Ben Holder – Piano & Vocals
Ben is one of the most gifted and exciting young jazz violinists in the UK. Taught classically from the age of six, he studied at the Birmingham Conservatoire. During his classical studies, Ben began listening to Jazz - classic masters such as Benny Goodman and Oscar Peterson and of course the great jazz violinists including Grappelli, Joe Venuti and the awe inspiring Stuff Smith. Alongside his early studies and later at college he embarked on a detailed analysis of these musicians techniques and the way in which they merged this most classical of instruments into the jazz idiom.
Ben's innate sense of swing rhythm (something which often eludes classical players) stems from those early listening sessions - and his various awards bear testimony to his abilities. A first call jazz violinist for many of the North's top bands and studios, Ben is also a permanent and integral member of Gypsy Fire
Paul Jefferies – Double Bass
Paul Jefferies is an accomplished bassist and teacher based in Oxfordshire. He performs with Gypsy Fire, the Rob Terry Trio, The Ben Holder Quartet and his own trio ‘Tantrum’ featuring Tommaso Starace. Paul teaches students of all levels from beginner to very accomplished (and even well known) performers. Paul was one of the founders of the successful Oxford Jazz Festival.
Upcoming Live Music Evenings
Hugh Turner Trio (guitar, bass and drums – you’ll be amazed at the difference this makes and it will be an all funky set with funky hits from 70s and 80s) – in the courtyard or grand hall (weather permitting).
Holder & Smith of St. Patrick’s Night fame.