Hugh Turner is a superbly exiting guitarist, his playing is steeped in the blues and the funkier side of jazz - his performances are marked by a highly rhythmic pulse and a cool 70s harmonic edge. Playing alongside Hugh at this concert will be incredible tenor saxophonist, Toliy Vyacheslavov (one of Ukraine’s finest musical exports) who has travelled the world performing with various ensembles including Geno Washington, Brothers of Brass and the Ben Portsmouth Band (and Elvis Tribute). Paul Jefferies will play double bass and the trio will present a varied mix of jazz, blues and funky flavoured tunes.
Ben Holder has it all - speed, great intonation, brilliant articulation and a beautiful sense of melody. Originally a classical scholar and with all the grades safely under his belt before the age of 11, the young Ben turned to jazz after being introduced to recordings by Stephane Grappelli. That was a turning point and from the age of just 15, he avidly hoovered up the sound and language of the great jazz swing players - not just the violinists like Grappelli, Stuff Smith and Joe Venuti - but also great clarinettist and pianist, many of whom he sights as influences on his approach and style. Ben is a great exponent of the hot-club of Paris jazz genre (Manouche, Gypsy Jazz) so it will be mainly those tunes he’ll reference in this concert. However, you never know when he’ll slip into some Bach or Mozart - one thing is for sure, it will be an eclectic, masterful and superbly entertaining show. Jez Cook will play acoustic guitar and Paul Jefferies will be on double bass.
Ben Cummings is a brilliant trumpeter and singer. He has led an illustrious career to date - recognised as one of the UK’s finest players, he has worked on west end shows, with some of the worlds greatest pop acts (eg. Bad Manners, Jamie Cullum) and he is a regular with bands like The Pasadena Roof Orchestra and the Humphrey Lyttelton Band to mention a few. However, he has a soft spot for performing jazz in intimate jazz clubs and he has huge respect for the genius of trumpeter Chet Baker. It’s the music that made Chet Baker famous that we celebrate this evening with great favourites like “I Fall in Love Too Easily”, “But Not For Me” and "Time After Time” . Performing with Ben will be the award winning pianist Craig Milverton and bassist Paul Jefferies.
Rob Terry has had his fair share of musical ’stardom’. He has written music with Eurythmics Dave Stewart, toured as Music Director with singer Eartha Kit and played for Britain at the Eurovision Song Contest. But we believe it’s as a pianist, composer and arranger in his own right that he truly shines and so any opportunity to hear Ron’s trio (Rob - piano, Paul Jefferies - bass & Charlie Stratford - drums) should be grabbed with both hands. Rob will be creating a very special set of music with hints to the oncoming of spring in his very exciting Jazz ‘Standards' show.