Tutors are chosen for their skills in teaching and inspiring adult players. Tutors have included Alan Barnes, Karen Sharp, Andy Crowdy, Thomas L’Etienne, Denny Ilett and Jonny Bruce. Annie Parker has been our roving coach and we also bring in instrument specific tutors once we know exactly what we need closer to the time.

Karen Sharp

Karen started her career touring with Humphrey Lyttelton’s band after she graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music. Inspired to play the tenor sax by two giants of improvisation – Dexter Gordon and Sonny Rollins, Karen has won the tenor saxophone category of the British Jazz Awards on numerous occasions. She tours regularly with her quartet which features Nikki Iles, Dave Green and Steve Brown and she plays with numerous larger ensembles including Robert Fowler’s Gerry Mulligan Concert Jazz Band, Steve Waterman’s Big Band and the Stan Tracey Big Band. She has taught at many different workshops and we are looking forward to welcoming her back to Henley for the second time. For more information see www.karensharp.net

Andy Crowdy

Andy is one of the UK’s top bass players. He can be seen playing with leading Gypsy Jazz musicians such as Angelo DeBarre, Fapy Lafertin, John Etheridge’s Sweet Chorus and Christian Garrick. He has been touring extensively with Moscow Drug Club over the last year as well as performing with Art Themen and New Orleans’ Jazz Ambassador Lillian Boutte. His interests span jazz, folk, rock and classical and he is in demand as a teacher.

Jonny Bruce

Jonny trained classically with Paul Mayes and Andy Everton, and received further tuition in jazz from Steve Waterman, his command over the instrument has made him a very versatile musician. He emerged onto the UK jazz scene as a member of the Dave Stapleton Quintet (Edition Records). It was through recording and touring with this band that Jonny gained his early professional musical experiences. Now based in Bristol, Jonny has become one of the most in demand musicians in the South West. Aside from his current projects, he is regularly working as a guest soloist and session player, both live and in the studio.

Denny Ilett

Denny learnt his guitar playing the old fashioned way – by playing and touring internationally with some of New Orleans’ finest including Lillian Boutte and band members of the Meters, Dr John and the Harry Connick Jnr Big Band. His Big Band has performed at Ronny Scotts backing Pee Wee Ellis and Fred Wesley – both key members of James Brown’s backing band the JBs – and more recently with Bobby Shew. He regularly writes for Guitarist Magazine, and has taught workshops internationally and in the UK, notably the Bath International Guitar Festival.