JASG's Jean Darke says: " OK you might have missed BEN HOLDER appearing with Gypsy Fire this year, but don't despair coz' JASG favourite Ben will be devising for our delight a CHRISTMAS SPECIAL, with his wonderful quartet. We'll marvel, as usual at Ben's plethora of talents, on the jazz violin I(a true heir to the great Stefan Grapelli), his terrific piano playing, wonderful vocals of his haunting and memorable songs (usual request from me, Ben, for "She"). Ben's a "wow" in the U.S. Of A as much as he is here and we're lucky to have him return to us.
A truly festive end to another great series and grateful thanks to our now nationwide fan base. If we can top the amazing amount we raised for War Child and Save the Children with our JASG Autumn Series Three 2015 (£5,020 and 74 pence!) wouldn't that be wonderful? JUST COME AND SUPPORT US!! JEAN D."
The BHQ is Ben's passion project and a truly fabulous ensemble, delighting audiences with all styles of jazz, blues and swing - there's even a few Beatles numbers thrown in for good measure!
"That man Holder…. If he was playing electric guitar behind a screen you’d swear it was Jimmi Hendrix come back to life. So fast. So melodic." Jonathan Craymer - Grapevine Live
"Ben Holder has the warmth and flexibility of a sax player, and all the extra possibilities of a string instrument - lightning speed harmonics, col legno, glissando and double stopping. Chilled and confident, he also has the capaciy to switch seamlessly within the same bar from virtuosic violin to vocals" London Jazz Review
View our Jazz at St Giles Website for details of the other concerts in our 2016 series. You can view recordings of our upcoming performers and download posters and other material to print and display if you'd like to help us get the word out!