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Winston Clifford Quartet

Friday 24 Sep 2021

Winston Clifford - drums
Denys Baptiste - Saxophones
Jonathan Gee - Piano
Simon Thorpe - Bass

A special quartet created by Winston Clifford to open our new post-covid Season.

Winston is a long-time favourite of CJC and needs no introduction.

Interestingly in the late nineties Jonathan was very busy with his trio featuring Steve Rose on bass and Winston Clifford on drums and who were called to play with Joe Lovano for a week at Ronnie Scott’s, Time Out’s ‘Jazz Gig of The Year’ in 1997. From this they became a fixture at the club, playing the trio support sets for luminaries such as Benny Golson. They recorded three acclaimed albums, including a live set on the Ronnie Scott’s label. They also toured Italy and were invited by the British Council to play in Azerbaijan.

Denys is an amazingly versatile musician and, although his roots are steeped in the jazz tradition, he incorporates ideas from other musical forms and popular culture, producing a repertoire that is contemporary, multi-layered and highly accessible. He has played/recorded with some of the biggest names in jazz and other genres including McCoy Tyner, Andrew Hill, Ernest Ranglin, Bheki Mseleku, Courtney Pine, Gary Crosby, and Steve Williamson.

Simon is one of the UK’s best known bassists and has worked with Bobby Wellins, Stacy Kent (with whom he recorded five albums), Bheki Mseleku, Alan Barnes, Elaine Delmar, Scott Hamilton, Benn Clatworthy and Ray Gelato. His own groups are Jivin’ Miss Daisy, Hexagonal and Gershwinnovation