About the Band
Steve Waterman is undoubtedly one of Britain’s top jazz trumpet players. He began his career while studying at Trinity College of Music, playing with the European Community Jazz Orchestra and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. Since then, he 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 with John Surman’s Brass Project and Carla Bley.
Steve has won numerous BBC British jazz awards over the years and is very committed to Jazz education. He 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 and has co-written a highly acclaimed Jazz Trumpet tutor book.
A prominent figure on the UK Jazz scene since 2000, Karen is well known and admired for her melodic, full-toned saxophone playing, winning the British Jazz Awards for best tenor saxophonist on numerous occasions and appearing as a nominee in the rising star category of the Downbeat Critics Poll for baritone sax in 2018 and 2019.
Karen studied classical piano and clarinet before discovering jazz and switching to the tenor sax, a choice inspired by two giants of improvisation – Dexter Gordon and Sonny Rollins. Her career took off when she was asked to join Humphrey Lyttelton’s band with whom she toured the UK and Europe for four years. During this period Karen also worked hard to establish her own quintet, touring the festival and club circuit and recording the first of 6 albums as a leader.
Very quickly Karen began appearing as a soloist working alongside notable musicians such as John and Jacqui Dankworth, Ken Peplowski, Alan Barnes, Tina May, Nikki Iles, Esther Miller, Jeremy Pelt, Howard Alden, Scott Hamilton, Warren Vache, Scott Robinson and Harry Allen. More recent work has involved larger ensembles, performing with the ‘Guy Barker Big Band’ performance at the BBC Proms. As well Robert Fowler’s ‘Gerry Mulligan’s Concert Jazz Band’, Steve Waterman’s Big Band, the Stan Tracey Big Band and the Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra, and more recently Nikki Iles Jazz Orchestra. Karen also tours with her quartet which features Nikki Iles, Dave Green and Steve Brown and as a trio with bassist Simon Thorpe and guitarist Colin Oxley.
Born in Cambridge, Nick is the son of writer Fay Weldon and folk singer and actor Colyn Davies. He studied at Keele University, receiving a First-Class Degree in French and Philosophy, and began working as a professional jazz pianist in 1979. Nick built his reputation as a strong swinging sideman in the bands of UK players and also accompanied many visiting American jazz artists, including Johnny Griffin, Sheila Jordan, Sonny Stitt, Jimmy Witherspoon, Dewey Redman and Teddy Edwards.
With his own label (Verge) he has released two piano trio albums Lavender’s Blue and Live at the Albert, People We Once Knew and Your Time from the Andra Sparks Quintet, a poetry single If I Were A Gong with percussionist Paul Clarvis, and (playing double bass) a sextet CD Eleven Flames with drummer Trevor Tomkins, singer Andra Sparks, trumpeter Laura Jurd, saxophonist Art Themen and pianist Nikki Iles.
Nick Weldon is also the author of the novel Idristan, the BBC Radio Play Laura-Mae and the Olivardies, and many poems, jazz tunes, and songs, including Your Time (Nick’s translation of Leo Ferre’s Avec Le Temps) and Where You Are (Nick’s lyric for Pat Metheny’s Question And Answer). Nick has a long experience in many different teaching environments, including Brixton Prison (as visiting teacher rather than inmate), the Royal Academy of Music and Trinity College of Music. He runs his own organisation, Jazz School UK, in a converted shoe factory.
Drummer Felix Weldon was born in Dulwich, South London in the spring of 1985 and grew up in and around Brixton. When his father, the renowned jazz pianist Nick Weldon moved to Kentish Town in North London in the mid 1990s Felix eventually moved in with him. “I naturally ended up frequenting many of London’s jazz venues with my father,” says Felix, “and on one occasion at the old Vortex in Stoke Newington, I saw him perform with top U.K drummer Mark Fletcher, playing with Trudy Kerr’s Band. This event changed my life forever. I was so mesmerised by what I saw Mark do both technically and musically that I couldn’t help but be drawn in by its heady gravity. I was twelve years old”.
The rest , as they say, is history. Felix has had the good fortune to play with many musicians on the British scene, including Jeff Clyne, Steve Waterman, John Dankworth, Alec Dankworth, Jacqui Dankworth, Malcolm Edmonstone, Dave Cliff, Andy McCormack, Dave Lewis, Alan Barnes, Richard Shepherd, Dil Datz, Dave O’Higgins and many others.
Brian Morton was born in Paisley and raised in Argyll on the Clyde coast. He studied English and pure maths at the University of Edinburgh, graduating with a First in 1972. He did PhD research at the University of East Anglia; taught there, at the University of Tromso in Norway, University of Pau in France, and at other institutions. He spent ten years at the Times Higher Education Supplement as features, then literary editor, with secondments to the Times and Sunday Times. Freelance from 1992. Presented jazz and classical music on BBC Radio 3, 1988 to 2007. Returned to Scotland, 1994. Presented many programmes on BBC Scotland, including The Usual Suspects which became the Brian Morton Show in 1998 and ran daily, 48 weeks a year, until 2002. Left the BBC in disgust and returned to freelance writing and crofting on the West of Scotland, first near Dunoon, now in Kintyre, within view of his ancestral Ireland. Married to photographer and former broadcaster Sarah MacDonald. Lots of children, strangely spaced out with seven years between each of the younger ones. Plays saxophone still; not like Bird, but to the birds.
DETAILS FOR THE GIG
The address and directions are under “How to find us” below,
The performance is upstairs in the Pavilion building. Please note there are no physical tickets, just give your name on the door when you arrive. There’ll be seating reserved for you.
Doors open 6.15pm, Supper served from 6.30pm, Interview with Brian Morton on “Kind of Blue” 7.30pm, Steve Waterman Quintet from 8.30pm to 10.15pm (with interval).
If you have any questions please contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Seating is either in front row settees/armchairs, central round tables, or rear high chairs/tables. Seats will be reserved for you when you book. If you’re a Guildford Jazz member, please let us know if you have a seating preference in the “Notes ” section on the booking form. Notes on the layout: Front row: Seats 1, 3 and 4 and 3-seater settees, and seats 2 and 5 are pairs of armchairs. Middle tables: Tables 6 to 20 are small round tables , each seating 4 (for bookings of 1 or 2 seats, we’ll seat you at a table with others, please let us know if you have friends coming who you’d like to sit with!). Table 29 is a small round table seating 2. Rear tables: Tables 21 to 26 are tall tables suitable for 2 people, with high stools. Groups: Tables 27 and 28 are larger tables, ideal for groups up to 8
HOW TO FIND US
Guildford Cricket Club Pavilion , The Sports Ground, Woodbridge Road, Guildford GU1 4RP
For sat navs please check the postcode takes you to Wharf Road. There’s a car park alongside, entry from Wharf Road. If you’re approaching from Guildford town centre, Wharf Road is on the left just before the Sports Ground. If you’re approaching from the A3/Ladymead there’s no right turn into Wharf Road, but continue to the next roundabout to double back. If the car park’s full (please also park down the middle once the bays are full), there are a few parking bays along Wharf Road which you can use after 7pm, also along the Woodbridge Road on the left as you come from the Town centre. You can also park at the far end of the sports ground: turn left as you come out of Wharf Road and carry on along Woodbridge Road towards the railway bridge, and the entrance to the ground is just before the end of the green fence that runs along the perimeter of the ground, next to the Woodbridge Café. There’s also a larger public car park at Bedford Road Car Park (GU1 4SJ), which is about 10 minutes walk away.