Junior Academy Jazz

with special guest JIM MULLEN (guitar)

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Last Show: Saturday 8 th July 2017

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

The Junior Academy Jazz course from the Royal Academy of Music has been a major force in developing the next generation of jazz musicians since the inception of the course in 2003. Returning to the PizzaExpress for their now annual summer concert, this will be a great chance to hear some truly incredible and dynamic young jazz musicians in three different groups, including BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year 2016 winner Alexandra Ridout (trumpet) and fellow finalist Noah Stoneman (piano). Led by course directors Gareth Lockrane and Simon Colam and featuring special guest artist the legendary Jim Mullen (guitar). The programme will feature arrangements of Mullen's distinctive and catchy original tunes. 

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The Junior Academy Jazz course from the Royal Academy of Music has been a major force in developing the next generation of jazz musicians since the inception of the course in 2003. Returning to the Pizza Express for their now annual summer concert, this will be a great chance to hear some truly incredible and dynamic young jazz musicians in three different groups, including BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year 2016 winner Alexandra Ridout (trumpet) and fellow finalist Noah Stoneman (piano), as well as 2016 Drummer of the year finalist, the phenomenal Zoe Pascal.  Led by course directors Gareth Lockrane and Simon Colam and featuring as a special guest the legendary guitarist Jim Mullen. 

A major figure on the European jazz scene for many years, Jim Mullen is a Glasgow-born jazz guitarist with a distinctive style, like Wes Montgomery before him, picking with the thumb rather than a plectrum. Having played with Brian Auger's Oblivion Express, appearing on the band's first three albums together with future Average White Band drummer Robbie MacIntosh, Mullen then joined Kokomo and later toured with the Average White Band. It was while both musicians were touring the U.S. with the Average White Band in the mid-70s that Mullen met up with tenor saxophone player Dick Morrissey, and throughout the 1980s, he found considerable critical acclaim as joint leader of the pioneering British jazz funk band Morrissey-Mullen. Mullen has also played and recorded with, among others, Mose Allison, Hamish Stuart, Jimmy Smith, Mose Allison, Gene Harris, Claire Martin, Mike Carr, Jimmy Whitherspoon and Georgie Fame. He has won many British music awards including "Best Guitar" in the British Jazz Awards (1994, 1996, 2000 & 2002).

The three groups will be featuring the following terrific young musicians: 

Sam Barnett, Harry Brown (alto sax) Brinley Heywood, Finn Bradley (trumpets) Matthew Cook, Theo Hayles (tenor sax) Rosie Taylor (guitar) Timur Pak (piano) Dan Laurie (bass) and Junior Academy alumni guest star drummer Luke Tomlinson.

 Tom Waters, Luke Montgomery, Jack Williams, Alex Kingston (alto sax),  Henry Walcott (tenor sax) Ifeoluwa Ogunjobi (trumpet), Tara Cunningham (guitar), Hadyn Davies (piano), Sawyer Adler (bass) Dylan Addison-Dunne, Jack Thomas (drums).

Alexandra Ridout, Laurence Wilkins (trumpets), Asha Parkinson (tenor sax), Nick Willsher (alto sax), Dan Higham (trombone) Gigi Williams (vocals) Noah Stoneman (piano), Miles Mindlin, Peter Wilson (guitar), Seth Tackaberry (bass), Zoe Pascal (drums).