Jazz At The Merchant's House

Date: 24 Apr 2022
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
St Peter's Church
Organiser: The Merchant's House
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Price: Standard fee: £15.00, Friends of MH fee: £12.00


In the years of the Jazz Festival the Merchant's House was the organisational home of this much missed community event.  We are delighted to bring a Jazz performance by three local musicians at St Peter's Church.  Come and enjoy an afternoon of wonderful Jazz music and refreshements.
Ed Puddick: Drums
Ed Puddick is best known as an award-winning arranger and composer for large jazz ensembles. In 2018 he won the Arranging Prize at the Barga International Jazz Festival International Composition Competition, with his arrangement of Dizzy Gillespie’s “Con Alma”, which was performed by US trumpeter Jeremy Pelt. Ed currently teaches jazz composition and arranging at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. 
John Paul Gard: Organ
John-Paul started playing Hammond organ at the age of 10, influenced by his late father who was an organ player and music enthusiast. He had always been exposed to jazz by his father, playing in the car as they toured the country with his job selling jewellery. Only 8 months from starting his first organ lessons with Alan Woodley, John-Paul won the UK competition “Home Organist of the Year”. Alan was a key musical influence and great friend until he sadly passed away in 2020. 

Chris Cobbson (guitar):
Guitarist Chris ‘Santo’ Cobbson was born in Ghana and grew up in West London. His father played guitar and his uncle was a teacher of Ghanaian percussion and music. Early exposure to music was as a young child when his father had regular visits and jam sessions with fellow Ghanaian musicians, including Osibisa founder Teddy Osei and Pete Vanderpuye who played saxophone for Johnny Nash. His father was a Jazz guitar enthusiast and regularly played records by Wes Montgomery, Grant Green, Kenny Burrell and George Benson. These artists were to become Chris’ biggest influences. His love of Jazz led him to study firstly at Goldsmiths college then the Guildhall School of Music and drama. However, it was mainly through listening and transcribing the recordings of the great Jazz Masters where Chris received his Jazz education. 

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