Pangbourne Jazz Club - Jazz@PJC

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Welcome to Jazz@PJC, Pangbourne Jazz Club!

The Pangbourne Jazz Club was formed by Keith Howard and Terry Hutchins in March 2016 to bring National and International Jazz artists to Berkshire and continues from May 2022 renewed after the hiatus of the global pandemic.

Below we have listed the great artists we have coming to the club, along with news about all the events we are running. If you wish to get in touch, please either email brian.greene@gigajam.com or message us via our Facebook Page

Guest artists will be supported by the Jazz@PJC house band - Terry Hutchins Trio/Quartet.

Terry Hutchins, Founder, MD & Guitar

Andy Crowdy, Bass

Brian Greene, Drums

Maff Potts, Piano

Our Founders

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Keith Howard - PJC Founder - Bass

Terry Hutchins - PJC Founder - Guitars

Next up at PJC  - Sun 4th Sept
Alan Barnes (Saxophones)

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Gig Details

Doors                 7.00pm

Gig                     7.30pm

Interval & Raffle 8.30pm

Gig                     9.00pm

Finish               10.00pm

Tickets are £10

(includes free entry to the raffle)

  • Tickets available online from Aug 8th

  • Cash on the door

  • Public Car Park

  • Inexpensive Bar and Snacks

Jazz@PJC

Promotion and Ticket Partners

Promotion partners

https://www.jazzinreading.com/

https://wherecanwego.com

https://www.pangbourneclub.co.uk/

Ticket & promotion partners

https://skiddle.com

Alan Barnes

Alan Barnes is a prolific international performer, composer, arranger, bandleader and touring soloist.  He is best known for his work on clarinet, alto and baritone sax, where he combines a formidable virtuosity with a musical expression and collaborative spirit that have few peers.

His range and brilliance have made him a “first call” for studio and live work since his precocious arrival on the scene more than thirty years ago.

His recorded catalogue is immense.  He has made over thirty albums as leader and co-leader alone, and the list of his session and side-man work includes Bjork, Bryan Ferry, Michel LeGrande, Clare Teale, Westlife, Jools Holland and Jamie Cullum. He has toured and played residencies with such diverse and demanding figures as Ruby Braff, Freddie Hubbard, Scott Hamilton, Warren Vache, Ken Peplowski, Harry Allen and Conte Candoli.

In British jazz, the young Barnes was recognized – and hired – by the established greats of the time:  Stan Tracy, John Dankworth, Kenny Baker, Bob Wilber, and Humphrey Lyttelton.  But he is equally respected for his longstanding and fruitful collaborations with contemporaries such as David Newton, Bruce Adams, and Martin Taylor.

Alan Barnes’s unique musicianship, indefatigable touring, and warm rapport with audiences have made him uniquely popular in British jazz.  He has received over 25 British Jazz Awards, most recently in 2014 for clarinet, and has twice been made BBC Jazz Musician of the Year.
 

Barnes’ melodic sense bypasses the usual scale-running clichés that pepper the playing of lesser bop disciples.
Peter Marsh, BBC Music Review.

His stylistic range is quite phenomenal… He has a wonderful capacity for suggesting a given style without actually imitating anyone.
Dave Gelly, Masters Of The Jazz Saxophone.

I was relishing the prospect of Barnes’s casually consummate musicianship, deadpan humour (he could be a comedian, if jazz ever fails him), and indomitable belief in a respected place for the music’s rich history in this eclectic and often forgetful world.
John Fordham - The Guardian.

Barnes plays music that was radical 50 years ago but he infuses it with so much passion and energy you could believe it was minted on the spot, which is always part of the story with jazz.
John L. Walters, The Guardian.


Rhythm section: 

Terry Hutchins guitar, Rob Levy double bass, Jim Pollard Piano and Brian Greene drums

Coming up at PJC  - Sun 2nd Oct
Julie Maguire (Vocalist)

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Gig Details

Doors                 7.00pm

Gig                     7.30pm

Interval & Raffle 8.30pm

Gig                     9.00pm

Finish               10.00pm

Tickets are £10

(includes free entry to the raffle)

  • Tickets available online from Sept 5th

  • Cash on the door

  • Public Car Park

  • Inexpensive Bar and Snacks

Jazz@PJC

Promotion and Ticket Partners

Promotion partners

https://www.jazzinreading.com/

https://wherecanwego.com

https://www.pangbourneclub.co.uk/

Ticket & promotion partners

https://skiddle.com

Julie Maguire

Julie is a singer and actress based in the London area. Her singing work is incredibly varied - from musical theatre through to jazz, pop and rock. She also writes music, and collaborated on the score to a rock musical which was performed at the 2009 Edinburgh Fringe.

Most recently Julie has been working with Mike Moran across a number of his Film, TV and album projects providing her vocals to his compositions. This collaboration includes Julie and Mike producing an American Songbook Live show, some of which Julie will bring to Pangbourne

Julie has performed in most of the theatres around the UK and in many large festivals around the country and abroad. She has also worked in more intimate settings with smaller groups and duo work. She was the female vocalist in Brendan Cole's "Live and Unjudged" tour.

 

Julie is certainly a regular favourite with many UK show bands and in great demand - comfortable with a full 18-piece big band as well as the slightly smaller combos.

 

As an actress, Julie toured the UK with "End of the Rainbow" understudying the role of Judy Garland. She has also performed the role of narrator in the Bill Kenwright production of "Joseph and his Technicolor Dreamcoat"

Hugely talented, Julie is partner with David Young in the international rock band Space Elevator. She is a prolific writer and lyricist and the band have released 3 albums to critical acclaim.

Julie is a wonderfully talented singer and performer and as a hard working professional musician she crosses style and genre effortlessly.

We are really looking forward to her first appearance at Pangbourne Jazz Club.


Rhythm section: 

Terry Hutchins guitar, Andy Crowdy double bass, Jim Pollard Piano and Brian Greene drums

Coming up at PJC  - Sun Nov 6th 
Mark Nightingale (Trombone) 

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Gig Details

Doors                 7.00pm

Gig                     7.30pm

Interval & Raffle 8.30pm

Gig                     9.00pm

Finish               10.00pm

Tickets are £10

(includes free entry to the raffle)

  • Tickets available online from Nov 7th

  • Cash on the door

  • Public Car Park

  • Inexpensive Bar and Snacks

Jazz@PJC

Promotion and Ticket Partners

Promotion partners

https://www.jazzinreading.com/

https://wherecanwego.com

https://www.pangbourneclub.co.uk/

Ticket & promotion partners

https://skiddle.com

Mark Nightingale

Mark is an internationally acclaimed jazz soloist, highly respected writer, and one of the UK’s most in demand studio musicians.

We are delighted that he will join us at Pangbourne Jazz Club, as I know he is much loved and appreciated by our audiences

Here are just some of the artists Mark has played or recorded with…

 

Jazz

Ray Brown, Jeff Hamilton, Clark Terry, James Morrison, Slide Hampton, Conte Candoli, Cleo Laine, John Dankworth, Kenny Wheeler, Dado Moroni, Carl Fontana, Jiggs Whigham, Claire Martin, Andy Panayi, Scott Hamilton, Nigel Hitchcock, Laurence Cottle, Ken Poplowski, Clark Tracey, Alan Barnes, John Surman, Stan Tracey, Lee Konitz, George Shearing, Mike Gibbs, Georgie Fame, Bill Holman, Wycliffe Gordon, Mike Davies, Charlie Watts, Bill Frisell, Bob Florence, Peter King, Warren Vache, BBC Big Band, WDR Big Band, NDR Big Band, Colin Towns Mask Orchestra, Louie Bellson,

 

Pop

Steely Dan, Sting, Kylie Minogue, Cher, Robbie Williams, Tom Jones, Tina Turner, Take That, Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Westlife, Pet Shop Boys, Blur, McFly, Wet Wet Wet, The Spice Girls, Elton John,

 

Other

Frank Sinatra, Henry Mancini, Michel Le Grand, London Brass, New Trombone Collective, Tony Bennet, Peggy Lee, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Julie Andrews, James Galway, London Sinfonietta, London Brass Virtuosi, Reg Vardy Band,

Rhythm section: 

Terry Hutchins guitar, Andy Crowdy double bass, Jim Pollard Piano and Brian Greene drums

Coming up at PJC  - Sun Dec 4th 
Andy Dickens (Trumpets) &
Al Nicholls (Saxes)

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Gig Details

Doors                 7.00pm

Gig                     7.30pm

Interval & Raffle 8.30pm

Gig                     9.00pm

Finish               10.00pm

Tickets are £10

(includes free entry to the raffle)

  • Tickets available online from Nov 7th

  • Cash on the door

  • Public Car Park

  • Inexpensive Bar and Snacks

Jazz@PJC

Promotion and Ticket Partners

Promotion partners

https://www.jazzinreading.com/

https://wherecanwego.com

https://www.pangbourneclub.co.uk/

Ticket & promotion partners

https://skiddle.com

Andy Dickens

We are really looking forward to the return of the very lovely Andy Dickens to PJC . Andy is a freelance jazz trumpeter who plays swing, mainstream, Dixieland and New Orleans Jazz.

Andy’s lively trumpet and flugelhorn playing evokes the warmth and exuberance of Mardi Gras New Orleans; the heat of Chicago clubland and the excitement of small-band New York swing.

A frequent guest at European jazz festivals, he has played with many English and American notables including Slim Gaillard; Ken Peplowski; Joe Darensbourg; Franz Jackson;  Jason Marsalis; Humphrey Littleton; Terry Lightfoot; Judith Durham; Clark Tracey; Bruce Turner; Jools Holland;  Duncan Lamont; David Newton; Pete King and Peter Ind.

His current list of musical associates includes Julian Marc Stringle; Adrian Cox; Pete Allen; Tim Husskisson; Trevor Whiting; Duncan Hempstock; Emily Dickens; Al Nichols; Simon Picton; Graham Hughes; Bobby Worth; Martin Litton and Craig Milverton.

Often featured as a guest musician with other bands his own concerts are punctuated with song and off-beat observations, and his typically wry presentation results in a programme that is entertaining and draws from the finest traditions in jazz.

More on Andy here http://andydickens.com/

Al Nicholls

 

Al plays tenor sax with a ravishing, full, rounded sound in the tradition of Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster and Illinois Jacquet, and now championed in the States by players like Scott Hamilton.

From "smoochy" ballads, through to swinging up-tempo numbers, Al’s great sound is perfect to create that after-hours, jazz club atmosphere.

Al’s repertoire encompasses literally hundreds of the classic "standards" of the 30s, 40s and 50s, written by masters such as George and Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Rogers and Hart, and Duke Ellington. 

Al Nicholls is one of London’s top players and also has a reputation as one of the best swing band arrangers too.

More about Al here

Andy and Al will provide a wonderful evening of great Jazz, supported by:

Rhythm section: 

Terry Hutchins guitar, Andy Crowdy double bass, Jim Pollard Piano and Brian Greene drums

Coming up at PJC in 2023
Sun Feb 5th  
Derek Nash (Saxes)

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Gig Details

Doors                 7.00pm

Gig                     7.30pm

Interval & Raffle 8.30pm

Gig                     9.00pm

Finish               10.00pm

Tickets are £10

(includes free entry to the raffle)

  • Tickets available online from Nov 7th

  • Cash on the door

  • Public Car Park

  • Inexpensive Bar and Snacks

Jazz@PJC

Promotion and Ticket Partners

Promotion partners

https://www.jazzinreading.com/

https://wherecanwego.com

https://www.pangbourneclub.co.uk/

Ticket & promotion partners

https://skiddle.com

Derek Nash

British Jazz Award-winning Derek Nash - bandleader, composer, arranger, record producer and engineer - is one of the UK’s busiest jazz musicians.
He is leader of six bands, each with its own unique sound and featuring some of the top jazz musicians in the UK today.

 

Derek has been a full-time member of the Jools Holland Rhythm & Blues Orchestra since 2004 and is also a member of the Ronnie Scott’s Blues Explosion.  With these bands, he has enjoyed sharing the stage with many great artists including Tom Jones, Eric Clapton, David Sanborn, Jack Bruce, Amy Winehouse, Michael Buble and Sir Paul McCartney.  He is one of the most in-demand and respected guest instrumentalists for jazz clubs across the UK and has received numerous nominations in the British Jazz Awards.  In the jazz-funk world he has performed with David Benoit, Brian Culbertson, Ernie Watts, Mezzoforte, Nelson Rangell and Don and Dave Grusin.

Derek is a prolific composer, regularly penning compositions for his various bands and undertaking commissions.  He has also composed for television and radio.  As an arranger, and following in the footsteps of his father, Pat Nash (who was an arranger for the BBC Northern Dance Orchestra) Derek has worked for many major artists including Jools Holland, Annie Lennox, David Sanborn, Nile Rogers, Gregory Porter and Chaka Khan.

 

In addition to his own recordings, Derek has also guested with other major artists including Don Grusin, Jack Bruce, Bob Dorough, Rumer and Shakatak.

As a record producer and engineer, Derek received a gold disc for his work with Jamie Cullum for his ‘Pointless Nostalgic’ album and has recorded some of the leading UK jazz artists including Stan Tracey, Bobby Wellins, Georgie Fame, George Melly, Alan Barnes, Geoff Gascoyne and Digby Fairweather

Rhythm section: 

Terry Hutchins guitar, Andy Crowdy double bass, Jim Pollard Piano and Brian Greene drums

Previously at PJC - Sunday May 1st
Stuart Henderson (Trumpets)
& Mark Aston (Saxes)

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Stuart Henderson

From 1983 - 2005 Stuart was principal trumpet of The Scots Guards Band in Her Majesty’s Household Division. During this period, he played many times for the Royal Family and at State occasions all over the world. Since leaving the services Stuart has become a fixture on the UK jazz scene appearing with many of the country’s finest jazz musicians.

He leads various small groups and is musical director of the Remix Jazz Orchestra. He has played at many jazz festivals including Edinburgh, Glasgow and Brecon. Recording credits include dance labels “Nanny Tango”, “Soul Purpose” and “Greenfly”, and artistic collaborations with Tongues of Fire, Macnas and Mark Anderson “Dark Spark”. His commercial work includes the Rebecca Poole quartet, the String of Pearls, Joe Loss, The Showbiz Pops Orchestra and Nick Heyward.

 

 

Mark Aston

Mark is a freelance jazz musician and multi instrumentalist, perfectly at home in styles ranging from dixieland to swing, bebop and beyond. His first instruments were clarinet and piano before he decided to focus on saxophone. He also plays trombone.  He is a busy performer and a member of several bands including the Phil Brown Swingtet, The High Society Jazz Band and Andy Dickens' Hot Gumbo.

Mark also runs a jazz club in West London where he can be seen performing with many of the leading names in Jazz. He does instrument repairs and is a professional member of the National Association of Musical Instrument Repairers.


Rhythm section: 

Terry Hutchins guitar, Andy Crowdy double bass, and Brian Greene drums

Jazz@PJC

Promotion and Ticket Partners

Promotion partners

https://www.jazzinreading.com/

https://wherecanwego.com

https://www.pangbourneclub.co.uk/

Ticket & promotion partners

https://skiddle.com

Previously at PJC-Sunday June 5th Art Themen (Saxes)

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Art Themen - Saxophone

 

Art Themen is a British jazz saxophonist, a great friend of Jazz@PJC and hugely popular at the club. Critic John Fordham has described him as "an appealing presence on the British jazz circuit for over 40 years. Originally a Dexter Gordon and Sonny Rollins disciple,Themen has proved himself remarkably attentive to the saxophone styles of subsequent generations."

Art has enjoyed such a long career, but a history starting in 1964 perhaps found him in Londonwhere he played with blues musicians Jack Bruce and Alexis Korner, and was a member of Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated. Themen has said: "I had pretty much decided that I could continue to practise medicine and play saxophone, and Alexis, being heavily into blues as well as taking in jazz influences like Charles Mingus, furthered my knowledge of music quite a lot."

 

In 1965, Themen played with the Peter Stuyvesant Jazz Orchestra in Zürich, going on to play with such English luminaries as Michael GarrickIan Carr, and Graham Collier's Music.

In 1974, Themen entered on what was to be one of his central musical relationships when he started playing with Stan Tracey, and he has played with all of Tracey's groups, touring with him all over the world as well as around the UK. Themen has also played and toured with visiting US musicians, including Charlie RouseNat AdderleyRed RodneyGeorge Coleman, and Al Haig.

He was featured in a profile on composer Graham Collier in the 1985 Channel 4 documentary 'Hoarded Dreams' 

In 1995, Themen formed a quartet with pianist John Critchinson.

Themen's style originally owed much to the influence of Dexter Gordon and Sonny Rollins, but later influences included such disparate saxophonists as Coleman HawkinsEvan Parker, and the "sheets of sound" John Coltrane.

Themen was interviewed by Julian Joseph on BBC Radio 3's Jazz Line-Up on 22 November 2014 as a celebration of the saxophonist's 75th birthday. He revealed that he had originally played clarinet. He was inspired to play saxophone after he attended a gig by the Dankworth Seven, at the local Palais, at the age of 16, with a female cousin. The rest is history

Rhythm section: 

Terry Hutchins guitar, Andy Crowdy double bass, Maff Potts Piano & Brian Greene drums

Previously at PJC - Sunday July 3rd- John Thirkell 

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Jazz@PJC

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John Thirkell - trumpet & fllugelhorn

In a long and varied career, Johnny has an impressive record of achievements and  unparalleled experience as a trumpet player, producer and latterly as a tech entrepreneur. Upon leaving  Leeds College of Music he studied trumpet in New York with the great Carmine Caruso before embarking on a playing career which would see him perform in many genres of music at the highest level. From the B.B.C. Radio Orchestra through the Buddy Rich & Gil Evans Orchestras and on in to the rock & pop industry, Johnny established himself as a versatile and adaptable musician of the highest calibre.

A measure of his success lies in the fact that his trumpet playing featured on at least 1 album in the UK album chart, continuously, without a break for over 13 years and at one point he was playing on 11 of the top 50 albums in a single week. He has performed on over 6000 recordings, 40 top ten albums and 25 US & UK No.1 records, including the recent BTS global smash "Dynamite". The list of Artists with whom he has recorded reads like a who’s who of the music industry and includes such illustrious names as:

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  • Jamiroquai

  • Bruno Mars

  • David Bowie

  • Pet Shop Boys

  • George Michael

  • Tina Turner

 

As well as touring and playing live with Artists like Phil Collins, Eric Clapton, Bon Jovi & Ray Charles, Johnny has been a regular member of 3 very successful groups:

 

  • Swing Out Sister   (1985 – 1988)

  • Level 42                 (1988 – 1994)

  • Jamiroquai            (1993 – 2000)

In 2020 he scored his 25th No.1 record with "Dynamite" the global smash hit by BTS

A full list of credits can be found HERE

 

A natural progression was into record production and he has produced (or co-produced) over 250 commercial releases and co-written many of the songs. Indeed, he has had over 500 songs published including songs for Artists as diverse as The Spice Girls (he co-wrote their early songs) Odyssey & The Three Degrees.

 

In recent years he has focused on building and selling a number of businesses in the music and technology space and currently has offices in London and New York.

 

Johnny also enjoys employing his communication skills and experience through writing and speaking.

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Rhythm section: 

Terry Hutchins guitar, John Deemer bass, Jim Pollard Piano & Brian Greene drums

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Alan Grahame

ALAN GRAHAME began his professional career with the Ralph Sharon sextet as a modern jazz vibraphonist at the time when the sextet was voted Britain’s number one small group.

 

Then, after becoming involved in freelance radio and recording sessions, he became a featured member of the Jerry Allen Trio, playing all the major theatres with concerts and radio and TV shows.

 

He spent eight years with the trio on ATV’s midday show ‘Lunch Box’, also

providing the incidental music for numerous TV series including “Dotto”, “$64,000 Question”, The Carrol Levis Show, “Face the Mike”, Roy Castle’s Room”, “The *'Benny Hill Show”, The Two Ronnies, Morecambe & Wise, Crackerjack and the Top of the Pops TV orchestra.

 

Since the TV contract for the Jerry Allen Trio ended and the group disbanded he has been freelance and working for major recording companies, the BBC and ITV, and has played on many commercial jingle sessions.

 

Regularly featured with the BBC Radio Orchestra and in their ‘Festival Hall’ Concerts,and with the orchestras of Neil Richardson, Alec Gould, David Francis, Ron Goodwin, Ian Butherland, Cy Payne, Andy Ross, Ray McVay, etc.He was also still extensively involved with BBCtv’s “Playschool” “Hokey Cokey” and “Playdays”.

 

He has also worked on concert dates in this country and Europe with many popular singers - Tom Jones, Englebert, Andy Williams, Tony Bennett, Peggy Lee and also Howard Keel for six of his nationwide tours. Previously, he worked as Shirley Bassey’s percussionist on tours throughout Europe.

 

His film work includes Star Wars — Return of the Jedi, Life of Brian, Morons from Outer Space, Elephant Man, Virgin Soldiers and many more. TV drama King John, The Vorpal Blade, One by One, Bluebell and The Ritz, for which his son Peter had composed the score.

 

Now involved in teaching young musicians the many skills required in the percussionsection and Directing ‘Big Band’ workshops and concerts with  guest appearances as a soloist. Also a member of the newly formed ‘Gillespiana’ Big Band directed by Pete Long playing the original Dizzy Gillespie band arrangements.

 

Now involved in a series of concerts and jazz club dates with the ‘Pete Long’sGoodmen Orchestra’ re-creating the famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Concert featuring the Benny Goodman/Lionel Hampton Quartet.

 

Ken McCarthy

Ken studied composition at the Guildhall School of music and played in the experimental bands of Mike Westbrook, John Surman and Mike Osbourne.

 

He later based himself in Amsterdam and toured Europe and Japan with many visiting American Jazz stars. He broadened his horizons to TV and recording sessions and orchestral work. He has also developed a career as a musical director and arranger, his credits include many West End shows including - "Bubbling Brown Sugar" , "42 Street" , "Barnum" and "Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" , Ken has also been personal accompanist and director for Dame Vera Lynn, the late Roy Castle and singer Vince Hill. He has always had a keen interest in "classical music" A very experienced musician with a long successful musical career spanning 40+ years.


Rhythm section: 

Terry Hutchins guitar, Andy Crowdy double bass, and Brian Greene drums

Previously at PJC - Sun 7th August Alan Grahame (Vibes & Percussion) with Ken McCarthy (Piano)

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