Steve Conway - Rat Pack and Jazz Singer

 

 

The Jazz Band

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.


photograph of Surrey based  jazz pianist Eugene Portman

Eugene Portman

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.


Photograph of Kent based  bass player Mike Porter-Ward

Mike Porter-Ward

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.

Photograph of Hampshire based drummer Roy Jackson

Roy Jackson

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