Huddersfield Jazz Guitar Festival

Huddersfield Jazz Guitar Festival

Huddersfield Jazz Guitar Festival

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Jim Mullen

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The Scottish music writer Rob Adams once described Glasgow guitar legend Jim Mullen’s right thumb as the best blues singer the city ever produced. When you hear Jim play you can understand exactly what he means, Jim’s tone is rich and warm and exudes a soulful quality which coupled with his smooth, bluesy lines and graceful  bebop licks make him a formidable player and it is clear to see how he has won so many British music awards including “Best Guitar” in the British Telecom Jazz Awards (1994, 1996 and 2000).
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Gary Potter

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Gary Potter is regarded by many as one of the world’s finest jazz and country guitarists, enjoying high acclaim in the USA, Australia and Europe. His interest in jazz began when, as a 15 year old he first heard a Django Reinhardt recording. Read More

Duck Baker

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Duck Baker is one of the most highly regarded fingerstyle guitarists of his generation. His repertoire ranges from traditional Irish music through blues, gospel, ragtime, swing and modern jazz. Read More

Becky Langan

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Born in Rochdale, Becky Langan can best be described as a percussive fingerstyle guitarist who employs a combination of extended techniques on the acoustic guitar. She employs the use of unique alternative tunings, two-handed tapping, percussive effects and natural harmonic melodies drawn from her inspirations Andy McKee, Jon Gomm, Maneli Jamal and Thomas Leeb.

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Zayn Mohammed

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Zayn Mohammed is a UK based multi-instrumentalist, composer & guitarist. Born and raised in London, Zayn relocated to Dubai at 16 where he continued his education, before going on to receive his BA in America.

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Rob Luft

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Rob Luft is an award-winning 24-year-old musician from London who has been described as one of the UK’s most prominent and talented young contemporary jazz guitarists. Rob was the recipient of the 2016 Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize and a prize winner in the 2016 Montreux Jazz Guitar Competition. His debut album, “Riser”, was released in July 2017.

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Dave Allen, Charles Adamczuk and Colin Lodge

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Charles Adamczuk : bass
Colin Lodge
 : guitar
Dave Allen : guitar

This trio originally formed within the Huddersfield Jazz Guitar Society and have continued to rehearse and develop their craft. They play an eclectic mix of tunes incorporating a mix of funk, Latin and reggae to a more traditional jazz setting. Expect the unexpected!

Ben Crosland

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Ben Crosland began playing the drums at the age of thirteen, taking up the guitar a year later: he was much influenced by the fertile British pop music scene of the ’60’s. At school, he studied with a remarkable teacher called Victor Brook ( Bach in German!). Brook taught Ben to read music on the guitar, even though he, Brook, did not play the instrument, and inspired Ben by writing out, for example, guitar accompaniments for Handel Flute Sonatas in chord symbols. Read More

John and Kathy Dyson

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Going under the name Inside Outside Duo, John and Kathy are a formidable team of saxophone and guitar.

Biography for Kathy Dyson: jazz guitar

Kathy is a jazz guitarist, composer, educator and researcher, living in Yorkshire. She performs with and writes for an octet, duo, trio and quartet playing original music and standards. She regularly plays with Deirdre Cartwright in the duo ‘Emily Remembered’ dedicated to the memory of Emily Remler, and also performs in the duo Inside Outside with husband John. Read More

Darren Dutson Bromley

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Darren Dutson-Bromley studied both jazz and classical guitar in Leeds and has worked professionally as a performer ever since. In 1996 he worked for the Princes Trust where he performed with both Prince Charles and Jools Holland, which led to a number of television appearances.

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Jeff Hewer

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 Jeffrey Hewer is a jazz guitarist and composer from Toronto, Canada who now lives in Leeds, UK. He received his Bachelor of Music from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, spent a number of years on the Toronto jazz scene and recently moved to England to study at Leeds College of Music for his Masters in Music Performance and Composition. As part of his Masters, he studied with Stuart McCallum, Mike Walker and Jamie Taylor. He has also studied with Howard Alden, Gilad Hekselman, Lorne Lofsky, John Abercrombie,Barry Harris and Ted Quinlan.  Read More

Andy Hulme

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Andy Hulme is a former student of Trefor Owen having studied with him at Wigan and Leigh College. Andy has given accomplished performances alongside Trefor and American jazz legends at North Wales International Jazz Guitar Festivals, which have proved him to be among the finest of today’s UK players. Andy is a member of the acclaimed jazz groups Shades of Shearing, BBQ and the Brownfield/Byrne Hot Six.

Adrian Ingram

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Adrian Ingram is widely recognised as one of the foremost authorities on the jazz guitar. He has written extensively about the history, players, styles and instruments of the genre.

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Adrian Ingram’s “Cookbook”

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Adrian spent his formative years listening to the guitar and organ groups of the 1960s

He has had a successful guitar playing, and teaching, career including 15 years as Senior Lecturer in Jazz Guitar (CLCM), 14 jazz guitar related publications, 7 cds and 5 dvds, as well as prestigious gigs like; The Flamingo, The Marquee and Ronnie Scotts (London), The Zinc Bar, Birdland and Long Island guitar shows (NY), NAMM and John Pisano’s Guitar Nights (LA).

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Larry Van Kriedt

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Multi-instrumental Larry van Kriedt was born in San Francisco into a musical family. His father was the renowned jazz musician David van Kriedt who composed, arranged played and recorded with such artists as Dave Brubeck, Paul Desmond, Stan Kenton and many more.

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Hayden Minett

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Hayden Minett studied at Bretton Hall, and has taught guitar at the University of Leeds for many years, as well as privately. He has performed with many bands playing live music from Zappa covers to Jazz standards, and demonstrates at shows like Music Live and the London Guitar Show. Read More

Trefor Owen

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Internationally Acclaimed Jazz Guitarist and Educator.

Trefor Owen is one of the foremost Jazz guitarists in the UK A highly respected teacher, he has over thirty years’ experience teaching at the highest level both in Britain and the USA. For eight of those years he was an associate lecturer at Leeds College of Music and for twenty four years was visiting lecturer at Liverpool Community College.

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Jez Platt

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Jeremy Platt is a multi instrumentalist who is active in the field of jazz and jazz related music. He is first call on many projects and played keyboards on Illum Sphere’s debut album Ghosts of Then and Now.

His current project is the piano trio “Jazz Soul Moment”.

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Dave Vangelderen and Chris Brown

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This duo are one of the more established guitar duos within the Huddersfield Jazz Guitar Society and perform standards and Latin tunes. Having worked together for a number of years the duo have a large and varied repertoire and play with a real synergy.

Ian Wroe, Paul Keane and Carol Brown

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After playing in folk, rock, blues and function bands from the 60s to the 90s, Ian finally settled down to his first love of jazz guitar and through that met Paul, a graduate of Leeds College of Music. Paul, who pursues a career in music teaching in Newcastle, also has the same eclectic tastes in music. Together they enjoy playing a mixture of standards and quirky modern tunes carefully arranged for 13 strings! Carol Brown’s beautiful vocals add an extra, soulful, dimension which gives the trio it’s unique sound.


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