Gypsy Jazz Band

About the musicians

Patrick Naylor (Guitar) Patrick has performed extensively as a guitarist and band leader. He has played on numerous CD's as part of the Julian Costello Quintet, David Beebee's Gaya and Vipers Dream and has worked extensively as a session musician for Mercury Records.  He has recorded for a number of different artists in the pop world including Rita Marley. The Patrick Naylor Quartet released their debut CD in 1999, and released their second CD "Afternoon Moon" in 2003.
"One of the UK's best British guitarists" - Chrissie Murray
"A highly articulate mellow musician" - Tony Hall, Jazzwise
Patrick's website:
patricknaylor.com

Tim Robinson (Guitar) Tim started playing guitar at the age of 11, but didn't start taking things seriously until he discovered Django Reinhardt at the age of 18. Since then he hasn't looked back. He has had many years experience playing Django's music in the UK and Europe, and has played with many of the finest players in the genre, including Gary Potter and John Etheridge. In recent years Tim has become known for his excellent gypsy jazz guitar lessons on his website.
Tim's website:
timrobinsonguitar.com

Alex Keen (Double Bass) Alex started playing guitar at the age of ten, later taking up bass guitar and then double bass. He has worked with numerous jazz, soul, blues, pop and world music line ups, backing artists such as Don Rendell, Jim Mullen, Eddi Reader, Dave Cliff, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Duffy Power, Alan Skidmore, Tim Whitehead and Theo Travis. In ' 93 he attended the jazz course at the Guildhall, where he studied bass with Jeff Clyne, and accompanied George Shearing in a piano masterclass shown on the South Bank show. The Keen\Osgerby Trio, formed in ' 89, plays the compositions of Alex and his brother Gabriel. Their new CD features Gabriel's multi layered keyboards and the fiery drumming of Chris Osgerby. Alex works with trios led by pianists Frances Knight, contributing two pieces to her album Ripple, and Philip Clouts, whose CD Direction South will be released on 33 Records. he also plays with Klezmania, featuring Chris Haigh on violin, and Mazaika, led by virtuoso QuecumBar jam regulars Sarah Harrison and Igor Outkine, playing Russian songs and gypsy music.


Richie Howard (Clarinet) Richie Howard is a 24 year old Jazz clarinettist who hails from Essex and for the past four years has been making his mark in and around the London jazz scene.  He began playing the clarinet at the age of 10 and discovered his love for jazz at around the age of 12 when his clarinet teacher invited him to join his band.  From the age of fifteen he started to 'sit in' at various jazz venues and through this obtained the opportunity to play alongside many of the greats of British jazz from an early age. Whilst studying for A-levels and a foundation diploma in music performance at the Colchester Institute of Music he won the Le Blanc Jazz Clarinettist of the Year award.  On completion of this course he attended London's prestigious Guildhall School of Music & Drama and graduated from there in July 2002 with a B.Mus degree in Jazz.  Since then he has worked in various groups spanning a diverse range of styles and musical genges which range from 'Dixieland' through 'Funk' and 'Blues' to the 'Avante-Garde' and as part of these groups has appeared at various venues in and around London including the 606 Club, The Vortex and Smollenskys on the Strand.  In the summer of 2003 he appeared at the Peterborough Jazz Club and was billed as “one of the best young clarinettists to emerge for years. With a technique and style reminiscent of the great Eddie Daniels……”  In addition to his playing career he also teaches part-time  both privately and for various London boroughs.

Daniel Teper (aka Danny Fromajio) (accordion) Danny is a composer who had an unfortunate 'cheese mistake' as a youngster. He fell into a vat of bubbling cheese fondue and contracted a rare brand of happy-go-lucky charm and kitschness that is all his own. His success as a purveyor of stinking cheese music reached it's pinnacle with the release of "CHEESECORE" on KPM (EMI) in 2001, an astonishing array of cheesy grooves for music library use.
Not willing to be marginalised by his exceptional tongue-in-cheese gifts, Mr Fromajio insists he can write music in any style, and has been doing so for some time. He has scored numerous documentaries, an independent US feature film, theatre shows and many short films to boot. He has written music for ITV, Channel 4, BBC2, Radio 4, Anglia TV, BBC Choice, multi-media and corporate promotions companies. When not composing, performing or practising for The Moustache Olympics, Danny lives on a houseboat on the Thames in London, where he cowers beneath a huge mound of accordions and rare cheeses.
A couple of Dan's websites: fromajio.com danielteper.com

Sara Mitra (vocals)
 This rising star of the jazz underworld sings both original songs and swing standards. With a fresh and rhythmically vibrant approach to improvisation, her voice has been acclaimed by listeners across the board, including legendary jazz singer Sheila Jordan. Described as a 'sultry jazz singing sensation' on BBC Radio, her influences range from jazz divas Anita O'Day and Ella Fitzgerald to neo-soul queens Erykah Badu and Jill Scott.  Sara has headlined across Europe with her quartet.
'Catch her while you can...you won't regret it' bbc.co.uk
'A hit during her stint at last year's Festival' Edinburgh Evening News
Sara's website: www.saramitra.com