27 Oct 2016, 20:15Colne River Room Studio
Kevin Grenfell started playing the Trombone at 11 years of age in brass bands based in his home of Cornwall and also plays trumpet. At 18 he joined the Queen's Own Hussars (Royal Armoured Corps) and had the good fortune to study at Kneller Hall,the Army school of music. He moved to London where he secured an engagement under his own name at the prestigious 100 Club. He then found himself in demand working with the jazz musicians he had hitherto only dreamt of appearing with. During 1995 he returned to the Southwest settling in Devon studying full time for the next four years. He completed his music degree at Dartington College of Arts to augment his Army qualifications - all this whilst gigging as much as possible at various clubs and events as trombonist and vocalist, fronting his own quartet whilst working with the ever popular Pete Allen Jazzband. After completing another year of study Kevin successfully completed a PGCE which in addition to his music degree qualified him as a Secondary School music teacher, a profession he pursued. However, the call of live performing and life as a professional jazz instrumentalist proved too hard to ignore and he returned to full-time performing in 2002.
This week, Kevin on his Trumpet, Trombone and vocals, brings players Jeremy Huggett (Reeds), Phil Nice (Piano), Richard Leach ( Trombone), Jim Swinnerton (Bass) and Graham Smith on Drums.