Future Gigs



31st October, 2017


Dominic A
shworth, an exceptionally talented Canadian guitarist, a regular visitor to the Club, for which we are extremely lucky to have as our guest. His services are in great demand playing and touring with groups such as, Picante Latin Band, The Dream Band and also guesting with many other star musicians such as Craig Milverton, Derek Nash and the Rag & Bone Club, around the country. No matter the tempo, genre, style, Dominic ticks all the boxes ensuring his audience are always wanting more from this amazing musician.



Julian Marc Stringle, a child clarinet prodigy with a flamboyant air, and that’s no pun, is the other part of this wondrous duo who seamlessly play as if one, such is their understanding of each other’s flawless musical ability, Julian has many mantels in the world of music in all the genres, as well as his composing, arranging, writing, teaching and his continuous touring around the world with The Dream Band and other groups, is it little wonder that the late Johnny Dankworth quoted ‘Julian is an immense talent, probably the best clarinetist to emerge in British jazz for several decades’





28th November,2017



Mike Cotton played trumpet & vocals in various traditional bands in late '50s, and in 1960 formed a group of his own and their sound was pure Dixieland. Known as Mike Cotton Jazzmen the group played as many as 300 gigs a year. As music styles constantly change Mike also changed, becoming known to play with a variety of entertainers. In the years since, he has remained active as a session musician, and in the '90s played with the 100 Club All-Stars, while the Mike Cotton Sound's name periodically surfaces, more through the history of British traditional jazz.


Paul Higgs, keyboards, needs no introduction being a regular visitor to the Club in a variety of guises that this multi-instrumentalist performs across the country usually with his preferred instrument, trumpet. He currently is touring with the fantastic Chris Ingham Quartet with the brilliant musical biographies of, ‘Hoagy’ and ‘Dudley’ portraying the lives and music of the legends Hoagy Carmichael and Dudley Moore both of which are receiving critical acclaim wherever they appear. However on this occasion he will be enlightening you to his excellent keyboard skills of a master musician.




Derek Clenshaw trombone, the choice of top bandleaders, when in need of a freelance jazz musician. Performs with all UK jazz stars, preferring music of mainstream and jazz standards, having a sweet touch and a warm rounded sound of the trombone. Derek has been seen in many bands, playing with such well-known names as Humphrey Lyttleton, Freddie Randall, Mike Cotton, John Crocker, Julian Marc Stringle, and Bruce Adams.




Martin Nickless, clarinet, makes clear his first love in music is for the big band and his career includes various genres of music from classical to pop Has played for many West End shows, sessions for composer Stanley Myers as well as touring with Jack Jones, Frankie Vaughan & Norman Wisdom. Martin is also known for his writing and arranging and is clearly an outstanding exponent of the clarinet and called upon for many gigs with other musicians.






Ted 'the hat' Simkins, skeletal bass, and a member of the resident trio, is one of the elder statesmen of bass players around. All musicians still wish for the same energy and prowess he puts into every gig, no matter style or genre Ted fits into the groove automatically. It shows the experience of this much admired musician whose main interest at one time was photography. Whatever it is that keeps him going, if he could bottle it, he would make a fortune.






Dave Grant, drums, the leader of the resident trio at Jazz at O B’s primarily in the interest of keeping Jazz live in Brentwood for over thirty years originally based at The Old House. Dave enjoys the ‘Dixieland’ style of jazz having played with many musicians of that genre and many others who have guested at the Club. He has his own DG Quartet playing local gigs and also runs Carlton Jazz.












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