Our Next Concert (1)

Saturday 15th December  2018






Nigel's Organ Trio along with its two distinguished guests promises an evening 

of great jazz virtuosity, style and excitement.  In recent years Nigel has arranged tours 

which have covered virtually every part of the UK in the cause of presenting 

top level jazz performances to as wide an audience as is possible and single-handedly 

organised and co-ordinated this summer's Swanage Jazz Festival.  

We are very pleased to welcome him and the band back to Berkhamsted

after an absence of almost five years.


It has been almost six years since Nigel's trio last performed at Berkhamsted when he displayed his amazing single-string and chordal solos whist sitting on a stool which was once owned by the great Charlie Christian.  Since then he has continued expanding his reputation as a performer and recording artist.  His remarkable abilities are displayed on his double albums, "Heads and Tales" Volumes 1 and 2, in which he brilliantly plays new compositions inspired by well-known standards, performing on solo accoustic guitar and electronically with the band.  The results are truly amazing.


Vasilis has established himself as one of the most exciting hard bop tenor players on the current jazz scene.  Born in Athens, he has settled in London after graduating from the Berklee School of Music and became a regular addition to Nigel's Organ Trio.  In 2017 he and Nigel created the XPQ (Xenopoulos / Price Quartet) and issued an album entitled "Sidekicks" which celebrates some of the the great tenor / guitar jazz combinations  He also appears as a guest soloist, band leader and section leader in various jazz combinations throughout the UK.


Steve was born in Manchester and his twin brother Matt appeared at Berkhamsted in September with Chris Biscoe and Allison Neale.  A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, Steve has played with leading musicians, both here and in the US for several years, his last appearance at Berkhamsted being with the Matt Wates Sextet.  Steve is much admired by Wynton Marsalis, he has set up his own record label called "Hard Bop" and has recently appeared on the cover of Jazz Journal magazine endorsing the American trumpet manufacturer Shilke.


Surrey-born Ross started learning piano at the age of four and as a teenager he was awarded a scholarship to Marlborough College.  He went on to complete his studies at Trinity College, Guildhall and Berklee College of Music in Boston.  Ross's musical skills have kept him in high demand both in jazz and commercial fields.  His personal sound and style on the Hammond organ greatly complements the band's overall personality and high level of technical facility.


Steve returns for the second time this season, this time as a member of Nigel's stellar band.  He is a multi award-winning drummer who has been in constant demand ever since his move to London from Manchester in 1996.  He has also impressed many top U.S. jazz musicians, accompanying the likes of pianists Junior Mance, Benny Green, Hod O'Brien, and John Bunch as well as saxophonists Charles McPherson and the legendary Benny Golson.  He has been a member of Scott Hamilton's Quartet since 2000 and will be back with us again in January with that band.  Steve's crisp, dynamic style of drumming always gives a lift to a band's performance.