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Acclaimed for his appearances at Ronnie Scott’s, guitarist Denny Ilett comes to Pangbourne Jazz Club

February’s Pangbourne Jazz Club features “truly remarkable, versatile and expansive guitarist/singer“ Denny Ilett.

He will be backed by the Pangbourne Jazz Club rhythm section: Terry Hutchins (guitar) | Andy Crowdy (double bass), Jim Pollard (piano) and Brian Greene (drums).

Denny Ilett Photo: Michel Piedallu
Denny Ilett Photo: Michel Piedallu

Encompassing swing, bebop, blues, rock and everything between, Denny is equally acclaimed for his thrilling guitar playing, smooth vocalising and appearances at Ronnie Scott’s fronting his jazz salute to Jimi Hendrix with the Electric Lady Big Band.

Denny has done a lot of touring all over the world, Europe, Australia, the States and the Middle East. He has worked for many years with a wonderful singer from New Orleans called Lillian Boutté. She is the official musical ambassador for New Orleans, a title held previously only by Louis Armstrong which shows how amazing she is.

Denny has also worked with the great Pee Wee Ellis, who was musical director for James Brown and Van Morrison.

One of Denny's favourite things to do is play with other guitar players. He has played with great Jazz players like Jim Mullen, John Etheridge, Martin Taylor and recently from New York, Howard Alden.

Denny comes from something of a musical family, his father was a trumpet player. He started off on the trumpet when he was about eight and when he got to 16 he remembers hearing a strange noise coming from his brother’s bedroom and it was the first notes of Foxy Lady by Jimi Hendrix and "...suddenly blown away and I had to get a guitar. I put the trumpet in the case and it hasn’t come out since."

He plays jazz@PJC on Sunday, February 4, 7.30pm start. Only £12.50 entry, cheap bar and public car park

Pay on the door or book online

The club meets at PWMC Rosewood Hall, Whitchurch Road, Pangbourne RG8 7BS – “A really nice venue in a beautiful setting. With club bar prices and ample parking. Pangbourne Jazz Club is delighted to be here”.

The Club runs every first Sunday in the month.

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