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Jinjoo Yoo + Wayne Wilkinson + Chris Hodgkins + Alison Rayner

Chris Hodgkins Quartet

Chris Hodgkins And His Band

Chris Hodgkins + Dave Price + Erika Lyons

Jinjoo Yoo + Wayne Wilkinson + Chris Hodgkins + special guest Alison Rayner On tour from the Tuesday 14th May to the 31st May 2019

Unfortunately due to personal reasons Lenore has had to cancel her tour with the band in May 2019. We wish Lenore well and look forward to working with her later on in 2019. We are delighted that New York pianist Jinjoo Yoo has agreed to undertake  the tour in May 2019

First date Pizza Express, Dean Street, London on the 14th May 2019

Chris will be applying for Arts Council England Grants for the Arts for this tour. The music will comprise a mixture of standards and four originals specially written for this tour that celebrates musicians band members have known with a story to tell.

Further details from chris.hodgkins3@googlemail.com

Tracks from Jinjoo Yoo's debut album I'm Curious released on Gutstring Records: http://gutstringrecords.com/release-detail/?release=2180  and live recordoings in Athens earlier this year are available here:

Album Cover

Blullaby    From Jinjoo Yoo's "I'm Curious" recording on Gut String Records

To Barry With Love  From Jinjoo Yoo's "I'm Curious" recording on Gut String Records

You Do Something To Me  Jinjoo Yoo Trio at ZP87 in Athens on 7th March 2018. Jinjoo Yoo – piano, Kihong Jang – guitar and Dustin Kiselbach - drums

I'm In The Mood For Love  Jinjoo Yoo Trio at ZP87 in Athens on 7th March 2018. Jinjoo Yoo – piano, Kihong Jang – guitar and Dustin Kiselbach – drums

“……One of the most listenable albums I’ve heard in many a turntable revolution! Although very bop-influenced in her solos, Jinjoo is able to spread her fingers across many genres, Bud Powell or Mel Powell; she takes them all in her stride…..….It’s not just her playing but also her compositions which are almost singable before she takes off down the improvisational road …… Jinjoo studied with Barry Harris and it shows. A late addition to my Album of the Month.”  Lance Liddle, Bebop Spoken Here.

On the 11th November Lenore Raphael + Wayne Wilkinson + Chris Hodgkins with Alison Rayner as special guest, launched their album “Lenore Raphael + Wayne Wilkinson + Chris Hodgkins at the PizzaExpress” at the PizzaExpress during the EFG London Jazz Festival.

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

 September In The Rain                             Lenore Raphael, Wayne Wilkinson & Chris Hodgins at PizzaExpress Live Dean Street, London

 Talk Of The Town

Georgia On My Mind   (Lenore feature)

Alone Together  (Lenore and Wayne  feature)

When It's Sleepy Time Down South  (Wayne feature)

 

 

 

“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

 

 

JJ at vivaldi

Jinjoo Yoo, jazz pianist/composer/arranger  is a dynamic performer with a unique voice. Hailing from Seoul, South Korea, Jinjoo currently resides in New York and collaborates with different projects and leads her own group as well. As a leader and a solo performer, she has toured internationally, including performances in the United States, Italy, Greece, Azerbaijan, and South Korea. In 2017, she was selected as one of the finalists for the Baku Jazz Competition.

Enjoying singing and playing instruments from her youth, Jazz captured her attention soon after starting University in South Korea. It didn't take long for her to fall in love with Mary Lou Williams, Wynton Kelly, Teddy Wilson, Bud Powell, Sonny Clark, Art Tatum, Jimmy Rowles, Billie Holiday and  Carmen McRae. Since then, she has immersed herself in the music by listening to jazz legends' albums, studying music harmony and theory by herself. Although she was studying Sociology and Economics in her undergraduate years, she found herself more interested in jazz rather than her major. After her graduation, she decided to focus on jazz more deeply in New York. In 2017, Jinjoo earned Master's degree in Jazz Performance from Queens College.

Jinjoo stylistically encompasses the range from Jazz Classic and the American songbook to original compositions that  swing. Jinjoo thinks that her music should be able to describe this world, either beautiful or ugly, and the way she feels while observing it. Her original tunes bring stories and emotions of curiosity, joyfulness, tragedy, gratitude, melancholy, and pain.

Jinjoo recently released her debut album; I'm Curious (Gut String Records, 2018) as a leader, where she presented her point of view on music. This album features two of incredible jazz artists: Neal Miner, one of the most sought-after bassists in New York Jazz Scene, and the legendary drummer Jimmy Wormworth who has a long history and playing credentials with a host of historic jazz figures. With this Trio album, Jinjoo recently finished her CD release tour in Greece and Italy successfully. In New York, she held a CD Release Show at Rockwood Music Hall with the original members featured on her album, Jimmy Wormworth and Neal Miner.

“…Her music is unhackneyed, melodic, welcoming.  She spins out long graceful lines that aren’t four-bar modules copied from other pianists.  She has her own voice, or I should say, Voices.  The performances often begin with a simple melodic motif set over a clear, swinging rhythmic foundation.

It’s clear that she has steeped herself in the jazz tradition — reaching far and wide to include bebop, Jimmy Rowles, Ellington, Monk, and American popular song at its best — but she is herself. …..”

Michael Steinman, Jazz Lives

“Irrepressible, Purist Fun From an Important, Individualistic New Voice in Jazz Piano…” New York Music Daily

“In my opinion, Jinjoo Yoo is one of the most exciting new young pianists on the scene in New York. I love her thoughtful, graceful style” Stephanie Fittr

Further information:

https://jinjooyoo.com/

https://musicians.allaboutjazz.com/jinjooyoo

2016-11-12 Wayne Wilkinson 2971 low-resWayne Wilkinson is a headliner guitarist that performs and tours across the country and internationally. Throughout his over four decade career, Wayne has shared the stage with iconic jazz musicians, world class performers and a President of the United States.

Wayne, an artist with Benedetto guitars and GHS Strings, is known for playing high-octane straight ahead jazz, innovative bebop jazz and original compositions.

As a faculty member at the nationally accredited Colorado Springs Conservatory, Wayne helped establish the Jazz program. He is also an adjunct professor for Jazz Guitar at Colorado State University - Pueblo and conducts master classes and clinics.

Wayne has played at the White House, Carnegie Hall and at major jazz and music festivals with the premier Air Force Jazz Ensembles "The Airmen of Note" in Washington, D.C. and the "Falconaires" in Colorado Springs, Colorado 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.

"In my life I don't think I've ever heard a more magnificent guitar player than Wayne.  His CD "It's a Lark" is the greatest guitar playing I have ever heard."  Bill Watrous.

Photos courtesy of Chris Taylor LRPS

Photos courtesy of Chris Taylor LRPS

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 retired 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.  Chris presents two weekly programmes, Jazz Then and Now  on Jazz London Radio and Jazz Is.... on Pure Jazz Radio in New York.

In July 2017 Chris was appointed by the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group to act as their Secretariat and details can be found at: All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group. The Group recently held the Parliamentary Jazz Awards at PizzaEpress Live in Holborn, London. Details of the recipients can be found at: Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2017

In October 2017 Chris released the album; Lenore Raphael, Wayne Wilkinson and Chris Hodgkins at Pizza Express Live, Dean Street. In October Chris also released; Chris Hodgkins And His Band - Retrospection featuring the radio and TV broadcasts 1976-1978 and Remembering John Evans 1934 – 2015.

Chris has just published three new manuals and revised three manuals on the On line Music Business Resource. The three new publications are; Where do you want to be – a business planning manual for jazz music students and musicians, the Guide To Music Organisations – Including Copyright, Royalties and IRCSs; and  A Quick Guide to Contracts for Jazz Musicians. The three manuals that have been revised are; Guide To Marketing Your Band; Funding Tips; and the Guide To Getting Your Music On The Radio. All six manuals are available as free downloads
from:  http://www.chrishodgkins.co.uk/business-education/

“For many years better known as the man in charge of Jazz Services, Chris Hodgkins’ credentials as a melodic mainstream trumpeter have been increasingly evident since his retirement from that post.”  The Jazz Rag, Spring 2018

Trumpeter Hodgkins …… working with the Americans Lenore and Wilkinson. Falling into the chamber jazz category and perpetuating the trumpeter’s preference for intimate groupings…….. with Hodgkins punching home the melodies in his Eldridge-to-Shavers mainstream style as Lenore and Wilkinson accompany and then take their turns to solo......... Hodgkins has both commendable facility and a vivid imagination." Peter Vacher, Jazzwise December/January 2018.

This live chamber jazz album exhibits a wonderful chemistry between the trio of trumpeter Chris Hodgkins, pianist Lenore Raphael and guitarist Wayne Wilkinson. Captivating.” The Musician Winter 2017.

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 albums. She 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:

"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

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 albums. She 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 albums. She 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 + Dave Price + Erika Lyons

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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