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The Jonathan Vinten Jazz Band
Jonathan Vinten – piano & vocals
Julian Marc Stringle – saxes, clarinets
Andy Dickens – trumpet & vocals
Rob Brown – drums
Andy Lawrence – double bass
Dave Hewitt – trombone
Jonathan Vinten As pianist with George Melly and John Chilton’s Feetwarmers for over 10 years, Jonathan toured extensively, both at home and abroad, playing over 250 theatre concerts a year and making numerous TV and radio appearances. He also performed month-long Christmas seasons at Ronnie Scott’s every year during this time and has worked with Terry Lightfoot, Aker Bilk and Kenny Ball. Jonathan has been a featured guest on tours in Europe. He has performed at the Los Angeles Jazz Festival, the prestigious Nice Jazz Festival and with many visiting American musicians. Jonathan has a Masters degree in Composition for Film and Television and has had his works performed at London ’s Festival Hall. Regularly appears in our Club’s Summer Pianorama
Julian Marc Stringle made his TV debut with Acker Bilk when he was just 14. The show featured Julian’s teenage Dixieland band “Young Jazz” that included the Sidwell brothers on Trumpet & Trombone, Paul Clarvis on Drums, Andy Cleyndert on Bass, and Sam Brown vocals. At 17 he formed a Modern Jazz quintet and toured Europe with Dave Cliff, Nick Weldon, Andy Cleyndert and Mark Taylor.
Julian has written over 30 TV jingles and documentary film scores. In Paris he arranged and conducted a big band album for Charles Aznavour. He has produced and performed on many audio books for children through Oxford University Press.
His first album ‘Pathfinder’ featuring John Parricelli, Dudley Phillips, James Bannerman and Ralph Salmins was distributed by Polygram. Polygram TV released ‘Beach Samba’ a Latin Classics dance album featuring Julian with an 18 piece big band and strings. Merfangle Music have released two albums featuring Julian and The Dream Band – *‘Sundance’ a melodic easy listening album and ‘blues for the morning after’ a successful blend of blues, ballads, bebop and Latin jazz, which has had rave reviews. He has three further albums in production with Merfangle – ‘LA Sunset’ a smooth and jazz funk album featuring Julian and The Dream Band aimed at the Californian market, ‘This is always’ is his debut vocal album and ‘It’s Clazzical’ a cross-over album of melodic classical themes performed by Julian, The Dream Band and ‘The Teardrops’ – noted violinist Julian Tear’s string quartet. A single from the ‘its clazzical’ album of George Gershwin’s ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ performed by Julian and guitarist /arranger Dominic Ashworth is already available.
He was voted ‘Best Clarinettist’ at the British Jazz Awards 2006.
His major influences have been Artie Shaw, Peanuts Hucko, Buddy De Franco, Eddie Daniels, Oscar Peterson – and Delius!
“The best clarinettist to emerge in British jazz for decades” – Sir John Dankworth.
Andy Dickens lively trumpet and flugelhorn playing evokes the warmth and exuberance of Mardi Gras New Orleans; the heat of Chicago club land and the excitement of small-band New York swing. A frequent guest at European jazz festivals, he has played with many English and American notables including Slim Gaillard; Ken Peplowski; Humphrey Littleton; Terry Lightfoot; Judith Durham; Clark Tracey; Bruce Turner; Jools Holland; Duncan Lamont; David Newton & Pete Allen.
Dave Hewitt (trombonist) toured for three years in the Theatre Show ‘Basin Street to Broadway’ with Georgie Fame. He has guested with bands such as that of Terry Lightfoot, Freddie Randall All Stars, The Alan Elsdon All Stars, Laurie Chescoe’s Good Time Jazz Band and Keith Smith’s Hefty Jazz. He has played with many visiting Americans, including Wild Bill Davison, Peanuts Hucko, and Kenny Davern. Notably, he appeared at the Montreux Jazz Festival with Teddy Wilson and Stèphane Grappelli.
Andy Lawrence double bass – Andy is very experienced, having been Terry Lightfoot’s bass man for many years, as well as being in demand as a deputy for most professional Jazz bands. Andy has been doing most of the Max Collie Rhythm Aces gigs during the last few years travelling from Liverpool.
Rod Brown worked on the cabaret scene before touring with the Herb Miller Orchestra, abroad and in England, and worked with such diverse artists as Matt Monro, Tina May and Tommy Cooper! He played in West End Shows including ‘Me and My Girl’ and with Elaine Delmar (‘Thank you Mr. Gershwin’ and ‘Let’s Do It’ – Cole Porter). Rod’s recording credits include folk-rock bands ‘Renaissance’ and ‘Caravan’ and the debut album for Chicago born vocalist Joan Viskant. He also recorded the first three albums on the Candid label for Clare Teal, with whom he toured extensively.