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.
Zoltan Sagi - Shades of Goodman
Born in Hungary, a musician and composer, Zoltan Sagi attended the Guildhall School of Music studying clarinet. He played for 3 years with the Chris Barber band and amongst others has played with Kenny Davern, Bob Wilber, Humphrey Lyttelton, Kenny Ball and The Pasadena Roof Orchestra.
Repeating the popular line-up of earlier this year, 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 in the engine room 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”.
Completing the line-up is Paul Sawtell on vibes. All bringing us the sound and styling of Benny Goodman.
David Newton Trio
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)