Andra Sparks Jazz Singer and Vocal Coach - My Quintet


JEFF CLYNE - DOUBLE BASS Jeff played in the 1950s with Stan Tracey, Ronnie Scott, Tubby Hayes and the Jazz Couriers and in the 60s with avant-garde bands Spontaneous Music Ensemble and Amalgam with John Stevens and Trevor Watts. He recorded 'Under Milk Wood' with Stan Tracey. He worked with Gordon Beck, Ian Carr, Tony Kinsey, John McLaughlin and Tony Oxley. As a member of Nucleus he played the Newport Jazz Festival and Village Gate in the 1970s. Jeff has worked with singers Blossom Dearie, Annie Ross, Norma Winstone and Marion Montgomery and visiting American artists: Lucky Thompson, Zoot Sims, Phil Woods, Jim Hall, Lockjaw Davis, Tal Farlow and Toots Thielmans. He has recorded with many major musicians. He is an experienced teacher and organiser of music courses and is Professor of Bass and Jazz Studies at both the Guildhall School of Music and the Royal Academy.

TREVOR TOMKINS - DRUMS Trevor studied orchestral percussion at the Guildhall in London in the 1960s. He is a regular figure on the British jazz scene and has worked and recorded across the rnage of musical fields from the King Singers to Bing Crosby's album in the 1970s. He has played with many visiting American artists: Lee Konitz, Art Farmer, Pepper Adams and singer Blossom Dearie. Trevor is an experienced teacher and organiser of music courses. He is a Professor of Jazz Studies at the Guildhall School of Music and the Royal Academy.

ART THEMEN - SAXES Art has been a major player on the British scene since his days at Cambridge where he studied medicine in the late 50s. He was involved in the early British blues movement playing with Alexis Korner and Jack Bruce. Aged 18 he represented the UK in an international band in the Zurich Festival. In the 1960s and 70s he was a member of Michael Garrick and Graham Collier's bands. In 1974 he began a long association with Stan Tracey where they played all over the world. As well as having his own bands,he has played and toured with musicians such as Nat Adderley, Ian Carr, George Coleman, Al Haig and Red Rodney. Worldwide tours include Chicago, Middle East, Far East, Australia and most European Festivals. Art is one of the few individuals who has managed to combine both his careers as a distinguished, individualistic player and orthopaedic consultant. more...

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