Charlie Watts - drums

During the past 17 years, the Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts has been able to pursue his passion for jazz, playing in a variety of settings whenever he wasn't otherwise engaged with the "World's Greatest Rock 'n Roll Band."

In 1985, he formed a big band and toured the States, ultimately releasing Live at Fulham Town Hall on the Sony label. In 1991, he formed a small group to pay homage to the music that first grabbed him while growing up in London. In a span of five years, The Charlie Watts Quintet released a series of stellar recordings -- From One Charlie, Tribute To Charlie Parker, Warm And Tender and Long Ago And Far Away.

Dave Green - bass

One of Europe's foremost bass players since the mid-sixties, having played with such giants as Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster, Sonny Rollins, Roland Kirk and many others. Dave is a seven-time winner of the prestigious British Jazz Award for best bassist. "Time Will Tell" by the Dave Green Trio was recently released on Ronnie Scotts Jazz House Label.

Anthony Kerr - vibraphone

Twice winner of British Jazz Awards, Anthony is regarded by many as the most exciting vibraphone player in jazz today. Originally from Belfast he has worked extensively as a jazz musician in New York and throughout Europe and the UK. His latest album, "Too Marvelous for Words" will be shortly released on Zephyr Records.

Brian Lemon - piano

Since joining Freddy Randall's jazz band in the 1950's, he has worked with the cream of England's jazz scene and has accompanied visiting artists such as Ben Webster, Charlie Shavers, Benny Goodman, Milt Jackson and Ray Brown. Brian is a ten times winner of the British Jazz Award.

Luis Jardim - percussion

Luis started his career as a rock musician and after substantial success in his home countries of Brazil & Portugal moved to England and the USA to study music and recording technology. Luis' recording credits as a musician, include many of the biggest artists and producers in the world.

Peter King - alto saxophone, arranger

Since his debut at the opening of Ronnie Scotts, Peter has been a consistent Poll winner receiving the 'Melody Maker New Star' award in 1959. He has played with such Jazz Giants as Bud Powell, Elvin Jones, Lalo Schifrin, Philly Joe Jones, Ray Charles and Benny Golson amongst others. He is a prolific composer and arranger and has recently performed in Julian Barry's play about the life story of Lenny Bruce. His latest work in production is an opera "Zyklon" in collaboration with Julian Barry.

Julian Arguelles - tenor saxophone

Having started playing with youth jazz orchestras from an early age, since 18 Julian has toured and recorded throughout the world with some of his generation's greatest musicians. The winner of many prestigious awards for his compositions and recordings, he now has five CDs to his credit, including his latest "Escapade" by the Julian Arguelles Octet on the Provocateur label.

Henry Lowther - trumpet / flugelhorn

One of only two or three trumpeters to have played lead trumpet with both Gil Evans and George Russell. Amongst others, Henry has also worked with Mike Gibbs, John Taylor, Stan Tracey & Kenny Wheeler. As a session musician has recorded with David Bowie, Bing Crosby, Henry Mancini, Paul McCartney, Van Morrison, etc. Recent albums include "I.D." with his own band, "Still Waters".

Gerard Presencer - trumpet / flugelhorn / arranger

By age 11 Gerard had become the youngest trumpeter ever to play with Britain's National Youth Jazz Orchestra. He has since gone on to play with virtually all of Britain's top jazzmen. An extraordinarily versatile performer, he has worked with pop artists ranging from Tina Turner, James Brown, Ray Charles, and Eartha Kitt to Pet Shop Boys and Brand New Heavies. He is a four times winner of the British Jazz Awards. His latest album on Linn is "The Optimist".

Mark Nightingale - trombone

One of the most exciting trombone players in the world today, winning the coveted Don Lusher Award at the age of fifteen. Firmly established on the international jazz scene working alongside some of the world's greatest jazz musicians including Clark Terry, Lee Konitz, James Morrison, Louis Bellson & George Shearing. He has also become on of this country's top session musicians.

Alan Barnes - baritone saxophone

Studied at Leeds College of Music and became proficient on alto and baritone saxophones and clarinet. Following graduation in 1980, Barnes led several groups, including Pizza Express Modern Jazz Sextet, and recorded with Dave Newton, Tony Coe, Ken Peplowski, and Warren Vache. He dominated the saxophone and clairnet section of the British jazz awards throughout the '90s and performs at major international jazz festivals.