Tom Kincaid is a remarkable musician - he plays piano with virtuosic style being first choice player for a huge variety of bands and festivals. He’s a great solo player, but his music takes on a even greater shine when other instrumentalists are there to interact with. Tom will be celebrating the music of some of the greatest piano players the world has ever seen - household names like Oscar Peterson, Art Tatum, Fats Waller and of course Teddy Wilson. Ben Holder plays violin and sings and Paul Jefferies plays double bass.
Already virtuosic by the age of 11, Ben Holder left the classical world behind when he discovered the music and playing style of the great jazz violinists Stephane Grappelli, Stuff Smith and Joe Venuti. He joined a local band and never looked back. He’s reckoned now to be one of the leading jazz players in Europe and is constantly touring and performing to rave reviews. For this show Ben will concentrate on the repertoire of the legendary 'Gypsy jazz’ or 'Manouche' style jazz that has become so popular throughout Europe and beyond. Instruments are acoustic (violin, Maccaferri acoustic guitar and double bass). Gypsy Jazz was brought to the music world’s attention in the 1930s by the late great so called ‘Hot Club du Paris’ pairing of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli and it’s this music that Ben and his band (Jez Cook on guitars, Paul Jefferies on double bass) will recreate for tonight’s concert.
Catherine Sykes has that rarest of skills - the ability to tell a story with her voice. We don’t mean just singing words but the very tones created by this fantastic vocalist create a sense of the narrative in everything she sings. First choice for many of the UK’s most prominent big bands, we are delighted to re-introduce Catherine to Moreton Jazz for this very special concert. Catherine (vocals), Ben Holder (piano) & Tom Moore (double Bass)
Jonny Kerry really is an astoundingly good piano-accordionist who only began playing at the relatively mature age of 15! After studies with Piano-accordion world leaders Frank Petrilli and Richard Galliano - he quickly found himself touring Europe and earning accolades from the jazz public and jazz press alike - this led to some impressive session work with the show Peaky Blinders and recording for Warner Records. The Jonny Kerry Quartet is now touring a new show. It’s an acoustic ensemble inspired by Gypsy Jazz, New Musette, Classical & Tango music. The quartet performs dynamic and lyrical arrangements of both standards and original compositions that draw upon diverse international rhythms and musical idioms. This specially created Quartet for Moreton Jazz is Led by Jonny Kerry and includes guitarist Ducato Piotrowski with Ben Holder (violin) and Paul Jefferies on double bass.