There are a couple of videos of the Chris Hodgkins Band in Cardiff when they did a series for HTV. In the band are Chris Hodgkins (cornet), Bob Tunnicliffe (trombone) Eric Gilchrist (alto) Dave Greensmith (bass), Jed Williams (drums) and Eric Herbert (piano)
John Evans and Harlem Airshaft at Ealing Jazz Festival. Mike Nash (trombone), Ron Rubin (piano),Chris Hodgkins (trumpet),John Ferguson (bass), John Evans (clarinet), Dave Barry (drums). Filmed by John. R. Langford.
The Covent Garden Jazz Marching Band
“The annual Rent Ceremony is a weird and wonderful occasion when the Chairman and Trustees march around the Piazza, accompanied by the Town Crier and a jazz band, to pay the “peppercorn rents” of five red apples and five posies of flowers for the buildings, known as The Protected Lands, on which the Trust owns a 150-year headlease.”
The Covent Garden Jazz Marching Band took part in the Rent Ceremony for 20 years. A “somewhat unique one off group”, the band started out with just six musicians and in its last year boasted fifteen.
Peter Butler of Jazz & Jazz has documented the Annual Rent Ceremony and the Covent Garden Jazz Marching Band for a number of years and you can see his archive with video clips here: A weird and wonderful occasion in Covent Garden
Video of Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2017 at PizzaExpress Live, Holborn
Chris Hodgkins joined Jazz London Radio in September 2014 with a weekly show called Jazz Then and Now.
The concept of the show is as Chris puts it “what it says on the tin”. Chris will be delving into the history of the music and present what is happening on the scene today with a watchful eye on British contemporary jazz. The show will run every Monday at 3pm and 8pm repeated on Wednesdays; and will complement Todd’s Turntable by Todd Gordon which runs on Sundays at 12pm repeated Wednesday evenings.
Each week the play list will be posted detailing the tunes played, the musician or band, album and composers. The playlist can be found at: Jazz Then And Now
Richard Michael joins Jazz Then And Now
Richard Michael jazz education pioneer is joining Jazz Then And Now on the last week of each month for a 15 minute programme “Its All About Music”. Each programme will cover a facet of jazz – the first in the series is Richard on the “walking bass”. This will be followed buy; Walking Bass
Latin Feel, Swing Groove, Gospel, Boogie Woogie, Scat, Modal, Freeform, Fusion, Ragtime, Stride.
Full details on Richard Michael and the programme are are available here: Richard Michael and Jazz London Radio
Jazz Then And Now – “It must be one of the most eclectic jazz radio shows out there.” Bill Trythall at Beaconville Music PR
Chris interviewed Clark Tracey on the publication of his book The Godfather of British Jazz – The Life and Music of Stan Tracey and also Clark’s career in jazz and what the future holds. Clark’s book is published by Equinox, www.equinoxpub.com
The interview can be heard here:Jazz London Radio Interview Series – Clark Tracey
Chris Hodgkins is now presenting a programme Jazz Is…… on Pure Jazz Radio
Pure Jazz Radio, started on the 1st January 2009 with a few dozen listeners, emerged as the “Internet Jazz Radio Station of Record”. We not only play great jazz but are the home of some of best jazz presenters in the world. Pure Jazz Radio also promotes the jazz scene world wide and talks with some of the leading talent regarding their latest projects. If it is happening – and its – jazz – you’ll hear it here at Pure Jazz Radio. Rich Keith, General Manager, Pure Jazz Radio – New York
Jazz is a broad church that has developed an incredibly diverse range of musics with a global reach. When there is an altercation in the choir stalls about what jazz is, some one is reinventing jazz and building an extension to the church. The programme Jazz Is illustrates the rich history of jazz and the vibrant happening jazz of today.
Each week the play list will be posted detailing the tunes played, the musician or band, album and composers. The playlist can be found at: Jazz Is….
Chris’ blog Complaints In Wonderland contains a wealth of material dealing with politics, the vexatious question of adequate arts funding for jazz, economics, and like a digital Henry Root, complaints to companies.
Below are press kits for Chris