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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.

2016/17 Season

Mark Crooks Quintet

Saturday 24th September 2016

Mark is a clarinet virtuoso and a mainstay of the now-celebrated John Wilson Orchestra. He also appears in other star big bands but here he will concentrate on a special programme just for us. Subtitled ‘Kings of Clarinet - Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw’, his set will please all those who relish these giants of the music, and many more. His quintet is completed by Colin Oxley, guitar, bassist Jeremy Brown, drummer Matt Home, and new-find piano star Gabriel Latchin.

Christian Brewer

Christian Brewer - Damon Brown Quintet

Saturday 22nd October 2016

Our two bandleaders have been at the forefront of British post-bop jazz since the 1980s and play regularly together in London’s best jazz clubs. Both have lived abroad and worked with the pick of the top US and UK jazz musicians. Their approach to jazz is inventive and exhilarating, but always faithful to the essential tenets of the music, with swing uppermost. Trumpeter Brown has a fine array of compositions to his credit and Brewer is a vital voice on alto. Expect great music, their efforts complemented by the mercurial pianist Jonathan Gee, with the 2016 Worshipful Co. of Musicians Young Jazz Musician of the Year Adam King on bass, and Pinner stalwart Matt Skelton on drums.

Harry Allen

Harry Allen Quartet with Andrea Pozza

Saturday 19th November 2016

Here’s a first for Pinner and a true coup. Harry is one of the key American mainstream voices on tenor-saxophone and we’ve nabbed him on a rare visit to the UK. Digby Fairweather described Harry as ‘the most gifted new-generation swing tenorist to emerge since Scott Hamilton’ and he’s right. Imagine a fusion of Hamilton and Stan Getz and you’ll be in the right territory. He’ll be joined by the fine Italian pianist Andrea Pozza, tour organiser Simon Woolf on bass and our old friend Steve Brown on drums. Not to be missed, that’s for sure.

The Magnificent Seven

The Magnificent Seven Jazz Band pays tribute to Acker Bilk and Kenny Ball

Saturday 10th December 2016

The band’s title says it all and what better precursor to the joys of the Christmas season? Rest assured, these musicians know just how to create a festive mood as they put across their time-honoured numbers. Co-leaders Amy Roberts [flute, clarinet & saxophone] and Richard Exall [tenor & alto saxophones] played for us with Chris Barber, now they’re complemented by the stalwart trombonist Ian Bateman [previously here with his own band and with Acker Bilk] and the superb trumpeter Mike ‘Magic’ Henry who we also know from earlier visits to Pinner with both Chris Barber and Keith Nichols, plus Craig Milverton, piano, Bill Coleman, bass, and drummer Nick Milward.

Peter Cater

Peter Cater's Ministry of Jazz

Saturday 14th January 2017

Another Pinner first, with Peter Cater’s dynamic new band in a new location; Pinner United Synagogue, 1 Cecil Park, Pinner, HA5 5HJ.

Peter is one of our greatest drummers and has been running his own big band for years, while working with every top act of the day. His seven-piece Ministry of Jazz incorporates fine charts written by band trombonist Adrian Fry, a Pinner regular, with the fiery young trumpeter George Hogg teamed with Adrian, plus ex-NYJO altoist Richard Shepherd and the brilliant Vasilis Xenopoulos on tenor, the estimable Pete Whittaker on Hammond organ and a gutsy rhythm section completed by bassist Simon Thorpe and of course, Pete, magisterial at the drums.

Karen Sharp Quartet

Karen Sharp Quartet

Saturday 4th March 2017

We’re back at Pinner church this time for a more intimate concert presentation. Saxophonist Karen has appeared for us many times and here she’s joined by Nikki Iles, always incisive at the piano and a noted jazz educator, with two familiar Pinner friends in bassist Dave Green and drummer Steve Brown keeping their collective eye on swing. Small in number maybe but potent musically: a delight in prospect.


Buck Clayton Legacy Band

The Buck Clayton Legacy Band Salutes Duke Ellington

Saturday 1st April 2017

The last time this superb band came before us it was to play the music of their mentor, Buck Clayton. Now they’re tackling the work of Duke Ellington, easily the most prolific composer in jazz. Which of his myriad pieces will they choose to play? The writer and broadcaster Alyn Shipton co-leads the band from the back, you might say, as he’s the bassist, with the always excellent Bobby Worth alongside on drums and Martin Litton on piano to evoke the great man himself. There have been a few changes to the line-up since our original announcement, but the front-liners are all top-drawer, starting with Ian Smith and Menno Daams on trumpet, Robert Fowler on alto sax, Karen Sharp on tenor sax and last man standing, trombonist Winston Rollins. Great music in good hands: Duke would doubtless love it madly.

Rossano Sportiello

Rossano Sportiello Trio

Saturday 6th May 2017

Had we thought to canvass our audience to vote for the artist they would most like to see again, our bet is that Rossano Sportiello’s name would have topped the list. The first time this Italian-American virtuoso played for us, just two years ago, he earned a standing ovation. Onlookers then loved his command of swing piano, his wit and his engaging personality. Now, they can rekindle those emotions in full as he appears for us again, with his companions in swing, the bassist Dave Green and drummer Steve Brown, virtually our Pinner Jazz house rhythm section. Yes, folks, the wait is over: Rossano is back! Book and expect to be entranced.




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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