Simon Thorpe, double bass and bandleader
Liz Fletcher, vocals
Malcolm Earle Smith, trombone and vocals
Alex Garnett, saxes
Simon Finch, trumpet
Luke Annesley, sax and clarinet
Nigel Price, guitar
Robin aspland, piano
Matt Skelton, drums
ABOUT THE BAND:
Simon Thorpe, nominated in 2016 and again in 2017 for a British Jazz Award, is one of Britain's best-known jazz bass players.
In addition to recording and touring with artists like Stacey Kent, Alan Barnes Bobby Wellins and Bheki Mseleku, he has also written music for a BAFTA-winning film, for the theatre and for BBC TV. He has been running Jivin' Miss Daisy since 1999.
Liz Fletcher started her career in theatre and dance but soon moved into singing and has become one of Britain's best known jazz vocalists, recently starring in a Nina Simone show at London's Cadogan Hall. Liz has led her own band many times at Ronnie Scott’s, as well as at the Glastonbury Festival, and Southport, Swanage, Scarborough and Zoetermeer (Holland) jazz festivals. She recorded two albums written by saxophonist Alan Barnes with acclaimed British playwright Alan Plater.
Malcolm Earle-Smith has been a well established name on the London Jazz scene for over 20 years. Since joining the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, later becoming lead trombone, he has gone on to work with a variety of jazz and pop artists including Kenny Baker, Jack Parnell, Bryan Ferry and Ronnie Spector. He is senior lecturer in jazz at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, and professor of jazz trombone at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Alex Garnett has appeared with many diverse artists across the spectrum such as Sir John Dankworth, Wynton Marsalis, Humphrey Littleton, Van Morrison and The Rolling Stones. Alex can be seen at his weekly late-night residency at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club every Monday and Tuesday while not touring as a member of Ronnie Scott’s All-Stars.
Simon Finch has performed with Abdullah Ibrahim, the BBC Big Band, and Jamie Cullum. As well as a long stint performing in Jersey Boys in London, Simon has played with many of the greats of popular music, from Eric Clapton and Annie Lennox, to Oasis, Kanye West and All Saints.
Luke Annesley’s sax and clarinet playing shows great versatility across many styles including swing, contemporary jazz, west-end shows and orchestral music. He is a member of the Grammy-nominated John Wilson Orchestra - performing with them at the BBC Proms, and featuring on several of their albums and tours. In 2005 Luke released his own album ‘Beginnings’ featuring guitarist Dave Cliff. He is also a highly-regarded music therapist.
Nigel Price is a regular performer at Ronnie Scott’s where he has made more than 500 appearances. Nigel has picked up a Parliamentary Jazz Award (Best Jazz Ensemble, 2010), and a British Jazz Award (Best Guitarist, 2016) along the way.
Robin Aspland is one of the UK’s finest pianists, having worked with Iain Ballamy, George Coleman, John Dankworth and Cleo Laine, Dick Morrissey, Arturo Sandoval, Ronnie Scott, Kenny Wheeler and Van Morrison, spending six years touring with the latter. He is especially adept as an accompanist to vocalists, among whom are Liz Fletcher, Karen Lane, Claire Martin, Curtis Stigers and Anita Wardell. In 1999 he played on the soundtrack of The Talented Mr. Ripley.
Matt Skelton enjoys a diverse musical career that encompasses jazz, west end shows, big bands and orchestral music.
He has accompanied many leading internationally known jazz figures such as Harry ''Sweets'' Edison, Conte Candoli, Curtis Stigers, Kurt Elling, He was Sir Richard Rodney Bennett’s drummer and for eight years played in Stacey Kent's group. Matt regularly plays with The LSO, Philharmonia, CBSO, RTE Concert Orchestra and RTE Big Band.