Twickenham Jazz Club's Past Gigs

Afternoon in Paris

Fronted by clarinet, bass clarinet and vocals in several European languages, Afternoon in Paris is on a mission to entertain! Their music stems from the forties swing of the Hot Club of France, but extends to encompass a miasma of styles from Latin to Klezmer, Bebop to Pop with some fab originals thrown in. Prepare to be transported through the smoky jazz clubs of 1930s Paris and Hamburg to the grand cafés of Europe, New York, and South America. The result is a unique and joyful fusion of superbly delivered music. Sit back and enjoy the show.

Susanna Warren – clarinet/bass clarinet/vocals – studied classical clarinet and piano at the Birmingham Conservatoire and won scholarships to study chamber music at The Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest during the early 90s. She has since performed in show bands, ensembles, as a soloist in many fabulous places and circumstances all over the world and has broadcast on radio both in the uk and abroad. She started playing jazz in 2007 when it was suggested to her by the gentleman who was moving her sofa! She now performs extensively as a jazz musician, playing clarinets, keyboard and singing (in five different languages!) and occasionally plays sax with Jeremy’s rock band L.A.F. Beneath her charismatic, self-assured and often very comedic presentation there exists a fabulous musicianship. Susanna writes a lot of her own material, her soulful and eclectic compositions often leaving the audience spellbound. As well as four albums with Afternoon in Paris Susanna has recorded for various other artists (including Terry Hall – Specials, Fun Boy Three) and has recorded two solo albums of her original work. She is also in demand as a teacher of classical piano, clarinet and saxophone.

Mike Hatchard – keyboard, violin, vocals – won a prize for composition at the Bournemouth Music Festival at the tender age of eleven. He started earning money playing in pubs at fourteen and at sixteen played a solo summer season in Spain, at 17 he was the Musical Director of a Summer Show at Weymouth. He joined the National Youth Jazz Orchestra at the same time studying piano with Peter Wallfisch and composition with Philip Cannon at the Royal College of Music. He became Matt Monro’s youngest ever musical director and toured and recorded with the John Dankworth Quintet accompanying Cleo Laine still in his early twenties. Subsequently his career went into all sorts of odd directions, he became a comedy cult at the Edinburgh Festival, wrote three full length musical (all staged) and drew cartoons for the likes of Viz and Homes and Gardens; he can also claim to have co-written songs with Spike Milligan and Frankie Howerd. In recent years his career has turned full circle, working with the likes of the Ardenti String Quartet, the Chamber Ensemble of London, Herbie Flowers, Derek Nash, Tina May and Sarah Jane Morris. His ‘Jazz Breakfasts’ in theatres on the South Coast can claim record attendances for jazz gigs and his guests often include the cream of British Jazz including Liane Carroll, Mark Nightingale, Nigel Price and Dave O’higgins.

Jeremy Young – guitar – Initially, a self-taught guitar player, Jeremy Young went on to study performing arts and popular music at Neath College and, subsequently, The Welsh College of Music and drama. In the early 90s he started his professional career in South Wales working in theatre shows, and as a rock musician with numerous television and radio appearances. In 2005 he discovered Django Reinhardt and immersed himself in learning not only jazz but the unique Manouche, gypsy jazz rhythm guitar and picking style. Jeremy is also in demand as a soloist and a highly respected rhythm player, working for artists like Paul Patterson and Garry Potter. As well as performing in in venues all over Wales and the U.K, Jeremy has worked as a musician in Germany, Denmark, Ireland and Poland. Jeremy founded Afternoon in Paris in 2011 and is a member of iconic Welsh rock band, L.A.F. He is also a skilled craftsman who makes beautiful acoustic guitars.

Nick Kacal – Double bass – has been active on the London music scene since 1998, playing predominantly jazz and acoustic folk, occasionally touring to places such as Cape Verde, France and Spain. He formed his own group, Guerillasound, releasing a CD in 2008 and touring successfully in Japan. In the last few years, his science and engineering background in Electroacoustics has led to him increased work as a recordist, mix engineer and producer, with a base in his own small mix and tracking studio – Guerilla Sound Recordings.

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