Jerry Fordes New Phoenix Jazz Band formed in late 2011 from a wide range of musicians active in the serious and diverse jazz musical traditions.
The band focuses on the period from the late 1800s to appropriate music up to the present day, concentrating on the first half of the 20th century.
About the band
Band Leader/Double Bass
Jerry has been playing double bass since 1978, before which he played bass guitar in a variety of bands of various styles
Dick gets involved in all kinds of music and everything associated with it, including writing, composing, arranging, playing, recording, producing and explaining in his recurring jazz lecture series. Dick is a winner of the BBC Radio 2 Big Band competition and has been the recipient of a number of Creative Scotland awards for composition and performance.
One of Europes most versatile players, Martin has played with many ensembles in the Scottish jazz scene. A founder member of Le Jazz Hot (trio and big band with Brass Incorporated), he has had stints in Fat Sams Band, the Tommy Sampson Big Band, the Dick Lee Septet and plays with Ken Mathiesons Classic Jazz Orchestra among others.
Lorne Cowieson studied jazz and orchestral trumpet at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly RSAMD) where he gained a Masters degree in performance and was awarded the annual prize for chamber music.
Lorne has played with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra since 2011 and appears regularly as a soloist on the Scottish jazz and big band scene, as well as playing in Cuban Son and other world music groups.
Christine joined New Phoenix in 2013 following a number of successful collaborations that year, including a performance on our 2nd album Symphonic Raps. She is a university student at Edinburgh reading French and English language.
Christine has always had a passion for singing and also performs with choirs as well as her own band the Pitchblenders Quartet. She has a wonderful natural early jazz and blues voice beautifully covering numbers with New Phoenix as sung by Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Bessie Smith and many others.
Arch-Top Guitar & Banjo
Phil Adams plays banjo and vintage arch-top guitar with New Phoenix Jazz as well as producing arrangements and transcriptions. Phil is originally from north London and via Penicuik and Peebles now lives in sunny Leith with his wife and variable numbers of daughters. Like most late baby boomers who aspired to play the guitar, Phils major influences include Kenny Burrell, and Phil also got help with his Freddy Green rhythm licks in the 1980s from Acker Bilks piano player Stan Greig.
Jack Wilson staEnd Jazz Band when he was 15 and had his first gig with the West End Jazz Band when he was 15. Jack is a much sought after drummer on the Scottish jazz scene and is very busy playing music when his day job allows. Big influences on Jacks playing include some of the American big hitters such as Gene Krupa, Ray Baudac and Buddy Rich, amongst others.
Bill trained as a cathedral chorister and then studied music at Edinburgh university. He is a member of a very large family that was voted Britains most musical family in 1994 by Radio 2s Terry Wogan and Ken Bruce. After a thrilling career in teaching including twelve years as a prep school headmaster, Bill now devotes his time to piano, singing, composing and arranging. As a jazz trombonist he is proud to have played with many of Scotlands finest jazz musicians
If you would like to sit with friends please book together
The Kirk has a BYOB licence so you can bring refreshments and nibbles but please also bring cups/glasses and utensils
Covid regulations in place at the time of the concert will be enforced
We have teamed up with Jock's Grill House in Kirk Wynd to provide a pre show meal as part of a VIP package which includes
Reserved Seating at the front of the hall
A ticket to the show
Chilli with a selection of dips and nachos and a glass of wine at Jock's Grill House, 27 Kirk Wynd, KY1 1EH
Meet a Langtoun Jazz volunteer at 7,15pm
Enjoy your meal from 7.30pm to 8.30pm
Your host will escort you on foot from Jock's Grill House to the Old Kirk in time to take up your reserved seats for the concert which starts at 9 pm
Limited places - Book Early
Choose the VIP ticket optionr