|Dave Green - bass|
Jo Harrop - voice
Dave Green - bass
John Pearce - piano
Alan Barnes - saxophone and clarinet
Matt Home - drums
|Joe the Hat|
After a hiatus of 18 months due to the Covid pandemic I like many others at The Exchange in Twickenham (09/09/2021) were back listening to live Jazz again. We the hope the resumption will be a long term affair and the Jazz clubs of London will be alive once again. This night was organised by dapper jazz lover and local personality Joe the Hat.
Jo Harrop - Born in Durham and raised on a heady musical diet of Nina Simone, Billie Holiday and Aretha Franklin, Jo Harrop cut her teeth as a session singer, working with a host of iconic artists including Neil Diamond, Rod Stewart, Gloria Gaynor and Enrique Iglesias. After moving to London, she quickly established herself as one of the most unmistakable voices in British jazz, performing everywhere from the Royal Albert Hall to the Sunset Sunside Jazz Club in Paris.
|Matt Home - drums|
Matt Home - Born in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire in 1973, Matt Home started with the trumpet and switched to drums at the age of 8. After taking private lessons in 1991 he enrolled on the three year course in Jazz and popular music at CLCM graduating in 1994 and soon began playing professionally, based in Leeds. In 1999, Matt moved to London and soon began playing with many of the leading musicians in London, the UK and Europe including Alan Barnes, Claire Martin, Stacey Kent, Atila, Brandon Allen, Allison Neale, Jim Mullen, Dave Cliff, Steve Fishwick, Matt Wates and Nat Steele among others. Current projects include ‘ Five- Way Split’ a UK quintet comprising 5 of the leading straight ahead jazz musicians on the London scene: The Nate Najar U.S Trio and more recently The Raible/Gradischnig Quintet “ Elmo Hope Project “ with UK trumpeter Steve Fishwick.
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.
Gentle, lyrical and thoughtful, John Pearce is one of Britain’s most respected and versatile musicians and one of our best kept secrets. John became interested in jazz as a twelve-year old. He played his first gigs locally in Essex, before turning professional in 1968, working in Geraldo’s Navy, and then joined the QE2 for her maiden voyage to New York in 1969. From 1975 to 1985 he was in Ray Ellington’s Quartet and did two world cruises and radio and TV work; and became a regular session player, with the BBC Radio Orchestra, Jack Parnell’s Orchestra, Robert Farnon, Billy May, and with the James Last Orchestra.
Dave Green (born 5 March 1942) is an English jazz bassist. His first public performances were with his childhood friend Charlie Watts in the late 1950s. While performing with Humphrey Lyttelton from 1963 to 1983, he also played with the Don Rendell–Ian Carr band in the early 1960s, and went on to play with Stan Tracey. In the early 1980s, he led his own group, Fingers, featuring Lol Coxhill, Bruce Turner and Michael Garrick. In 1991, he was a founding member of Charlie Watts's quintet, together with Gerard Presencer, Peter King and Brian Lemon.