Our Next Concert (1)

Saturday 28th October, 8pm



BRUCE ADAMS  (trumpet, flugelhorn)

Bruce was raised in a show-business family and, having won first prize on Hughie Green's "Opportunity Knocks" aged 14, he learnt his craft in dance halls, theatre pits, pantos and cruise liners.  He played in the Scottish Radio Orchestra, supported comedians Tony Hancock and Freddie Starr, and played jazz in several big bands.  Bruce has won British Jazz Awards several times and has worked with American giants such as Benny Carter, Dick Hyman, Al Cohn, Ray Bryant, Milt Hinton and many others.  Bruce is famed for his tremendous powerful technique and warm sense of humour.

ALAN BARNES  (saxes, clarinet)  

Alan Barnes is one of the best-known and most creative musicians in British jazz.  He is equally adept on several instruments and comfortable in all formats from duos up to big bands, and is a prolific composer.  

Alan studied saxophone, woodwinds and arranging at the Leeds College of Music.  He  has won many awards for playing alto, baritone, clarinet and for arranging.  He has received the BBC Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year award and has been made a fellow of the Leeds College of Music

Alan's record label Woodville Records puts out several CDs a year, including recordings of him playing with musicians like Scott Hamilton, Warren Vache and Harry Allen, and of course Bruce Adams and Dave Newton.


Dave grew up in Renfrewshire, Scotland and graduated from Leeds College of Music in 1979.  Eventually his old roommate from college Alan Barnes persuaded him to move to London, where he rapidly became a much sought after pianist teaming up with Barnes, guitarist Martin Taylor and saxophonist Don Weller. 

He is the complete jazz pianist, whether in solo or small-group work, or powering a big band, who is also known as an exquisite accompanist for singers such as Marion Montgomery, Tina May, Annie Ross, Claire Martin and Stacey Kent. 

Like his old friend Alan Barnes, he is one of the few musicians who can utter the words 'The next tune is one I wrote myself' and fill the audience with anticipation rather than dread.  His compositions can be found on many albums - he has recorded extensively with Alan Barnes and on his own Brightnewday Records label. 

David Newton was made a Fellow of Leeds College of Music in 2003; he has been voted best Jazz Pianist in the British Jazz awards time and time again.  


It's the second time this month for Simon, who played earlier with Elaine Delmar.  Simon plays in many bands across the jazz spectrum and is the leader of several bands, including improPHONICS, the funky electric band playing original material.  Also Jivin' Miss Daisy, 1930s - 40s swing band; and The Simon Thorpe Octet, contemporary jazz.  His double bass style is strong and melodic, and has featured on numerous CDs with artists such as Stacey Kent, Alan Barnes, Bobby Wellins and Martin Speake.

MATT HOME (drums)  

Matt was born in Huddersfield and came to London in 1999.  He has worked with Barry Harris, Herb Geller, Scott Hamilton, Stacey Kent and Ken Peplowski amonst others. He has been a member of Ray Gelato's band, and regularly appears with Nigel Price's award winning organ trio.  

Like the other members of tonight's band he has regularly played at Berkhamsted Jazz, most recently with the Matt Wates and Karen Sharp bands earlier this year.