John Hallam / Amy Roberts Jazz Five
The Hallam Roberts Jazz Five
John Hallam John Hallam is a highly acclaimed saxophonist whose musical journey taken him from military bands to jazz, having been introduced to the clarinet whilst at school. He has played alongside many leading lights, including Humphrey Lyttelton, George Melly, Stephane Grappelli and Alan Barnes. He has had his own band since 2000.
Amy Roberts is a prominent member of The Big Chris Barber Band. She is one of the most talented and versatile performers on the jazz scene today. Her musical roots are in traditional jazz but she has developed a refreshing new take on music from diverse genres. In 2012 Amy won the rising star category of the British Jazz Awards in both 2009 and 2011.
Tom Kincaid An truly amazing pianist, Tom has developed a rolling piano style evocative of the great pianists from the golden jazz era. He is in huge demand and enthralls audiences wherever he plays. Tom is a prolific composer for television, films and video games.
Jim Swinerton Jim is one of the finest double bassist on the UK traditional jazz scene. His impressive solos captivate audiences and are warmly received throughout Europe. Jim has played with many bands including Rod Chamber's Louisianna Joymakers and Martin Bennett's Old Green River Band and the Richard Bennett Band.
Nick Millward was given his first drum kit at the age of 5 and was soon to be inspired by the likes of Gene Krupa, Ed Thigpen, Dennis Chambers and in particular the drummer he has styled himself on, Buddy Rich. Before joining Kenny Ball in 1999, he toured the world with many other bands, starting with an American rock cover band. Nick turned professional when he became a member of the Pete Allen Jazzband, with whom he played for 5 years. He was later with Terry Lightfoot, then the First Class Sounds band featuring Digby Fairweather.
Graham Smith is a Midlands based jazz drummer who enjoys performing all genres of jazz, from New Orleans and Trad, to Swing and Mainstream. He relishes the chance to play different styles of jazz and has supported well jazz artists from the UK and abroad including Jeff and Anne Barnhart(USA), Jim Fryer(USA), Roy Williams and Pete Allen.
Line - up
John Hallam - clarinet and saxes
Amy Roberts - flute, clarinet and saxes
Tom Kincaid - piano
Jim Swinnerton - bass
Nick Millward or Graham Smith - drums
Plus on special occasions...
Andy Mackenzie - guitar