Our Next Concert (1)

Saturday 16th December, 8pm




We are pleased to present this band led by top professional guitarist Mark Ridout who is based in our own locality.  Mark's children, Tom and Alexandra, are two young musicians who are fast making names for themselves as jazz stars of the future.  They are appearing along witha splendid rhythm section of Flo Moore, who appeared here a few seasons back when she performed with Ben Treacher's Quartet, and the highly regarded drummer Tristan Maillot.


Mark is a much respected musician who has performed in many of the country's major venues accompanying such renowned performers as Natalie Cole, Jane Monheit and the great jazz organists Jimmy Smith and Barbara Dennerlein among many others.  Mark's fluent and versatile playing is in demand for television and recording studio work with popular artists such as Alison Moyet and for TV shows such as "Strictly".  Mark also tutors jazz guitar at the Wavendon All Music summer courses.


Tom started his musical life by learning the recorder at an early age and has gone on to study at the Royal Academy of Music where he was awarded the Richard Turner Jazz Prize on graduation.  Tom has performed with NYJO and was a finalist in last year's BBC Young Jazz Musician Award where he greatly impressed the judges by displaying his remarkable recorder technique.  He is more likely to be seen playing a tenor or baritone saxophone fronting his own quintet playing his compositions.


Alexndra also reached the finals of the BBC Young Jazz Musician Award but went one better than Tom by winning, a magnificent achievement.  Since then she has had a busy schedule performing at jazz festivals and clubs across the country.  She has studied at the Purcell School of Music and the Junior Department at the Royal Academy of Music and was selected to attend the Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony, California, in 2015.  Alexandra will be returning to Berkhamsted in June next year as a member of the Clark Tracey Sextet when they will present a tribute concert to Stan Tracey.


Flo previously performed at Berkhamsted with the brilliant Ben Treacher Quartet in 2016 and we are pleased to welcome her back.  She has studied at the Royal Academy of Music and performed widely with the Aylesbury Music Centre Dance Band and has established herself on the London Jazz scene playing with the likes of Peter King, Bobby Watson and Jason Rebello at Ronnie Scott's.


Tristan is of French birth and studied at Dartington College of Music as well as the Royal Academy of Music.  He is widely experienced in playing and recording with top level jazz musicians both from the UK and America such as Art Farmer, Jim Hall, Bobby Shew, Stan Tracey, Scott Hamilton, Jim Mullen and Tina May.  We are pleased to welcome him to Berkhamsted.