 1940s and 50s. Tentatively ask them to rehearse exceedingly demanding music until they perfect this new yet strangely familiar style. Then stand back while their enthusiasm and expertise produces fresh swinging version of tunes from 50 plus years ago.

    The three musicians are Alan Haughton, virtuoso pianist, composer, arranger and member of Tad Newton’s Jazz Friends Band among many others; Richard Exall, dazzling exponent of the clarinet and saxophone, arranger, former member of the Big Chris Barber Band and leader of his own Magnificent Seven and Shooting Stars bands among many others; and John Watson, drummer, percussionist, raconteur and member of the Big Chris Barber Band, the Duncan Galloway Quintet and many others.

    The music is based around the unique sounds of the Gene Krupa Jazz Trio which was a phenomenon in the mid 1940s continuing to be hugely popular almost until Gene’s death in 1973. As is usual with these things there is a story attached to the formation of the original trio. Gene Krupa led a large swing band at the time which had a substantial string section. The band was gathered for a recording session but for some reason the strings and brass could not agree on tuning and the normally mild mannered Mr. Krupa decided that enough was enough and dismissed the whole band with the exception of pianist, Teddy Napolian and tenor man, Charlie Ventura. They recorded two tunes and the trio became a permanent part of Gene’s career outlasting his big band by many years.

    The reincarnation of this musical style came about when John and Richard met to discuss unrelated subjects. John mentioned his interest in the music of the Krupa trio and similar small groups and found Richard to be not only familiar with the music but keen to form a band to play it. The only problem was to find suitable pianist with the ability, style and enthusiasm to join this embryo band. One name came to mind and soon after Alan was easily persuaded to take the piano chair. There followed several months of transcribing arrangements from ancient recordings and serious rehearsal to ensure the trio met the demanding standards of the musicians concerned and was ready for the public and the recording studio. The first gig was a resounding success with the trio sounding marvelous and John’s humorous repartee amusing the enthusiastic audience. The trio has made many successful appearances at Jazz Clubs and Festivals throughout the country and has recorded two popular CDs.

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    Aug
    2018

    Martin Bennett's Old Green River Jazz Band

    This is a hot Dixieland/swing band playing for people who enjoy a hot swinging saxophone, trumpet and trombone driving off a driving bass, drums and piano.

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    02
    Sep
    2018

    Baby Jools' Jazzaholics

    Baby Jools is a jazz drummer and a specialist in the New Orleans style. He has been playing professionally for 7 years all over the UK and Europe. He started to play at the age of 6, accompanying his dad’s records. Being great followers of the music, his mother and father took him to all the jazz events they could. At the age of 17, he joined the Millennium Eagle Jazz Band, before moving on to Jim McIntosh and the Jazzaholics, Max Collie’s Rhythm Aces and the Sheepwash Playboys. Jools also works as a freelance musician and runs his own band, the Baby Jools All Stars.

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  • Sun
    09
    Sep
    2018

    Sweet and Hot Quartet (Jeff & Anne Barnhart, Spats Langham and Graham Smith)

    This rollicking quartet comprises internationally renowned musical couple Jeff and Anne Barnhart on piano, flute and vocals, the UK's most beloved troubadour Tom "Spats" Langham on banjo, guitar and vocals and the Swingin'est drummer in the land, Graham Smith! Their hot jazz and humor is augmented with ragtime, swing tunes, novelty numbers and gorgeous ballads. Always a huge crowd for this one so get here early to avoid disappointment!

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  • Sun
    16
    Sep
    2018

    Kevin Grenfell & Phil Nice (Denmark)

  • Thu
    20
    Sep
    2018

    The Remi Harris Trio * * * £10 per ticket * * * EVENING of THURSDAY 20th September (doors open 19:30)

     

    Remi Harris is an exciting guitarist from the UK who's unique style draws inspiration from Gypsy Swing, Jazz, Blues, Rock, Electronic and World Music. He has toured worldwide as well as performing at Buckingham Palace, Montreal Jazz Festival, BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall with Jamie Cullum, on BBC 4 Television and live on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 3.​

    ​"extraordinary musician"
    Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2

    "astonishing stuff"
    Cerys Matthews, BBC Radio 6 Music

    "Brilliant"
    Martin Taylor MBE

    "tremendously gifted”
    John Etheridge

    "Terrific”
    The Telegraph


    Primarily self taught with the help of his Dad's guitar magazines and records, Remi started playing at the age of 7, initially inspired by rock and blues guitarists of the 60s and 70s such as Jimi Hendrix, Peter Green and Jimmy Page. In his late teens he developed an interest in jazz music, in particular artists such as Django Reinhardt, Wes Montgomery and Stan Getz. Since then he has been growing a reputation for blending all of his influences into his own individual style of playing.

    "a remarkable musician"
    Jazz Journal

    ​“seriously good"
    thejazzmann.co.uk

    "Fantastic"
    BBC Radio 3

    "extraordinary"
    R2 Rock'n'Reel Magazine

    "...his choice of repertoire and diverse influences bring something genuinely fresh to the genre..."
    Guitarist Magazine Presents Acoustic

    "remarkable"
    Total Guitar Magazine

    "The standard of playing is stunning"
    Guitar Techniques Magazine

    "Ridiculous is about the only adjective that seems to fit Remi Harris' stupendous acoustic playing"
    Acoustic Magazine

    "​an incredible display of melodic improvisation"
    Guitarist Magazine

    “Astonishing”
    Digby Fairweather (writing in Jazz Rag Magazine)

    "extraordinary guitar improv"

    In 2015 Remi was named in The Culture Trip's "10 Young British Jazz Musicians You Should Know"

    In Acoustic Guitar Magazine Remi was selected as one of the five "Acoustic Acts of 2017"

    In 2016 Remi was included in the "Top 7 Current Biggest Jazz Talents" by

    In Sept 2015 Remi was selected as 10Radio's Musician Of The Month

    Remi was included in BBC Introducing Hereford & Worcester's Top 3 Success Stories of 2016

    in January 2017 Remi's album "In On the 2" was selected as "Album of the Month" on Longside Radio's The Jazz Hour with Alun Jones

    In the British Jazz Awards Remi has been awarded 2nd place in the Rising Star Category in both 2014 and 2015, while his band came 2nd in the 2015 Small Group Category. In 2014 and 2016 he was also nominated in the Guitar Category.
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    Following Remi's May 2015 performance on Jamie Cullum's BBC Radio 2 show live from The Cheltenham Jazz Festival his debut album ''Ninick'' went to number #7 in the iTunes Top Jazz Albums Chart, it peaked at number #6 in Amazon's Best Sellers in Jazz and he went to #28 in that week's "Official Jazz & Blues Albums Chart".

     

    For tickets, see Emma on the desk at Jazz on a Sunday, or send a SAE and cheque made payable to "Jazzamatazz" to Ms E Pearse, 1 Long Close Avenue, Allesley Village, Coventry, CV5 9GH.  (PS Don't forget to specify which concert you want tickets for)

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    23
    Sep
    2018

    Sheila Fawkes and The Guys featuring George Huxley

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    30
    Sep
    2018

    Tad Newton's Jazz Friends "Basin St to Basie and Beyond"

    Established itself as one of the most respected and entertaining outfits on the British jazz scene, with their adventurous and eclectic repertoire gaining plaudits wherever they perform. Tad Newton’s Jazzfriends have recently headlined at Upton OnSevern Jazz Festival, Birmingham Jazz Festival, Bromyard Music Festival, Jazz On A Summer’s Day in Blisworth, Wellingborough Jazz Festival, Wantage Jazz Club, Keswick Jazz Festival, Debenham Festival,and recently made three highly successful appearances at The Spice Of Life Jazz Club, one of London’s top jazz venues….and invited back in October 2017 !

    Gary Wood [trumpet/flugelhorn/vocals]
    Tad Newton [trombone/vocals]
    Frank Griffith [clarinet/sax]
    Tomas Pedersen [double bass]
    Alan Haughton [piano]
    Ronnie Fenn [drums]

    “BASIN STREET TO BASIE AND BEYOND”
    A special concert dedicated to the great jazz influences, composers and players featuring the swinging sounds associated with jazz luminaries such as Louis Armstrong, Kid Ory, Earl Hines, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Johnny Hodges, Lester Young, …

    “I really enjoyed working with the band, which is uniformly excellent” Simon Spillett, UK jazz star

    “These guys really swing.. a great band” Greg Abate, USA jazz star

    “Wow!! What a band” Roy Williams, international jazz star

    “Great to hear your new band and repertoire …the band goes from strength to strength” Roger Clarke, jazz critic

    “Thanks for the gig on Friday .. I really enjoyed playing with the band 'inspirational!'” Susan Greenway, sax star from Texas Jazz Conservatoire

    “A pleasure to see and hear your band on Sunday….a first class show” Alan G. Wilson, jazz promoter, Lansdowne Jazz Club, Luton

    “Well played music, covering accepted traditional titles into some more swing stuff, all were very fine musicians” Just Jazz Magazine October 2012, reviewing Upton Jazz Festival.

    “The band played wonderfully, a most enjoyable session” John Dunleavey, Upton Jazz 2013

    “The best performance in my eyes was Tad Newton’s Jazzfriends at “The Lord Clifden”, Birmingham Jazz Festival 2012 Review

    “I really enjoyed your session. I love your band and am looking forward to having you back next year” – Pat Holly, Worcester Jazz Club

    “Thanks for a memorable lunchtime jazz session- your band is sounding extremely good!” - John Shaw, Gayton Jazz Appreciation Society

    “Thoroughly enjoyed your set, especially the superb variety in the programme-a warm hour!” Terry Roper, musician at Upton Festival 2014

    “Congratulations on a tremendous gig…it was a pleasure to be there!”- Richard Eaton, Sunday Times journalist, Spice of Life Jazz Club 2013.

     

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    Oct
    2018

    Richard Exall / Amy Roberts Quintet

    The Amy Roberts/Richard Exall Quintet features two of the most exciting and versatile musicians on the jazz scene today. Both multi-instrumentalists, they perform an eclectic range of high octane music on a range of clarinets, saxophones and flute. With inspiration drawn from the all-time heroes of reed players, Amy Roberts and Richard Exall perform well crafted arrangements that pay homage to Johnny Hodges, Lester Young, Earl Bostic, BennyGoodman, Eddie 'Lockjaw" Davis, Cannonball Adderley, Charlie Parker and many more. Together, Richard Exall and Amy Roberts have produced a product that successfully crosses the traditional divides of the jazz world, performing melodic and intricate arrangements that wow audiences and appeal to listeners of all styles of music.

    The Quintet were voted "Band of the Year" at the end of 2014 by Rochdale Jazz Society, and have continued to go from strength to strength! One particular highlight was their tour to Sweden which included performances at the Hallevik Jazz Festival to sell out crowds. They will be returning to Hallevik in 2016!!

    Amy and Richard have recorded 2 albums together, "Why Not", and most recently, "Hodge-Stic".... Both can be purchased via the CD's page!

    The current line-up features...

    Amy Roberts - flute, clarinet & alto sax

    Richard Exall - clarinet, tenor & alto saxes, vocals, arranger.

    Bill Coleman - double bass
    David Ferris - piano
    Nick Millward - drums

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    14
    Oct
    2018

    Washington Whirligig

    “Whirligig by name and by nature, this recently formed band is a joy to both listen to and play with. Their enthusiasm, endeavour and the excitement they create on the bandstand will, in my opinion as an occasional guest member of the band, take them a long way toward their drive to success. As with many other bands, the Alex Welsh Band are among their influences and inspirations, but with one difference, they play with the fire and drive of their idols, missing in so many other “tribute” bands. I will be happy to play with this band as often as they ask me to" Jim Douglas Banjo and Guitar, Alex Walsh Band 1963-1981

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    21
    Oct
    2018

    Martinique Jazz Band

    Established nearly twenty years ago, The Martinique Jazz Band fast became one of the top jazz bands on the local scene in the Midlands.  They have played at many of the premier venues both in the UK and on the continent, and played with many of the top stars in jazz.  Their annual German tour has always gone down well with both the musicians and the audiences.  The Band has also played in Fritzels on Bourbon Street in New Orleans during the Jazz and Heritage Festivals.  After being invited to play at one of the Mayors charity presentations, the whole band were declared "Honorary Citizens of New Orleans!".  The Band refuses to be labelled as a "Dixieland" band and they take pride in playing many different styles of jazz, from King Oliver to King of the Swingers, from Beiderbeck to Brubeck, from Louis Armstrong to Louis Prima through to Louis Jordan.
    Their musical repertoire is as broad as it is long.  Many of their numbers will be recognised by even non-jazzers but they also continue to play lesser-heard obscurities because of their unique musical value. The play-list includes, Old Classic Jazz, Blues, Show Tunes, Sinatra and some good old swingers but the main aim is to send people home very happy.

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    28
    Oct
    2018

    New Orleans Heat

    A seven piece band playing the old style New Orleans jazz.  Recreating the music of the crescent city, be it a stomp, blues, hymn, spiritual or pop song of the day.  In the style of the late great, Bunk Johnson, George Lewis and Kid Thomas bands.  Our motto is "helping to keep the real jazz alive".  We travel extensively over the UK & Europe playing jazz clubs, theatres, hotels, jazz festivals, church concerts and private engagements.

    We offer a choice of band size to suit any occasion. The regular seven piece line up is - Richard Church cornet/trumpet, Dave Vickers trombone, John Scantlebury or Roger Bird clarinet/sax, Barry Grummett piano, Colin Bushell drums, Harry Slater bass and Alan Birkinhead banjo.

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    04
    Nov
    2018

    Apex Jazz & Blues

    ROBIN MASON – clarinet & saxes
    JON STONE – trumpet & vocals
    RON HILLS – trombone
    PETER ROBINSON – banjo & guitar
    BOB BOUCHER – bass
    JIM HARNEY – drums

    This Midlands based band formed over 20 years ago with some members from the Hazel Slade Big Band are sure to give pleasurable entertainment. Their repertoire is vast and varied and they present in a light-hearted fashion with some banter between Jon & Robin. They really are a little big band!

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  • Sun
    11
    Nov
    2018

    Sarah Spencer's Transatlantic Jazz Band

  • Sun
    18
    Nov
    2018

    Enrico Tomasso and Richard Exall's Quintet

  • Sun
    25
    Nov
    2018

    Jeremy Huggett's Jazz Friends

  • Sun
    02
    Dec
    2018

    Bev Pegg's Railroad Skiffle

    Bev Pegg and his Railroad Skiffle Group. The likely line-up is Bev Pegg - vocal / guitar, Pete Hartley - violin, John O'Connor - double bass and Ken Wright - drums.

    Pete Hartley: - Bromsgrove - A wonderful violinist who in between his many gigs is famous for his busking attributes all around the Midlands. He previously played with Jon Hiseman and Barbara Thompson. He won the New Faces TV Show in 1987. He has performed for famous people such as Bill Clinton, Bertie Ahern, Princess Anne, and Joanna Lumley. He also used to play whilst riding a Unicycle, but sticks to two wheels these days.

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  • Sun
    09
    Dec
    2018

    Slide by Slide

    The formation of Slide By Slide is the brainchild of Kevin Grenfell who has enrolled the musical talents of fellow trombonist Richard Leach, and in the rhythm section a dazzling array of musicianship with Graham Smith on drums, John Fellows on bass and Rod Kelly on piano. The texture and timbre of Kevin and Richard’s individual playing styles give their repertoire a depth and tone that’s sure to please, with titles ranging from the traditional songbook through to the contemporary. Whether dancing, listening or singing along, Slide By Slide has something for everyone.

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  • Sun
    16
    Dec
    2018

    Eagle Jazz Band (Millennium)

    The Midlands based Millennium Eagle Jazz Band emerged as a direct result of the demise of the very popular Eagle Jazz band in 2005. The Millennium Eagle Jazz Band sports a healthy combination of youth and experience; Pete Brown (trumpet and valve trombone) and Brian Lawrence (bass) were both long serving members of the Eagle Jazz Band after initially forging their musical partnership in the Potteries based Mardi Gras Society Band during the 1970s. Matt Palmer (clarinet & saxes) joined in 2004, having worked extensively with Pete at Alton Towers theme park in Staffordshire. Young Drummer Jack Cotterill has added youthful vigor to the engine room to allow the band to fire on all cylinders when required, along with Chris Etherington (banjo) and Andy Holdorf (trombone).The collective experience amassed by the current line-up includes top UK theme parks, cruise liners, major UK and European Jazz Festivals and Radio and Television broadcasts.

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    23
    Dec
    2018

    Carl Sinclair Duo with Howard Smith

    People are surprised when I tell them I play completely by ear!

    Coming from a family of strong musicians, I first started playing the piano when I was six years old. I had classical lessons to the age of twelve (just listening and learning to copy the sounds) and went on to win 'Young Musician Of The Year'.

    A few years later, I switched to a teacher that gave me more direction on improvisation, jazz and pop. By the age of eighteen, I'd mastered the art of playing boogie woogie piano - relying on a strong left hand and a quick technique.

    Since 2007, I have become one of the resident pianist at Jools Holland's live music venue 'The Jam House' in Birmingham. I'm also very privileged to have performed at some of the countries top music festivals and theatres. I've played at countless weddings and private parties - and even done a few for some celebrities!

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  • Sun
    30
    Dec
    2018

    Scarlette's Serenaders - all request session

    Scarlette's Serenaders are named after Mike Owen's daughter, their repertoire includes jazz standards, old popular songs, and pretty much any songs they happen to like on the day itself!

     

     

     

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