“Lenore Raphael, Wayne Wilkinson, Chris Hodgkins at the PizzaExpress” is a good natured album with a classy song selection. Chris always keeps the music simple and direct, and it swings!"

Joe Paice, Programming Manager, Pizza Express

"Jazz critics have compared her to Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans and even Thelonious Monk, but with all these influences, Lenore Raphael is just ONE thing … a great pianist!"

Ricky Miller, JazzUSA

Lenore Raphael is an internationally renowned jazz pianist, Steinway artist/radio host and jazz teacher. She has performed and in many cases, sold out major jazz clubs and festivals, including Dizzy's at Jazz At Lincoln Centre, The Blue Note, Birdland, Ottawa International Jazz Festival, Ronnie Scott's and many more. She was one of three featured Steinway pianists with Ahmad Jamal and Abdullah Ibrahim at the Joy Of Jazz festival in South Africa. Her 2012 album Love Notes, a tribute to Oscar Peterson, was voted by the BBC as best international jazz recording for 2013. Lenore has her own popular radio show 'Lenore Raphael’s JazzSpot' that can be heard on PureJazzradio, Radio Overberg in South Africa and also on TO WATCH LENORE IN ACTION CLICK HERE.

Wayne Wilkinson is a recognized and accomplished guitarist with more than 38 years of experience performing and touring coast-to-coast in his native USA. Wayne is a former guitarist of the premier Air Force jazz ensemble 'The Airmen of Note' based in Washington, D.C. and the 'Falconaires' based in Colorado Springs. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, The White House, the Kennedy Centre and major jazz and special music festivals across USA. He has performed for multiple Presidents, heads of state and other dignitaries, and has played with jazz greats like Joe Williams, Ernie Watts, Michael Brecker, James Moody and Stanley Turrentine, as well as with President Bill Clinton, Bob Hope, and The Four Freshman. Wayne Wilkinson is a Benedetto Guitar Artist and GHS strings artist.


Chris Hodgkins is perhaps best known for his 29 years as Director of Jazz Services, the UK’s national support organisation for jazz. Chris is a fine trumpeter and composer in his own right, as well as being a tireless champion for British jazz. In the 1970s and 80s, The Chris Hodgkins Band made a name for itself supporting the likes of Buddy Tate, Humphrey Lyttelton, Kathy Stobart, Bud Freeman, Dick Carey, Joe Temperley, Howard McGhee, Peanuts Hucko, Benny Waters and Wild Bill Davison who described them as “a hell of a good band”. They also made a number of television and radio appearances. He stepped down as Director of Jazz Services in May 2014. With his days of administration behind him, Chris now takes to the road, the radio and the recording studio to focus on playing the music he loves. His album Boswells’ London Journal co-composed with Eddie Harvey received the Evening Standard, Jazz CD of the Week . Chris was awarded the Services to Jazz Award at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards in March 2015.

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Alison Rayner has been playing jazz and other contemporary music since the mid-70s. Photo © Jane Reid

Special Guest Alison Rayner

Chris Hodgkins' long time collaborator Alison Rayner spent five years in the 80's with critically acclaimed jazz/Latin group The Guest Stars, touring all major international jazz venues and festivals and recording three albums.

Alison currently leads ARQ, her contemporary jazz quintet, described as ‘a beautifully integrated band’ ** by Dave Gelly in the Observer; ARQ have built a substantial and wide ranging audience over the past three years of touring. Their recent second album ‘A Magic Life’ has had national and international radio play, with outstanding reviews in the jazz and national press.

Lenore Raphael, Wayne Wilkinson and Chris Hodgkins at PizzaExpress Live...

...due for release in July was recorded at the Pizza Express in Dean Street and the trio plus bassist Alison Rayner are launching the album at the Pizza Express during the London Jazz Festival on the 11th November 2017. NOW BOOKING TOUR DATES FROM 6 - 12 NOVEMBER. Listen to samples of “Lenore Raphael + Wayne Wilkinson + Chris Hodgkins at the PizzaExpress” HERE.



7 November Brecon Jazz Club at the Neuadd Theatr
8 November Queens Head, Monmouth,
9th November Café Jazz, Cardiff
11th November Pizza Express, London, Soho ALBUM LAUNCH

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