All proceeds from this event will go to Beat It! East Midlands.
In aid of Beat It! East Midlands
Entry for one person to Jazz in the Garden, at Stray’s Coffee, Newark, Notts NG24 1AG
Glass of Prosecco upon arrival. Seating is unallocated.
All proceeds from the sale of this ticket are donated to the charity.
Winner of the Arthur Hull Award for Most Promising Young Jazz Musician Kit Dellow Jones is a musician on the way up! At only 19 years old, his playing belies his age, with obvious influences from Chet Baker and Miles Davis showing.
Winning a place at Birmingham Young Conservatoire in 2018, Kit studies music full-time at Trinity Laban in London, with live performances every week at gigs all over the city, plus all day when studying!
He is as comfortable playing old skool classics by Ellington as modern jazz by Marsalis. This pairing with Rick Woolgar promises to be a jazz masterclass.
Rick has featured at Stray’s a few times over the last couple of years and has been very well received.
With a mellow, melodic bias, Rick’s playing is likened to a cross of Stan Getz and Coleman Hawkins, with hints of Stanley Turrentine and a whole lot of Rick Woolgar!
Expect a mix of tunes from this dynamic player who currently works with a number of artists/lineups including Pat McCarthy, Jazz Orbit, the Steve Walker Big Band, Motown Review and Martin Jones & the Sophisticats to name a few.
The jazz trio behind Kit & Rick are PRS.
PRS is driven by drummer Simon Potts, who cites his influences as Buddy Rich, Art Blakey & Max Roach to name a few. Having worked as a session drummer with the BBC at their Maida Vale and Paris Studios playing with both big and small bands, Simon’s love of jazz was fuelled by his father, a jazz trumpeter, who led his own band for over 40 years.
Following in his dad’s footsteps, Simon has worked with many artists including Jamie Cullum, Digby Fairweather, Stacey Kent, Jacqui Dankworth, Barb Jungr, Denny Illett Jr. and Johnny Mars (American blues harmonica player not to be confused with Johnny Marr guitarist from the Smiths!)
“You can hear the music in Si’s solos – he’s unreal…” – Steve Rodda – Guitar
Steve Rodda picked up his first guitar in 1976 (we know, he doesn’t look old enough!) and has been playing jazz gigs since the late nineties, with strong Django Reinhardt influences apparent in his sound. He also loves Reggae, Ska, Country and Blues but primarily is known as a jazz guitarist
Part three of PRS is Stray’s co-owner Mat Short, on bass guitar. Originally playing alto sax, Mat turned to the dark side and has been playing his late father’s bass guitar since his passing over 2 years ago. Having been taught improvisation by saxophone supremo Jan Kopinski, Mat also spent a couple of years under the watchful eye of jazz trumpeter Nathan Bray, until he switched to playing bass.
Mat’s cites his musical influences as wide ranging as Stanley Turrentine, Pat Sprakes, LTJ Bukem, Duke Ellington James Brown, Steely Dan – he also loves playing bass in his church worship team!