Youthful stars to get jazzing at weekly Bedford Arms night

Huw Williams
Huw Williams

Guitarist Tom Ollendorff returns to the Bedford Arms next week, inviting some of the top young musicians in the country to join him.

Tom has recently graduated from the Royal Welsh College and is making a name for himself as an improviser and composer.

Tom will bring a couple of his original compositions as well as selecting a few choice standards to the weekly jazz night.

He will be joined by Chris Maddock on alto saxophone. Chris is one of the most highly rated young jazz musicians on the scene today, playing with some of the musicians on the forefront of British jazz. After studying at Birmingham Conservatoire he has gone on to win awards such as the Mike Gibbs/BBC Big Band prize 2010 for big band arranging/composing and the Yamaha Jazz Scholarship for outstanding Jazz musicians in association with PPL and Jazzwise.

Also playing will be Huw Williams on double bass. Huw started playing cello in primary school, progressing onto the bass guitar and double bass.

Since Attending the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama to study Bmus (hons) in jazz double bass, Huw graduated with first class honours and received a Yamaha Scholars prize.

Event organiser Mark Hale said: “With a fast-growing CV lit up by the names of some of his heroes including Jim Black, Michael Blake and Jason Rebello, Huw is building a beautiful bass-filled world of free music and primal creativity.”

Music will be from 8.30pm. There is no admission charge, musicians are paid from the contributions given by the audience, so there is a suggested donation of £5 per person.