Highams Park Jazz Jam featuring Benet Mclean & Special Guest Adele Joel

Sunday 17th December , Highams Park County Arms upstairs 5pm-8pm. Thrilling Announcement: Benet Mclean, the jazz violin Virtuoso, takes centre stage at our upcoming jazz jam session, joined by Special Guest Adele Joel!

Get ready to be captivated as we reveal the star attraction of our next jam session: the mesmerising jazz violin maestro, Benet Mclean, with the special guest, fantastic tap dancer Adele Joel.

Violinist and pianist Benet McLean is one of the most highly regarded contemporary musicians in British jazz. His musical depth and exploration of the boundaries between musical genres make him a unique and constantly evolving artist. Inspired in his teens by the great bebop artists of the 1940s, Benet’s playing today reflects his early inspirations while also embracing many other musical influences.

Previously known best for his outstanding piano playing, Benet has released several critically acclaimed albums on piano. However in recent years, he has returned to the violin, fast emerging as a dynamic and innovative jazz violinist. His highly anticipated debut solo album on violin, Green Park, is scheduled for release in November 2023.

A gifted composer and arranger, live work with his own band focuses on violin-infused high-energy grooves interspersed with lyrical ballads, often augmented with pedals and effects, with exciting performances that showcase the breadth of his innovative violin style. Collaborations have included heading up the string quartet on Partikel’s acclaimed String Theory album and working on string sections with producer Troy Miller on albums by Laura Mvula and Mahalia. He has also performed on violin with artists outside of jazz including Nightmares on Wax. His violin playing is featured on multiple albums including the debut solo albums of trumpeter Andy Davies (Rise Of The Spider Monkey) and keyboardist Benjamin Croft (10 Reasons To…). 

Benet has been playing music since the age of 3 years old when he first persuaded his parents to buy him a violin, and he undertook several years of classical training before turning his attentions to jazz. Some of the many other artists Benet has played or toured with, both in jazz and other fields, include Omar, Soweto Kinch, Binker Golding, Daniel Casimir, Julian Joseph, Steve Williamson, Orphy Robinson, Jean Toussaint, Cleveland Watkiss, TY, Roachford, Jay Phelps, Tommy Smith, Sir Simon Rattle, Kevin Haynes (see album Ori Ire), Maxi Jazz (Faithless) and Loose Tubes. 

Benet also teaches and is a professor of jazz violin at the London Performing Academy of Music (LPMAM).

Line up:
Soner Ersen: piano
Tom Hewins: bass
David Dyson: drums

Adele Joel (Tap Dancer)

Adele Joel

Adele is one of leading tap dancers in the UK.

Adele is a founding member of a London Based Tap Company, Old Kent Road and Andrew Nemr’s USA based company, ‘Cat’s Paying Dues’ where she performed as part of their 10th Anniversary show Off-Broadway. She’s recently performed in the premier of ‘What is This Thing Called Love’ in New Hampshire, USA which was choreographed by Derick.K.Grant and Dormeshia and directed by Aaron Tulson.

Old Kent Road have had a number of UK tours including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Sadlers Wells,The Bunker, 2 International tours in China and the Caribbean.

Adele is passionate about the art form and is a specialist in improvisation. Adele has performed at Ronnie Scotts, 606 Club, the Vortex and the London Jazz Festival. She’s become a special guest for the world famous Jive Aces which has led her to many West End performances.

Adele has appeared on BBC One as part of the Women’s FA Cup Semi Finals and with Lionsgate Productions when releasing the DVD of LaLaLand.

Adele was invited to join The School of Jacob Pillow, USA in 2019 as a member of the Tap Dance Programme.

Adele regularly performs at the London Tap Jam and with MDTP. This includes the Royal Albert Hall, Glastonbury Music Festival and Love Supreme Jazz
Festival. She’s performs as part of touring Cabaret Club in London and jazz clubs across the country.

Adele has taught and performed at many international tap festivals such as Stockholm, Mallorca, Poland and Germany.

She has represented England in the Tap Dance World Championships in Resia, Germany.

As a qualified ISTD teacher, Adele coaches in leading colleges and schools across the country.