Bands/Touring/Gigs

Lenore Raphael + Wayne Wilkinson + Chris Hodgkins + Alison Rayner

Lenore Raphael + Wayne Wilkinson + Chris Hodgkins + Alison Rayner are touring  from the 7th to the 11th November.

Further details from chris.hodgkins3@googlemail.com or call 0208 840 4643 www.chrishodgkins.co.uk

Lenore Raphael + Wayne Wilkinson + Chris Hodgkins + Alison Rayner tour dates

Tuesday 7 November 2017

Brecon Jazz Club at the Neuadd Theatr
7.30 pm start, £12 [£10*] online or on the door
Christ College School
Bridge Street, Brecon LD3 8AF
Powys, Mid Wales.
*members / students £5
parking on site
www.breconjazz.club
Email:  info@breconjazzclub.org

Wednesday 8 November 2017

Queens Head
St James Street,
Monmouth,
NP25 3DL
Tel: 01633 440739
8:30pm start
Tickets £7/£6 members

Thursday 9th November 2017
Café Jazz
8.30pm start
Tickets £8/£6
Sandringham Hotel
St Mary Street
Cardiff
CF10 1PL
Tel: 02920 34059
http://www.cafejazzcardiff.com/
mailto:mm@cafejazz.com

 Saturday 11th November 2017
Pizza Express Jazz Club
Show 1:30pm/Doors open 12pm
Tickets £15
Dean Street
London
https://www.pizzaexpresslive.com/whats-on/lenore-raphael-and-chris-hodgkins

On the 11th November Lenore Raphael + Wayne Wilkinson + Chris Hodgkins launch their album “Lenore Raphael + Wayne Wilkinson + Chris Hodgkins at the PizzaExpress” For this special lunchtime show during the EFG London Jazz Festival, acclaimed jazz pianist Lenore Raphael, US guitarist Wayne Wilkinson, and trumpeter/composer Chris Hodgkins with special guest bass player Alison Rayner perform together to launch their CD, in a special set of originals and classic jazz standards

You can hear a couple of tracks from the forthcoming album by clicking on the titles below.

September In The Rain

Talk Of The Town

Georgia On My Mind

Alone Together

When It's Sleepy Time Down South

Lenore Raphael, Wayne Wilkinson & Chris Hodgins at PizzaExpress Live Dean Street, London

                         

"Jazz critics have compared her to Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans and even Thelonious Monk, but with all these influences, Lenore Raphael is just ONE thing … a great pianist!"

Ricky Miller, JazzUSA

“Lenora Raphael, Wayne Wilkinson Chris Hodgkins at the PizzaExpress” is a good natured album with a classy song selection. Chris always keeps the music simple and direct, and it swings!

Joe Paice, Programming Manager, PizzaExpress Live

 Lenore Raphael is an internationally renowned jazz pianist, Steinway artist/radio host and jazz teacher. She has performed and in many cases, sold out major jazz clubs and festivals, including Dizzy's at Jazz At Lincoln Centre, The Blue Note, Birdland, Ottawa International Jazz Festival, Ronnie Scott's and many more. She was one of three featured Steinway pianists with Ahmad Jamal and Abdullah Ibrahim at the Joy Of Jazz festival in South Africa. Her 2012 album Love Notes, a tribute to Oscar Peterson, was voted by the BBC as best international jazz recording for 2013. Lenore has her own popular radio show 'Lenore Raphael’s JazzSpot' that can be heard on PureJazzradio, Radio Overberg in South Africa and also on www.jazzlondonradio.com

Wayne Wilkinson is a recognized and accomplished professional guitarist with more than 38 years of experience performing and touring coast-to-coast in his native USA. Wayne is a former guitarist of the premier Air Force jazz ensemble 'The Airmen of Note' based in Washington, D.C. and the 'Falconaires' based in Colorado Springs. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, The White House, the Kennedy Centre and major jazz and special music festivals across USA. He has performed for multiple Presidents, heads of state and other dignitaries, and has played with jazz greats like Joe Williams, Ernie Watts, Michael Brecker, James Moody and Stanley Turrentine, as well as with President Bill Clinton, Bob Hope, and The Four Freshman. Wayne Wilkinson is a Benedetto Guitar Artist and GHS strings artist

Chris Hodgkins is perhaps best known for his 29 years as Director of Jazz Services, the UK’s national support organisation for jazz. Chris is a fine trumpeter and composer in his own right, as well as being a tireless champion for British jazz. In the 1970s and 80s, The Chris Hodgkins Band made a name for itself supporting the likes of Buddy Tate, Humphrey Lyttelton, Kathy Stobart, Bud Freeman, Dick Carey, Joe Temperley, Howard McGhee, Peanuts Hucko, Benny Waters and Wild Bill Davison who described them as “a hell of a good band”. They also made a number of television and radio appearances. He stepped down as Director of Jazz Services in May 2014. With his days of administration behind him, Chris now takes to the road, the radio and the recording studio to focus on playing the music he loves. His album Boswells’ London Journal co-composed with Eddie Harvey received  the Evening Standard, Jazz CD of the Week . Chris was awarded the Services to Jazz Award at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards in March 2015.

Alison Rayner. Photo: Brian Payne

Alison Rayner. Photo: Brian Payne

 

Bass player and composer Alison Rayner has been playing jazz and other contemporary music since the mid-70s. She spent five years in the 80s with critically acclaimed jazz/Latin group The Guest Stars, touring all major international jazz venues and festivals and recording three albuShe currently leads ARQ, her contemporary jazz quintet, described as ‘a beautifully integrated band’ **** by Dave Gelly in the Observer; ARQ have built a    substantial and wide-ranging audience over the past three years of touring. Their recent second album ‘A Magic Life’ has had national and international radio play, with outstanding reviews in the jazz and national press:

‘A set of pieces inspired by real-world ideas, people and situations but infused with the kind of heady imagination that transforms their resonances into a series of vivacious musical adventures’. ***** Roger Thomas, BBC Music Magazine

‘Spirited, eloquent and graceful’ *** The Guardian

‘A gorgeous album, synthesising mood, melody and the interplay between musicians totally at home with each other.’ **** Jazzwise

‘A celebration of life itself’ LondonJazzNews

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‘An album of unified musical dexterity, with not a note wasted and with sound as story — clear and undisguised, deeply affecting and unashamedly open. Her artistry is in every second of this engrossing album.’ The Morning Star

Rayner also performs and records with, amongst others, Deirdre Cartwright’s Groups, trumpeter Chris Hodgkins’ quartet and vocalists Carol Grimes and Zoe Lewis.

She has co-run Blow the Fuse Records & Blow the Fuse Jazz Club in London since 1989, performing with artists such as American jazz guitar legend Tal Farlow, New York jazz poet Jayne Cortez, Denardo Coleman, Peter King and John Etheridge.

Rayner teaches on jazz summer schools in the UK and abroad; composes for and examines for an international music exam board and is an endorsee for Picato Innovation double bass strings.


Quotes:
‘With her big warm acoustic sound, faultless time, tuning and taste and creative solo ability, she clearly belongs in the front rank of contemporary bassists.’
Digby Fairweather

‘Beneath it all Rayner is dark and sonorous, like a Haden or Weber, able to make a rounded single note underwrite the band’s soarings…’
Andy Robson, Jazzwise

‘Playing bass with a big, beautiful bass sound that comes from the heart…’
Val Wilmer, author, As Serious as Your Life: The Story of the New Jazz

‘Purposeful, full-toned and melodic…’
Dave Gelly, the Observer

‘…concise, fluent and eminently melodic statements – big toned, highly melodic bas’s
Ian Mann, thejazzman.com

‘…warmth and alertness as an ensemble player’
John Fordham, The Guardian

Chris Hodgkins Quartet

In 2005, Chris Hodgkins Trio featuring Alison Rayner on double bass and Max Brittain on guitar, released Present Continuous and Future Continuous followed a year later. In 2008 the Chris Hodgkins Quartet featuring Alison Rayner on bass, Max Brittain on guitar and Dianne McLoughlin on alto sax released an album based on Boswell’s London Journal, co-composed by Chris Hodgkins and Eddie Harvey and arranged by Eddie Harvey.

The Chris Hodgkins Jazz Quartet album, Boswell’s London Journal, garnered critical praise and scooping the Evening Standard’s prestigious Jazz CD of the Week slot. Boswell’s London Journal is inspired by the daily diary kept by James Boswell, best known as the biographer of Dr Samuel Johnson, between 1762 and 1763. The album perfectly captures this account of a very different London to today, as seen through the eyes of the 22 year old Scot, and offers an emotionally charged landscape that amply illustrates the human condition: from the low and the vulgar to profound conversations with Samuel Johnson, the real-life incidents in the London Journal offered the composers a wealth of rich material for the album’s suite of 15 original tunes.

Chris Hodgkins Quartet

Left to right: Max Brittain, Alison Rayner, Diane McLoughlin, Chris Hodgkins, 2008

 

Max Brittain’s inventive and sensitive guitar playing has accompanied a diverse range of musical greats including the late Humphrey Lyttelton, Ronnie Scott, Cleo Laine, Georgie Fame, Herb Ellis, Charlie Byrd, Barney Kessell, and Marion Montgomery, as well as the National Symphony Orchestra. In 1990 he was invited to establish the electric guitar faculty at Eton College.

Bass player and composer Alison Rayner has been playing jazz and other contemporary music since the mid-70s. She spent five years in the 80s with critically acclaimed jazz/Latin group The Guest Stars, touring all major international jazz venues and festivals and recording three albuShe currently leads ARQ, her contemporary jazz quintet, described as ‘a beautifully integrated band’ **** by Dave Gelly in the Observer; ARQ have built a substantial and wide-ranging audience over the past three years of touring. Their recent second album ‘A Magic Life’ has had national and international radio play, with outstanding reviews in the jazz and national press:

‘A gorgeous album, synthesising mood, melody and the interplay between musicians totally at home with each other.’ **** Jazzwise

Rayner also performs and records with, amongst others, Deirdre Cartwright’s Groups, trumpeter Chris Hodgkins’ quartet and vocalists Carol Grimes and Zoe Lewis.

She has co-run Blow the Fuse Records & Blow the Fuse Jazz Club in London since 1989, performing with artists such as American jazz guitar legend Tal Farlow, New York jazz poet Jayne Cortez, Denardo Coleman, Peter King and John Etheridge.

Rayner teaches on jazz summer schools in the UK and abroad; composes for and examines for an international music exam board and is an endorsee for Picato Innovation double bass strings.

Diane McLoughlin is well known on the London jazz scene as a saxophone player and composer. After studying jazz performance and composition at the Guildhall School of Music, she wrote for, and directed, her own 17-piece jazz orchestra Giant Steppes. In addition to this, Diane led the quirky Di’s New Outfit, which blended improvised music with European cabaret styles. She also composed for her own contemporary jazz quartet, co-created Zdravets with piano and accordion player Kim Burton, and the Boogie Wonderland Big Band. At present she is writing for and playing in her own jazz ensembles

Chris Hodgkins And His Band

Photos courtesy of Chris Taylor LRPS

Chris Hodgkins And His Band Ealing Jazz Festival 2015 Photos courtesy of Chris Taylor LRPS

Ealing Jazz Festival 2015 Photos courtesy of Chris Taylor LRPS

Chris Hodgkins And His Band have been described as a mature mainstream band drawing its inspiration from the 50´s but with up-to-date arrangements, original tunes, ideas and influences. The line-up: Max Brittain (guitar), Charlotte Glasson (Saxes,flute, saw, penny whistles), Diane McLoughlin, (saxes), Alison Rayner (double bass) Cheryl Alleyne (drums) and Chris Hodgkins (trumpet).

Cheryl Alleyne Photos courtesy of Chris Taylor LRPS

Cheryl Alleyne studied jazz and classical music at the College of Arts & Technology in Newcastle upon Tyne. On returning to London she worked with Loose Tubes, The Jazz Warriors, The Reggae Philharmonic Orchestra and toured the world extensively with hip-hop/rap group Us3

Cheryl won places to study music in the United States at Berklee College of Music, The Manhattan School of Music and the New School of Jazz and although unsuccessful in finding funding to take up any of those positions, she went on to live, teach and play music in the USA and was also the show band drummer for 9 months on the Renaissance Eight and Golden Princess cruise liners, which travelled to South America and the Bahamas respectively. More recently Cheryl worked with the Courtney Pine Quartet at the Mermaid Theatre in a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of ‘Desert Island Discs’ with the BBC Concert Orchestra. Cheryl is a SONOR and SABIAN endorsee.

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Alison Rayner

Bass player and composer Alison Rayner has been playing jazz and other contemporary music since the mid-70s. She spent five years in the 80s with critically acclaimed jazz/Latin group The Guest Stars, touring all major international jazz venues and festivals and recording three albuShe currently leads ARQ, her contemporary jazz quintet, described as ‘a beautifully integrated band’ **** by Dave Gelly in the Observer; ARQ have built a    substantial and wide-ranging audience over the past three years of touring. Their recent second album ‘A Magic Life’ has had national and international radio play, with outstanding reviews in the jazz and national press:

‘Spirited, eloquent and graceful’ *** The Guardian

‘A gorgeous album, synthesising mood, melody and the interplay between musicians totally at home with each other.’ **** Jazzwis

Rayner also performs and records with, amongst others, Deirdre Cartwright’s Groups, trumpeter Chris Hodgkins’ quartet and vocalists Carol Grimes and Zoe Lewis.

She has co-run Blow the Fuse Records & Blow the Fuse Jazz Club in London since 1989, performing with artists such as American jazz guitar legend Tal Farlow, New York jazz poet Jayne Cortez, Denardo Coleman, Peter King and John Etheridge.

Rayner teaches on jazz summer schools in the UK and abroad; composes for and examines for an international music exam board and is an endorsee for Picato Innovation double bass strings.

Max Brittain’s inventive and sensitive guitar playing has accompanied a diverse range of musical greats including the late Humphrey Lyttelton, Ronnie Scott, Cleo Laine, Georgie Fame, Herb Ellis, Charlie Byrd, Barney Kessell, and Marion Montgomery, as well as the National Symphony Orchestra. In 1990 he was invited to establish the electric guitar faculty at Eton College, and is now senior visiting teacher of this department.

Photos courtesy of Chris Taylor LRPS

Max Brittain Photos courtesy of Chris Taylor LRPS

Charlotte Glasson is an award winning multi-instrumentalist and composer playing saxophones, flutes, violin, percussion and even the saw. She likes mixing up music from around the world and blending it to fit under the jazz umbrella. She runs her own band which has released 6 CD’s and have played Ronnie Scotts, and many festivals including the London Jazz Festival. As a session musician she has worked with Oasis, Nick Cave, The Divine Comedy, James Blackshaw, Jah Wobble and Julian Lloyd Webber and performed all over the world including Sydney Opera House with The Lost and Found Orchestra, BB Kings in New York with ’Three Friends play music of Gentle Giant, Main Concert hall in Bangkok with Claire Martin, and had was a featured artiste in a film 'JazzLive at The Crypt’ alongside Tony Kofi. More info at www.charlotteglasson.com

Charlotte Glasson

Charlotte Glasson

Diane McLoughlin is well known on the London jazz scene as a saxophone player and composer. After studying jazz performance and  composition at the Guildhall School of Music, she wrote for, and directed, her own 17-piece jazz orchestra Giant Steppes. In addition to this, Diane led the quirky Di’s New Outfit, which blended improvised music with European cabaret styles. She also composed for her own contemporary jazz quartet, co-created Zdravets with piano and accordion player Kim Burton, and the Boogie Wonderland Big Band. At present she is writing for and playing in her own jazz ensembles

Diane McLoughlin

Diane McLoughlin

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chris Hodgkins and Dave Price

Dave Price and Chris Hodgkins

“Back In Your Own Back Yard”, Dave Price, Chris Hodgkins, Erika Lyons, Ashley John Long, September 2014

 

Dave Price lives in Wales, UK, overlooking the Golden Valley and the Black Mountains. His passionate interest in jazz has given him the opportunity to accompany numerous international jazz celebrities as diverse as Art Farmer, Nat Adderley, Kenny Wheeler, Tubby Hayes , Ronnie Scott, Peanuts Hucko, Digby Fairweather, Bobby Wellins, Kai Winding, and George Melly, to name a few.

Erika Lyons was selected for the BBC Masterclass series with Ray Brown. This was followed by two years living in New York where Erika studies with Buster Williams, Rufus Reid and Hal Galper. Erika had a residency at the Surf Maid in Bleeker Street and played in other New York clubs including The Blue Note and the Jazz Forum where Erika worked with top names such as Walter Bishop, Steve Grossman, Eliot Zigmund and Betty Barney. On Erika’s return to England she spent 6 years working on the London and European Jazz Scene recording, broadcasting and performing with top British and International musicians. Festival appearances have included Cascais, New York, Brecon, Cheltenham, Bracknell, Isle of Man, Birmingham, Bridgenorth and Ealing.

Ashley John Long is an award winning double bassist and composer.As a double bassist, Ashley is fast becoming recognised as one of the most unique exponents of his instrument in Europe. Since graduating from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 2008, he has maintained a busy and varied freelance career splitting his time between Classical, Jazz and session work. He has performed with some of the world’s leading orchestras and Jazz musicians and broadcast on radio and television worldwide.

He has performed with leading Jazz musicians such as Keith Tippett, Art Themen, Bob Mintzer, Geoff Eales, Dave Jones, Tina May, Damon Brown Simon Spillett, Hans Koller, Craig Millverton and Bobby Wellins.

He has written music for a wide range of situations including for film and television and his recent works in the classical world have been highly acclaimed for their highly original and inventive writing including Flux (2006); which won him a publishing contract at the age of 19, and Hevelspending (2010) for the Lunar Saxophone Quartet, Songs of the Night (2007) for Joel Garthwaite, Frames (2008) for Dave Danford and XAS (2008) for himself and Louis-Michel Marion.

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Upcoming Events

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  • Sun
    31
    Dec
    2017

    Chris Hodgkins, Erika Lyons and Dave Price

    7.30

    Castle House Hotel, Castle Street, Hereford,  HR1 2NW Call 01432 356321 to book

    Castle House Hereford Celebrate the arrival of 2017 in elegant and relaxing surroundings. Saturday, 31st December 2016 - Friday, 1st January 2017 New Year’s Eve Call 01432 356321 to book.

  • Mon
    01
    Jan
    2018

    Chris Hodgkins and Dave Price

    1pm - 3.30pm

    The Angel, Grosmont, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, NP7 8EP (01981 240646)