Martin Kemp plays, teaches, composes and arranges jazz. He plays a powerful tenor, and is a genius on the clarinet. In the London scene in the 1960s he played alongside Humphrey Lyttleton, Sandy Brown, George Melly and Bruce Turner. Moving to Cambridge in the 1970s, he has been very active in teaching jazz to adults and in local schools, including the award-winning Mad Hatters jazz band. He gigs all around Cambridge and runs the nine piece Mingusology.
Bert Schilperoort is a drummer, saxophonist, trombone player, singer, physicist, philosopher and all round nice guy. He teaches music and some of those other subjects, around Cambridge, and gigs regularly, often with Martin.
Jazz saxophonist Josh Kemp lives in London and performs around the UK. After gaining a First in Philosophy at Oxford University, Josh won scholarships to study jazz at London’s Guildhall and Trinity College of Music. Since then he has established himself as a saxophonist, bandleader and composer.Josh is also deeply involved in jazz education, directing the Cambridge Youth Jazz Orchestra and coaching at workshops and courses.
Vocal tutor Ruth Applin writes: “I discovered jazz in my teens and would always listen to my dad’s old records of Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington, among others. I played piano in the school jazz band and it was then that I also started to have singing lessons. I love the old jazz songs and it was always these that I wanted to sing.” After University, Ruth started gigging in restaurants and bars and then attended the prestigious postgraduate jazz course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. She now gigs regularly in venues in London and surrounding areas.
Jeremy Kahn writes: “I’ve been playing music since I was five years old (I was born in the 1950s so that’s a long time). I play all sorts of music, but most of all I play jazz guitar and bass. I also sing a lot of old folk songs and blues music. I gig semi-professionally. I teach jazz at Grafham and occasionally on other jazz courses, and I give private guitar and jazz lessons.”