Pianist Alex Hutton (www.alexhuttonmusic.com) is a very fine pianist and composer with an ear for folk and classical influences. His extensive knowledge and feel for all styles of jazz is impressive and he’s equally at home performing at Ronnie Scotts, the New York club scene (Wynton Marsalis said of him “We haven’t had anything like this in New York for over 20 years”) or the myriad of great venues up and down the UK. His front line partner for this concert is the fabulous saxophonist Josh Kemp. Josh has collaborated with a who’s who of great British musicians and it could be said that his powerful no-nonsense, swinging style is just what the UK Jazz scene needs these days! We are delighted to have him and Alex at the club. The quartet is completed with the fine rhythm pairing of Paul Jefferies on double bass and David Ingamells on drums.
Ben Holder specialises in entertainment! His foot tapping, dancing, violin toting swing music concerts are becoming the stuff of legend and we are delighted to welcome him back to Woodstock Jazz for our re-opening concert. Ben could accurately be described as one of the finest jazz violinists in Europe. He is famous for his pin-point accurate articulation, even at break neck speeds (we’re talking in excess of 300bpm if he chooses) but he is also gathering a reputation as a sensitive vocalist and mature composer. Ben’s music crosses 30s American classics with Hot-Club swing, plus a pinch of classical and Latin to create a heady mix that thrills and excites every audience he is placed in front of. For this concert Ben will return with his regular quartet line (Ben plus Jez Cook on guitars, Paul Jefferies on bass & drummer Nick Millward). Grab your seats early, he is eagerly awaited!
Roger Beaujolais is one of Britain’s most celebrated jazz musicians. Now recognised as a Vibes virtuoso, he started musical life as a drummer, but turned to playing vibes in his twenties and has carved out an enviable reputation as one of the most accomplished players of this slightly unusual instrument in Europe. 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, Morrisey, Alexander O’Neil and many, many more. With another legend David Newton on piano, bassist Paul Jefferies and drummer Kevin O’Rourke this has the all the makings of a superb jazz concert. Join us a hear how gorgeous the Vibraphone can sound.
Ben Cummings is one of the UK’s finest trumpeters (and an excellent vocalist to boot). He is in demand on the pop scene for touring and sessions, but his great love is playing live jazz and he has spent months faithfully transcribing the music made legendary by trumpeter Chet Baker and baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan when they experimented (by accident) playing jazz in quartet form without a piano. The result was a hugely successful five year period of recordings and tours that met with great critical acclaim and was loved by audiences and musicians alike. The line-up for this fabulous show will be Ben Cummings (trumpet & narrative), Ollie Weston (baritone sax), Paul Jefferies (double bass) & Charlie Stratford (drums).
Singer, songwriter, pianist and composer Sara Colman has an infectious, natural warmth that flows through all of her writing and her shows. There is real musical intelligence at play when Sara takes to the stage - an intimate knowledge of not only her subject, but how her musicians will react together and she is very much part of that alchemy. Her quartet - which for this show features the immense talent of pianist/saxophonist Ruth Hammond - will feature strongly the fabulous musical and poetic career of a true living legend - Joni Mitchell Sara Colman (vocals/arrangements/piano), Ruth Hammond (piano keyboard & saxophone), Paul Jefferies (bass) and Jonathan ’Silky’ Silk (drums).