For such a young player (she’s only 21) Alex Clarke has remarkable poise and musical language. Her bebop playing is muscular with a great sense of tempo and yet her ballad sensibilities are already gaining her a reputation as a great interpreter of jazz. She is one of the new breed of young players who show great respect for earlier swing music, yet give the classic melodies a new twist that stays faithful to the originals. Performing with Alex will be another younger talent - Tom Berge on piano and Paul Jefferies will play double bass. This trio has the potential to really excite your ear buds!
From a musical family, Andy Hooley spent his early playing career in the Royal Airforce earning the accolade of being the RAF’s principal clarinetist. As a soloist he’s performed at the Royal Albert Hall, Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club and Birmingham Symphony Hall (both as a classical player and jazzer) amongst many others. He now runs his own septet and appears on numerous recordings and live shows as a guest soloist and section member. For Cropredy, together with ace guitarist Jez Cook and bassist Paul Jefferies, Andy will bring us a show that remembers and celebrates the greats jazz clarinetists (such as Monty Sunshine, Arti Shaw, Glen Miller, Benny Goodman)
Jonny is a superb piano-accordionist who only began playing at the relatively mature age of 15 (before this he was also very accomplished pianist and singer. After studies in France with Piano-accordion world leaders Frank Petrilli and Richard Galliano - he quickly found himself touring Europe and earning accolades from the jazz public and jazz press alike - this led to some impressive session work with the show Peaky Blinders and recording theme music for Warner Records. The Jonny Kerry Trio is an acoustic ensemble inspired by Gypsy Jazz, New Musette, Classical & Tango music. The trio performs dynamic and lyrical arrangements of both standards and original compositions that draw upon diverse international rhythms and musical idioms - led by Accordionist Jonny Kerry and featuring guitarist Ducato Piotrowski & Paul Jefferies on double bass.
Tommy Scott is hailed as one of the finest British piano talents to come out of the UK. He was already guesting with top international names at premier London Jazz clubs in his early teens and he now regularly gigs with the best of British as well as being recognised as a creative and gifted educator. Tommy will pay his respects to the style and works of the late great Oscar Peterson and Oscar’s most celebrated trio format (with Ray Brown on bass and Ed Thigpen on drums). Paul Jefferies will take the part of Ray Brown and the hugely entertaining Nick Millward will illustrate how delicate yet secure Mr Ed Thigpen played drums in what was probably history’s best loved jazz trio.