Dave Hewitt’s Condonians


DAVE HEWITT (trombonist) toured for three years in the Theatre Show ‘Basin Street to Broadway’ with Georgie Fame.  He has guested with bands such as that of Terry Lightfoot, Freddie Randall All Stars, The Alan Elsdon All Stars, Laurie Chescoe’s Good Time Jazz Band and Keith Smith’s Hefty Jazz.  He has played with many visiting Americans, including Wild Bill Davison, Peanuts Hucko, and Kenny Davern. Notably, he appeared at the Montreux Jazz Festival with Teddy Wilson and Stèphane Grappelli.  Most of you know his wife runs her own successful jazz club called ‘Sylvie’s Place’ – www.sylviesplace.co.uk.

ANDY DICKENS (trumpet & vocals), who has toured and performed with Americans Slim Gaillard, Franz Jackson (Duke Ellington), Joe Darensbourg (clarinet with Louis Armstrong All Stars), New Orleans’ Gospel singer Pearly Tyler and UK stars Peter King, Clark Tracey, Annie Ross, Bruce Turner, Dick Morrissey, Humphrey Littleton and John Barnes.

JULIAN MARC STRINGLE (reeds & vocals)!  He has his own website (www.julianmarcstringle.com). I am unable to download, but he has an extensive amount of wonderful information about his career to-date. He was a child prodigy and has played with many world-class greats and currently with Digby Fairweather’s Half Dozen.  He was voted ‘Best Clarinetist’ at the British Jazz Awards in 2006.

RONNIE BOWATER (piano) will be appearing for the first time here at Farnborough (20Sept2013, so welcome Ronnie).  I found a lovely session on U-Tube with you playing ‘Misty’ with Jochen Brauer & His Swingin’ Friends, gorgeous.

ANDY LAWRENCE (swing bass) has played with many jazz greats too, including Little Brother Montgomery, Terry Lightfoot, Memphis Slim, BB King, Yank Lawson and Marty Grosz. He toured France and Spain playing rock and roll, later joining Terry Lightfoot with whom he has recorded and toured extensively.

ROD BROWN (drums) I need to get his CV, but I am told is sometimes referred to as Rod “Knuckles” Brown, come and join us to see why!

Howzat for a line-up though.  Just full of wonderful real jazz connections aye?  What true professionals, with so much experience.