What They Said

with Liane Carroll (multi-award winning jazz pianist/singer) & Marc Cecil (Robin Jones)
with Liane Carroll (multi-award winning jazz pianist/singer) & Marc Cecil (Robin Jones)

Annie Taylor @ Annie’s Jazz Club Graham’s experience covers all genres including Jazz, Funk, Soul, Big-band, Reggae, Latin, but perhaps most importantly he’s a crowd pleaser who has that uncanny knack of reading the audience and adapting accordingly. Tonight you can expect to hear a variety of tunes on the funky side of jazz with a twist of Latin to top it off, so bring your dancing shoes!”

Jazz Gig review Richard Marson   “Graham Hunter always prepares immaculately for his set  ….. adding that extra touch of professionalism not often seen at Jazz Clubs. Graham is a versatile performer on not only his horns but also on harmonica and vocalises particularly well with ballads and in completing the first set he played flugelhorn and vocalised on ‘I Got That Old Feeling’, the frenetic Clifford Brown’s ‘Tiny Capers’ on trumpet, ‘Blues in G’ on harmonica plus vocal, the beautiful ballad ‘Time after Time’ on flugelhorn and finished with Duke Jordan’s catchy number ‘Jordu’ on trumpet…… (The) crowd gave Graham warm applause for his extremely varied repertoire.”

Dave Grant @ The Bardswell Jazz Club “Graham is a hugely entertaining multi-instrumentalist. Tonight he will be bringing his vocal talents plus his Trumpet, Flugel, Mellophone, Valve-trombone & blues harmonica as our featured guest with the house trio. Expect some Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan, Michael Buble & Clifford Brown. However, being musically eclectic, expect some unusual re-workings of some jazz standards and some low-down blues.”

Phil Church @ The Belvedere Jazz Club “This popular singer/trumpeter never fails to please with his unique vocal interpretation of the uber-cool jazz sounds of Chet Baker and the American songbook. Graham will be carrying off the evening with his usual wit and style, treating the audience to a rich variety of tonal colours from his trumpet, flugelhorn, and the more exotic bass-trumpet and mellophone.”

Jazz @ Ye Olde Smack “The exciting trumpeter and vocalist will get you dancing with his unique blend of jazz , funk and latin and his bluesy vocals……………………… Graham will be carrying off the evening with his usual wit and style, treating the audience to a rich variety of tonal colours from his trumpet, flugelhorn, and the more exotic bass-trumpet and mellophone………..get there early as it’s bound to be a packed house.”

Jurgen Reid – Trumpet Student “I was inspired to search for a trumpet teacher after a gap of 30 years; Graham presented a compelling case …. so I gave him a call. Teaching is a skill that incorporates so many others; intelligence, patience, tact, encouragement, reflection, praise and humility. Graham has all these attributes and they combine to make him an excellent tutor. If you’re in the same position as me then give him a go, as I know you will find spending an hour with Graham very rewarding. If you’re looking for a private teacher for your children then Graham has bags of experience …………Thanks’ for reigniting my passion in music….”

(Alvin Jones Band) Masonic Ladies Night, Newland Lodge, County Hotel, Chelmsford, Essex:
“I just wanted to thank you and the Band for a very successful gig on Saturday evening. Everyone enjoyed your playing, I think at some points they just sat and listened which you should take as a huge compliment.       On a personal note I’m sorry that I couldn’t make myself known to you early in the proceedings. Being the ‘President’ (hey ho) kinda took my attention somewhat.       I will be singing your praises high and wide but in the meantime, thanks again. I’m sure you will have a very successful order book.  Kind regards.” M Sayer

(Alvin Jones Band) 40th Wedding Anniversary, Mary-Rose Inn Orpington:
“Just a Brief note to say thank-you for a fabulous nights entertainment at the Mary-rose Hotel on Saturday.       Every one of our guests were full of compliments on our choice and I must admit we were chuffed to say the least.     Francis the Toastmaster was the lady who gave us your card and wow what a recommendation.       Hopefully some of our guests noted your number for future dates … once again A Very Big THANKYOU” Bob & Janice Lashmar

(Alvin Jones Band) Masonic Ladies Night, Minster Lodge, Stock Brook Manor, Stock, Billericay, Essex:
“Hi Mark .. once again thank you for a wonderful evening on the 6th Feb last. I would like to book the ALVIN JONES BAND once again on the 5th February … It will be at the same venue {STOCK BROOK MANOR}..I hope you have this date free. If so please send me the contract.” Tony N.

(Alvin Jones Band) Wedding Anniversary, Heybridge, Essex:
“Apologies for not writing this sooner but I have been away for work since the party last Saturday. Just wanted to say thank you to you and the band for a great evening for us and appreciate all your efforts, especially as you struggled to keep the sound down!! Be assured the next time we need a band you are the ones we will be calling.” Neil & Chris R.

(Alvin Jones Band) Christmas Party, Catenian function, Chalkwell, Essex:
“I,  along with everybody else, enjoyed your band – you got the music to suit the occasion and the guests exactly right – just as you have done at previous Catenian functions. Many thanks to you and the rest of the band for an excellent evening of entertainment” G O’Doherty

(Alvin Jones Band) Masonic Ladies Night, Palms Hotel,Hornchurch Essex:
“I booked you last year in November at the Palms Hotel for my Ladies Night……… As mentioned to you on the night, I said that it was my brother’s Ladies Night next February …………. As you were so well received last year (I have never seen so many people on the dance floor at a ladies night) would you be available for this date……… Fingers crossed you and your band are free that evening. Best regards, D Braun.”

(Alvin Jones Band) Wedding, Hornchurch, Essex:
“We just wanted to say Thank you to all the and members for making our wedding reception perfect.” Sarah & Nick

(Alvin Jones Band) 40th Birthday Party, Westcliff, Essex:
“Hi Guys, I just wanted to write and say a big thank you to you all for very kindly doing my birthday party. The band were fab and I certainly had a great night, everyone said what a fantastic band you are, and really you made the night! So THANK YOU, you are all stars…………. ” Vicky H.

(Alvin Jones Band) 50th Birthday Party, Twyford, Reading:
“Dear Band, Just a little note to the band to say many thanks for putting on a fantastic show on the evening of my 50th. We’ve had such great feedback about the band and the music. I’ve even had a friend recommend you for her friend’s wedding………you can always guarantee a great night with the Alvin Jones Band……” Sian B.

(Alvin Jones Band) Masonic Ladies Night, Aldgate Ward Lodge, Waltham Abbey Marriott Hotel:
“Just a quick note to again thank you and the other members of the band for such a great performance on Saturday night. I have had some really good feedback and thought that you would be pleased to be informed of such. I would be grateful if you pass on our thanks to the band. Kind regards T O’Neill”

(Alvin Jones Band) Masonic Ladies Night, WM Dacre Lodge, Letchworth, Herts:
“Just a quick line to enquire if it’s possible to book the Alvin Jones Band for our Masonic Ladies Night. ………….You guys did play for my Ladies Night in April this year and were fantastic!” R Kitchener

(Alvin Jones Band) Wedding Reception, Fanhams Hall, Hertfordshire:
“Thank you so much for the excellent job you did at our wedding on 23 September at Fanhams Hall. Our main goal when selecting a band was to find one that would keep my father on the dance floor and that objective was achieved! We appreciate your efforts to perform “Brand New Day” as our “special” song as it wasn’t easy to agree on a song we both liked! Many thanks for making the reception so enjoyable for ourselves and our guests! Thanks again” Chris and Sarah H.

(Alvin Jones Band) Wedding Reception, Cheshunt Country Club, Hertfordshire:
“Thank you so much for the absolutely fantastic performance you gave at our wedding reception on 30/9. You completely made the whole evening and kept everyone dancing all night long. All our guests commented on what a superb band you are! We had a tremendous night! Thanks again” Madeline and Stewart S.

(Alvin Jones Band) Wedding , Maidstone, Kent:
“You and the band did a fantastic job at our son’s wedding in Maidstone two years ago and if you’re available we’re keen to book you again for our daughter’s wedding on 4th June, again in Maidstone. Are you available and if you are could you send me a quote please” S. Prowse

(Alvin Jones Band) Masonic Ladies Night, Minster Lodge, Stock Brook Manor, Stock, Essex:
“I would like to thank you for a spendid evening last Saturday at the Stockbrook Manor held on behalf of Minster Lodge. I would like to provisionally book your band for 8th February to be held at the same venue regards T.N.”

(Alvin Jones Band) Masonic Ladies Night, Botley Park Hotel:
“I pass on my, and the people who attended last weekend, thanks to you and the band for giving us a great show” Mr M.

(Alvin Jones Band) Private Party, Paddock Wood, Tonbridge, Kent:
“Thank-you so much for helping me celebrate my 40th. The band were absolutely brilliant and the school playground on Monday was buzzing with such good vibes from the party. It was excellent……” Mrs W.

(Alvin Jones Band) Mereworth Ball, Hop Farm Kent:
“Just to say thanks for a great evening on Saturday night, we have had some good feedback. Next year we are having a summer Ball at Leeds Castle on July 15th, is the Band available in this date?” Fiona B.

(Alvin Jones Band) St Georges Day Dance, Thurrock, Essex:
“Yet again, thanks for a fantastic Friday night. Just to make all of us nervous, my (pregnant) wife was up dancing but fortunately was convinced to sit down for the more athletic dances so at least she didn’t have the baby on the dance floor! Once again many thanks. Mr & Mrs B.

(Alvin Jones Band) “The Mayor of Gravesham’s ball, Woodville Halls, Kent:
“On behalf of the Worshipful Mayor of Gravesham, Cllr John Loughlin JP I write to thank you and the band for providing such wonderful entertainment at the Mayor’s Charity Ball on Saturday last. The band are really good and I would have no problem at all in recommending you to any of my colleagues or friends. As always you were spectacular and very professional. The Mayor and his guests had a really good time, once you got them going. We wish you every success with future events and look forward to having the opportunity to work with you again.

(Alvin Jones Band) “Mr and Mrs B of Rayleigh, Essex:
“We just wanted to write to thank you for your brilliant performance the other Saturday night at our post-wedding celebration. You went down a storm and everyone had a great time. With best wishes L & R”.

(Alvin Jones Band) Mr G of Loughton, Essex:
“What a fantastic night was had by all. The Band was brilliant and went a long way to making the night a real success. I know I’ve said it before but this is the first (Masonic) Ladies Night that I can recall where the dance floor was packed for every song. It’s a real mark of your ability to read your crowd. That and the fact that your musical abilities throughout were superb. Thank you and well done”.

(Alvin Jones Band) Mr and Mrs H of Datchworth, Herts:
“We just wanted to write to thank you for all your superb contribution to make the wedding reception such a success. You are an excellent band with great talent and it was a joy to listen and dance to. A large number of the guests have also asked me to pass on their appreciation and thanks. It was obvious how well you worked together to produce a very high standard. We had a perfect and memorable day”.

(Alvin Jones Band) Mr B of West Malling, Kent:
“On behalf of all the visitors may I say your professionalism and competence was demonstrated very well during our celebration last night. The music was excellent and the reactive dancing was proof of the enjoyment of the guests. Thank you for working so hard to make the evening a resounding success”.

(Alvin Jones Band) Mr and Mrs B of Rickinghall, Suffolk:
“Just a quick note to say thanks for the excellent music at our wedding. Everyone we have spoken to agreed with us – the band played some great music, high quality and way above any expectations that we had”.

(Alvin Jones Band) MT of Farnborough, Herts:
“Thanks for making our wedding reception such a huge success. The music was great and everyone had a really good time. So many people have told us that it was the best wedding reception they had been to, and we think you can take the credit for that”.