Jazz at Boaters has been established since 1990 and is now one of the longest running jazz residencies in London. The Boaters Inn is a picturesque pub situated on the banks of the River Thames in Kingston, and is famous for it's wide selection of real ales and home cooked food.
This is a new project, which will bring grooves, improvisation and playing of the highest order for your listening pleasure. You can expect a selection of contemporary jazz, funk, latin and fusion classics by the likes of Pat Metheny, The Yellowjackets, Steps Ahead and The Brecker Brothers, plus some original compositions thrown in for good measure. The band is a collaboration between some of London’s finest musicians.
On saxophone is Tim Whitehead, one of the most respected players and composers on the British jazz scene who has repeatedly been hailed for his gorgeous sound on the tenor sax and infinite vocabulary. He was the first ever musician Artist in Residence at Tate Britain and has been commissioned to write and perform music in response to the work of JMW Turner. His live performances are breath taking and not to be missed.
On piano is Simon Carter, a graduate of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra whose career has led him to play with artists such as Jamiroquai, Craig David, Nik Kershaw and The Dire Straits Experience. He toured the world with guitarist Ronny Jordan, one of the originators of the Acid Jazz movement, and has also played with many international smooth jazz artists on their trips to Europe, such as Marc Antoine, Jeff Kashiwa and Mindi Abair.
Drummer Elliott Henshaw is one of the UK’s finest and most prolific drummers whose versatility places him within all genres at the very highest level. He co-runs “Spice Fusion”, one of the most exciting big bands in Europe and has played with Shirley Bassey, Leo Sayer, The BBC Big Band, Georgie Fame, David Benoit, Eric Marienthal and Bob Mintzer.
On bass, and instigator of this project is Dave Jones, who has played with The Ronnie Scott’s Soul and Jazz Orchestra, the Pete Cater Big Band and has been a major contributor to The Way Out West Jazz Collective. He leads his own bands including The Dave Jones Nonet and Dave Jones Affinity.