About Us

In the autumn of 1998, we started a short series of jazz concerts in church, with encouragement from our then vicar, David Tuck. Various musicians played for us, amongst them Humphrey Lyttelton and Martin Klute. We did not expect that annual jazz seasons would be going from strength to strength in Pinner Parish Church so many years later! Welcome...

2014/15 Season

There’s no apparent magic in the number seventeen, is there? Yet for those of us who came together earlier this year to plan our seventeenth season of jazz concerts in Pinner Church, it seemed as if this non-mystical numeral had some resonance of its own. It was time to take stock, we thought. We could look back on last year’s array of concerts with real satisfaction. We had presented our usual rich mix of artists and styles with three sure-fire winners in Dame Cleo Laine, Scott Hamilton and the Humphrey Lyttelton Band and we had introduced brilliant, younger players to Pinner. Simon Allen, Nigel Price and Tim Lapthorn, each already established yet still up-and-coming, were on the bill and we had again attracted a distinguished US visitor in baritone-saxophonist Frank Basile.

That said we’ve taken steps to make this new season even more attractive and memorable. We invited saxophonist/bandleader/composer/educator Frank Griffith to join our organising committee and asked him to handle the content and management of two concerts for us. He accepted with alacrity.   We also took note of our audience’s preferences and elected to have a break after Christmas, resuming in March and extending the season into May. And we have further exciting innovations to report. Our opening concert is part of the initial Pinner Arts Week, vocalist Tina May’s November concert will feature the London Jazz Sinfonia Strings as well as a jazz quartet led by Frank and we have attracted two contrasting masters of jazz piano in Gwilym Simcock and Rossano Sportiello for their first-ever Pinner appearances. What’s more, we’re fully active on Facebook and Twitter and our website has been revamped.

We, the volunteers who run this ongoing project do it for love of this music and we believe our new programme is one of our best. It needs only one more thing to make it perfect: your presence. So get booking now. You know it makes sense.

All programme notes prepared by Peter Vacher

The Dixie Strollers

The Dixie Strollers

Saturday 27th September 2014

Welcome to the Pinner Arts Week and to a fascinating young band.

Jean Toussaint

Jean Toussaint Quintet feat. Jay Phelps

Saturday 18th October 2014

For this, our initial Frank Griffith presentation, we’re thrilled that the distinguished tenor-saxophonist Jean Toussaint will be bringing his all-star quintet to Pinner.

Tina May

Tina May and her musicians

Saturday 15th November 2014

Tina May with The London Jazz Sinfonia Strings and the Frank Griffith Quartet

Gwilym Simcock Trio

Gwilym Simcock Trio

Saturday 13th December 2014

The rise and rise of pianist Gwilym Simcock (photo © Eric Richmond) has been a delight to observe.

Bobby Worth

The Kenny Baker Tribute

Saturday 14th March 2015

With Enrico Tomasso (photo © David T) and Bobby Worth

Clark Tracey Quintet

Clark Tracey Quintet

Saturday 18th April 2015

Drummer, composer, club organiser and festival director Clark Tracey is a true renaissance man of jazz.

Rossano Sportiello Trio

Rossano Sportiello Trio

Saturday 9th May 2015

The fabulous Italian-American swing pianist Rossano Sportiello joins us immediately after appearing at the 2015 Norwich Jazz Party for this his first Pinner concert.

We hope you are as excited at the prospect of another season of Jazz in Pinner as we are.

Please spread the word.

Booking opens at 9am on August 12th

Please make a note.

Booking opens at 9am on August 12th.

 

 

 

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