Monday 2nd October 2017 at 8:00pm
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“Ken Peplowski is arguably the greatest living jazz clarinetist” Russell Davies, BBC2 August 2013

After a year of college, Ken joined the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra under the direction of Buddy Morrow. “Buddy heard me with my quartet at a Cleveland jazz festival along with Teddy Wilson’s trio and the Dorsey band, and made an offer right then and there for me to not only play lead alto, but to have a feature spot on the clarinet with the rhythm section. It was a great ‘road-school’ – we learned the discipline that goes with playing one-nighters every day for 48 weeks out of the year, and Buddy was a great, very generous bandleader.”

Peplowski met Sonny Stitt while on the road with the Dorsey band, and studied with him. “He was, and is, an inspiration to all of of us who make a living ‘on the road’ – I’ve never heard anybody play with such amazing consistency as Sonny, through all kinds of settings.”

In 1984, Benny Goodman came out of retirement and put together a new band, hiring Ken on tenor saxophone.

Ken is joined this evening by JULIAN MARC STRINGLE - Master Clarinettist and said by the late John Dankworth to be the best to emerge in British Jazz for decades.

The evening is completed by the simply superb CRAIG MILVERTON TRIO