A jazz music performance taking place in the stunning Drawing Room, surrounded by the museum's unique art collection and with spectacular views overlooking Wardown Park.
Jazzface is a trio of: Craig Stallwood – Piano, Pete Myatt – Bass and Steve Seal - Drums
Craig was classically trained from the tender age of 10 and joined his first professional band, a 10-piece soul band, when he was just 17. He was a full-time professional musician for 15 years playing all over the world on luxury cruise lines, in five star hotels, at jazz clubs in London and Los Angeles… even the O2. He’s played with dozens of bands over the years of almost every musical taste including salsa, reggae, ska, blues, jive…although his first love is definitely for jazz. He finally settled in Hitchin some 15 years ago where he formed a jazz trio with Pete Myatt and Steve Seal called Jazzface. They have been together nearly ten years, played hundreds of gigs and have built up a large following in Hitchin.
Steve Seal has played with Jazzface for the last nine years, recording a live album with them in 2015. He worked for four years with the improvising electronic trio Achzeit, was a founder member of the Monk only quartet Straight No Chaser, currently plays in Jayne Mason’s original music project House of Five (recording their debut album this summer for release in 2020) and with saxophonist Paul Jolly is half of the improvising duo The Artichokes of Horus (also recording their first album this year for release in late 2019).
Pete learned cello from the age of 5 which led to his enduring love of the music of JS Bach. He took up bass guitar as a 15 year old after hearing the incredible Roy Babbington. His first jazz gig was as bass player with the Nick Walker / Chris Goldsmith sextet which was followed by a spell with Hitchin power-rock four piece Thor. His love of blues led to the formation of the Blues Quarter in 1983 with guitarist and vocalist Mick Kirby - this band has endured and now perform as King Viper and the Blues Snakes. Pete was one third of fondly remembered jazz trio JMP, with saxophonist Chris Pyne and drummer Chris Johnson for a number of years in the eighties after which he had a rest from the world of jazz until a chance impromptu gig with Steve and Craig at Molly's led to the formation of the Craig Stallwood trio who subsequently metamorphosed into Jazzface - the rest is history!
- Sunday, July 14, 2019
Wardown House, Museum and Gallery is situated in the beautiful landscaped Wardown Park, on the outskirts of Luton town centre. The house was formerly the home of the Scargill family, then a military hospital and is now a museum and gallery.
Step back in time and glimpse an insight into a wealthy family home during the Victorian period. Explore the different rooms with hands-on displays for a fully immersive experience. The museum tells the story of Luton’s transformation into the exciting and diverse town it is today.
The museum also houses a range of displays throughout the building, including the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment Gallery and the popular Luton Life Gallery.
The museum underwent a redevelopment during 2016, reopening in April 2017. Wardown House, Museum and Gallery also holds events and activities for all ages and interests throughout the year.
Wardown House has a range of rooms that can be hired for your meetings, training days, drinks receptions and events in the gorgeous surroundings of Wardown Park. See Venue Hire for more information.
To become part of Wardown House's programme, please contact our Head of Arts & Cultural Programmes, Fahim Qureshi at Fahim.Qureshi@LutonCulture.com
Other Family Friendly Events
Tue 25th Jun 2019
Theodor Kern - Landscapes
A new display of Theodor Kern oil paintings from Wardown's museum collections, focusing on Landscapes.