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The Humphrey Lyttelton Band concert on 17 March 2018 brought to a close 20 years of Pinner Jazz in Pinner Parish Church.

We're delighted to say that it is not the end of jazz concerts, because the new Music in Pinner Series will comprise a mixture of classical and jazz.

Visit the Music in Pinner site for more details.

2015/16 Season

Alec Dankworth World Spirit

Alec Dankworth's 'World Spirit', with Emily Dankworth

Saturday 10th October 2015

Bassist Alec Dankworth and his vocalist daughter Emily created this new group to explore the melodies of South America and other continents from a jazz perspective. Emily, with a family pedigree second to none, studied vocal jazz at the Guildhall School of Music and has since worked with her grandmother Cleo Laine and toured the world with the vocal group Vive. Add in the saxophone mastery of Brandon Allen and the percussive genius of Paul Clarvis and you have a formidable array of talents. It promises to be a gently lyrical start to the season and is not to be missed...

Darius Brubeck Quartet

Darius Brubeck Quartet

Saturday 7th November 2015

There’s a kind of coincidental continuity here as Alec toured with Darius’s father, the eminent pianist Dave Brubeck. However, Darius is very much his own man, a pianist of startling quality who will recall his late father’s repertoire but add that extra touch of magic that is his own. He’s an engaging communicator and we’re delighted that his quartet can appear for us in a brief stopover between their concert appearances at major jazz festivals around the globe. Out front, it’s the brilliant British tenor-saxophonist Dave O’Higgins with bassist Matt Ridley and drummer Wesley Gibbons in support. Quite a coup for Pinner!

The Skelton-Skinner AllStars Septet "plays mostly Ellington and Basie"

Saturday 5th December 2015

This stellar outfit of top British musicians excels at presenting the music of Duke Ellington and Count Basie so expect swinging jazz and inventive solos all the way. Elegant ballads, too. A ‘smorgasbord of delights’, as their publicity has it. The co-leaders are drummer Matt Skelton and Colin Skinner on alto sax, with Mike Lovatt, trumpet, Gordon Campbell, trombone and Pinner regular Alan Barnes on baritone and tenor saxes, plus Stacey Kent’s pianist Graham Harvey and Jeremy Brown on bass. A great start to the Christmas festivities so make sure you bring all your family and friends. The Allstars’ fine CD could solve your Christmas present problems at a stroke!

Scott Hamilton Quartet

Saturday 16th January 2016

We’re tempted to describe the celebrated US tenor-saxophonist Scott Hamilton as a permanent member of the Pinner jazz family, given the frequency of his appearances for us. What we can say is that Scott is a crowd-pleaser who never fails to deliver the goods, be it hard-swinging mainstream jazz or the tenderest of ballad treatments. Of course, this couldn’t happen without the peerless support of his long-standing British trio, that’s the always-superb John Pearce at the piano, everyone’s favourite bassist Dave Green and the ever-alert Steve Brown on drums. A treat, for sure.

Dave Newton

Dave Newton Trio

Saturday 12th March 2016

We’re used to seeing the distinctive Scots pianist Dave Newton in groups involving his long-time chum, the multi-reedman Alan Barnes. Well, this time we’re presenting Newton in the role that many observers think suits him best, that of fronting his own trio. Easily one of our most accomplished jazz pianists, Dave always brings his own special brand of wit and creativity to bear on the material he chooses. He’ll doubtless be exploring some movie themes, as featured on his recent Linn Records CD by his Big Screen Trio, as well as standards and jazz specialities. He’s joined by bassist Tom Farmer and the returning Matt Skelton on drums. Dave has been voted Best Pianist in the British Jazz Awards no less than thirteen times. Come and see why!

Keith Nichols Septet 'Jazz Classics Revisited'

Saturday 9th April 2016

Keith Nichols plays piano, sings, and directs a whole series of ensembles, all devoted to celebrating classic jazz. He’ll pick out key moments in early jazz history and recall the recordings that helped spread the jazz word world-wide. A regular at festivals around the country, Keith is also a tutor at the Royal Academy of Music and ensures that the youngsters on the jazz course are made properly aware of the music’s glorious past. He’ll be doing that for us too, with the aid of trumpeter Mike ‘Magic’ Henry from Chris Barber’s band, Alistair Allen, trombone, saxophonist Robert Fowler, plus the always engaging banjoist/guitarist Spats Langham, another man who can summon up the styles of yesteryear, accompanied by bassist Malcolm Sked and one of Pinner’s favourites, drummer Richard Pite. Keith and the band will take us on a fast-moving journey through some favourite numbers, all done with great panache and accompanied by an expert commentary from Keith himself, playing and singing in his own inimitable fashion.

Art Themen Quintet

Saturday 7th May 2016

We heard this mouth-watering ensemble at the Southport Winter Weekend festival in 2015 and were mightily impressed by their creativity and sheer star quality. Alongside tenor-saxophonist Art Themen, one of the brightest luminaries in British jazz for over a half-century now, are trumpeter Steve Fishwick, pianist Gareth Williams, Arnie Somogyi on bass and the highly inventive drummer Winston Clifford. They’ll play a mixture of new compositions and time-honoured jazz classics. Expect fireworks and the kind of hard bop that’s very easy to enjoy - so don’t think it’s too modern for you!

I wish to thank the many people who have made 20 years of Pinner Jazz possible - the organising committee and helpers, people who have provided interval refreshments, sound system operators, people who have prepared publicity posters and put advertising boards round about, people who have run the website and arranged publicity, the huge number of musicians who have played here over the years, and above all the audiences who have supported us so loyally.

With good wishes

Stuart Nattrass - chairman of Pinner Jazz organising committee

Pinner Jazz
 

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