Sunday June 4th – 2pm
Main Stage on The Stade Open Space
Jason Yarde enjoys an international career both as a saxophonist and composer. He has worked with some of the great names in jazz including McCoy Tyner, Andrew Hill and Jack DeJohnette. His flugelhorn concerto All Souls Seek Joy was premiered by Hugh Masekela and the London Symphony Orchestra in 2007 and his BBC Proms compositional debut, Rhythm and Other Fascinations for piano trio and the BBC Concert Orchestra, won the inaugural BASCA award for contemporary Jazz Composition in 2009.
New Zealand born tenor saxophonist Greg Heath has been resident in the UK since 1986 and has worked with a wide range of jazz and popular musicians, including Dr John, Maceo Parker, Mica Paris, Van Morrison and Joan Armatrading.
The Grammy-award winning trumpeter and producer James McMillan attended the Royal College of Music and the Berklee College of music in Boston. As a trumpet player he has worked with James Brown, Kirk Whalum, David Sanborn and Mike Westbrook. He has released five albums under his own name and produced records for everyone from Liane Carroll to Whitney Houston.
Pianist John Donaldson began playing jazz as part of the Cambridge Modern Jazz Club’s house rhythm section in the 1970’s alongside Chucho Merchan and Nic France. After moving to California he worked with locals including Eddie Henderson, John Handy, Jeff Ballard, Donny McCaslin, Larry Grenadier and Red Holloway to name a few. Back in England he’s worked with Art Themen, Alan Barnes, Norma Winstone, Don Weller, Art Farmer, Steve Grossman, Eric Alexander. He’s also won the best pianist slot at the British Jazz Awards.
Bassist Simon Thorpe worked in Bheki Mseleku’s band and has become one the most popular bass players in the country having worked with numerous artists including Stacey Kent, Bobby Wellins, Alan Barnes and Amy Winehouse.
Drummer Tristan Banks has become one of the most sought after young drummers on the scene playing kit and percussion. He has studied Afro-Brazilian styles extensively and besides working with many top jazz players. He has also worked with artists covering a wide field of musical genres including Roy Ayers, Dave Valentin, Idris Mohammed, David Gilmour, Marcos Valle, Da Lata and Carleen Anderson.