Clive Morton 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”.
John Hallam with the Rod Kelly Trio
Well-known throughout the Midlands & North West, band leader John Hallam is a virtuoso clarinettist and reeds specialist whose clarinet playing draws inspiration from Benny Goodman,Artie Shaw and Acker Bilk, whilst on saxophone he cites Lester Young, Stan Getz and Gerry Mulligan as just a few of his influences.
Having worked alongside many of the greats, John's playing is imbued with the rich history of jazz and resonates strongly with audiences wherever he appears.
Rod Kelly started his jazz career playing trumpet in the Midlands before moving to London in the sixties and forming a Mainstream and later Bebop sextet which featured BBC Jazz Club Producers Robin Sedgely (tbn) and Roger Eames (bs). As Rod says "this inside access to the corridors of jazz power led instantly to absolutely nowhere!".
He played with Bobby Wellins for a year and New York Pianist Errol Clarke for 2 years and in 1978 was playing regularly at Ronnie Scotts. Moving to the South West he supported George Shearing on a rare British concert. Eventually He moved back to the Midlands and swapped to playing piano in the early nineties, forming his own band and finding himself much in demand. Rod is also a published novelist and playwright.
John Day (bs), Roger Powell (dms)
David Newton Trio
For those of us who missed it last time, and indeed for those who didn't, our most popular band is back.
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)
Richard Baker Quintet
Chris Gumbley/Bryan Corbett Quartet
Dario Napoli Trio (Italy)
Modern Manouche Project
listen below to one of Dario's own compositions - 'Four'
Although Django Reinhardt is the inspiration behind the trio, in his Modern Manouche Project, Dario Napoli looks to include more contemporary influences in his version of gypsy swing. Introducing elements of different musical styles including bebop, the result is an exuberant sound, without ever totally abandoning the gypsy imprint of Django. Most songs are original compositions of Dario with a few reinterpretations of jazz standards.