Trumpeters Chris Hodgkins and Kevin Davy, guitarist Deirdrie Cartwright, vocalist Emily Saunders and pianist Andrea Vicari - the Jazz London Radio presenters take to the bandstand.
Jazz London Radio believes in playing quality music 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Presenters share that passion and they bring that mentality to the station on a daily basis. They are significant figures on the jazz scene, either in jazz administration or as important composers who have released great records over the years. The Presenters will get together for a night of top class jazz, performing their best compositions together for the delight of The Crypt and the EFG London Jazz Festival.
Andrea Vicari was born in Miami (Florida) and grew up in Birmingham. Educated at Cardiff University, she won a scholarship to study at The Guildhall School of Music in London. Andrea was soon in demand as a 'side-man' working with bass guitar legend, Dill Katz in a band that included guitarist Phil Robson. Soon after she formed her first important group with Julian Arguelles on saxophone and Stuart Hall, then of Django Bates' 'Human Chain', on bass.
Chris Hodgkins retired after 29 years as the Director of Jazz Services, the national support charity for jazz music and musicians. During his time at the organisation, he was honoured for his Services to Jazz at the 2002 BBC Jazz Awards and in July 2013 at the British Jazz Awards. Chris was awarded the Services to Jazz Award at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards in March 2015.
Emily Saunders has established a strong career as vocalist, writer and producer. Her music, broadcast nationally on BBC Radio, Jazz FM and XFM; and has also charted internationally on iTunes and Amazon in the UK, USA, Spain, Germany, France and Indonesia; Emily has truly become an international force in the jazz world.
Hailing from Nottingham, Kevin Davy studied at Manchester Metropolitan University, attaining a B.A. Degree in General Arts afterwards becoming involved in the arts and music scene there. Kevin has an extensive recorded discography, which includes musical theatre, modern jazz and contemporary music. Kevin has toured extensively with groups such as: Lamb, Lemn Sissay's Secret Society, and Finley Quaye.
Deirdre Cartwright is a London guitarist and composer who became known presenting the BBC TV's ground breaking series 'Rockschool'. She played with Afro Latin Jazz group The Guest Stars, recording three albums and toured in 17 countries. In 1991 she formed the Deirdre Cartwright Group and has recorded five albums, and played festivals from Mexico to Warsaw.
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