2023/2024 Season 

Artist 

John McDonald Quartet

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May3

Classic Jazz sound brought to you by some of the best jazz musicians in country. You will have the wonderful John McDonald:- John plays in a number of jazz groups across the West Midlands and has worked with many distinguished jazz musicians including Alan Barnes, Tina May, Bruce Adams and Annette Gregory.

Vasilis Xenopoulos One of the most accomplished Saxophonist jazz musicians of his generation and a genuine representative of straight ahead jazz. He has worked with some of the best musicians of the International Jazz Scene as a band leader, a section leader and as a guest soloist at various projects.

Joe Kessell:- Joe studied jazz at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and has since played at numerous venues and festivals around the country. He is known for his rhythmic contrapuntal bass lines.

Aaron Moloney:- Aaron Moloney is a jazz drummer based in Coventry. He currently leads his own trio who reside at the Warwick Arts Centre.

Dean Stockdale Quartet

Jun7

The ‘Celebrating Oscar’ Quartet’ is a new quartet playing inventive arrangements of Oscar Peterson’s original compositions together with music that he was associated with. We focus on bringing the infectious swing of Oscar’s groups, as well as showcasing his compositional ability and virtuosic piano style.

The pianist acknowledges his influences as Bill Evans, Errol Garner and of course Oscar Peterson to whom he pays tribute with this fine album. Stockdale has got the approach to the music here spot on. A dozen songs written by or associated with the great pianist and tastefully arranged for the quartet.

There are no pyrotechnics and Stockdale does not feel the need to emulate Peterson in any way, just deeply swinging jazz played with joy and integrity.

The quartet features Gavin Barras on bass, Gaz Hughes on drums Tim Williams on guitar

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The Hopkins Hammond Trio

Jul5

The classic jazz formation known as the 'Organ Trio' may be a new concept to you. If so, 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 Matt's inventive and melodic guitar playing has been featured in groups as stylistically diverse as Andy Sheppard’s Hotel Bristol and Emily Wright & The Royals. He also takes the lead role in the “Music of Pat Metheny” project alongside pianist Dave Newton. Matt is also known as an instructor and educator, specialising in jazz improvisation.

Scott Hammond – drums Scott is probably best known for playing rock music with Ian Anderson/Jethro Tull all over the globe since 2010 but he's not just a rocker. Jazz, especially in the organ trio setting, has always been close to Scott's heart and this trio shows a more subtle side to his playing. In the jazz world, Scott has worked with Alan Barnes, Tina May, Herb Geller, Bobby Wellins, Jason Rebello, Pee Wee Ellis and many others.

Ruth Hammond - organ Ruth has many strings to her bow as she is equally adept on organ, piano, saxophones, accordion and vocals. After graduating from Leeds College of Music in 1998, she became Runner Up in the Young Jazz Musician of the Year (on tenor saxophone). She has released a solo album "All The Good Things" which features her singing her own songs.

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Jim Mullen

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Nov3

Kidderminster Jazz Club

St Ambrose Parish Centre , Leswell Street - DY10 1RP, Kidderminster

Jim Mullen began his musical life aged 8 playing “Tea-chest bass” in the neighbourhood skiffle group. He got his 1st guitar the same year, and when an older friend introduced him to jazz, he was hooked.

In 1975 he met sax player Dick Morrissey and began a 15 year association which produced 7 albums and became one of Britain’s top club bands. After the demise of Morrissey Mullen he worked with jazz vocalist Claire Martin (3 albums) and formed a series of quartets (3 albums). As a 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 Callier.

Band

Jim Watson, organ, has worked with Sting, Kurt Elling & Dave O'Higgins. 

Tristan Mailliot, drums, has worked with Pete King, Bobby Wellins, & U.S. stars Jim Hall & Art Farmer.

Midlands Youth Jazz Orchestra