Frank Griffith developed his distinctive New York jazz sound living and performing in the city for over 20 years before moving to London, meeting and playing with one of his great influences Sir John Dankworth. He has created two albums with Tina May and the Observer commented
” That great rarity, a singer who enhances a song…”
Also featured will be French pianist and vocalist, Franck Amsallem, who has played with Roy Hargrove, Charles Lloyd, Bob Brookmeyer and Gerry Mulligan. Rounding out the group will be bassist, Steve Berry from Loose Tubes and Eryl Roberts on drums.
Their set will comprise a mixture of classic standards with a modern twist along with some hand-picked French songs of Legrand and Edith Piaf, showcasing the Gallic side of Tina and pianist Franck’s versatility. Also included will be some instrumental treatments of Django Reinhart songs featuring Frank’s clarinet.
Leading British vocalist, Tina May, has sixteen CDs to her credit two of which have been in collaboration with American saxophonist, Frank Griffith.
Frank Griffith – Saxophone, Clarinet
Tina May – Vocals
Franck Amsallem – Piano/Vocals
Steve Berry – Bass
Dave Walsh – Drums
As a renowned jazz saxophonist and clarinettist, Frank Griffith has been performing for over 40 years, primarily in New York and London. He has also achieved great acclaim as an arranger, composing for a number of well-known singers and musicians for over 30 years. More recently Frank has proved himself as a successful educator, teaching in both the USA and UK. Counting John Dankworth, Joe Henderson, Duke Ellington and Burt Bacharach as some of his main influences, Frank plays many forms of jazz including modern, mainstream and traditional alongside funk, soul and some crossover Classical. Now living in Liverpool, Frank continues to perform across the North West, UK and Europe.
Big Band Jazz, Trios aplenty, acting and comedy Tina May has carved out a career in Jazz singing that is revered across Europe. She has worked with so many of the greats; Stan Tracey, Scott Hamilton, Nikki Iles, Pete King and Guy Barker, too many too mention. An award wining Jazz singer both here and in the US, she brings her humour and passion to every performance.
“Tina May has always been a resourceful singer, finding unlikely songs and polishing them to a brilliant shine” Dave Gelly
“Above all, though, what she brings to songs is believability. And when the songs include “Trust In Me” from the Jungle Book, a gorgeous reading of Paul Simon’s “I Do It For Your Love”, and Jimmy Rowles’s mad “Ballad of Thelonious Monk” in which a cowboy and his horse give up country music for bebop, that’s the mark of a special artist, indeed.”
Rob Adams. The Herald
A multi-talented musician Franck is an acclaimed international jazz pianist, playing, recording, and composing for over 40 years. Franck is also much in demand as a composer/arranger, singer, and educator.
Franck has recorded ten CDs under his name and a major collaboration, “New York Stories,” with Joshua Redman, Roy Hargrove, and Danny Gatton on Blue Note USA. While living in New York City, Franck played as a sideman with Gerry Mulligan, Charles Lloyd, Jerry Bergonzi, Joe Chambers, Maria Schneider, Kevin Mahogany and Harry Belafonte as well as Gary Bartz, Bobby Watson, Rick Margitza, Tim Ries, and Blood Sweat and Tears.
Franck is the recipient of major awards (NEA composition fellowship, Great American Jazz Piano Competition, ASCAP award, Fondation de la Vocation, FACE cultural exchange) in both the U.S. and France.
He has played many of the most important festivals throughout Europe, including the Pori, Molde, Red Sea, North Sea, Paris, Nice, Vienne, and Antibes-Juan-les-Pins festivals.
As a composer, he has been commissioned by the WDR Jazz Orchestra, the National Jazz Orchestra of France (O.N.J.), and The Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra. His composition “Nuits” for string orchestra and jazz quartet has been performed many times with various soloists. Other commissions include “Place Du Temps” for chamber orchestra, “The Farewell” for the PRISM saxophone quartet and “Brooding” for solo piano (2013).
In 2009, Franck released “Amsallem Sings”, showcasing his talents as a pianist-singer, featuring 12 songs from the Great American Songbook. “Franck Amsallem Sings Vol. II” was then released in September 2014, a trio opus recorded in Paris. His latest release, “At Barloyd”, is part of a 9 CD boxset showcasing nine of the best French jazz pianists.
Manchester based Bass supremo Steve Berry is probably best known for his involvement in Loose Tubes, he says it created the greatest opportunity any fledgling ‘jazz’ composer could ask for, and unconsciously he trod in the footsteps of Duke Ellington as pieces were conceived around specific individuals, their capabilities and idiosyncrasies, as opposed to ‘stock’ arranging for a line-up of instruments. Joe Zawinul and Weather Report made the strongest impressions on him and he was also in the Mike Westbrook Big Band and his own band Foolish Hearts.
Highly versatile jazz drummer who has played in such diverse company as the Kenny Wheeler Big Band, the Halle Orchestra, Snake Davis and Damon Albarn. A regular on the Manchester scene, at the Cinnamon Club with Sara Dowling, at Southport with Nigel Price and regularly with Dan Whieldon