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Presented by Norden Farm Jazz Club.
Karen Sharp (tenor baritone sax)
Alex Hutton (piano)
Steve Rose (bass)
A prominent figure on the UK Jazz scene since 2000. Karen is well known and admired for her melodic, full-toned saxophone playing. winning the British Jazz Awards for best tenor saxophonist on numerous occasions and appearing as a nominee in the rising star category of the Downbeat Critics Poll for baritone sax in 2018 and 2019.
Her career took off when she was asked to join Humphrey Lyttelton's band with whom she toured the UK and Europe for four years.
This evening we’ll hear Karen’s melodic and effortless improvising, some well -chosen classic jazz standards and an all-round feel-good performance.
Led by Jim Maving
For novice guitarists who can string chords together, strum confidently and move between chords with some ease, to take the next steps. You will learn some classic songs, interesting chords, light music theory and the 12-bar blues.
These classes are split by skills level;
Beginners A - Recently completed the Absolute Beginners course but still some way to go. Yet to tackle bar chords and complicated rhythms.
Beginners B - Well on the way and able to do bar chords
If you've never played guitar you need to book on the Absolute Beginners course!
Wed 10 Jan - 7 Feb (5 weeks)
Wed 21 Feb - 20 Mar (5 weeks)
Wed 27 Mar - 24 Apr (5 weeks)
8.30pm - 9.30pm
£50 per 5 week course
This class will take place both in person and online via Zoom.
You will find the link to access the session in your booking confirmation email
Suitable for ages 18+ years.
Elegant, passionate, beautiful, and dynamic jazz sounds from an innovative ensemble of high-class composers and improvisers.
Between them these scintillating musicians - Nick Vintskevich (sax), Leonid Vintskevich (piano), Steve Kershaw (bass), and Noah Stone (drums) - have taken their distinctive and original music to many of the most prestigious venues and festivals across the world, from the North Sea Jazz Festival, Holland, to the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, USA, to the Havana Jazz Festival, Cuba. Expect an evening of exhilarating swing, deep grooves, and exuberant emotion.
‘Shameless passion … astounding imaginings … exhilarating music’ (Jazzviews)
‘Sheer sonic seductiveness’ (The Vortex).
£15, £10 Concessions
£10 for attendees of ‘A Love Supreme: The History and Appreciation of Jazz’
Presented by Norden Farm Jazz Club.
Benn Clatworthy (sax, flute)
Alex Hutton (piano)
Simon Thorpe (bass)
Darren Beckett (drums)
Back by popular demand!
Benn was active in the London Music Scene in the 1970’s and was a protégé of Ronnie Scott. He moved to L.A. California in 1980 where he is now based. He was recommended for Horace Silver’s band and recordings followed. Having skills as a multi-instrumentalist (tenor, alto, baritone sax, flute, clarinet, bass clarinet) he has carved a career in the L.A music scene. He has worked with a huge array of class A musicians from the LA Philharmonic Orchestra to Cab Calloway. However, his main passion is playing Tenor Sax in a quartet setting – and his approach is unique. Playing from the songbook of Blue Note and more contemporary jazz, his tone is extraordinarily beautiful, and his melodic ideas come from the heart. As someone said recently 'It’s as though he’s talking to us and telling us a story through the saxophone!’
What to watch out for – The ballads will be enchanting, the up-tempo songs will be invigorating.
Buenos Klezmer perform uplifting and heart-warming authentic Jewish folk music of the Eastern European shtetl and Sephardic world.
Vocalist Maya Levy weaves a fascinating tale of these long ago worlds while clarinettist Livia Frankish wails, guitarist Eyal Pik serenades and cellist Mayda Narvey straddles the support of stand up bass and the interweaving melodies. With consistently sold-out performances, this is a foot-stomping, heart-warming band.
'Great gig - brilliant music especially Buenos Klezmer'
'A truly magical evening'
Audience reviews from Tsitsit Fringe Festival at Toulouse Lautrec, London
Buenos Klezmer debuted in 2019 at The Jazz Room, London. The quartet met while playing for Shabbat Shira (a participatory musical Friday night song service to mark the start of the Jewish Sabbath at West London Synagogue). Being all of Jewish background, both Sephardi and Ashkenazi, they decided to form an ensemble to play specifically secular Jewish songs and Klezmer instrumental music. They play Yiddish & Ladino songs and Klezmer, spanning the breadth of Jewish secular music and have performed to sell out audiences at venues including several returns to The Jazz Room, JW3, Green Note Camden and OSO Barnes.
Maya Levy - Soprano
Maya Levy was born in New York City. She is a professional singer, songwriter, actor and theatre deviser/ writer, with a Bachelor of Music from the prestigious Oberlin Conservatory, Ohio, (in piano and voice), a Bachelor of Arts in English and Theatre from Oberlin College as well as an MA from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in Acting and Devised Theatre.
In addition to her work as a Cantorial Soloist at West London Synagogue, her focus of the last 15 years has been on composing pieces of music theatre, song writing and working as a professional performer. Some musical plays include The Adventures of Nellie Bly, about the 19th century reporter and daredevil Nellie Bly (funded by Arts Council England), and The Damsels Most Daring Present The Bravery of Miss Anne and Other Tales of Splendorous Adventures, a piece of comedic, musical, storytelling theatre. Other work ranges from recording NPC voices for Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 (video game) at Pinewood Studios to performing as a guest soloist with The London International Orchestra. Maya’s grandparents were Sephardi Jews from Bulgaria who spoke Ladino (Judeo Espagnol) at home. She grew up around Yiddish speakers in New York City and loves the traditions of both the Sephardi and Ashkenazi world.
Mayda Narvey - Cello
After some years performing and touring with the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Canada, Mayda Narvey relocated to the UK where she established Ismena Collective, a group of musicians and wordsmiths who create performances that integrate words with music. She has composed and arranged for Ismena and performed with them in venues across London and beyond, including King’s Place, St. Martin in the Fields, The Forge Camden, and many others. Over the years she has enjoyed playing her cello in many contexts including solo and chamber recitals, spoken word events, cabarets in the West End of London, and of course, as the string member of Buenos Klezmer. The daughter of Russian Jewish immigrants to Canada, Mayda grew up in a Yiddish-speaking home.
'What a breath of artistic fresh air! I was completely bowled over by the standard of musicianship, the elegance of the programming and the relaxed joyously friendly atmosphere.' Audience reviews, Ismena Collective
Eyal Pik -Guitar
A multi-talented guitarist and singer-songwriter with an MA in commercial music production, Eyal was trained by and has worked with top artists and producers such as Jon Kelly (Paul McCartney, Kate Bush), Sister Bliss (Faithless), Aviv Geffen (Blackfield), ELK (Rita, Mosaic Project) and many more. Being an active professional musician since the age of 14, he has played countless recording sessions, radio and television shows in many countries as well as numerous shows in top venues including the Royal Albert Hall
(playing for members of the Royal family) and City Hall (for the Mayor of London), Camden Assembly, and Tel Aviv’s famous Barby Club. Originally from Tel Aviv (8th generation born in Israel), Eyal comes from an Ashkenazi-Jewish family with origins in Poland, Austria and Jerusalem, growing up surrounded by Jewish tradition, hearing songs and stories in Yiddish, Polish, German and Hebrew.
Livia Frankish - Clarinet
Livia Frankish gained her Bachelor’s Degree from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance under the tutelage of Michael White. Having performed with a number of orchestras and chamber groups, she found her love of Klezmer whilst studying and discovering her identity, spirituality and connection with Judaism. She was fortunate enough to study with Merlin Shepherd, one of the world's leading exponents of traditional klezmer clarinet style and has performed with internationally celebrated cantor, Shulem Lemmer. As well as performing with Buenos Klezmer and other chamber groups, Livia teaches class music in a busy East London secondary school.
Transcendent troubadours of Gypsy Latin and Swing.
Moscow Drug Club is a curious musical place where certain elements of 1930's Berlin Cabaret, Hot Club de France, Nuevo Tango and Gypsy Campfire meet...
The five piece band combine their original material with songs by the likes of Jaques Brel, Leornard Cohen, Tom Waits and Eartha Kitt.
Moscow Drug Club provide an intoxicating and intimate musical experience.
They have played festivals including WOMAD, International Gypsy Guitar Festival, Trowbridge Pump Festival, Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival, Purbeck Folk Festival, Marlborough Jazz Festival, Birmingham Jazz Festival and Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival. Venues include National Theatre London, Le Quecumbar London, Sundial Theatre, and Beehive Theatre.
Presented by Norden Farm Jazz Club.
Steve Waterman (trumpet, flugelhorn)
Alex Hutton (piano)
Rob Statham (bass)
Marc Cecil (drums, percussion)
Salsa, Samba and Tango rhythms have always been a source of inspiration for Jazz musicians. Steve Watermans’ passion and knowledge of these art forms will take us on a journey through Latin America. An evening of rhythm and colour!
The concert will feature music from Cuba, Brazil and Argentina with pieces from composers Paquito D'Rivera, Astor Piazzolla, Antônio Carlos Jobin as well as Latin influenced pieces by jazz composers Horace Silver and Steve Swallow and many others.
Steve Waterman is one of the top British jazz trumpet players both at home and on the international scene.
He is a professor of Jazz Trumpet at Trinity College of Music in London and visiting Jazz Trumpet specialist at The Royal Northern College Of Music and The Welsh College Of Music And Drama. He has conducted numerous Trumpet master classes and workshops ranging in size from small groups to big bands throughout the UK and in Spain, Finland, Latvia, South Africa, and Cuba.
An homage to the songs of Joni Mitchell.
We are delighted to see the return of this homage to the songs of Joni Mitchell by an ensemble of world class singers and musicians with CV's to match! Following a sell-out run of two shows in the main room at Ronnie Scotts, a show at Norden Farm and other prestigious venues internationally.
Great songs are made for re-interpretation by great artists and each of these artists and musicians bring something of themselves in this show for a reimagining of favourites from Joni Mitchell‘s peerless song catalogue, featuring such songs as 'Woodstock', 'Big Yellow Taxi', 'A Case Of You', 'The River' and many more.
Ring-mastered by bandleader, arranger and bassist Stefan Redtenbacher, the project features a world class band of international musicians who have played with the likes of Bowie, Elton and Herbie Hancock, REDTENBACHER’S FUNKESTRA, a multi-million streaming band in their own right.
Both the shows and the CD feature elite vocalists who are both artists in their own right and who also share deep love for Joni’s music; vocalists such a Mim Grey (McCartney, Tom Jones, Dave Stewart), multi-million streaming, Radio 2 play-listed Jo Harman (who has duetted with Michael McDonald and Lamont Dozier) and highly regarded 'emerging artist' award nominee, Jana Varga.
Even the official Joni Mitchell website is on record as reporting ‘This collection of interpretations is REALLY good folks, and well worth a listen.’
WEA Maidenhead Branch / Oxford University Department for Continuing Education (OUDCE)
This is a Live Streamed event.
Highly respected jazz double bass player Steve Kershaw looks at the origins of jazz music, provides strategies for listening to it, and surveys the main styles of the genre in a way that is accessible to all.
10.15. New Orleans and the Birth of Jazz
11.40. How to Listen to Jazz
13.40. Dixieland to Swing
15.00. Be-Bop and beyond
Please contact Steph Diggon: firstname.lastname@example.org or 01628 563676 for more details or if you wish to attend this event in person.
Live stream from the Studio | £40 per household
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