Our Next Concert (2)

Saturday 4th April 2020  (all concerts begin at 8pm and end at 10.30pm)



THE GEORGINA JACKSON BAND


BENNY, PEGGY, AND DUKE



The hit songs of Peggy Lee and the music of Duke Ellington performed in the style of the Benny Goodman Quartet.  A unique coming together of three of the greatest names in jazz for a wonderfully entertaining programme of much loved classics and fascinating, rarely heard repertoire.


GEORGINA JACKSON  (trumpet, vocals)

After acquiring a strange and somewhat unfashionable obsession with Jazz and Big Band music at an early age in Wigan Georgina began her musical career working as a professional trumpet player almost everywhere up, down, left and right of the country.  Working for years with many famous faces and Big Bands in Concert Halls, television and radio, Georgina learnt her trade as a lead trumpet player.

These days her excellent swing jazz vocals can be heard in a variety of impressive settings, not least as featured vocalist with the BBC Big Band, the BBC Concert Orchestra and as regular singer with Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra. 

Her recordings are built around tonight's music and continue her love affair with classic big band jazz and swing. This is wonderful, swinging straight-ahead jazz from one of the most talented singers on the scene. And she still plays great trumpet as well.



PETE LONG  (sax, clarinet)

Pete Long is a saxophone and clarinet player based in London with an enviable CV.  He has worked with great names including Jools Holland, Dizzy Gillespie, and The Stereophonics!

He was recently involved in live and studio work with Jools Holland's Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, the BBC Radio Big Band, arranging for and directing the poll-winning 9:20 De-Luxe ten-piece swing band and re-creating the music of Dizzy Gillespie in quintet and big band formats.  His recent recording of The Planets Suite has been widely praised.  In the course of playing with Jools, Pete has worked with a diversity of popular icons from Vinnie Jones to Lionel Richie and The Blind Boys Of Alabama to Sting.  



ANTHONY KERR  (vibes)

Anthony studied in Belfast and New York, and has performed and recorded internationally with Georgie Fame, Charlie Watts, BBC Big Band, Robbie Williams, Joe Lovano, and Jacqui Dankworth.  Kerr was voted best instrumentalist in the British Jazz Awards, and before that was Young Jazz Musician of the Year.

He leads his own quartet and also the Mallet Band, with Justin Woodward, Steve Brown and Geoff Gascoyne.  Anthony teaches vibraphone and jazz improvisation at the Royal College of Music in London and produces and records music from his home studio in Hertfordshire.



NICK DAWSON  (piano, voice, clarinet)

Nick started playing piano at age seven, clarinet at nine, and discovered his other instrument (voice) at the age of sixteen.  He began playing jazz at fifteen with local trad bands, and graduated from the Royal College of Music with a Bachelor of Music degree in 1996.  He has worked with - among others - Kenny Baker, Don Lusher, Scott Hamilton, Ken Peplowski, Kenny Ball, Bob Wilber and the Kings' Singers.  He plays various styles of jazz, but his greatest love is performing the classic songbook material.

He has become first-call pianist for the 'Back to Basie' orchestra and the 'Great British Jazz Band' amongst numerous commitments.  He is also one of our best jazz clarinettists and sings jazz and standards better than almost anyone else in Britain.



DAVE CHAMBERLAIN  (bass)

From the small town of Belper in Derbyshire, Dave took up the double bass at the age of 16 with ambitions to be an orchestral musician, but soon he began taking an interest in jazz, and by the time he obtained his degree he'd made the decision to pursue a full time jazz career.  

Dave has worked with many top jazz musicians and groups, from The Frank Griffith Nonet and the 'Back To Basie' big band, to Howard Alden and John Colianni.  Dave has been a member of singer Stacey Kent's highly successful group, and has toured extensively around Europe, performing in Sweden, France, The Netherlands, Italy and Poland.  In recent years he has also shown himself to be ahighly accomplished guitarist.



RICHARD PITE  (drums)

Richard is a drummer who has made a speciality of vintage drumming techniques from the 1920's through to the 1940's, including artists such as Gene Krupa and Jo Jones amongst others.  Recent concerts have included tributes to Artie Shaw with Strings and the Benny Goodman Carnegie Hall concert of 1938, and his 100 Years Of Jazz show.


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