10th January 2016

We’ve assembled a superb triple bill of artists for the launch of Colchester Arts Centre Jazz Club!


John Etheridge
A musician who rightly enjoys a glowing reputation throughout the jazz world and beyond, John Etheridge is a prodigiously gifted and creative player who refuses to accommodate or even acknowledge artificial musical boundaries. John’s range is well illustrated by his years of touring and recording with the iconic Stephane Grappelli, while simultaneously doing likewise with the legendary jazz-fusion group, Soft Machine. As if to confirm this, he’s also worked with violinist Nigel Kennedy, classical guitarist John Williams and guitarmeister Pat Metheny. A masterful musician, if ever there was one.


“There's never a moment's doubt about his awesome authority whenever he touches a guitar.” - John Fordham, The Guardian.

“His mesmerising version of Stormy Weather sounded as if there were two, even three, guitarists at work, as he simultaneously picked bass and melody lines.” - Jan Fairley, Edinburgh Festival.

Anita Wardell & Robin Aspland
Winner of the Best Vocalist category in the prestigious 2103 British Jazz Awards, Anita Wardell has a mercurial musicality and acute sense on improvisational freedom that can at times take the breath away. While female jazz singers are in plentiful supply, for many, Anita is arguably the most creative jazz singer currently operating in London - one who can improvise on a song without destroying it in the process. Indisputably, she’s the real deal.

A pianist with a reputation as an excellent and inventive soloist, Robin Aspland has a local connection, having attended Colchester Institute (where he attained a Degree in Music). A highly respected and gifted sideman, he’s especially adept as an accompanist to vocalists.

“An exceptional talent.” - Jack Massarik, Evening Standard.
"Anita Wardell is a singer who takes no prisoners. Think of her, if you like, as the female equivalent of Mark Murphy." - Clive Davis, The Times.

Reg Webb Trio
Reg Webb - Piano/Keyboards/Vocals
Ben Hearn - Bass
Andrew Dowding - Drums
A musician who cites among his influences Bill Evans, George Shearing, Keith Jarrett and Herbie Hancock, Chelmsford-born pianist/singer Reg Webb has successfully straddled both the pop and jazz camps. He’s worked or recorded with Lenny Kravitz, Linda Lewis, Steve Harley, Suzi Quatro, the Outfield and Vanessa Paradis. However, his first love has always been jazz.

Back in the day at the Arts Centre, he played a memorable piano duo gig with the late Pete Jacobsen, as well as performing with guitar greats Barney Kessell and Martin Taylor. He so impressed Jimmy Witherspoon when he accompanied him, the legendary blues-man wanted to take him back to the USA!

An extremely talented musician whose enthusiasm for what he does knows no bounds.

Tickets: £12. Concessions £10
Jazz Express Offer: Book for three or more shows and get tickets for just £8 each!
Doors open 7pm. Show starts 7.30pm

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