The Tom Hill Trio
Always popular, local bass player Tom Hill, leads this trio. Expect lots of humour and maybe the occasional vocal, a superb bass player who is joined by Al Gurr on keyboard and Charlie Wright on reeds.
Kim Cypher Quartet
One of the UK’s most exciting female saxophonists, vocalists and composers, Kim Cypher appears at Severn Jazz with her brand new ‘Love Kim x’ album tour. Inspired by the funkier side of jazz having studied alongside US saxophonist Pee Wee Ellis, Kim’s style of performance is best described as ‘funky saxophonist meets 1940′s jazz singer’. Kim performs an eclectic mix of music spanning many genres with a jazzy twist together with her own original material, all packaged up in a captivating performance and warm stage presence.
Following her highly successful debut album (‘Make Believe’) tour which included sell-out shows across the UK, Kim has a series of prestigious jazz venues / festivals lined up for her exciting 2019 tour showcasing tracks from her new album and launching in February.
Kim heads to Severn Jazz with her killer tour band featuring some of the UK’s finest musicians: Chris Cobbson (guitar), Mike Green (double bass) and Mike Cypher (drums) - kimcypher.co.uk
The Roy Sainsbury Rhythm Chiefs
This session is sponsored by one of our founder members, Peter Doran, for his Birthday Special.
Roy Sainsbury's Rhythm Chiefs is a six piece band inspired by the swinging music of the Count Basie small groups, this is feel-good music, effortlessly creating a warm rapport with every audience.
The musicians are each highly respected players in their own right: Dave Newton on piano, Bill Coleman on Bass, Bryan Corbett on Trumpet, Charlie Wright on Tenor Saxophone, Mal Garrett on Drums and Roy Sainsbury on Guitar provide the rhythmic pulse throughout. Music to warm your heart and bring a smile to your face!
“As joyful an affirmation as you're likely to hear these days of foot-stamping, head shaking, having-a-good-time entertainment to be wholeheartedly enjoyed by both performers and audience” Robin Kidson
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)
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)
Zoltan Sagi Quintet featuring Devon Harrison
Born in Hungary, a musician and composer, Zoltan Sagi attended the Guildhall School of Music studying clarinet but is completely self taught on saxophone drawing much inspiration particularly from Johnny Hodges, Cannonball Adderley and Stan Getz. He played for 3 years with the Chris Barber band and amongst others has played with Kenny Davern, Bob Wilber, Humphrey Lyttelton, Kenny Ball, The Pasadena Roof Orchestra and The Sticky Wicket Swing Orchestra.
Devon Harrison is one of the most versatile and charismatic jazz singers currently performing in the Midlands today. His rich baritone voice, very reminiscent of Johnny Hartman, so easily seductive in popular ballads such as: Misty, Body and Soul and My Funny Valentine, also demonstrates controlled power and flexibility in a variety of mid and up tempo Jazz, Blues and Soul Classics.
Devon has performed extensively in the UK and worldwide with orchestras, show bands and jazz ensembles. Including residencies at “Jazz after Dark” in Soho, London.
Completing the Quintet are Clive Morton (bs), Al Gurr (keys) and Keith York (dms).