Our Next Concert (2)

Saturday 5th May 2018




Stephane Grappelli was born in Paris in 1908 and died there just weeks short of his ninetieth birthday, his recording career  having spanned seven decades.  He first met the guitar genius Django Reinhardt in 1933 and they established the legendary Quintet of the Hot Club of France.  The group broke up due to onset of the second world war separating the pair, although they occasionally reformed for recordings in later years.  Grappelli continued playing in clubs and theatres throughout Europe and experienced a great increase in his popularity in the 1970's.  He was in constant demand from festival organisers and record companies all over the world whilst inspiring young violinists, such as Chris Garrick, who first met him at the Wavendon Stables when he was eight years old.


Chris needs little introduction to Berkhamsted Jazz audiences and is well remembered for his last appearance here with the Budapest Cafe Orchestra a few years ago.  Chris is now an established international artist and is active on the London studio session scene and is, of course, very much associated with Berkhamsted Jazz being the son of Michael Garrick MBE, our late President.  Audiences are always delighted hear his astonishing violin playing which is full of virtuoso invention, swing and humour.  Who then is better to present us with a celebration of the music of the great maestro?


Jez is an exceptionally versatile guitarist who regularly plays with top virtuosos such as John Etheridge and Gary Potter.  As well as Gypsy style jazz Jez also switches to electric guitar to explore areas of contemporary jazz and fusion with his own trio.  He has been employed by many famous musicians and bands including George Harrison and Jools Holland.


Andy is a highly rated bassist who has performed with many leading bands and musicians and worked extensively with the exciting New Orleans singer Lillian Boutte.  He last appeared at Berkhamsted alongside Chris and John Etheridge in Sweet Chorus.  His experience in playing in a wide breadth of musical settings has enabled him to conduct workshops around the world teaching bass and guitar. 


Eddie's previous visit to Bekhamsted was with the Budapest Cafe Orchestra.  He is a master accordionist and has been in demand from a wide range of musical sources from Pavarotti to Westlife as well as for TV and film soundtracks.  Eddie is a member of the highly regarded combination known as Zum, a band which combines the gypsy songs of Eastern Europe with the tango sounds and rhythms of South America.


Tom is an original member of the Chris Garrick Quartet which was formed in 1990 and over the years has established himself as a premier drummer in demand to play in a wide range of musical settings.  Some of the many artists he has worked with include Sir John Dankworth, Grace Jones, Simple Minds, singer Omar and blues guitarist Ainsley Lister.  He is a virtuoso performer in whatever style the musical setting demands.