Trumpeter Ben Cummings has transcribed most of the ‘revolutionary’ music made famous by Chet Baker and Gerry Mulligan’s ‘piano-less Quartet’ from the 1950s. Mulligan & Baker chose classic jazz melodies which were arranged and performed in a sense, like a classical quartet, with intertwining melody lines and harmony shared by baritone sax, trumpet and double bass. The result is a faithful re-creation of the 1950s sound and feel with plenty of space for some virtuosic improvisation. For this concert, baritone sax is played by Amy Roberts, Ben Cummings takes up trumpet duty with explanations and story telling included, Paul Jefferies plays bass and the evergreen drum legend that is Nick Millward plays his kit as only he can - wonderfully.
Georgina Jackson is a superbly talented, sassy jazz singer and trumpet player. She has graced stages worldwide including at the brilliant Ronnie Scotts jazz club, The Royal Albert Hall and on BBC TV and radio. Brought up playing music in her local brass band (in Wigan), Georgina was quick to spot her ambition to “wear a post frock ….and dash for the front mic” and she is now firmly front and centre stage performing with some of the world’s finest jazz ensembles and big bands. Georgina has an enviable grasp of melodic jazz, singing with real poise and expressive flair and her trumpet playing echoes this melodic sensibility. Here are just a few illustrious quotes showing the respect that the entertainment world has for her talents:
"Georgina is the real deal” Claire Martin BBC radio 3
“Her marvellous voice and musicianship … has been a delight" Sir Terry Wogan
“Georgina is really very good indeed” Sir Michael Parkinson
“Beautiful tone and phrasing” Seal
We’ve booked a brilliant rhythm section to support Georgina: performing with an excellent trio led by the indefatigable, multi award winning pianist David Newton plus Paul Jefferies (bass) and Nick Millward (drums).
Steve Waterman is professor of jazz at Trinity School of Music in London and visiting Trumpet specialist at The Royal Northern College of Music and The Royal Welsh College of Music - so you might say he knows his trumpet flavoured onions! A world class player, possessed of a beautiful mellifluous tone and super-creative approach to soloing. To name those stars that Steve has played with would require much more space than we have available here, but suffice to say he has performed or recorded with hundreds of greats from Carla Bley, through Mal Waldron to Mike Garrick and Don Weller. Steve’s rhythm section will feature ace pianist Tom Berge, bassist Paul Jefferies and the excellent drummer Mitch Perrins.