Ken Peplowski & Julian Marc Stringle “The Clarinet Maestros”
Ken Peplowski is arguably the greatest living jazz clarinettist” - Russell Davies, BBC2 August 2013
“Mr. Peplowski sounds the way Benny Goodman might if he had kept evolving, kept on listening to new music, kept refining his sound, polishing his craft, and expanding his musical purview into the 21st century.” – Will Friedwald in The Wall Street Journal, December 2012
In 2014, Ken was the recipient of the Sarasota Jazz Festival’s “Satchmo” award, given to him for his “unique and enduring contribution to the living history of jazz”; in March, Ken was also the guest of honour at a “Highlights In Jazz” concert in NYC saluting him for “his matchless musical achievements”. He was the 2015 recipient of Hot House Magazine’s “Fans’ Decision Jazz Award” on clarinet.
“Julian Stringle is the best clarinettist to emerge in British jazz for decades” - Sir John Dankworth
His major influences have been Artie Shaw, Peanuts Hucko, Buddy De Franco, Eddie Daniels, Oscar Peterson - and Delius! Julian’s highly melodic music and unique sound reaches the younger audience while his soul, original writing and phenomenal technique on his instrument excites the jazz aficionados. Julian was voted 'Best Clarinettist' at the British Jazz Awards 2006. and is now recognised as the most stylish performer on the instrument in Europe.