Steve was already making regular appearances using backing tracks
and also performing with the 'Swing Junkies' - but a chance meeting
with Surrey based jazz pianist Eugene Portman set Steve Conway on
a whole new career move. Steve is now performing regularly as a
duo with Eugene on piano but gradually there has been an increased
demand for larger line ups. It wasn't long before Steve decided
to use the services of Eugene's already successful jazz trio. The
trio features Eugene Portman on piano, Roy Jackson (from Hampshire)
on drums and Mike Porter-Ward on bass (from Kent). This line up
is frequently augmented to include sax and is has become a very
popular jazz band in Kent, Sussex, Surrey,
Essex and other areas of the South East.
If Steve is using backing tracks then he can perform a maximum
of 2 X 50 minute sets. He can, however, provide a full evenings
entertainment if he is hired as a duo, trio or if he is hired with
his band. An evenings entertainment can consist of piano solos,
instrumental numbers, vocal sets and recorded music during breaks.
Here's a little info about the band members:
Eugene Portman on piano
Eugene was born born in Yorkshire but now resides in Surrey.
He was classically trained and worked mostly in that field
before crossing over to jazz. His career has covered many
genres of music which has helped him forge a unique style.
Eugene playing has been influenced by the likes of George
Shearing, Oscar Peterson, Monty Alexander and Dudley Moore,
so his playing tends not to be too high-brow and makes the
ideal accompaniment to Steve's voice.
Mike Porter-Ward on bass
Michael Porter-Ward comes from Kent and has been a professional
musician for many years and plays both the double bass and
the bass guitar. He has been involved in many genres of music
and has worked with many bands, from light orchestras to heavy
rock and ranging from duos, trios, quartets, 6 piece jazz
bands to big bands. His forte and passion is jazz and has
played with some wonderful musicians, including: Harry Connick
Jn, Scott Hamilton, Bobby Scott, Jim Mullen and Acker Bilk
to name but a few.
Roy Jackson on drums
Roy Jackson comes from Hampshire and has worked with many
bands from orchestral to funk. However, his main focus has
always been jazz and this is the style that Roy has become
mostly associated with. Roy has played with the 'Mike Miller
Trio', the 'Swing Junkies' and jazz/funk/soul band 'JFS Collective',
winning the '2-10fm search for a band' competition in Basingstoke.
These days Roy Jackson can be seen playing with 'Back2funk',
'Steve Conway', 'Jazz Junction' and many other jazz ensembles.
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