Our Next Concert (1)

Saturday 17th June, 8pm

   

AMY ROBERTS/RICHARD EXALL QUINTET


For our final concert of the season we present a band of highly accomplished

and talented musicians capable of playing in a variety of styles.  

In this concert they will be emphasising their traditional jazz side.


AMY ROBERTS   FLUTE, CLARINET, SAXOPHONES

Amy, who hails from Cornwall, studied classical saxophone at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and became a featured soloist in the RNCM Big Band.  She has received many awards and in 2011 she joined the Big Chris Barber Band, the first female to be a member of this renowned ensemble.  She eventually departed after four years of performing at top venues across Europe with the band.  Since turning freelance she has played with the Pasadena Roof Orchestra, Keith Nichols, Echoes of Ellington and the London Swing Orchestra as well as with many more commercial artists.  Two CDs have been made by the Quintet with Richard Exall, the most recent being a tribute to the great saxophonists Johnny Hodges and Earl Bostic.


RICHARD EXALL   CLARINET, SAXOPHONES AND VOCALS 

Richard studied clarinet at the Royal College of Music and is self-taught on saxophones.  Whilst there he formed his own jazz quartet and big band and played with various musicians on the London Jazz scene as well as NYJO.  Richard's versatility is such that he has been able to juggle a musical career between classical, jazz and even Cuban music, when he toured with Cubanismo across Europe and the USA.  Like Amy he spent several years with the Big Chris Barber Band, and   in more recent times he has also played with Kenny Ball, his own band Shooting Stars and the Quintet with Amy.  As an educator, Richard has given workshops and tutorials at several universities and music colleges, holding professorships in both clarinet and saxophone.


BILL COLEMAN   BASS

Bill is a much respected musician whose virtuoso technique on bass has been heard in a variety of settings.  He has supported a wide range of artists including Howard Alden, Gary Potter and Billy Thompson and we are pleased to welcome Bill to Berkhamsted Jazz.


DAVID FERRIS   PIANO

David also comes from Cornwall and is now resident in Birmingham where he graduated with the prestigious Conservatoire of Music Jazz Degree in 2015.  He also teaches and composes and in 2014 received the Mike Gibbs prize for composition.  David performs in many musical settings and is much in demand on the Birmingham jazz scene.  He is a young man that we expect to hear more of in the future.


NICK MILLWARD   DRUMS

Born in Birmingham, Nick has been drumming since the age of fifteen, having been inspired by Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa and Ed Thigpen.  He first played professionally with clarinettist Pete Allen followed by stints with Terry Lightfoot, Kenny Ball and Digby Fairweather.  Nick also performs with the Kenny Ball tribute band led by Keith Ball, as well as his own unit where he additionally displays his vocal talent.



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