Saturday May 27th - Jeff Barnhart (USA)/George Huxley All Stars with Enrico Tomasso



At Hanley Castle High School at 8pm
Tickets £16 (Members £13)

Following the disbandment of the Fryer/Barnhart International All Star Jazz Band, (after thirteen visits to Hanley Castle High School since 1999), Jeff Barnhart and George Huxley have put together a new band to continue to provide traditional jazz entertainment at its best. Joining the band is star trumpeter Enrico Tomaaso, one of the UK's leading trombonists Mike Owen and John Fellows, bass.

Jeff Barnhart, piano, vocals, began his professional career at age fourteen playing and entertaining four nights a week in a restaurant in his home state of Connecticut, where he began to learn the classic swing, jazz and ragtime repertoire of the early 20th century. Obtained a degree in Music and English but found teaching the latter got in the way of his real love, performing, composing and teaching music. Became a member of The Galvanised Jazz Band and later The Titan Hot Seven also acting as their band manager. Due to his versatility, vast repertoire and vibrant energy on stage he is now one of the most popular visitors to the UK each year. He also enjoys great success with Ivory and Gold, a duo he coleads with his talented wife, flautist Anne Barnhart.

George Huxley, clarinet, soprano & alto saxophone, veteran of the Midlands jazz scene, took a few clarinet lessons at school but gave up until hearing Humphrey Lyttelton's band that rekindled hs interest. Leads his own band at monthly jazz sessions at Solihull and also member of other bands including the popular Reeds United with John Maddocks. His soaring soprano evokes memories of the legendary Sidney Bechet with whom he has often been compared.

Enrico Tomasso, trumpet, started on trumpet age five in musical jazz family, inspired by Louis Armstrong whom he met and played for during Armstrong's visit to the UK in 1968, this leading to a friendship and regular correspondence until Louis's death in 1971. Studied at Leeds College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music. After three year spell with the Ken Mackintosh Band joined The Pasadena Roof Orchestra for twelve years followed by several years with Ray Gelato's Giants. Now freelance he is a familiar face at festivals and clubs throughout the UK and beyond playing in a variety of styles with great charisma and invention.

Mike Owen, trombone, Birmingham born Mike started playing at age eight, firstly classical music with school orchestras and local brass bands and later with a swing band. At age 12 he heard a recording of New Orleans trombone player Kid Ory and decided this was the style for him. Moved to New Orleans in 1989 and worked there for ten years becoming recognised as one of the foremost exponents of the Ory style playing with many of the old time musicians on the Mississippi riverboats and at jazz clubs and festivals. In 2003 He moved to Aarhus, Denmark and formed his own Woodland Jazz Band that toured throughout Europe and the UK. Now back in the UK leads his new band Scarlette's Serenaders.

Brian Mellor, banjo, guitar, vocals; Nick Ward, drums; John Fellows, double bass, three of the Midlands most experienced players make up the outstanding rhythm section, all well known to audiences throughout the UK in the many bands in which they play at festivals and in the club scene, Brian and Nick having been mainstays in the Fryer/Barnhart International All Stars that performed throughout the UK and toured the USA.