Imogen Ryall joins the house trio. Imogen was born in London into a theatrical family - her father is the actor David Ryall and her great uncle the late Robert Eddison. She discovered jazz early in life through her parents record collection which included Art Tatum; Oscar Peterson; Frank Sinatra and, one of her earliest influences, Norma Winstone. She left school at 16 to study jazz and pop at Chichester College of Technology and made her singing debut a year later alongside Kathy Stobart at The Chichester Jazz Festival, broadcast on Radio 2. Later she went on to attend the Guildhall School of Music & Drama studying jazz and it wasn't long before she was making regular appearances on the London jazz circuit. Her first CD "Alone Together" with guitarist, Andy Williams received extensive airplay and was much championed by DJ Sarah Ward who described her as having "A very, very lovely voice indeed". Her second CD "Waltz for Ruth" was recorded during a residency at the Dorchester Hotel and featured her partner, the pianist, Roderick Hart and Dave Green on double bass. She is also a songwriter and has written lyrics to a number of songs including 'Waltz For Ruth' by Charlie Haden; 'All Across the City' by Jim Hall and 'My Little Suede Shoes' by Charlie Parker She is also a featured vocalist for One51 and Duff Note Records with writer/producer Richard Earnshaw on Jazz/House hits 'Summer Rain', 'Joy Ride' and 'Space Jam'"
Imogen's CD was sent to me by my friend, the pianist John Donaldson who said "You must hear this singer!"
I get sent hundreds of CD's every week but (Imogen's) was quite exceptional; really outstanding - a very lovely voice indeed"
Sarah Ward, Jazz FM
"Great control and lovely words to (Jim Hall's) 'All Across the City'. Norma Winstone
"The best voice of the bunch" Brian Blain, Musician Magazine
"Imogen sings with freshness and fragility" Alexandra Duvall-Smith, The Guardian"
"Imogen and Rod's performances were one of the most successful events of the Festival - over 200 people came and were enthralled" Dr Roy Wales, Rottingdean Music Festival
July 1st features Geoff Simkins
Geoff started playing jazz in his early teens. His first instrument was drums, but he quickly changed to the alto saxophone. He turned professional in 1977.
His early work included time with the Harry Strutters Hot Rhythm Orchestra and the Temperance Seven, but his principal stylistic influences have been the American alto player Lee Konitz and tenor player Warne Marsh.
Geoff has played at concerts, clubs and festivals in all parts of the UK, in Europe and beyond. He often works with American musicians who are visiting the UK, and over the years has played with such luminaries as Art Farmer, Bobby Shew, Al Cohn, Tal Farlow, Slide Hampton, Warren Vache, Al Grey, Kenny Davern, Bill Berry, Al Casey, Howard Alden, Ruby Braff, Bill Coleman and Conte Candoli. He has recorded with UK tenor player Danny Moss and with US trumpeters Billy Butterfield and Yank Lawson. Since the 1980s he has worked regularly with UK guitarist Dave Cliff.
Geoff is also a respected teacher, and as well as running improvisation courses in Brighton, UK, he is a regular tutor at the famous Glamorgan Jazz Summer School in Wales (now at Trinity College, London) and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. In 1994 he was invited to be a tutor at the Czech Jazz Summer School and appeared at clubs in Prague and on Czech Television.
We're also pleased to hear that Pete Lyons (sax) happens to be in the neighborhood and will be joining us for a few tunes too.
Geoff's gig is now completely sold out, but please check with Declan at The Plough, Tel; 01273 390635 for any returns.
August 5th featuring
guitarist CARL ORR
During his years in Australia from the 70s to the
mid 90s Carl worked with Jackie Orszacky, Dale Barlow, Marcia Hines, Steve Hunter, Wanderlust and James Greening. After moving to London in 1995 he worked with Billy Cobham from 1996-2000 and in that context he performed with Randy Brecker, Ernie Watts, Gary Husband and George Duke. Since then he has been concentrating on his own music as well as working with many other artists including Sean Wayland, Christian Brewer, Caroline Loftus, Tammy Weis and Juliet Kelly. Carl has 7 cds to his credit and is featured on albums by Billy Cobham, Dale Barlow, Jackie Orszaczky and many others. Carl teaches guitar at Middlesex University.
In addition to 26 years as a bandleader, Berklee-educated Carl's live experience includes tours and performances with the following artists;
Billy Cobham band (1996-2000; with bands including George Duke, Ernie Watts and Randy Brecker), Nathan Haines, Dudley Philips trio, and Dale Barlow.
See Carl's website for more info; http://www.carlorr.com
September 2nd with ANDY PANAYI
|ANDY PANAYI is an exceptionally gifted jazz musician, skilled in performance, composition and arranging. |
He plays all the flutes and all the saxophones and currently leads his own groups, both jazz and classical. He also writes commissioned works and preparing manuscripts for his
arranging -composing -transcribing business ALP Music™.
Andy has performed and recorded with many singers such as;
Shirley Bassey, Jessye Norman, Paul McCartney, Salena Jones, Elvis Costello, Georgie Fame, Peter Skellen, Zoot Money, Irene Reed, Elaine Delmar, Helen Shapiro, Madeline Bell & Patty Austin to name a few.
He's also worked alongside or supported Abdulla Ibrahim (Dollar Brand), FreddiHubbard, Louie Bellson Octet & Big Band, Ed Thigpen, Jiggs Whigham, Billy Cobham, Indo-Jazz Fusions run by Johnny Mayer, Vale of Glamorgan Contemporary Music Festival, LSSO, The Moscow City Ballet, Ronnie Scott & his Side-men, Scott Hamilton, Ken Peplowski, Pepper Adams, Kenny Baker, Ted Heath/ Don Lusher Big Band, BBC Radio Big Band, Bert Kaemphert Orchestra, Stan Tracey Big Band -Septet - Octet, John Dankworth & Cleo Laine, The John & Alec Dankworth Generation Big Band, Humphrey Lyttelton and many more
Most recently, Andy has performed as a featured soloist with Wynton Marsallis
with the Lincoln Centre Jazz Band at the Barbican
See Andy's website for more details;www.andypanayi.co.uk
We are pleased to welcome