Jazz

Just a small (!) selection of venues Mellow has performed in around the UK: Westwood Hotel Jazz Club, Coventry / Pershore Jazz Club, Woucestershire / West Chiltington Jazz Club, Sussex / Iford Manor/Gardens, Bath / The Saville Club London /Mapping & Webb, London /MoMo’s, Soho London / The Jazz Café, Camden London / Smiths of Bourne, Lincolnshire / Loughborough University / Waterworks Jazz Club. Birmingham / Jazz Club 90 Albrighton / Pizza Express St Martins Square, Leicester / Pizza Express West Bridgeford, Nottingham / The Risley Park, Notts / Harborough Jazz Club, Market Harborough /The Bell, Nottingham / The Priory Jazzclub, Loughborough / The Lion, Nottingham / Nottingham Rhythm Club /Tamworth Jazz Club /Richard Attenborough Centre, Leicester /Leicester University (Café Piazza) /Phoenix Arts Centre Leicester /Peepul Centre Leicester /Parkside Club Long Sutton /Manvers Arms, Radcliffe on Trent /Hand & Hart Nottingham /The Harrington Arms, Derby /Charnwood Golf Club Loughborough /The Griffin, Plumtree Notts, Bude Jazz Festival, Keswick Jazz Festival, Upton-on Severn Jazz Festival, Birmingham Jazz Festival, Edinburgh Jazz Festival… among others!

Mellow has worked with many superb musicians over the years. Here is a selection of her favourites, with whom she has performed with many times:

Jim Fryer has toured internationally for over 3 decades throughout the US and abroad. Bandleader and sideman;  television, radio, theater, jazz clubs and concert halls. An exceptional jazz trombonist at ease in any style. www.jfryer.com

Enrico Tomasso Enrico started playing the trumpet at the age of five. His biggest inspiration was Louis Armstrong, whom he met and played for in the sixties. One of Britain’s most versatile jazz stars, playing with the Pasadena Roof Orchestra, Ray Gelato, Acker Bilk and his Paramount Jazz Band. facebook.com/enrico.tomasso

Martin Wheatley on Guitar, steel guitar, banjo, ukulele, Martin Wheatley specializes in musical styles of the 20s -40s Jazz, Blues and Hawaiian. He has played with most of the top Vintage Jazz stylists and toured the USA , recently recording with violinist Andy Stein and trumpeter John Erik Kelso. His music has been released on Grass Skirt Records www.grassskirt.co.uk

John Hallam Plays Bb and Bass Clarinets, Flute, Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Baritone Saxophones. John can be seen all over the country, guesting with various line ups at Clubs, Festivals and Jazz Weekends. John was placed in the top five for his Tenor Sax playing in the 2009 British Jazz Awards.

Corey Mwamba Composer, vibraphone player, educator and bandleader Corey has led several ensembles including the fourteen-piece SYMBIOSIS ENSEMBLE, a trio and a quartet. He performs with the internationally renowned Orphy Robinson, has recorded with The Quantic Soul Orchestra and works with Jonathan Gee, Orphy Robinson and Tony Kofi. www.coreymwamba.co.uk

Jeff Barnhart is highly regarded international pianist, vocalist, arranger, bandleader, recording artist, composer and entertainer. Based in the US, Jeff performs as soloist and band pianist at festivals, clubs and cruises internationally. Due to his versatility and vibrant energy, Jeff is in demand in All-Star Jazz ensembles around the world. www.jeffbarnhart.com

Keith Nichols Keith Nichols is a foremost authority on Classic Jazz and Ragtime, specializing in all older jazz piano styles e.g. Fats Waller and Duke Ellington. He performs and records prolifically, and lectures on Jazz History at the Royal Academy.  Tours include France, USA, Germany, Switzerland, Ireland and Egypt. www.keithnicholsjazz.co.uk

Paul Munnery – ‘Harlem’ and ‘Swing StreetPaul has forty years experience in the creative interpretation of big band jazz of the 1920/30s. The trombonist with the pioneering Dud Clews Jazz Orchestra for nearly two decades and founder of HARLEM. He also leads a six piece 1930s band, and guests in clubs and festivals throughout the UK.

SPECIAL THANKS /ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS:

Mellow would like to specially mention some of the fantastic musicians she has and continues to work with, who have helped to shape her love of Jazz, her reportoire, and her bread and butter!..

Pete Chapman (keys) my friend and mentor. Mike Sole (keys) an inspiration. Steve Nutter (bass) a musical nutter!! Paul Martin (guitar) a true jazz gent. John Wilson (saxes) A friend with good ears- Rest in Peace.  Barry Harvey (saxes), Mike Coney (drums) – sweethearts. Peter Allen (ears) – Rest in Peace. David Anderson (drums) Thank you for the rhythms. Courtney Pine – ’nuff said. Alex Wilson, Glenn Hughes, Graham Taylor, Matt Bolton, Al Gurr, Mike Branney, Edgar Maceus – all Great Keyboard/piano players and accompanists. Ian Hill (saxes) Mel Thorpe (saxes) Andy Nicholls (saxes) Ken Godfrey (saxes and bandleader) Jon Read (trumpet /flugelhorn), Mark Shepherd, trumpet – Good times, more to be sure!

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