Friday September 29th - Ken Peplowski (USA) & Julian Marc Stringle with the Craig Milverton Trio




Please note that the Friends of the Upton Jazz Festival (Voluntary Association) is disbanding at the end of September after 31 years so this will be our last concert. Founded in 1986 after the first Upton Jazz Festival the Friends was established to promote the appreciation of jazz in the Upton area, to support the Upton Jazz Festival and to have a good jazzin' time along the way. Since then 335 concerts have been held featuring musicians from home and abroad with patrons travelling from a wide area to attend. The Committee would like to warmly thank members, everyone who has supported the club and all the musicians who have entertained us so well over the years, it's been a rewarding jazz journey and a lot of fun!  PL


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

Ken Peplowski, clarinet, tenor saxophone, born Cleveland, Ohio in 1959. Started out playing in a Polish polka band along with trumpet playing brother Ted. By early teens he was experimenting with jazz jamming with local musicians. After a year at college Ken joined the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra learning the discipline that goes with playing onenighters every day for 48 weeks on the road. In 1980 he moved to New York and and was soon playing in all kinds of combos from Dixieland to avant-garde jazz. In 1984 Benny Goodman came out of retirement with a new band hiring Ken to play tenor sax. Now one of the worlds greatest reed players he says ' I love all kinds of music, if something interests me I try to put my own spin on it without thinking or worrying about playing in a particular style. Basically I like a challenge, I'm a sucker for a good melody and I love playing for audiences big or small'.

Julian Marc Stringle, clarinet, alto & tenor saxophone, a child prodigy reed player educated at the Latymer Music School and the London College of Music. He made his debut on TV with Acker Bilk at age 14, the show featuring his teenage Dixieland band 'Young Jazz'. At 17 he formed a modern jazz quintet and toured Europe. In recent times Julian features in Digby Fairweather's Half Dozen and the Kenny Ball Band and leads his own exciting and melodic Latin influenced jazz funk sextet The Dream Band. In the last two years he has joined this exciting quintet that has been delighting audiences on short UK tours.

Craig Milverton, piano, began performing in public as a 10 year old, turning professional at 21. In 1989 played a monthly residency in Zurich with Roger Marks Quartet and from 1992 to 1995 he was with the Pete Allen Jazz Band touring regularly across Europe. From 1995 to 1998 played in Terry Lightfoot's Band and joined Digby Fairweather's Half Dozen in 1997. Few British pianists have Craig's thorough knowledge and grasp of jazz styles and he is very much in demand as a solo pianist or as skilled accompanist to star vocalists such as Stacey Kent and Tina May whilst his trios are regularly asked to back visiting American soloists at festivals and venues across the country.

Nick Millward, drums, given his first drum kit at age five and later was soon inspired by the likes of Gene Krupa and in particular, Buddy Rich. He turned professional when joining the Pete Allen Jazz Band with whom he played for five years, then was with Terry Lightfoot's Band before joining the Kenny Ball Band in 1999. Also a member of Digby Fairweather's Half Dozen and the Bateman Brothers Jazz Band. Also runs his own trio or quartet which allows him to dispaly his vocal talents.

Sandy Suchodolski, double bass, graduate of The Royal Academy of Music, runs his own trio and also a founding member of the John Cervantes Quintet. He has performed with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, The BBC Big Band, Scott Hamilton, Alan Barnes, Claire Martin, Gilad Atzmon and is now very much a first call bassist on the UK jazz scene.