Our Next Concert (2)

Saturday 29th September 2018


with guests


The Nick Care Big Band is mainly formed from alumni of Nick's school-age band, the Aylesbury Music Centre Big Band one of the most successful youth bands in the UK. Tonight’s band brings some of these ex-students together again as mature players of all different ages.

Under Nick’s directorship his bands won an incredible thirty national and international awards, including four victories in categories in the BBC Radio 2 Big Band competition.  They have played at festivals including the North Sea Jazz Festival several times, and at venues including Buckingham Palace, the London Palladium and the Royal Albert Hall. 

The band has broadcast on numerous occasions in the UK and abroad – nine times on Blue Peter, BBC Young Musicians programme, on Sky TV, and Channel 4.

Nick always likes to invite leading musicians to play as guests. In just three years the band have been privileged to play with Pete Long, Enrico Tomasso, Mike Lovatt, Mark Nightingale, Claire Moore, Karen Sharp, Jay Phelps and Gordon Campbell.

Tonight there will be three very special guests.  Not only are they AMC band alumni but all three performed with great distinction in the BBC Young Jazz Musician Of The Year competition.

ALEXANDRA RIDOUT (trumpet) is the current BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year, and has already won an amazing number of awards, in both the jazz and classical fields, in the UK and abroad.  She was one of two British musicians chosen to attend the prestigious Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony in California and is fast becoming a regular at the Civic Centre, and featured last year in both the Ridout Family Band and in Clark Tracey’s Sextet.

TOM RIDOUT is an award winning saxophonist and another finalist in the BBC Young Musician Jazz Award.  He has performed at Ronnie Scotts with his own Quintet and also with NYJO, at The 606 Club, the Barbican Centre, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Buckingham Palace, and many others.  Among others he has played with the likes of Gregory Porter, Nikki Iles, Gwilym Simcock and Dave Holland.

NOAH STONEMAN is a London based pianist / organist and yet another BBC Young Jazz Musician finalist.  He performs regularly around the country with various projects such as electronic trio Zeñel, the Alex Ridout Quintet and his own trio under his name. He has also performed alongside the likes of Clark Tracey, Gwilym Simcock, Gareth Lockrane, Jean Toussaint and Jim Mullen.