The Hopkins-Hammond Trio
If the classic jazz formation known as the 'Organ Trio' is a new concept to you, you will probably be delighted to know that it is not three organs but rather one organ (usually a Hammond organ), guitar and drums - three instruments that blend together to create a unique sound that can be very subtle or very powerful and everything in between.
Formed on a rare sunny day in Bristol, UK in 2016, this organ trio knew they were on to a winner after the first tune they played together. There is an undeniable chemistry between the three of them that is evident in everything they play. This could be well known jazz standards, tunes by the likes of John Scofield and Pat Metheny or the trio's own compositions.
Matt Hopkins - guitar, Scott Hammond - drums and Ruth Hammond - organ
Clive Morton Trio
A much requested return of this popular trio.
Godfather of the double bass, Clive Morton - longtime sideman with Frank Sinatra and Stephane Grappelli, as well as jazz tutor to Jamie Cullum - is joined by two up-and-coming musicians who are both fast making a name for themselves on the jazz circuit.
Tom Berge - Tom started playing the piano at the age of 5. He studied at Leeds College of Music and graduated with a 1st class honours degree in Jazz performance, receiving the Jazz Conservatoire Prize. Tom was also a pupil of award-winning pianist David Newton.
Billy Weir - After graduating from South West Music School and National Youth Jazz Collective, Billy enrolled on the Jazz Course at Birmingham Conservatoire. In 2014 Billy was awarded the “Tony Levin Drum Prize” for the “most swinging drummer” Billy has also recorded for the BBC series “Father Brown”.
David Newton Trio
Always popular and again a much requested return.
It has been said that David Newton is 'one of our nation’s treasured pianists'. The man has a lovely touch, that is for certain.
He’s been the accompanist of choice for vocal royalty for years, and it’s easy to hear why: Newton’s musical responsiveness is as impressive as his re-harmonization and arranging skills at the piano. It can be a fine line between clever and stupid when it comes to re-setting musical chestnuts to the jazz format, but Newton bridges that gap by a good mile or more. He’s the kind of pianist every drummer and bass player could wish for.
Clive Morton (bs), Terry Howard (dms)