Our Next Concert (2)

Saturday 11th January 2020  (all concerts begin at 8pm and end at 10.30pm)


 

The T J JOHNSON Band


It is a welcome return for T J, after his memorable concert at Berkhamsted two years ago.  Expect a great musical evening of jazz, blues and more from this popular band of top musicians.


T J JOHNSON  PIANO and VOCALS

T J began listening to jazz and country music very young and took up the guitar aged nine.  He later switched to piano, teaching himself whilst listening to Fats Waller records.  At fifteen he played his first public performances at a Stockport pub and began sitting in with local jazz bands where he also enjoyed singing the occasional song.  

His big opportunity came when he was recruited by Max Collie to join his Rhythm Aces.  He spent the next four years touring Europe with Max, who decided that Tim should become known as T J.  He also began playing drums with his New Orleans styled band Bourbon Kick. You will hear music that reflects the wide range of his musical tastes which is always soulful and swinging.


AL NICHOLLS  TENOR SAXOPHONE

Al has been described as the most swinging musician in London, and plays with an exuberant big-toned sound reminiscent of swing to bop players of the 1940's.  In contrast his ballad playing exhibits the sumptuous warmth that you might associate with the likes of Scott Hamilton.  

He plays regularly with T J's band but also leads his own top jump jive unit Blue Harlem.  A graduate of Leeds College of music he has played with numerous bands over the years including Ray Gelato and King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys.


TREVOR EVANS  BASS

Trevor began studying painting and ceramics which led to a job as a potter in Dorset.  However, having studied piano as a child he began to play in semi-pro bands and added double bass and tuba whilst playing with The Bridport Silver Band.  Some years later he answered an ad in the Melody Maker for a bass player in Zurich and was hired.  

This led to a life of travelling through many countries and performing on radio and in the recording studios, which even included a trip to the jungle region of Borneo.  He has played with musicians such as the fondly remembered George Chisholm, top guitarist Ike Isaacs and the great American stride pianist Dick Wellstood. 


JAMES KITCHMAN  GUITAR

Making his debut at Berkhamsted Jazz, James has played regularly with T J over the last two years.  He hails from Northumberland and is a graduate of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.  James has become a musician in great demand from both UK and international artists, comfortably performing within a wide range of musical genres.  

He plays regularly in the London clubs with the jazz trio Grasshopper and is recognised for his distinctive playing across all his work whilst he continues to be in pursuit of further artistic development.


WESLEY GIBBENS  DRUMS

Wesley returns to Berkhamsted after appearing with the Darius Brubeck Quartet in September.  He moved to London from South Africa in 2005 and has been a member of the Darius Brubeck Quartet since its inception as well as performing with several UK based African musicians.  

His versatility as a drummer is exemplified by his presence in T J's band for several years.  Wesley is a tutor at the North London Music Academy.


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