About the band

PIMP MY JAZZ, originally 7-piece and now a 4/5-piece band, was launched on Sunday June 19 2011 at the Load of Hay pub, Villier Street, Uxbridge - off Cleveland Road, near Brunel University. Despite the tube strike, there was good support from an appreciative audience. Some said they could not believe it was our debut.  

The band appeared briefly at the Ealing Jazz Festival in July 2011.
In August they performed at the Half Moon, Harrow, and the Angel, Hayes. Pimp My Jazz returned to the Load of Hay in November, fronted by Lonette Charles (vocals) and Gavin Sparks (rhythm guitar, vocals and original songwriter).

In 2012, the band played in Rickmansworth in late January and in Ealing and Uxbridge in February. A birthday gig in Balham followed in early March and a wedding gig in May. In June, Pimp My Jazz was the headline act at the very successful Yiewsley Carnival.

Details of subsequent gigs, plus reviews and photos, can be found on the band website: www.lemonrock.com/pimpmyjazz


Original Latin and jazz (14 tracks on the album) written by Sparks & Shelley, ranging from swing to salsa, bossa nova to beguine, smooth ballads to soul-funk. In performance we mix these with well-known jazz standards and instrumentals, plus a couple of numbers written by other band members,  but we often add pop, rock, soul, Motown or ska numbers for dancing.

Most listeners like our original material because it has wide appeal. A reviewer on our Lemonrock gig website wrote:

"Great sounding band, George Benson, Sade, AWB all rolled into one. Easy listening with interesting instrumentals."
As a 7-piece, we featured lead guitar, sax, rhythm guitar, keyboards, bass guitar, drums and vocals. The five-piece dropped rhythm guitar, and alternated between sax and keyboards.

Main artists are followed by deps:

    Main vocalist: Lonette Charles (picture below)/Lea Lyle

    Lead guitar: Paul Viski/Jonathan Grogan/others

    Tenor sax/alto sax: Gareth Chelley/Alastair Penman/others

    Rhythm guitar/vocalist: Gavin Sparks (picture below)

    Keyboard: Phil Craddock/Nigel Fox/others

    Bass guitar: Terry Peaker/John Brockhouse/others

    Drums: Alf Mitchell/Kweku Graves


PLUS Manager/publicist Kay Shelley (picture below) can be contacted on:

01895 252275/ 07748 662213

emails: kayshelley@gmail.com


websites: www.pimpmyjazz.co.uk


(main band site)

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Kay Shelley,
9 Apr 2011, 16:54
Kay Shelley,
9 Apr 2011, 16:54
Kay Shelley,
9 Apr 2011, 16:53