Kate Williams (p) Bobby Wellins (ts) tbc (b) Tristan Maillot (d)
Bobby was born in Glasgow in January 1936 into a musical family. After study at Chichester College and a spell in the RAF, he bagan working the dance band circuit. His recording career began when he joined the legendary Buddy Featherstonhaugh pianoless quintet in 1956. Bobby linked up with Stan Tracey in the early 1960s and is best known for his work on the classic (and best selling British jazz album) Undermilk Wood, recently revived in concerts at Brecon and elsewhere.
He has his own distinctive sound: his taste in saxophone includes Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Lee Konitz, John Coltrane and Tony Coe: “but while embodying most of their virtues, he sounds like none of them”. Recently Bobby is enjoying resurgence in popular exposure and is playing as well as ever.
Kate Williams was born in London into a musical family (her father is the guitarist John Williams, her mother a classical pianist). A recipient of the John Dankworth Award For Talent Deserving Wider Recognition, she has gained a distinctive reputation as both a writer and performer.
She has released several CDs, each one to critical acclaim. Her trio CD “Scenes And Dreams” (2005) was rated in the top ten jazz albums that year by Mojo magazine.
Her quintet recording “The Embrace” (2008) displayed her rich and sonorous writing, and featured Canadian tenorist Steve Kaldestad, and award-winning flautist Gareth Lockrane.
In 2011, she recorded with her new septet featuring Gareth Lockrane, Steve Fishwick, Ben Somers, Julian Siegel, Jeremy Brown, Oli Hayhurst, and Tristan Mailliot. ‘Made Up’ was released in October 2011, and was ranked 7th in Mojo’s top jazz albums of 2011. The septet was nominated for a Parliamentary Jazz Award in March 2012.
She has also performed with many of the UK’s leading musicians, including Stan Sulzmann, Nikki Iles, John Etheridge, Anita Wardell, Georgia Mancio, Dave Cliff, Tony Woods, Tim Whitehead, Julian Siegel, Karen Sharpe, Allison Neale, and is a member of Chris Biscoe’s Mingus Moves. She also performs regularly with Bobby Wellins, and their duo CD is due for release in spring 2012. Kate currently teaches on the jazz degree course at Middlesex University.