Bands/Gigs

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

Alison Rayner toured the world in the 80s with the critically acclaimed Latin-jazz group the Guest Stars. She has worked on the London jazz scene for over 20 years since then, playing with such jazz luminaries as guitar legend Tal Farlow and New York jazz poet Jayne Cortez. She performs and records regularly with the Deirdre Cartwright Group, Chris Hodgkins Quartet, US based singer/songwriter Zoe Lewis, acoustic world trio Koral Society and vocalist Carol Grimes and many others. With Deirdre Cartwright, Alison Rayner has co-run Blow the Fuse Records & Blow the Fuse Jazz Club in London since 1989, performing with artists  such as Denardo Coleman, Ian Shaw and John Etheridge.

She currently leads ARQ, her contemporary jazz quintet, who have built a substantial and wide ranging audience over the past two years for their “deliciously upbeat, groovy and thoughtful jazz” (Jazz UK). They released their acclaimed debut album ‘August’ in 2014, with extensive national touring following and a second album ‘A Magic Life’ has just been released in November 2016 to critical acclaim.

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.

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

Alison Rayner toured the world in the 80s with the critically acclaimed Latin-jazz group the Guest Stars. She has worked on the London jazz scene for over 20 years since then, playing with such jazz luminaries as guitar legend Tal Farlow and New York jazz poet Jayne Cortez. She performs and records regularly with the Deirdre Cartwright Group, Chris Hodgkins Quartet, American based singer/songwriter Zoe Lewis and many others, also co-running Blow the Fuse Jazz Club. She was awarded a Jazz Services Recording Subsidy Award 2014 for her quintet ARQ with a CD release and touring planned for next year. 

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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