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)
Roy Sainsbury Trio featuring Alex Clarke
Roy Sainsbury leads his trio on guitar with Tom Hill (bs)
Beautiful melodies from the era of the great singers - Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Billy Holliday etc. Audiences appreciate the respect Roy has for this music whilst using subtle musical arrangements and variations.
Alex Clarke is a 'rising star' on the British Jazz scene. Being classically trained on piano and flute, and demonstrating a confident understanding of jazz theory.
Known for her versatility and open-minded attitude towards jazz, Alex enjoys performing a variety of genres from New Orleans to bebop. With a youthful, intuitive approach, Alex's swinging, melodic sound is reminiscent of Ben Webster and Lester Young, with influences of early Phil Woods and Sonny Stitt.
Richard Baker Quintet
Originally a classically trained trombonist, Richard has worked in virtually every genre of music and appeared on numerous recordings during his career.The quintet was formed in 2013 is an unashamedly straight-ahead ensemble reminiscent of the quintets led by Frank Rosolino and Carl Fontana during the 1950s and 1960s. Their repertoire is an entertaining mix of material from great jazz composers such as Gerry Mulligan and Joe Henderson, combined with sophisticated arrangements of standards.
Richard is joined on the frontline by renowned saxophonist Alan Wakeman and they are propelled along by the dependable rhythm section of Alan Savage (drums), Ian Riley (piano) and Dirk Griffin (bass).
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)
The Scott Hamilton Quartet
Legendary American tenor star Scott Hamilton back in Worcestershire, but appearing at Severn Jazz for the first time, is joined by his regular, all-star UK band. Hamilton was born in Rhode Island in 1954 and, after moving to New York, cut his teeth in Benny Goodman’s band. He soon formed his own quartet, got signed to the legendary Concord record label, and collaborated with the likes of Woody Herman, Tony Bennett, Warren Vache and George Wein’s Newport Jazz Festival All Stars. Now based in Italy, Scott regularly tours across Europe and beyond, playing mainstream jazz and standards of the highest quality.
Scott Hamilton with John Pearce (piano), Dave Green (bass) and Steve Brown (drums)