About Frankly Jazz
Our stage craft and musicianship has been perfected with years of practice, practice and more practice! Many of the band studied jazz at the UK leading Leeds College of Music jazz course. Thereafter we have honed our skills on stages across the UK and further afield to bring you authentic jazz that wouldn’t be out of place at any jazz venue….we know because we have played at most of them!
Whether you like the melodies of Frank and Dean or the rhythm of Benny Goodman our band offers a full and authentic experience.
When he’s not having sax on super yachts in Monaco, Dubai or York Marina, Leeds College of Music alumni, Jonny Faul plays jazz sax with flair and a nod to the golden age of jazz. As at home playing the big band charts as improvising in the darkest corners of jazz clubs worldwide.
Saved from obscurity by Jonny Tunnard, FJ’s vocalist Marcus Groundwater started his jazz career in Dallas’ Deep Ellum where he performed with the Dave Geller quartet. Since setting up Frankly Jazz he has performed in venues throughout the UK and Europe as well as providing vocals on a number of advertising campaigns.
Luke Reddin-Williams has been playing the drums since he walked into a music shop aged 12 and a half and struck his 1st triangle. More recently Luke has played with a variety of jazz groups and has even been nominated for a Brit and a MOBO…
It is indisputable that Tom Ianson is the Trombone player in Frankly Jazz. Great news for everyone as his beefy tone is the bedrock upon which FJ soundscape is built.
Legend has it that Jonny Tunnard started playing jazz piano 6 days before he was born which probably explains why he was delivered wearing a tuxedo. Brilliant jazz pianist and part-time music lawyer Jonny is the MD and backbone of the band.
Frankly Jazz’s guitarist and resident artist Joe Montague is alumni of The School of Hard Knocks and a recent graduate of Leeds College of Music. Joe has performed music across the globe and beyond.
Tom Sharp cut his teeth playing lead trumpet for the BBC Big Band of the Year (unbeaten) MYJO based in the midlands. Since moving to Leeds, he has set up and runs the Tom Sharp Jazz Orchestra, winner of ‘Best Band’ at the Great North Big Band Festival 2016
Frankly Jazz’s laid back bass player and senior statesman Emlyn Vaughn make’s playing the double bass look easy, playing as he does with the air of someone sipping a Pina colada in The Lamb and Flag. Extremely gifted double bass improviser and a surprisingly good exponent of the ukulele
When ever possible Franky Jazz uses the core members of the band as seen here. When one of the players is unavailable we use one of our amazing deps who slot straight in.