MARCH 2015
Harry Allen
The lyrical swinging tenor saxophonist Harry Allen, his tone often reminiscent of Stan Getz, makes a first time appearance at Watermill Jazz. Harry has toured internationally across Europe and Asia, working with the likes of Alan Barnes when appearing in the UK. He has recorded with amongst others Larry Goldings, Scott Hamilton, Howard Alden, John Pizzarelli, Keith Ingham and Joe Temperley. The concert, featuring mainly standards, will be recorded on the evening by Andy Cleyndert.
Tickets £18/£13*

Iiro Rantala
Finnish born pianist and composer Iiro Rantala studied at the jazz department of the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, before going on to the Manhattan School of Music in New York. Iiro after 18 years and more than 2000 concerts with the innovative Trio Töykeät, decided in 2011 to pursue a solo career, whereupon his album Lost Heroes won two of Europe’s prestigious awards. This was followed by a CD release in 2012 My History of Jazz, an album with both solo and trio performances, which also met with critical acclaim.
Tickets £17/£12*

The acclaimed US Virgin islands born virtuoso tenor player and composer Jean Toussaint, before he moved from the States to live and work in London, was a band member of Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers, Also highly regarded as a jazz educator, he has developed his expressive style through performances with such jazz notables as McCoy Tyner, Wynton Marsalis and the Gil Evans Orchestra. The quartet will play music from Tate Song, Jean’s 10th album, released last year. The music will include original compositions by Jean, as well as by Andrew McCormack, plus the standard ‘These Foolish Things’ and Milton Nascimento’s ‘Vera Cruz’.
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Tickets £17/£12*

Benn Clatworthy Quartet
Born in England, Benn Clatworthy grew up in London. Active in the London music scene during the 1970's, he moved to Los Angeles in 1980, studying saxophone, flute and clarinet with Phil Sobel, before joining Horace Silver's band in the late '80's. Benn’s distinctive, muscular saxophone and flute feature in his unique arrangements of standards from Cole Porter to Marvin Gaye, John Coltrane to the Beatles, as well as originals from within the band. The resulting music is rhythmically exciting and highly expressive, drawing on a wide musical heritage from both sides of the Atlantic, with some of the varied reference points being Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk. John Donaldson is well-known both here in the UK and on the US West Coast, having moved to California in 1982, where he studied with Joe Henderson and played with notables such as Eddie Henderson, Red Holloway and John Handy, before returning to the UK in 1993.
Tickets £17/£12*