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Simon Thorpe

double bass & bandleader

Nominated in 2016 and again in 2017 for a British Jazz Award, Simon is one of Britain's best-known jazz bass players. In addition to recording and touring with artists like Stacey Kent, Bobby Wellins, Elaine Delmar and Alan Barnes, he has also written music for a BAFTA-winning film, for the theatre and for BBC TV. 

Simon Thorpe - bandleader and bass player, Jivin' Miss Daisy
Liz Fletcher

Liz Fletcher 


Liz 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.

Simon Finch


Simon is a truly versatile player who has performed with artists as diverse as Jools Holland, Tom Jones, Annie Lennox

and Liam Gallagher. He's now also the official trumpet player for the Barmy Army - England cricket's fan club!

Simon Finch, trumpet
Alex Garnett, sax

Alex Garnett

sax / vocals

Multi-award-winning sax star and host of Ronnie Scott's late shows, Alex is a great character and performer who has played with, amongst countless others, Wynton Marsalis, Van Morrison and the Rolling Stones.

John Pearce


John Pearce is a wonderful pianist whose jazz work has taken him all over the world. He has accompanied many great singers, including Anita O'Day,

Peggy Lee, Elaine Delmar, Annie Ross, Mark Murphy and a multitude of instrumentalists like Art Farmer, Woody Shaw,

Warren Vache, Eddie Daniels,

Ken Peplowski and Ronnie Scott.

John Pearce, piano
Matt Skelton, drums

Matt Skelton 


Matt is the regular drummer with the John Wilson Orchestra, and played recently in West End productions of Gypsy and An American In Paris. He co-runs the Skelton-Skinner All-Stars big band.

Malcolm Earl Smith


Malcolm has toured with Bryan Ferry and many other top names as well as lecturing in Jazz at Trinity College. He's a master of early jazz styles and plays in many ensembles.

Malcolm Earl Smith, trombone
Luke Annesley, clarinet and sax

Luke Annesley  

sax and clarinet

Luke is a great exponent of both sax and clarinet, he tours and records with the John Wilson Orchestra, and leads his own quartet. He is now also a highly regarded music therapist and academic.

Colin Oxley


Professor of guitar at Trinity College, there's no finer UK jazz guitarist than Colin, both as a solid and supportive rhythm player and a superb soloist. He features on many CDs by Stacey Kent, Japanese pianist/singer Eriko Ishihara, and the

John Wilson Orchestra.

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