Henley Jazz Workshop

Five of the top musicians on the European jazz scene, coming together to play jazz, swing & Latin. Top-drawer quality music & a good few laughs along the way!

Andy Crowdy

Andy is one of the UK’s top jazz bass players. He has been touring with Joe Brown over 2019/20 and continues to work with Moscow Drug Club – you can catch them at the Henley Festival in the Mirror Tent this year. He plays for John Etheridge’s Sweet Chorus and Christian Garrick as well as leading Gypsy Jazz guitarists such as Angelo DeBarre, Fapy Lafertin and Gary Potter. He has toured Europe, Australia and the USA with Lillian Boutte performing at festivals and jazz clubs.

David Newton

David Newton began his musical career in theatre before switching to jazz piano and after making his first recording with Martin Taylor and Buddy De Franco, was persuaded to move to London by his old Leeds College room mate, Alan Barnes. Thanks to an award-winning album with Scottish singer Carol Kidd, David gained a reputation as an accompanist for singers and as a direct result, has developed his insight and affinity with the Great American Songbook. David has fifteen albums in his name and collaborated on over eighty with other artists. He is principal lecturer in Jazz Piano at Leeds College of Music and was made a fellow in 2003. He has been voted best UK Jazz Pianist in the British Jazz Awards many times.

Thomas L’Etienne

Thomas is a New Orleans style jazz clarinet and sax player who tours the world from his native town of Hamburg. His influences include Ben Webster, Charlie Parker and ‘Lockjaw’ Davies as well as the rhythm and blues tenors Lee Allen and David Lastie. He has recorded dozens of CDs with musicians ranging from Smokey Johnson, Doctor John to Jeanette Kimball and Humphrey Lyttelton. He discovered a love for Brazilian Choro and now tours with his group Creole Clarinets.

Karen Sharp 

Karen started her career touring with Humphrey Lyttelton’s band after she graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music. Inspired to play the tenor sax by two giants of improvisation – Dexter Gordon and Sonny Rollins, Karen has won the tenor saxophone category of the British Jazz Awards on numerous occasions. She tours regularly with her quartet which features Nikki Iles, Dave Green and Steve Brown and she plays with numerous larger ensembles including Robert Fowler’s Gerry Mulligan Concert Jazz Band, Steve Waterman’s Big Band and the Stan Tracey Big Band.

Max Brittain

Max has performed in all the major UK concert venues and toured extensively throughout Europe, Scandinavia, the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand, in the company of such diverse talents as Michael Feinstein, Georgie Fame, Cleo Laine, Marian Montgomery, Vic Damone, Guy Mitchell, Val Doonican, the Mantovani Orchestra, the Nelson Riddle Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra. His jazz career includes work with Humphrey Lyttelton, Terry Lightfoot, Jamie Cullum, Ronnie Scott and American jazz guitar giants Barney Kessel, Herb Ellis and Charlie Byrd. In 1990 he was invited to establish the electric guitar faculty at Eton College. He was senior visiting teacher in this department, which grew to around one hundred students. Max retired from this post in 2017 in order to concentrate on performing, composing and arranging jazz.

£15 music cover charge.