Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Learn from jazz musicians of note

ASPIRING jazz musicians have a chance to learn from some leading exponents of the form in Henley this summer.

ASPIRING jazz musicians have a chance to learn from some leading exponents of the form in Henley this summer.

The H-O-T jazz summer school is open to anyone aged 16 or over who has some playing experience (beginner to intermediate).

Virtuoso guitarist Denny Ilett, bass and guitar player Andy Crowdy and clarinet and sax player Thomas L’Etienne have all been booked to teach on the course, which will run from Monday, July 22 to Friday, July 26 at Valley Road Primary School.

Organiser Liz Jones believes the summer school is the first of its kind to be held for adults in Henley.

Sessions are from 10am to 4pm each day, culminating in a concert on the Friday evening.

Denny Ilett has played and toured with some of New Orleans’ finest, including Lillian Boutté and members of such notable bands as The Meters, Dr John and the Harry Connick Junior Big Band.

Andy Crowdy plays on the jazz scene both in the UK and internationally. He plays many musical styles, including rock, blues and folk.

Thomas L’Etienne, who tours the world from his native town of Hamburg, spent many years working as a member and later as the bandleader of Lillian Boutté’s band. He has performed at most major jazz festivals around the world and can be heard on recordings with such greats as Edward Frank, Lloyd Lambert, Smokey Johnson, Doctor John, Jeanette Kimball and Humphrey Lyttleton.

Places on the summer school cost £275 and can be booked by emailing Liz Jones at liz@ejahenley.co.uk or Carol Crowdy at ccrowdy@ace-lpm.com, by June 15.

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