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Larry Coryell, Phil Robson, Adrian Ingram and Trefor Owen UK Festival 2015

We are getting incredibly excited about the forthcoming jazz guitar weekend in Wrexham May 15th-17th. See you there!

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Upcoming UK Events

On the 29th March there is a rare chance to learn with the amazing Sid Jacobs as he is giving a master class in London. Details below:



If you are a fan of the music of Bill Evans and you’re interested in the Jimmy Wyble style of arranging then this is a must. 

Also in Wrexham there is the amazing Howard Alden coming across to teach at the Jazz Guitar Weekend arranged by Trefor Owen. This is really a must for any aspiring jazz guitarist to get up close and really see how a professional approaches the art form. It’s great to hang out with lots of like minded people and there are some great opportunities to jam and share knowledge. 
Information is on this webpage


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Two Week Guitar Special in Oxford

Just doing this really quickly as I’m about to rush down to London to see Remember Shakti as part of the London Jazz Festival week.  I’ve been lucky enough to see them twice before and I can’t wait to see them again…!

Anyway I’m just doing a quick post as Adam Taylor contacted me regarding a couple of special events he is running in Oxford, I’ll let him explain.

I have a two week guitar extravaganza coming up and thought it would be something you and your followers would be interested in. I have two great guitarists coming and would love to make the nights as successful as possible. Next week (Mon 25th Nov) I have Dan Messore playing at the club, with myself and a great rhythm section. Then the week after (Mon 2nd Dec) Pete Oxley and the spin trio plus me will be performing.

Here are the fb links with the info and website links:

Mon 25th Nov Dan Messore:

Mon 2nd Dec Pete Oxley:

And here are the links for the club:

And here is my website:

If you are in the area please do support!

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Sheryl Bailey in UK June 2013

Sheryl is back to do a mini tour and workshop. Fans of jazz guitar seriously need to get to these!

There is a workshop on the 12th for details follow this link

13 June 2013:
Sheryl Bailey Quartet at Spike’s Place, Beckenham;
Sheryl Bailey (g), Gareth Lockrane (fl), Simon Woolf (b), Mat Fishwick (dr)

14 June 2013
Sheryl Bailey Trio at Da Scalzo 2, Ecclestone Place, SW1W 9NE;
Sheryl Bailey (g), Karen Sharp (ts), Simon Woolf (b)

15 June 2013
Sheryl Bailey Trio at Verdict Jazz Club, Brighton
Sheryl Bailey (g), Geoff Simkins (as), Simon Woolf (b)

16 June 2013 (afternoon)
Sheryl Bailey Quartet at Eagle Tavern, Rochester, 1pm
Sheryl Bailey (g), Dave O’Higgins (ts), Simon Woolf (b), Tristan Maillot (dr)

17 June 2013
Sheryl Bailey Quartet at Ronnie Scott’s (late late show)
Sheryl Bailey (g), Ross Stanley (p), Simon Woolf (b), Winston Clifford (dr)

18 June 2013
Sheryl Bailey Quartet at Lower Ground Bar, West Hampstead
Sheryl Bailey (g), Christian Brewer (as), Simon Woolf (b), Clark Tracey (dr)

19 June 2013
Sheryl Bailey-Jim Mullen Quartet at Boisdale, Canary Wharf
Sheryl Bailey (g), Jim Mullen (g), Simon Woolf (b), Steve Brown (dr)

20 June 2013 (afternoon)
Sheryl Bailey Trio at Clock Tower, Croydon
Sheryl Bailey (g), Allison Neale (as), Simon Woolf (b)

20 June 2013 (evening)
Sheryl Bailey Quartet at 606 Club, Chelsea
Sheryl Bailey (g), Ross Stanley (p), Simon Woolf (b), Winston Clifford (dr)

I’m really looking forward to seeing Sheryl on the 18th!


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Sheryl Bailey Visiting UK in May 2012

I’m very pleased to announce that the fantastic musician and composer Sheryl Bailey is coming over and here’s a list of engagements so far:

Tues 22nd May Dexters Club in Nottingham with BoHoP Trio
Thursday 24th May With Tony Kofi at Chesterfield Jazz
Sunday 27th May The Brewery Tap in Derby with Dan Johnson (gtr) and Geoff Pearson (bass) and guests Gary Reader (sax) and Ian Beestin (drum)

Monday 28th – 31st Spain

Check back as other dates and details may change.

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Jim Mullen in Nottingham

Thoroughly enjoyed the gig in Nottingham at the Bonnington Theatre despite the inclement weather! The band consisting of Jim Mullen (guitar), Gareth Williams (piano), Mick Hutton (bass) and Gary Husband (drums) effortlessly did 2 sets packed with a great range of feels, tempos and textures to a thrilled audience. In particular I was really struck with the interpretation of John Lennon’s “Love” which worked really well as a jazz ballad.
I managed to get a sneaky bit of footage of Jim’s solo on “All The Things You Are”. Enjoy!

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NWJS Guitar Weekend Followup 2011

A great weekend but started with the bad news that Jimmy Bruno couldn’t make it but at the 11th hour the talented Adrian Ingram stood in which was a more than worthy replacement!
After the Friday welcoming and teaching session there was a concert featuring the amazingly talented guitar wizard Gary Potter which was a feast for guitarists and music fans alike. The embedded clip is of the first 10 mins of the concert.

Saturday started over at the University with the teaching and we set our stall up with a small selection of our stock and we were pleased at the enthusiastic response from everyone; it also gave us a chance to catch a few words with some of our past customers and potential future customers!

There was a Student Jam session at lunchtime which almost everyone participated. Ably helped along by the solid rhythm section which included Bill Coleman and Andy Hulme it was great that there were no egos, no criticism, just solid encouragement and applause which I think is one of the best features of the whole event; the fact that it is an inclusive event which aims to get everyone playing and more importantly enjoying the sometimes bewildering world of jazz guitar. For anyone reading this who is thinking about attending this event in the future than my advice from myself is to go for it! As far as I can see it’s pretty much a unique event in the UK jazz guitar calender that gets people travelling from all over Britain and from Europe too. You’ll meet with like minded musicians and swap stories and info about equipment and you never know you might find the other part of the jazz guitar duo you always wanted to play in!

That afternoon there was a session on guitar setups and maintenance from the reputed guitar luthier Trevor Jones, another useful part of the event.

Later that evening there was a concert which featured the great Dave O’Higgins, Bill Coleman, Adrian Ingram, Trefor Owen and Andy Hulme and was a fitting end to a great day. It brings it home to you when you see these guys (who’ve probably never played together before) just how great they are at putting on a show and they effortlessly played standard after standard; top notch stuff.

We had to leave on the Sunday early but there is another teaching session in the morning before the weekend draws to a close.

A very special thank you should go to Trefor Owen and Maureen Hopkins who puts this whole thing together, without their tireless effort drive and enthusiasm the UK scene would be much worse off. I’m happy to say there are plans afoot for another event with another US jazz guitar star next year…See for details of future events and do yourself a favour- get yourself along!


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16th North Wales International Jazz Guitar Weekend 2011

We’re looking forward to this event as it is always one of the best events in the UK jazz guitar calender. This year is featuring the legendary Jimmy Bruno as the guest tutor which promises to be a real treat. There’s a host of gigs happening over the weekend from an informal jam to the concerts featuring Gary Potter and the Saturday night concert which is Jimmy Bruno as well as Trefor Owen. It also features the fantastic Dave O’Higgins on sax who is a bona fide UK sax legend!. Foulds are supporting the event and will be there with a small selection of guitars, accessories and magazines.
Further details here

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