Great things come from chance meetings and when Sarah Moule’s husband (and pianist) Simon Wallace met the great poet and Lyricist Fran Landesman, the alchemy produced some wonderful song writing. For this concert, Sarah Moule will be creating a carefully blended mix of music from her brand new CD (Stormy Emotions) and the celebrated writing of another stellar duo - Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn - looks like Friday 13th will be lucky for us!
Sarah Moule - vocals, Simon Wallace - piano, Paul Jefferies - double bass & Paul Robinson - drums.
"Long established as one of the best jazz singers in the UK, Sarah Moule is a master at bringing out the very heart of a song” Helen Mayhew - Jazz FM
Already virtuosic by the age of 11, Ben Holder left the classical world behind when he discovered the music and playing style of the great jazz violinists Stephane Grappelli, Stuff Smith and Joe Venuti. He joined a local band and never looked back. He’s reckoned now to be one of the leading jazz players in Europe and is constantly touring and performing to rave reviews. For this show Ben will concentrate on the repertoire of the legendary 'Gypsy jazz’ or 'Manouche' style jazz that has become so popular throughout Europe and beyond. Instruments are acoustic (violin, Maccaferri acoustic guitar and double bass). Gypsy Jazz was brought to the music world’s attention in the 1930s by the late great so called ‘Hot Club du Paris’ pairing of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli and it’s this music that Ben and his band (Jez Cook & Caley Groves on acoustic guitars, Paul Jefferies on double bass) will recreate for tonight’s concert at Burford Jazz.
John Alfred Mandel was a hugely successful and popular American composer who worked with the likes of Count Basie, Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee and many more. His biggest hits included ’The Shadow of your Smile’, ‘Emily’ and ‘A Time For Love’. He was also a very successful film score composer and produced award winning music for M.A.S.H., The Sandpiper & Drums of Africa. Mark Crooks is an award winning saxophonist of international repute who has played on numerous west end shows as well as his own concerts at the best jazz clubs in Europe. He’ll be on stage at Burford Jazz with the illustrious Jonathan Taylor, bassist Paul Jefferies and drummer Charlie Stratford.
We're really sad to announce that Julian Stringle has had to cancel his appearance with us on 12th November due to illness. We are delighted however to announce that the fabulous clarinettist and saxophonist Richard Exall will be taking Julian's place and that the rhythm section is unchanged and still features the award winning pianist Craig Millverton. Richard has straddled the worlds of classical music and jazz and is widely recognised as one of the UK's foremost players.
The clarinet is a fiendishly difficult instrument to play fluently, yet Richard's playing and particularly his improvisational work, is adorned with fluency in abundance. Earthy rich tones mixed with mellifluous beauty and a meaningful dash of dynamics are hallmarks of Richards playing.
Craig’s rhythm section is completed with Paul Jefferies on bass and Nick Millward on drums.
The brilliant trumpeter Damon Brown is back in England for a short tour away from his now home of South Korea. A virtuoso on both trumpet and flugel horn, this superb player is most at home blowing hard over be-bop changes, but he is equally capable of foot-tapping swing, passionate ballad playing and some of the most tasteful blues lines you’ll ever hear. Rhythm section of piano, bass & drums personnel to be announced!
‘Fluent, impassioned and technically superb’ Jack Massarick, THE EVENING STANDARD