Friday 28th August at 8.00pm
(pre-show supper at 7:00pm)
RONNIE JONES' QUARTET
Tickets £10 (£22 including pre-show supper) can be booked on 01460 54973
Devon-based drummer and percussionist Ronnie Jones set up this cracking four piece four years ago. They play carefully considered arrangements of the gems of modern jazz. They have just played at Cheltenham Jazz Fest fringe and the Dartmouth Music Festival and are booked to play at the Teignmouth Jazz Fest in Nov. Expect tasteful reworkings of jazz standards with an infusion of interesting percussion from this fresh four piece.
Ronnie Jones - drums/percussion, Joss Kidd - guitar, Gary Bayley - sax, David George - bass
Ronnie Jones (Drums/percussion) has been playing drums since he was 11 and had lessons for several years from the renowned jazz drummer Bill Eyden. He first started playing jazz whilst studying at Cardiff University and appeared as a Latin Percussionist with funk band Planet Janet who went on to play at high profile clubs on the jazz circuit such as Jagz in Ascot. Following this, Ronnie spent time as a broadcast journalist in London before moving to Devon in 2005 and immersing himself in the local jazz scene. Ronnie is now an in- demand drummer and percussionist and has played with some of the top jazz musicians in the South West with appearances at the Teignmouth Jazz Festival and at Exeter's Vibraphonic Festival (where he appeared on percussion with the Mike Westbrook Big Band). Most recently he has been performing across Devon with saxophonist Pete Canter's new Lightfight project.
Gary Bayley started playing the saxophone at 14 years old. He learned his craft in the Southampton big-bands and from the musicians of the trans-Atlantic liners passing through between New York and London. From jazz he moved into pop, playing with many international artists when he became the house saxophonist for the Mecca and Top Rank venues. Gary toured with several acclaimed funk bands before returning to jazz by blitzing the major festivals in a manner that brought him to the attention of jazz journals, national newspapers, and the BBC. He has appeared at the London Jazz Festival five times, Ronnie Scott's and Pizza Express in London's Soho, and broadcast live on BBC Radio. As a member of the legendary Mike Westbrook band their gigs are regularly tipped as 'gig of the week' in The Guardian.
David George (Bass) played drums and guitar in bands covering The Undertones and Dr Feelgood, before discovering his musical vocation after picking up an upright bass for the first time at a Dartington Hall summer school. Gaining a jazz education at the now legendary workshops run by Totnes Jazz Collective, he went on to play regularly at the Collective's gigs and with groups convened by several of its members including Lewis Riley and Sam Richards. An enthusiast for all kinds of jazz, as well as working regularly with Ronnie Jones and Joss Kidd in duo and trio formats he also plays for the nine-piece band Ellingtonia which has appeared at festivals across the South West including Teignmouth, Bude and Dartmouth; and for AJ's Big Band which specialises in the music of another colossus of jazz: Glenn Miller.
Joss Kidd (Guitar) was born in a small town on the west coast of Scotland and moved to Glasgow at an early age. It was here that Joss started to take an interest in jazz, becoming involved with jazz workshops and big band at the Glasgow Arts Centre and performing with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland. At 17 he
moved to London to study Jazz at university, and was taught harmony and theory by the likes of Pete Churchill (Jazz Education award 2007) and Nikki Iles (Jazz Education award nominee 2007 & 2009) had guitar tuition under the guidance of multi-instrumentalist Stuart Hall and Phil Robson (Winner of 'Best Jazz musician of the Year' in 2009) and developed his performance skills under founding member of Loose Tubes and jazz educator - trumpeter Chris Bachelor. After graduating with an honours degree in Jazz (BA Music) Joss stayed in London for several years working professionally before studying for a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and moving to Devon where he still resides. Joss now teaches Music part time at a local secondary school while continuing to gig with some of the top musicians in the South West.
Licensed bar available throughout the evening
Pre-show suppers must be booked at least 2 days before the concert.
Tonight's Menu: TBA; Dessert; Coffee
Vegetarian option available. Please ring the Arts Centre on 01460 54973 at least 2 days before the concert