© 2017–19 by Just East of Jazz

the band

Phil Hopkins:
Harmonica/percussion

Phil Hopkins has performed as a percussionist, harmonica player or musical director in more than 100 London shows in the West End and at the National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company and Shakespeare's Globe Theatre including Olivier award-winning productions at the National such as Oklahoma!, A Little Night Music and Sweeney Todd.

He has also played/recorded with the best of Britain's jazz artists including Claire Martin, Jim Mullen, Norma Winstone, Stacey Kent, Guy Barker, Tim Garland and Julian Joseph.

Phil has been featured harmonica soloist for major West End productions including Trevor Nunn's Porgy and Bess and Gone With The Wind, Tim Rice's From Here To Eternity and Stephen Sondheim's Assassins. As a recording musician Phil has performed on many TV, film, radio and album sessions as well as playing in prestigious concert halls in the UK and abroad. Lately he's been working with the London Sinfonietta…

Jonathan Gee:
Keyboards

Since being named ‘Most Promising Newcomer’ in the British Jazz Awards in 1991, Jonathan Gee has become, according to Visions of Britain, ‘One of European jazz’s most celebrated musicians – his music is precise, lucid and original, and at times breathtakingly lyrical’.

As a specialist trio pianist he was for many years featured at Ronnie Scott’s in the rhythm section for luminaries such as Joe Lovano or Benny Golson. He has released eight of his own albums, including by his Italian trio Gee•Gallo•Minetto, and his New York trio with Joseph Lepore and Nasheet Waits. He recently sold out Dizzy’s at Lincoln Centre in New York.

Currently he is working regularly with Cleveland Watkiss with whom he collaborates on their Song Diasporas project, with Tim Whitehead on various projects, and with Tony Kofi playing Monk.

This year he is involved in projects with Italy’s Roberto Gatto, and USA’s Craig Handy.


He is also an accomplished singer, and plays electronic music with Northern Star People and

Japan’s Coppe.

Robert Shaw in Jazzwise Magazine said, ‘The fire and invention that marked his recent performances with Pharoah Sanders are in full evidence on this disc
(Dragonfly)…his breathlessly sparkling originality shines through.’

Phil Scragg: Bass

Phil has lectured at K College Tunbridge and has performed at the Albert Hall and Wembley Arena. He has toured internationally with many artists including The Beautiful South, Incantation, Evidence, Joey Negro, Dudu Pukwana, Imelda Staunton, Billy Jenkins, John Etheridge, Carol Grimes and many others.
As a recording artist his credits include Robert Plant, Joey Negro, Ester Aweke, Dudu Pukwana, Just East and Sax Appeal.
As well as performance and recording Phil also works as a composer/arranger and producer with numerous TV and film credits to his name.

Jeremy Shoham: saxophones

Jeremy Shoham spent many years working and touring with composer Roland Perrin’s ground breaking world jazz outfit Evidence and also did short stints with Roland’s larger ensemble The Blue Planet Orchestra.

 

He has combined a long musical career with directing a humanitarian aid charity and could often be seen jumping off a plane from war torn Somalia to make the opening set at the Bulls Head or 606. He has played with numerous bands over the years including the Pete Hurt Octet, Gino Washington and Gregory Scheckter. He formed Just East of Jazz (now Just East) in the early ‘90s and co-leads the band with Rick Finlay – long-time friend and collaborator. 

Rick Finlay:
drums & percussion

Rick’s eclectic performance credits include Just EastLiane CarrollSi CranstounDes O'ConnorJacqui DankworthSinéad O’Connor and Mari Wilson.

His career as West End theatre drummer has included a 22-year run at Blood Brothers as well as Little Shop of HorrorsChessTime, and has seen him accompanying stars like Mel C, Natasha HamiltonMarti PellowCliff Richard, Stephanie LawrenceDavid Cassidy and David Soul.

 

His love of jazz has led to performances with many of the finest UK Jazz soloists including Ian ShawMartin SpeakeDerek NashGilad AtzmonEd JonesJim MullenRoger Beaujolais and many others.

Television includes: Ant & Dec's Saturday Night TakeawayParkinson, The Jethro JunctionThe Late Show.

 

An innovative and enthusiastic teacher, Rick has directed workshops in Jazz and Latin-American percussion, as well as the business of music. He writes for, plays in and manages jazz/world quartet Just East and their record label Just East of Jazz.