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Next gig confirmed @ Hot Numbers Gwydir St Cafe – Friday 3rd March 2023.

Written by Admin99, published 02-18-23

We’re really excited to continue our jazz gigs and welcome the Josh Kemp Trio to Hot Numbers Gwydir St on Friday 3rd March 2023 from 6pm!

Tickets and food information can be found here:


The menu on the night is here:

Tortillas w/ three dips: guacamole, garlic & herb yogurt, spicy red salsa.


Grilled Chimichangas with coriander rice, roast tomato salsa and
Monterrey Jack, topped with spicy mango salsa and avocado & jalapeno
With your choice of either:
-Chipotle Chicken (GFA)
-Birria Beef (GFA)
-Guajillo sweet potato (V/VeA/GFA)


Sweet (not included in your ticket):
All the usual supply of fabulous house cakes will be available on the counter for purchase throughout the night.

And here are some details about the musicians:

Josh Kemp Trio

Josh Kemp – Tenor Sax

Tim Lapthorn – Piano

Steve Watts – Bass


A Fierce Talent’ Jazzwise Magazine


‘A mix of Getzian breeziness and Coltrane’s imploring
cry’; The Guardian

A saxophonist deeply rooted in the tradition, Josh cut his teeth playing jazz standards and the blues is always a central reference in his playing. A player with a unique sound combining a lyrical and melodic style with deeply swinging groove has made him a regular at jazz clubs and festivals around the UK, from Ronnie Scotts, to St Ives and Newcastle.              

Josh has released several CDs of original compositions, and completed five UK Tours leading his bands around the UK. After studying Philosophy at Oxford, he won a Ronnie Scott Scholarship for studies at the Guildhall School of Music and an Archer Scholarship to attend Trinity College of Music, as well as winning other prizes for his Jazz performance.

Current projects include the ‘Rare Groove’ quartet with Ross Stanley on Hammond organ (‘Outstanding’ – Jazzwise Magazine), and ‘The Coltrane Project’ – a Collaboration with pianist

Alex Hutton exploring the the lyrical and spiritual music of John Coltrane, including his masterpiece – the Love Supreme
suite. ‘Funkessence’ with Singer Lily Dior Josh is also a house musician at London’s Savoy and Dorchester Hotels, and runs FulltoneVideo.com  specialising in producing high quality videos of live music performance. He is also an active jazz educator, giving workshops and masterclasses and composing for developing players and ensembles.



Tim Lapthorn

Piano, UK

Born in 1976, Tim initially read philosophy and French at
Leeds University.  After graduating in 1999, he went on to study at the
Guildhall School of Music in London where he completed the jazz postgraduate
diploma in 2000.  Since this time Tim has performed and recorded with both
his own trio and many other leading jazz musicians/groups including Eddie
Henderson, Ian Shaw, Brandon Allen, Georgia Mancio, Dave Lewis’ 1up, Bobby
Wellins, Polly Gibbons, Arnie Somogyi’s Ambulance, Robben Ford, Quentin
Collins, Jean Toussaint, Julian Jackson and Acoustic Ladyland.  Under his
own name he has recorded three albums:  Ourlines (2002), Natural Language
(2004) and Seventh Sense (2007).

After a period away from his own projects due, in the main
to the arrival of a new member of the family in 2007, Tim reformed, in November
2010, the trio with Stephen Keogh (drums) and Arnie Somogyi (bass) to play 3
very well-received gigs at Ronnie Scott’s Club supporting Cedar Walton. He is
currently in the process of recording a new album, Intention, which wil include
purely original compositions featuring solo, trios and larger ensemles
(including with string quartet )The music draws from jazz, blues, hip-hop
clasical, folk and Brazilian influences and is a very exciting project. All
being well the album will be released in November 2011 alongside a UK tour.

STEVE WATTS has been playing jazz on the British scene
for over 25 years.  Whilst studying classical double bass at the Guildhall
School of Music & Drama, Steve discovered jazz and left immediately. 
He has worked with many musicians of international stature, including: Django
Bates, Iain Ballamy, Julian Arguelles, Kenny Wheeler, Stan Sulzman, Jim Mullen,
Joe Lovano, Kirk Lightsey, Richard Rodney Bennett, Thomas Stonen, Peter
Erskine, Norma Winstone, Gordon Beck, Phil Woods, Bobby Wellins and
Adam Nussbaum.  In the late 80’s he was a member of Loose Tubes, has
remained closely associated with many of its leading figures and plays with
them still.  His wonderful bass playing has always underpinned these
groups with unwavering strength.

He is a committed educator and currently teaches at Trinity
Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and the Guildhall School of Music and






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