Friday 29th September at 8.00pm
(pre-show supper at 7:00pm)
THE AMY ROBERTS, RICHARD EXALL QUINTET
An evening of mainstream jazz
Tickets £16 (£30 including pre-show supper) can be booked on 01460 54973
Amy was twice winner and twice runner-up of the Rising Star Category in the British Jazz Awards between 2010 and 2014. She has continued to develop and is now very as a charismatic performer on flute, clarinet and saxophones. She has played regularly with Chris Barber, Humphrey Lyttleton, Alan Barnes, The London Swing Orchestra, "Echos of Ellington", and with her own band featuring Richard Exall. Richard has experience in widely varied jazz styles and has played with Chris Barber since 2004, the Mike Westbrook Big Band and a performance at the Barbican with the World famous Big Carla Bley Band.
Amy Roberts, graduated in July 2011 with a First Class Honours Degree from the Royal Northern College of Music, where she studied Classical Saxophone with Rob Buckland and performed with the RNCM Big Band under the direction of Mike Hall. During her final year of study, Amy was awarded the Martyn Edwards Bursary. She was also selected as the only woodwind student to perform in the finals of the RNCM Gold Medal Competition, the highest level competition at the college. She has been part of the Best Of Young Jazz Project from 2009 to 2013, as a mentor for young people. During the scheme Amy has worked alongside phenomenal bass player and educator Steve Berry, to inspire and teach the students taking part in the project. Amy was honoured to be featured and used as a cover girl in the Autumn 2011 Clarinet and Saxophone Society Magazine, after being interviewed by upcoming writer and musician William Upton. She has since been the featured artist in JazzWise and Just Jazz Magazines, as well as taking part in interviews on BBC radio. In January 2011 Amy became the first female musician to join the Big Chris Barber Band and has spent the past four years touring with them throughout some of the most highly regarded concert venues in Europe. Amy has also performed with the London Swing Orchestra, Pete Long's Echos of Ellington, Keith Nichols Blue Devils Orchestra and Harry Strutters Hot Rhythm Orchestra, among others! New projects include the Magnificent 7 Jazz Band, and the Amy Roberts/Richard Exall Quintet. The Magnificent 7 have just released their debut album "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly!" and the Amy Roberts Richard Exall Quintet have released their new album "Why Not?" to critical acclaim!!
Richard Exall studied clarinet with Jack Brymer, Colin Courtney and Colin Bradbury and at the Royal College of Music with international soloist Michael Collins. Self-taught on saxophone, he formed his own jazz quartet and big band while still at college and quickly became a familiar figure on the London jazz scene, playing with a wide range of bands and artists from the National Youth Jazz Orchestra to the Ink Spots.
After leaving college Richard juggled a career in the classical and jazz worlds, playing with the London Symphonietta, London Symphony Orchestra and Glynbourne Opera amongst others, and finding regular work in the West End. Joining forces with American trombone player Rob Killips, Richard was a founder member of the jazz quintet 'Root Position', which soon established itself as one of Europe's best young jazz groups by winning awards at both the Getxo and Leverkusen international Jazz Festivals, and regularly performing at Pizza Express Jazz Club (Dean St), Blackheath Concert Halls and throughout the UK.
In the early 1990's Richard became the saxophone player of choice in the booming latin-jazz scene, touring the United States and Europe with Jesus Alemany's renowned band Cubanismo, in which he had the honour of being the only non-Cuban member. He was also a regular musician with Orchestra La Clave, Robin Jones' King Salsa, Viramundo, Roberto Pla and Tumbaito. Richard worked alongside many of the great names in the latin music world including Carlos Del Puerto, Mario Rivera, Orlando Watussi, Tito Allen, Alfredo Rodriguez and Tata Guines. Establishing himself as a reliable big band player, good reader and improviser, Richard worked with most of the established big bands, such as The Glenn Miller Orchestra (UK), The Ross Mitchell Band and Singers, The Memphis Belle Orchestra, Freddie Staff's Manhattan Big Band and The Nelson Riddle Orchestra (UK). In the late 1990's Richard became a more regular name amongst the vintage jazz fraternity playing regularly with the Pasadena Roof Orchestra, Harry Strutters Hot Rhythm Orchestra and the Charleston Chasers. Richard has been a regular member of the Big Chris Barber Band since 2004 and is still currently touring throughout Europe.
As a composer and arranger, Richard has produced work for many groups and ensembles, including the acclaimed saxophone ensemble Saxtet, which he joined in 1996. He has performed regularly with contemporary jazz groups and classical ensembles such as the Mike Westbrook big band, Hugh Warren's Barrel Organ Band, The London Jazz Composers Orchestra, the Matrix Ensemble and a performance at the Barbican Centre with the world famous Big Carla Bley Band. His recording and touring credits include The United Funk Organisation, William Orbit, PJ Proby, Martha Reeves, The Selector, Beat International and Ronnie Spector. Television and film credits include Holby City, Miss Marple and Bad Behaviour, which featured original musical composition.
As an educator, Richard has being involved in workshops and tutorials at various Universities and Music Colleges including Goldsmiths College, Trinity College of Music and the City of Birmingham Conservatoire, and was a resident professor of clarinet at Middlesex University for four years and professor of saxophone at The Centre For Young Musicians in London.
LICENSED BAR serving a range of wines, bottled beers and soft drinks.
PRE- SHOW SUPPER (must be booked at least 2 days before the concert).
Tonight's Menu: TBA served with Seasonal Vegetables; Dessert; Coffee
Vegetarian option available. Please ring the Arts Centre on 01460 54973 at least 2 days before the concert