ALL STARS SEXTET
2pm-3.15pm Sunday March 22
A tribute to the music of the great Henry Mancini, considered to be one of the greatest composers in the history of film—winner of 4 Academy Awards, a Golden Globe, and 20 Grammy Awards—and writer of such memorable songs as “The Pink Panther Theme’, “Moon River” and “The Peter Gunn Theme”, from a sextet featuring some of the top names on the British Jazz Scene.
Expect a fresh approach to these classic Mancini tunes, with inventive solos, virtuosic musicianship and a highly entertaining afternoon!
Mark Nightingale (trombone)
Mark Nightingale is widely considered to be one of the finest Jazz trombonists in Europe. A world class player, and winner of the 2014 British Jazz Awards, Mark won the coveted Don Lusher award at the age of fifteen and after graduating from Trinity College in the late 80s he rapidly established himself as one the UK’s busiest studio musicians as well as a highly respected Jazz soloist. Highly popular and much in demand, Mark has worked alongside someone of the world’s greatest jazz musicians.
Steve Waterman (trumpet)
One of Britain’s top jazz trumpet and flugel horn players, Steve Waterman has worked regularly on the British and European jazz scene with John Surman, Andy Sheppard, Tony Coe, Carla Bley, Don Weller and many others. He has recorded many critically acclaimed CDs under his own name as well as a number of CDs under the ECM label. He has won numerous BBC British jazz awards over the years, including winner of the 2014 British Jazz Awards, and is 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.
Alan Barnes (sax)
Saxophonist Alan Barnes is a prolific international performer, composer, arranger, bandleader and touring soloist. He combines a formidable virtuosity with a musical expression and collaborative spirit that have few peers. His recording and performance catalogue is immense and his 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 2016, and has twice been made BBC Jazz Musician of the Year.
Gareth Williams (piano)
One of the most intensely creative, dynamic and exciting performers on the UK scene, Gareth Williams has been receiving increasing critical and public acclaim since becoming a professional musician in the early 90s. After graduating in English Literature from Cambridge University, Gareth went on to study music at London’s Guildhall, initially on guitar, later switching to piano. An electrifying performer, he has been described as “…a fantastic improviser” by John Fordham in The Guardian
‘A prodigiously talented pianist… a joyous, uncompromising celebration of sophistication, musicality, muscularity… shockingly good’. Mojo Magazine
Marianne Windham (bass)
The driving force behind Guildford Jazz and co-founder of Fleet Jazz, bass player Marianne Windham performs regularly at both clubs with many of the top names in British Jazz. She also performs regularly at clubs around the UK and has appeared with the Steve Waterman Big Band and Chris Ingham’s Dudley and Hoagy projects. She also plays with the Kingswood Big Band (directed by Barry Forgie, Director of the BBC Big Band) and appears regularly at the Electric Theatre with the Surrey Mozart Players.
Clark Tracey (drums)
Clark Tracey is an excellent, highly experienced, award-winning drummer, bandleader, composer and arranger He has had 40 years’ experience playing alongside some of the most important artists in jazz at home and abroad. Some of the most significant unions with American artists have been with Johnny Griffin, Pharaoh Sanders, John Hicks, George Cables, Bud Shank, Red Rodney, and Scott Hamilton. British artists include names such as Ronnie Scott, John Surman, Alan Skidmore, Kenny Wheeler, Alan Barnes, Don Weller and Tommy Smith. He has recorded over 90 albums (11 as a leader) and performed in over 50 countries. He has been awarded “Best Drums” title three times in the British Jazz Awards and Ronnie Scott’s Award for “Best Drums” in 2007. He has received endorsements from Zildjian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks and Remo Drumheads.
“…one of the most impressive jazz drummers in Britain today” The Times
Tickets £16/£14 Guildford Jazz Members/£8 students, available online here or from the Box Office on 01483 501200. If you’re a Weekend or Day pass holder then select the ‘Guildford Jazzfest – Seat Booking for pass holder’ option when you book your ticket. Click here to buy a Weekend or Day Pass to get the best value access to all events.
This performance is also served with the authentic taste of Creole, with a Jazz Lunch of chicken and chorizo (or vegetable) Jambalaya with rice and side salad – it’s spicy, hearty, and incredibly flavourful, just like our All-star Sextet! Pre-booking essential – book here.