Derek Nash (saxophones)
Dave Newton (piano)
Mick Hutton (bass)
Emiliano Caroselli (drums)
Simon Spillett (tenor sax)
Ted Beament (piano)
Alec Dankworth (bass)
Winston Clifford (drums)
Celebrating the music of Shelly Manne
Matt Skelton (drums)
Mark Crooks (tenor sax)
James Davison (trumpet)
Leon Greening (piano)
Conor Chaplin (bass)
The Zak Barratt Quartet
Gunther Kurmayr piano
Manuel Alvarez bass
Marc Cecil drums
Now celebrating its 14th year together, John Etheridge's Sweet Chorus was originally formed as a personal tribute by John to his mentor and inspiration Stephane Grappelli with whom he worked for five years in the 70s and early 80s. Taking it's cue from the Hot Club of France -the legendary group that featured Grappelli and Django Reinhardt the band features John's dazzling guitar work and the scintillating violin of Chris Garrick. The relationship of these two has been described as one of the most potent in European jazz and backed up by the propulsive drive of Kelbie and Crowdy the band produces breathtaking sallies through repertoire both old and contemporary. A must for all fans of melodically based inspired, swinging acoustic jazz.
Matt Wates is a truly remarkable young British alto saxophonist. In his modest way, a bit of a phenomenon.
Dave Gelly, Observer
A performer of boundless ability.
Ken Rattenbury, Crescendo
The most swinging alto player on both sides of the Atlantic.
An incredibly talented musician and composer.
Leon is a master technician and in performance is a master, especially of up-tempo tunes. He is a Bud Powell, an Art Tatum, a Phineas Newborn, a Michel Pettrucianni and an Erroll Garner.
R. Bawden on Cookin’ in Brooklyn
Pianist Leon Greening’s hard swinging style has made him a favourite on the jazz scene for over a decade, and he makes no apologies for his adoration of the great bebop pianists, with Wynton Kelly, Bobby Timmons and Bud Powell among his influences.
EFG London Jazz Festival
Zoe Francis communicates a love and understanding of classic American song with the lightest of touches. It sounds easy and casual until you notice how deftly each turn of phrase falls in just the right place, both rhythmically and to chime with the meaning of the words. Dave Gelly ~ The Guardian