Christian Brewer Quartet: http://www.christianbrewer.com/
Christian Brewer Sax, Leon Greening piano, Adam King bass and Matt Skelton drums.
Christian Brewer is well known on the UK Jazz scene as a leading sax player, composer and teacher having performed at many of the top clubs, venues and festivals both home and abroad.
Christian studied at Leeds School of Music and The Guildhall School of Music to become one of the most lyrical and soulful alto players to have emerged on the UK in recent years with his melodic playing and pure tone. He has performed with far too many leading players from around the world to include here and is no stranger to the recording studio.
Leon Greening studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and then at Leeds College of Music, where he received a BA (Hons) in Jazz and Contemporary Music. He was runner up in the Young Jazz Musician of the Year in 1999 and like Christian, has performed with far too many leading jazz artists to include here. He is also an experienced teacher, composer and bandleader and has released a CD with his own trio featuring Sam Burgess on bass and Steve Brown on drums.
Rob Barron Quartet: http: www.robbarronmusic.com/
Rob Barron keyboards, Nat Steele vibes, Jeremy Brown bass and Josh Morrison drums.
Rob Barron is a London based jazz pianist, arranger and composer and has been described as “one of the most creative and versatile musicians of his generation.” Born in East Yorkshire he started playing the piano at the age of five and by the time he was in his teens, was performing his first gigs with infamous local band Jazz Soup, playing a weekly residency in Hull that lasted over two years.
Rob moved to Leeds in 2000 to study Jazz at Leeds College of Music where he was awarded the prize for outstanding performance on the BA Hons programme. After 4 years of working as a pianist in Leeds and Manchester, Rob moved to London in 2004 to further his studies at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Since graduating, Rob has become a mainstay of the London jazz and studio scene and his work as a jazz pianist has taken him all over the UK and the world where he has played with numerous leading artists. He regularly appears with the BBC Big Band and Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra/Late Show.
He regularly appears as band leader but as a commercial session musician, Rob has performed live with numerous bands and artists as well in the house band for many TV shows for the BBC.
In the studio Rob has played on several film soundtracks as well as TV series and a children’s animated adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes. Rob’s piano playing can be also heard on commercials for M&S, J.Sainsbury (Christmas 2016) H&M, and Boots.
Clark Tracy Quintet: http://www.clarktracey.com
Clark Tracey drums, Alexandra Ridout trumpet, Sean Payne alto sax, Elliot Sansom keyboards and James Owston bass.
Clark Tracey grew up in a jazz environment as the son of Stan Tracey CBE, the UK's leading jazz pianist, and from an early age played piano and vibraphones. At 13 he started playing the drums and he turned professional at 17 in 1978 by joining his father's various ensembles, from trio to orchestra.
He formed his first own group in 1981 and has since collaborated with far too many jazz luminaries to list here. He has played freelance with some of the most important artists in jazz both at home and abroad, again far too many to include here. Clark has toured the UK and worldwide performing in over 50 countries bringing him numerous awards including best drummer in the British Jazz Awards in 2016 & 2017.
He has recorded extensively making over 90 albums and in 2001 he began his own record company, Tentoten Records and in 2007 he formed Resteamed Records, a label dedicated to his father's works. Not contented with just performing, Clark regularly composes and arranges not just for his own groups but for numerous other artists and ensembles.
Looking to the future of jazz Clark has given master classes in a number of academic institutions and has run numerous workshops around the UK and overseas and has even written an intermediate level instructional book for Schott Publishing, "Exploring Jazz Drums".
We are delighted to welcome Clark and his quintet back to Marigolds.
Matt Wates Quartet: http://www.mattwates.com/
Matt Wates sax, Leon Greening keyboards, Julian Bury bass and Matt Fishwick drums
Matt was born in London in 1964 and graduated from Berklee College of Music in 1988. As with so many of the musicians who play at Marigolds Matt has appeared with so many famous performers they cannot be included here. Similarly, he has played and recorded with many notable ensembles and the Matt Wates Sextet has recorded nine albums on the Audio-B label.
John Dankworth said of Matt that he was, “An incredibly talented musician and composer" and it has been said that he is a truly remarkable young British alto saxophonist, a performer of boundless ability and the most swinging alto player on both sides of the Atlantic. Matt won the Rising Star award in the 1997 BT British Jazz Awards, and the Matt Wates Sextet won the Best Small Group award in 2001 where the aim is for the band to sound like a band and not just a collection of soloists. Matt composes and arranges much of the material that the Sextet plays.
Pianist Leon Greening's is an immense talent with a hard-swinging style that has made him a favourite on the jazz scene for a long time given his youthful years. He studied piano at Leeds College of Music and the Guildhall and makes no apologies for his adoration of the great bebop pianists, with Wynton Kelly, Bobby Timmons and Bud Powell being among his primary influences.
His intense performances and extraordinary solos, inspired by those earlier jazzmen keep audiences on the edge of their seats and mark him out as one of the finest pianists this country has ever produced.
Ted Beament Quintet
Ted Beament keyboards, Jo Fooks sax, Steve Waterman trumpet, Murray Salmon bass and Les Circle drums.
Ted Beament keyboards, Jo Fooks sax, Steve Waterman trumpet, Murray Salmon bass and Les Circle drums. There is far too little space here to do justice to this fantastic line up of musical talent. Apologies.
A regular at Marigolds, Ted’s superb musicianship makes him one of the finest pianists in Britain. He has played all over the UK and abroad but is particularly well known on the London jazz scene. As well as being a great band player, Ted is equally at home performing as an innovative soloist or providing an excellent accompaniment for any vocalist. He is currently a member of the outstanding Humphrey Lyttelton Band but has also played alongside many fine soloists as always too many to name here.
After winning 'The Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year', Sottish born Jo went on to study at the Guildhall School of music in London and later the Berklee School of music in Boston on a full fee scholarship. After recording her debut album "Here and Now!", the legendary British trumpeter Humphrey Lyttelton invited her to join his band with whom she toured and performed across the UK and where Humphs fun filled melodic approach to music was a big influence on both her playing and composing.
Winning numerous jazz awards over the years Steve is one of the top British jazz trumpet players both at home and on the international scene beginning his career while studying at Trinity College of Music. Since then, as well as playing regularly he has recorded many critically acclaimed CDs in his own name and with others and has a large portfolio of his own compositions. He is professor of Jazz Trumpet teaching in several institutions as well as teaching on many summer jazz courses and numerous Trumpet master classes and workshops throughout the UK and across the world. He has co -written with John ONeil a highly acclaimed Jazz Trumpet tutor book, ‘The Jazz Method for Trumpet’ published by Schott & Co.
Jim Mullen Organ Trio
Jim Mullen guitar, Mike Gorman organ and Tristan Mailliot drums
Jim is a truly original player in modern jazz guitar. Originally from Glasgow he moved to London in 1969, going on to work in the groups of Pete Brown, Brian Auger, Vinegar Joe and Kokomo. In 1975 whilst touring the US with the Average White Band, Jim met sax player Dick Morrissey. They began a 15-year association in the legendary British jazz funk band Morrisey Mullen where Jim found critical notice as joint leader.
After the demise of this band he worked with jazz vocalist Claire Martin and formed a series of quartets.
Jim has also played and recorded with, among others, Mose Allison, Hamish Stuart, Joanna Eden, Tam White, Claire Martin, Mike Carr, Jimmy Witherspoon, Dave O'Higgins and Georgie Fame, Sinan Alimanović, David Tughan and Frank Holder. He has recorded as part of The AllStars, a collective of session musicians on their Paul McCartney-produced album All About the Music, alongside special guests Jocelyn Brown, Hamish Stuart and Angelo Starr. In 2014, he featured prominently on the Citrus Sun album, 'People of Tomorrow', produced by Incognito co-founder, Jean-Paul 'Bluey' Maunick.
As sideman he is in demand by visiting U.S. stars like Gene Harris, Mose Allison, Jimmy Smith, Weldon Irvine, Percy Sledge, Teddy Edwards, Plas Johnson, Jimmy Witherspoon and Terry Collier.
He is twice winner of 'Best Guitar' in the BT jazz awards and 'Best Guitar' in the 2000 British Jazz Awards.
Mike Gorman was born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. After studying in Manchester, he moved to London in 1995 to attend the Guildhall School of Music,
Since then he has established himself as one of the UK's leading jazz pianists and organists. Mike has been an integral part of the London and UK jazz scene performing with virtually every UK horn player and vocalist of note such as Don Weller, Bobby Wellins, Alan Skidmore, Georgie Fame, Peter King, Alan Barnes, Dave Cliff, Stacey Kent, Guy Barker and Danny Moss, amongst others.
Mike is a key member of the Jim Mullen Organ Trio, with whom he as recorded 3 acclaimed albums.
Mike is also in great demand as a session player touring and recording extensively with a wide variety of artists in the field of popular and commercial music, including Boy George, Mica Paris, Van Morrison, Hamish Stuart, Marty Pellow, Marlena Shaw, Gwen McCrae, Andrea Bocelli and Tom Robinson.
Mike also worked with many US artists, including Jimmy Witherspoon, Ken Peplowski, Bill Watrous, Lanny Morgan, Gwen McCrae and Marlena Shaw, and toured and recorded with major international acts Incognito and Us3. Mike released his debut album "The Maze" on the label 33 Records in March 2002. The Album received much critical acclaim and was named Jazz CD of the Month in the Nov '02 BBC Music Magazine.
Allison Neale’s West Coast Quartet: http://www.allisonneale.com
Allison Neale Saxophone, Alex Bryson piano, Darren Macarthy bass and Matt Fishwick drums.
Allison, who is no stranger to Marigolds, was born in the USA when her British father was working for Boeing in Seattle and came to the UK as a young child. She originally started playing flute when about eight years old and although classically trained on flute she started playing saxophone in her mid-teens.
Allison was heavily influenced by listening to her father’s records and in particular those of West Coast Jazz musicians like Gerry Mulligan and Stan Getz, the Brubeck Quartet, Paul Desmond, Jim Hall and Chet Baker, Bill Evans. She has a particular affinity with Paul Desmond and Art Pepper and the beautifully crafted lines of her compositions often evoke the spirit of those players.
As a strong advocate of the melodic West Coast style she has performed alongside leading international artists such as Adelaide Hall and Bud Shank and more recently tenorist Scott Hamilton as well as featuring in both the John Dankworth ‘Generations‘ Band and the “Back to Basie’ Orchestra. She frequently tours the UK and has two CDs to her name ‘Melody Express’ with guitarist Dave Cliff and ‘Blue Concept’ with trumpeter Gary Kavanagh, both on 33 Records. Her third CD " I Wished on the Moon was released in January 2015 on the Trio Records label and features her quartet as well as Milt Jackson influenced vibraphonist Nat Steele.
Jo Harrop sings Peggy Lee with special guest Tony Kofi
Jo Harrop sings Peggy Lee with special guest Tony Kofi
Jo Harrop vocals, Tony Kofi sax, Alex Webb piano, Neville Malcolm bass, Joel Prime drums.
Durham born jazz singer Jo Harrop is a jazz singer who has a refined mellow sound that is warm, intimate & sincere. She pays tribute to Peggy Lee, the sultry songstress who Duke Ellington called ‘the queen’. Created with MD/arranger Alex Webb (piano) ‘Fever’ features Tony Kofi (alto sax), with the creamy-voiced Harrop delivering moving renditions of Peggy Lee ballads as well as swinging out on other great songs from the Lee canon.
Born in Nottingham to West African parents, the playing career of saxophonist Tony Kofi has been long and varied. After a four-year stint at the legendary Berklee College of Music in Boston Mass. USA, on a full scholarship music diploma Tony has appeared and played in numerous different combos both in the UK and abroad. He is particularly committed to teaching young people the joys of music and not only regularly runs his own workshops/individual lessons but works in South London with children with special needs.
Alex Webb has been a jazz-oriented songwriter and arranger for some years and for a large part of his career he has worked in and around the music business – in live music promotion, music publishing, as a music press officer and in music radio. As a piano player he has played with many notable performers both in the UK and abroad.
Clive Fenner Quintet
Clive Fenner drums, Martin Hathaway sax, Mike Gorman keyboards, Mark Ridout and Jeff Gascoyne bass.
For more than 10 years Clive has been the resident drummer at The East Side Jazz Club where he has supported many of the UK’s leading musicians including Kenny Wheeler, Peter King, Tony Coe, Jean Toussaint, John Etheridge and Liane Carroll.
He started playing in Blues, Pop and Jazz-Rock bands in clubs and Universities supporting bands like Fleetwood Mac, The Nice and Free and always had a love of jazz since hearing “Straight No Chaser” in his teens. He studied with top American drummer Clifford Jarvis (Freddie Hubbard, Sun Ra, Pharoah Sanders ) and with Britain’s premier drum teacher, Bob Armstrong.
As well as organising and performing at The East Side Jazz Club he is founder and Director of The International French Jazz Summer School and The Cuban Music School in Havana Cuba
James Scannell Quartet
James Scannel sax, clarinet, Gabiel Latchin keyboards, Simon Woolf bass and Matt Fishwick drums.
Born in London 1974 but now living in Berlin, James Scannell works as freelancer playing a range of woodwind instruments performing jazz, pop and classical music.
He has recorded for film, TV Shows and commercials, has worked with classical orchestras (City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Session Orchestra, Deutsches Film Orchestra Barbelsberg) played jazz festivals in France, Spain, Germany, England, USA, Finland, Denmark and Sweden as well as concert performances in Singapur, Switzerland, China and UEA.
He has performed with big bands (Echoes of Ellington, Rias, Till Brönner) played on pop albums (one becoming platinum), as well as co-leading his own jazz band Linejam wíth singer Aline Staskowiak.
The rest of the band have all had long and varied careers and there is far too little space to even start to document here. However, they can all be found on the web at the addresses given above.
Marigolds All Stars with EnricoTommaso
Enrico Tomasso trumpet/vocals, Martin Guy drums, Mark Crooks sax, clarinet, Tim Huskisson keyboards, and Jose Canha bass
Enrico was born into a musical family and was brought up on the earlier styles, Swing and Dixieland, by his dad before he discovered Miles Davis, Clifford Brown, Freddie Hubbard and the ‘fusion stuff’, which opened his mind to anything.
When Louis Armstrong came to London in 1976 Enrico’s dad introduced him, age 9, to Louis at London Airport. As Enrico had taken his trumpet with him, which he had been playing for 3 years, he serenaded Louis in the airport with ‘Sleepy Time Down South’ as alluded to in our posters.
Enrico has gone on to become a very top trumpeter in the jazz world winning numerous awards and playing with many famous musicians in many prestigious bands as well as leading his own ensembles.
Unfortunately, there is far too little space here to do justice to Enrico’s illustrious career or to even scratch the surface of the careers of the other musicians in the band other than to say in Greg’s own words that, ‘they are all top blokes’.
Alan Barnes Quartet
Alan Barnes Sax, Ted Beament keyboards, Simon Thorpe bass and Clark Tracey drums
Returning to Marigolds Alan is a prolific international performer, composer, arranger, bandleader and touring soloist. He is best known for his work on clarinet, alto and baritone sax that has few peers. His range and brilliance have made him “first call” for studio and live work and his recorded catalogue is immense whether as leader/co-leader, alone or supporting other artists. The recipient of numerous British Jazz Awards, Alan has played residencies and toured tirelessly, building a warm rapport with audiences making him uniquely popular in British jazz.
Local lad Ted Beament needs no introduction to regular patrons at Marigolds and as space is short……
Simon Thorpe plays in bands across the jazz spectrum as well as leading his own bands with a double bass style that is strong and melodic making him one of the UK's most popular players.
Winston Clifford is one of the most in demand drummers on the jazz scene to date. His playing is free from the usual restraints of stylistic expectations and a true reflection of listening and responding, “in the moment”.