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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.

2017/18 Season

Ken Peplowski and Julian Marc Stringle with the Craig Milverton Trio

Saturday 14th October 2017

Superlatives can sometimes seem wearisome but here goes anyway, US star Ken Peplowski is quite simply the finest mainstream clarinettist who is active today. Don’t take our word for it, judge for yourself in this terrific line-up, which teams him with our own star clarinettist Julian Marc Stringle. Of course, they’ll play saxophones too. This appearance marks the beginning of their third successful UK tour together and they have the CDs to prove it. The always wonderful Craig Milverton leads the accompanying trio, with Sandy Suchodolski on bass and the ageless Nick Milward on drums.

Scott Hamilton Quartet

Saturday 11th November 2017

What is there new to say about everyone’s favourite tenor-saxophonist? This unflappable American star has been a constant presence in our programmes and always attracts a sell-out-crowd. He works with the same accompanists year on year and it’s their compatibility that is so evident when they perform. Scott is a masterly ballad player, with a sound that’s all his own, paced by John Pearce’s always elegant piano and the urgings from bassist Dave Green and drummer Steve Brown. An unbeatable combination.

Alan Barnes – A Christmas Carol

Saturday 9th December 2017

Multi-instrumentalist Alan Barnes played for our first-ever season and has been a staple of our programmes ever since. Interspersed with his small group appearances there have been a series of cleverly-contrived suites and thematic presentations and this year we are to be given his take on Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ in timely fashion. Given the all-star band roster he’s lined up for us, it’s anybody’s guess who will take on the time-honoured character roles from the book. With Alan will be Bruce Adams, trumpet, Mark Nightingale, trombone, Robert Fowler, Karen Sharp, saxophones and clarinet, with another Pinner favourite, the estimable Dave Newton on piano, plus bassist Simon Thorpe and that fine drummer Clark Tracey.

The Jazz Repertory Company: Jazz in New York – the 1930s

Saturday 13th January 2018

This concert is now sold out.

Please note this concert's location; Pinner United Synagogue, 1 Cecil Park, Pinner, HA5 5HJ.

And now for something completely different with both the staging of this concert in Pinner Synagogue, and the JRC’s conscious evocation of classic jazz from New York’s classic swing heyday. Expect fireworks from Enrico Tomasso, trumpet, Pete Long, saxophone and clarinet, Anthony Kerr, vibraphone, Nick Dawson, piano, Dave Chamberlain, bass and guitar, with the maestro Richard Pite on drums plus the vocally delightful Joan Viskant. A veritable feast from the golden age of jazz.

(The original show sold out the 900-seater Cadogan Hall when it debuted there. It has been adapted for to-night's seven-piece band and will include music by Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Billie Holiday and other great names from the swing era.)

Humphrey Lyttelton Band

Saturday 17th March 2018

And so we come to the last of the last, and what better band to see us off into the quiet backwaters of retirement than the Humphrey Lyttelton Band? Humph, the consummate broadcaster, master trumpeter and long-term bandleader supported us right from the off, appearing for us a number of times before he passed away in 2008. He left a fabulous repertoire of original material and a band style that was instantly recognisable – swinging mainstream jazz at its best, each soloist to be treasured. Star trumpeter Tony Fisher has the difficult job of emulating Humph - after all, no one could really replace the great man – and the rest of the band are all Humph-era veterans who know his music inside-out. They are Jimmy Hastings, saxophone and clarinet, Robert Fowler, saxophone, Ray Wadsworth, trombone, Ted Beament, piano, John Rees Jones, bass, and drummer Adrian Mackintosh. What did we say about shedding the odd tear? So, it’s goodbye from them and goodbye from us. And thanks too!

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

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