Our Next Concert (2)

Saturday 24th November  2018


DAVE MOORWOOD's

RASCALS OF RHYTHM


After an absence of almost five years, we are welcoming the Rascals of Rhythm 

back to Berkhamsted for an evening of swinging jazz with repertoire ranging 

from the likes of Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Waller and Duke Ellington 

to selected items from the Great American Songbook.




DAVE MOORWOOD  GUITAR and VOCALS

Dave's musical career began in skiffle groups of the 50's playing guitar, mandolin and banjo.  By the early 60's he had moved on to a variety of bands in the blues and jazz field which were catering for dancing rather than concerts.  Dave formed his own band, the Big Bear Stompers, and in 1997 he was invited to join the Pete Allen Jazz Band.  After eight years with Pete he formed the Rascals and concentrated on playing acoustic rhythm guitar along with arranging and singing.  Dave likes to seek out and freshen up some of the forgotten songs of the 20's and 30's.



MARK ASTON & TONY BLINCOWE  CLARINET/SAXOPHONES

Between them Mark and Tony play a vast array of reed instruments.  Tony is a multi-reed player who is comfortable in many styles from New Orleans, big bands and modern jazz, and Mark is another multi-instrumentalist - he even plays trombone as well.  He too can adapt to styles ranging from early blues and dixieland to post-bebop, and together they provide an original and creative combination.  



PETER RUDEFORTH  TRUMPET

Peter started out on trumpet at the age of seven and went on to play with brass bands, orchestras, in shows and eventually formed his own jazz band.  He played first trumpet in the National Youth Orchestra of Wales and gained music qualifications at Cardiff University and the Royal Academy of Music.  In 2008 Peter replaced Pat Halcox in the Big Chris Barber Band and has also worked with the two other famous "B's", Acker Bilk and Kenny Ball.  He is a musician in great demand and his various engagements have taken him all over the world.



PERRY LOCK  PIANO

Perry is a highly regarded pianist and has played with Dave for several years.  However he did not appear when the band played for us in 2014 so we are pleased to welcome him to Berkhamsted.  He is described by Dave as a very underrated player with a fine, bluesy rolling style.  He is sometimes required to use an electric piano but will hopefully enjoy taking advantage of playing our Yamaha grand.



MIKE BENNETT  BASS

Mike also is appearing at Berkhamsted for the first time, having replaced Roger Davis since the band's last appearance.  As the band does not have a drummer, the role of the double bass is a vital one and Mike's dynamic and propulsive playing very ably supports the rhythm of this swinging unit.



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