- Rob Barron
- Colin Oxley
- Jeremy Brown
- Josh Morrison
The Rob Barron Quartet features some of the UK’s finest jazz musicians: Rob Barron on piano, Colin Oxley on Guitar, Jeremy Brown on Bass and Josh Morrison on drums. With regular appearances at the Ronnie Scott’s Late Late Show and at venues such as the 606 club and all over the country, the band has developed a close musical rapport around a shared passion for music from the hardbop era.
Drawing influences from the classic groups of the period such as the Wes Montgomery and George Shearing Quartets and more modern groups such as the Peter Bernstein/Mike Ledonne Quartet, the band plays new exciting arrangements of timeless popular songs from Rodgers and Hart to Stevie Wonder as well as original compositions.
Rob studied Jazz at the Leeds College of Music where he won the Outstanding Performance award and went on to complete an MMus in jazz performance at the Guildhall School of Music in London. Since then he has been part of a new wave of young jazz pianists playing in the hardbop tradition, drawing influences from piano greats such as Wynton Kelly, Cedar Walton, Hank Jones and Mulgrew Miller. A mainstay of the London jazz and studio scene, Rob has performed with artists such as Al Jarreau, Marlena Shaw, Phil Woods, Bob Mintzer and Benny Golson, The BBC Big Band, The Ronnie Scotts All-stars, Jacqui Dankworth, Ian Shaw, Clare Martin, Dave O Higgins to name a few.
Colin studied at London’s Guildhall School of Music and in 2001 was voted Jazz Musician of the year by the Worshipful Company of Musicians. As a long standing member of Stacey Kent’s group he has recorded several albums and toured worldwide, including appearances at Festivals such as Montreux, North Sea, Nice and Vienne. As well as playing in Rob’s quartet, Colin performs with Steve Fishwick’s Quartet, the Dave Newton Trio, Mark Crooks Quintet, the Back to Basie Orchestra, the BBC Big Band, a duo with Martin Speake, The John Wilson Orchestra, The Skelton/Skinner Big Band, Simon Woolf Sextet, Nat Steele Quintet and Eriko Ishihara.
After studying at the Royal Academy of Music Jeremy is now one of the leading bass players in the UK. He has been a regular member of the Peter King Quartet (with Stephen Keogh and Steve Melling) and of Gerard Presencer’s ‘Platypus’, and has worked with stars such as Louis Stewart, Johnny Griffin, Art Farmer, Mornington Lockett, Brad Mehldau and Mark Turner. In 1995, he was featured as the bass player on Julian Joseph’s live TV broadcast from the Summer Proms. He has also appeared in Julian Siegel’s quartet ‘city of dreams’ with Gary Husband and Liam Noble and the Christain Garrick Quartet with Dave Gordon and Tom Hooper. He has supported Benn Clatworthy with Robin Aspland and Martin Drew and appeared in The Kate Williams Quartet, Christine Tobin Quintet and Alyson Cawley Quintet. He is also a member of the innovative band Respectable Groove, with Evelyn Nallen, David Gordon and Ichiro Tatsuhara. Jeremy Brown is clearly one of the most sought-after bass men in the country.
Josh was born in London in 1985. In 2003 he received a scholarship to study at the prestigious Berklee College of Music. Since returning to London he has maintained a busy schedule, playing with many of the country’s top Jazz musicians. In late 2012 he joined the band of Grammy-nominated vocalist, Stacey Kent. He is featured on her latest album, ‘The Changing Lights’. Josh is also a member of the Gabriel Latchin Trio.