Our Next Concert (1)

Saturday 5th May 2018


Glen is based in Cardiff and, although he himself may not be so well known to the rest of Britain, his quintet includes some of the country's best known and most respected jazz musicians.  Following the receipt of a grant from Arts Council of Wales Glen set about arranging and composing new material for the band and produced a very well-received CD entitled “Homecoming” on the Mainstem label.  We are very pleased to welcome Glen to Berkhamsted.


Glen's main jazz influences include the bop greats like Charlie Parker, Cannonball Adderley, Phil Woods and Sonny Stitt as well as lesser known alto players such as Andrew Speight from Australia and Mario Rivera from the Dominican Republic who was featured in Dizzy Gillespie's big band.  Glen attended the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama where he was tutored by Geoff Simkins, Iain Ballamy, Steve Waterman and Dave Cliff.  In 1997 he was awarded a scholarship to study on the Jazz and Contemporary Music Program at the New School in New York.  He has been involved in many projects in Wales and Europe over the years and regularly performs with several musical aggregations as well as his own quintet.


Steve is one of the top British trumpet players both at home and on the international scene.  He began his career at Trinity College of Music and continues to be associated with the college as professor of Jazz Trumpet.  As an educator he is also involved with the Royal Northern College of Music and the Welsh College of Music and Drama.  One of his pupils was Alexandra Ridout, the winner of the BBC's Young Jazz Musician of the Year, who performed for us in December.  Steve has long been associated with the Mainstem label, having issued several CDs over the years including his much admired interpretation of the history of jazz trumpet called “Buddy Bolden Blew It”.  Steve performs in a wide variety of settings and has recently played in Havana with some of Cuba's finest jazz musicians.


We last heard Leon as a member of Matt Wates Sextet and welcome him back to Berkhamsted.  His hard swinging style has made Leon a favourite band member on the UK Jazz circuit and he leads his own trio which recorded the outstanding CD “Cookin' In Brooklyn”, which includes an appearance from the legendary U.S. saxophonist Vincent Herring.  If you have not yet heard Leon then you should get to know his playing at this concert and if you have heard him before you will undoubtedly want to hear him again.


Adam was born in Jersey and studied the saxophone at the age of nine.  He changed to bass guitar and played a wide variety of music until settling on jazz as the music which he felt offered the greatest level of freedom and expression.  He gained a First Class Honours Degree at Middlesex University where he took up the double bass.  Adam has now become one of the most in-demand players on the jazz scene and has played with some of the most prolific musicians in the UK such as Peter King, Alan Barnes and Jim Mullen, as well as touring internationally.  Adam has performed at Berkhamsted as a member of New York saxophonist Benny Sharoni's quartet.


Matt is one of the country's top jazz drummers and has already appeared twice at Berkhamsted  this season supporting Elaine Delmar and as a member of the Bruce Adams/Alan Barnes Quintet.  He moved down to London from Yorkshire in 1999 and has fully established himself as one of our most versatile drummers and has worked with many top U.S. artists such as Scott Hamilton, Ken Peplowski and Barry Harris.  Matt appears regularly with bands led by Nigel Price, Matt Wates and Brandon Allen.