Wednesday October 4th - The 'CLARINET MAESTROS' Ken Peplowski & Julian Stringle 8.30pm - 11pm
With - The Craig Milverton Trio
Clarinet duels have frequently been fought by the top players throughout the history of jazz, perhaps not so much a fight, but more in a challenge to mimic, to blend together and maybe out-do each other in terms of ideas, technique, phrasing and stamina. This concert puts together the best in the UK and the best in the USA.
Ken Peplowski was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1958. He started playing clarinet and tenor saxophone at school from a very young age, and was soon playing in local stage bands, having been influenced strongly by listening to the great names of the jazz world, in particular Benny Goodman, Jimmy Dorsey, Jimmy Noone, Coleman Hawkins, Zoot Sims and Sonny Stitt.
On leaving University with a clarinet major, he joined the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (under Buddy Morrow) and worked with Max Kiminski and Jimmy McPartland. He then achieved his life's dream and was hired by his old idol, Benny Goodman, and played in what was to be Goodman's last band.
Subsequently he was signed up by the "Concord" record label and has featured on a huge number of LPs and CDs, with all the leading mainstream players of today, a great many under his own name. He is one of a diminishing number of musicians who are routinely touring the world, and he is in the UK regularly each year featuring as one of the top artists at a great many of the major jazz events both here and in Europe..
Julian Stringle was a child prodigy reed player. He was educated at the Latymer School and the London College of Music where he studied Clarinet with Wilf Keeley and Composition with William Lloyd Webber. Julian made his TV debut with Acker Bilk when he was just 14. At 17 he formed a Modern Jazz quintet and toured Europe with Dave Cliff, Nick Weldon, Andy Cleyndert and Mark Taylor. He has played on concert, club, festival and broadcast dates with his own band and with:- Peanuts Hucko, Wild Bill Davidson, George Chisholm, Don Lusher, Kenny Baker, Cleo Laine & Sir John Dankworth. He has recorded with John Parricelli, Digby Fairweather, Danny Moss, Sam Brown, Roy Williams, Jim Mullen, Marc Almond, Tommy Whittle, George Melly, Joe Brown, Chas & Dave, Dennis Lecorriere, The Grid and the Spice Girls! He has appeared at Wembley Arena with Meatloaf. Julian currently stars with the new Digby Fairweather Band, backing blues singer Paul Jones and soul legend 'PP' Arnold. He leads The Dream Band, his own exciting and melodic Latin-influenced jazz funk quintet (with Neil Angilley, Dominic Ashworth, Chris Dodd, Jacqui Hicks Mike Bradley).His first album 'Pathfinder' featuring John Parricelli, Dudley Phillips, James Bannerman and Ralph Salmins was distributed by Polygram. Polygram TV released 'Beach Samba' a Latin Classics dance album featuring Julian with an 18 piece big band and strings. Merfangle Music have released three albums featuring Julian and The Dream Band – 'Sundance' a melodic easy listening album, 'Blues for the morning after' a successful blend of blues, ballads, bebop and Latin jazz, which has had rave reviews, and the jazz funk album 'LA Sunset' featuring vocalist Jacqui Hicks, aimed at the American market. He has three further albums in production with Merfangle – 'A time for love' his debut vocal album, 'It's Clazzical' a cross-over album of melodic classical themes performed by Julian, The Dream Band with 'The Solid Strings' - noted violinist Sonia Slany's string quartet, and 'Live at the Jazz Shed' a compilation of exciting live recordings from recent gigs at the London Jazz Bar. A single from the 'Its clazzical' album of George Gershwin's 'Rhapsody in Blue' performed by Julian and guitarist /arranger Dominic Ashworh is already available. He is currently the clarinet soloist with the London Jazz Chamber Orchestra conducted by John Jansson. Julian plays Clarinet, Alto & Tenor Saxes and Sings - but the Clarinet is his passion and he is now recognised as the most stylish performer on the instrument in Europe. He is a nominee every year in the British Jazz Awards, and has won several times. His major influences have been Artie Shaw, Peanuts Hucko, Buddy De Franco, Eddie Daniels, Oscar Peterson - and Delius!
Craig Milverton was born in Bexley, Kent and took piano lessons from the ages of 7 -12, but has no formal jazz training. Craig's main influences are Oscar Peterson and Bill Evans and his jazz interest was spawned by his fathers record collection. Craig began performing in public as young as 10 years of age, turning professional at 21. From then he played with trombonist Roger Mark's Quintet, the Pete Allen Jazz Band, Terry Lightfoot's Jazz band, touring regularly across the UK and Europe, and then the US in 1994. In 1997, he joined Digby Fairweather's eclectic group "Dig's Half Dozen", recording a CD '12 Feet off the Ground' in 1999. Craig continues to work in a variety of settings, including regular jazz cruises, and festivals across the whole of Europe. He is still a member of Digby Fairweather's Half Dozen, which has twice won the British Jazz Award for best small Group, and was part of the backing group for the late George Melly, recording 3 acclaimed CD's and including 4 month long residencies at Ronnie Scotts. The year 2003 saw him on the front cover of Jazz Journal International with a feature article and his CD 'It's a Jazz Life' was CD of the month in The Observer.
Craig has played at all our top UK jazz venues along with The Birmingham Symphony Hall, The Royal Festival Hall, Mintons Playhouse New York, and The Half Note New York, and has appeared at Sacremento, California, Cork, Brecon, Glasgow, Edinburgh, London, Birmingham, Dubai, Bordeux, Cyprus, Istanbul, Albania, Hamburg, and Amsterdam Jazz Festivals. In doing so the list of musicians he has played with covers the best known names in the whole World of jazz. His trio is regularly required to back visiting American soloists at festivals and venues across the UK.
Craig won the UK Jazz Award for piano in 2010. He is very much in demand with his various trios and quartets, as an accompanist to the late Humphrey Lyttleton's favourite vocalist, singer Louise Parker, and also as a solo performer with his 'Tribute To Oscar Peterson' and his 'Jazz Piano Legends'. Few British pianists have Craigs' thorough knowledge and grasp of jazz styles. His love of the music shines through and he is a natural at whatever he plays.
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