Maxine Green – guitar and vocals. A London-born multilingual singer and guitarist from a family of jazz musicians. Maxine’s father played sax in Nat Gonella’s band, and cousin Benny Green became famous for his sax playing and jazz journalism.
Initially a classical guitarist, and a teenaged reviewer for ‘Guitar’ magazine, Maxine studied jazz via courses at the Guildhall School of Music and Goldsmiths’ College, learned singing techniques with Carolyn Harries of Opera Holland Park, and honed performance skills at a Wavendon masterclass with singer Marion Montgomery. After relocating to Devon she joined musical forces with well-known reed player Charlie Hearnshaw.
Charlie Hearnshaw – clarinet, saxophone and piano. Born in Birminham, his father a multi-instrumentalist jazz musician, Charlie studied classical clarinet, composition and conducting at Dartington College of Arts followed by further clarinet studies in Paris. His own jazz Quartet’s debut album received considerable acclaim, including a place in The Guardian’s critics’ poll. Charlie has played, recorded and broadcast with top jazz musicians including Alan Barnes and Andy Sheppard, and is in demand as a session musician for contemporary dance music producers, DJs and remixers. An exceptionally versatile musician who plays and composes all styles of music.
Within a fifteen-year musical partnership Maxine and Charlie have performed as a duo and with larger bands in England and Europe, and recorded six albums together. Their repertoire is an eclectic and varied mix of jazz, swing, New Orleans, Latin, popular standards, jazz Beatles, and original songs and tunes. Years of touring in France have given them also an extensive range of French music and song. In particular, under the banner of “Projet Brassens”, their jazz arrangements of songs by the great French songwriter Georges Brassens received international acclaim, and their cabaret concert performances have had an enthusiastic reception from audiences at all kinds of venues.
The duo can add a double bass to form a trio, plus drums to make a quartet and congas/percussion for a Latin-style quintet
“Virile and reflective chamber jazz”, The Times
“A light approach to be-bop which also encompasses Latin American and World Music, giving a panoramic effect.” Time Out magazine
“…there is a feeling of joy which communicates itself to the listener. This is the kind of music that gives me the most pleasure.” Jazz critic Alun Morgan
“The combination of sublime clarinet and saxophone playing from Charlie Hearnshaw and delightful vocals from Maxine Green, who sings with a wonderfully light, yet seductive touch”
Western Daily Press
“Sexy, soulful, rhythmic, funny. A stirring example of how music can transcend language barriers.”
North Devon Journal
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