UTTER:JAZZ biographies

UTTER:JAZZ brings together some of the most versatile and talented musicians around to inject new dimensions into jazz and poetry performances. Members have appeared with Ravi Shankar, STOMP, Groove Armada, Cleo Laine, Nigel Kennedy, Herbie Hancock, The Sixteen, English Touring Opera, King Salsa, Antonio Forcione and Jarvis Cocker – but not all at once. 

Co-arrangers/performers joining Ruthie for LOOK, STRANGER are:

Jonny Gee
Jonny Gee is a double bassist who performs across the fields of baroque, contemporary classical, opera, tango, salsa and jazz, both internationally and in venues such as the Royal Albert Hall and Ronnie Scott’s. He has appeared with artists ranging from Jarvis Cocker, Antonio Forcione and King Salsa to English Touring Opera, Ravi Shankar and The Sixteen. He has run workshops for St John’s College Cambridge, the Wigmore Hall, Royal Holloway College and Dartington Summer School. www.jonnygee.co.uk

Mick Foster
Mick Foster is a saxophonist, clarinettist and composer working across classical, jazz and commercial music. Stage appearances include with John Dankworth and Cleo Laine, Guy Barker and The London Philharmonic Orchestra. He has written music for the London Jazz Orchestra and Onyx Brass, and his music has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3. He teaches at Trinity Laban and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and is a tutor for the National Youth Jazz Collective. www.mickfoster.org.uk


Dan Hewson
Dan Hewson is a pianist, trombonist and composer. At Oxford University he won the Osgood Prize for his String Quartet (premiered by the Allegri Quartet) and has arranged music for Madonna and Groove Armada. He has performed with Bobby Wellins, Nigel Kennedy, Jorge Palma and STOMP. Dan has released three albums of his own compositions, has taught at Surrey University and Westminster School and is currently Professor of jazz piano in Lisbon. www.myspace.com/danhewson


Andrea Trillo
Andrea Trillo is a drummer, originally from Rome, with a varied recording and performing career. He has performed with many British jazz icons including Don Weller, Jim Mullen and Tony Kofi. In pop and folk music he has worked with Hazel O’Connor, Jerry Dammers (The Specials) and American folk singer Bob Martin. He also teaches drums and has toured with the legendary Herbie Hancock.