Thank you so much for your beautiful laying last Saturday; just right for lovely background music to enhance the mood without making conversation difficult It was much appreciated.
Mr and Mrs Barron - Anniversary Party at The Bodleian Library, Oxford
Just wanted to say on behalf of the Cobham Rugby Ball Committee a huge thank you to yourself & your band for playing at our event last Saturday night.
You were fantastic and it certainly set the feel for the evening playing outside the Marquee as guests arrived. The feedback I have received so far has all been very positive and I will certainly recommend you to all those that are looking for a jazz band.
Once again thank you very much.
Cobham Rugby Ball Committee
Hi Jonathan, thank you for making the party go with a swing, the music you played was perfect. I would recommend you to all my friends; you were so professional, you created the perfect atmosphere. I had many thank you cards, everyone had a great time, will call for my next party maybe in the summer.
I would like to tell you how pleased we were to have Jonathan playing at our party – he was charming and his playing delightful. The selection of pieces he played was ideal – he caught or perhaps created the mood, and lots of our guests commented on how good he was. Do please pass on our thanks to him, and count us among your satisfied customers
Barbara, Lunch at Gate Street Barn
This is just a quick note to say how thrilled we were with the entertainment you provided at our wedding. We had Jonathan Vinten’s Trio and would have no hesitation in recommending them
Chad, Wedding at RAC, Epsom
We both wanted to say thank you very much for being our pianist at our wedding reception at Leez Priory. We thought, along with many of our family members, that the music was lovely and helped to create a relaxed atmosphere on our special day. The music that you played appealed to all age groups which is exactly what we had wished for. Thank you once again.
Karen and Daniel
Thank you for providing such beautiful music for our wedding at the Tithe Barn , Ditcham. It was perfect.
Zeldar and Rick
Just a quick note to say how fantastic Jonathan Vinten was on Friday at Tania and Carey’s wedding. Please pass on my thanks to him for his performance and also for his kindness and adaptability at the event. Choosing to play Avington’s piano was a super thought and definitely set the ambience for the dinner. I do hope we have the opportunity to work together in the future.
Your gig at the Thaxted Festival was special - the best of the Bands that have played for us in recent years. What attracted me when I listened to your CD last year was its variety, contrast and freshness; your key players are all impressive individually, but I also liked the precision and balance of the Band playing together as a group. All of this came fully across in your live performance, plus the bonus of seeing how much you all enjoyed each other's playing. You also found just the right level of amplification (not too much!) for the friendly acoustic of our beautiful Church. You must come again!
Gareth Stainer, Artistic Director of Thaxted Arts Festival
The day couldn't have started on a more perfect note. 'Here Comes the Bride' turned into 'It Had to be You', and that traditional wedding march became fabulously cool in 8 simple beats. You turned tears to laughter, what more could a bride want!
From your sultry jazz to Coldplay's Clocks our wedding breakfast was the most tremendously atmospheric, candlelit feast. A night we will never forget! Thank you.
John & Jody Married at Langshott Manor
Jonathan, many thanks for your contribution to my daughter’s wedding reception. The blend of you on piano, and the saxophone were just right for the occasion. Many guests complimented us on our choice of musicians. Thanks once again.
The Telegraph 50 Best Jazz Albums of 2015
Jazz may have grown into exotic regions far beyond its roots, but there’s still a place for a beautifully played swing album, as this one is. Although one can hear the influences in numbers such as Poinciana, where the slinky drums of Bobby Worth recall the classic recordings of the Ahmad Jamal Trio, these three put a subtle spin on old favourites without striving to be original. Pianist Jonathan Vinten has an elegant turn of phrase and can certainly swing. Overall it’s a delightful listen. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/music/what-to-listen-to/best-jazz-albums-of-2015/
Steyning Jazz Club 2016 Review by Denis Cummings
Jonathan brought his trio to The Steyning Jazz Club earlier this year, and the whole club - without exception - loved the evening with a capital L. Jonathan clearly had given the structure and sequence of the playlist a lot of thought, and the evening was a delight of well balanced and much loved music for the whole audience. Jonathan is such an articulate and delicate player that he can deliver across a broad range of music, played across an even broader range of styles - dipping into classical music with elegant brio and the secure touch of a master classicist.
Steve Thompson on double bass,and occasional vocals with Bobby Worth on drums provide brilliantly matched musical dynamics. The trio was wonderful, and I had difficulty clearing the hall after the final number with the audience crowding around the band. One of my members said to me “If you brought us this band every month, I would come every month”
Please don’t tell Jonathan this, or I’ll be in trouble with my programming!
Jazz Journal March 2016, Dave Gelly OBE
First, let me say that it's a relief to hear a new piano trio in which all three instruments are doing what they're supposed to do, and doing it with such skill and poise. Jonathan Vinten is a great band player and a terrific accompanist. He's played with pretty well everybody on what may still be called the mainstream jazz scene in Britain and on the Continent, and even survived relatively unscathed a longish run with George Melly and the Feetwarmers. But leading a piano trio is a whole other thing. You have to make all the decisions, not just about what to play, but how to approach each piece and shape its performance.
In this case the programme follows the broad, central path of piano jazz: Tatum, Oscar Peterson, Ahmad Jamal, and so on. Not only does Vinten have the requisite skill to do this, he can catch the essence of a style without explicitly imitating one. His own compositions fit happily into the repertoire too. Bobby Worth and Steve Thompson combine to build a firm but flexible supporting structure, at the same time catching every nuance. Good rhythm teams are quite rare nowadays, so that's not just a polite closing remark.
Alyn Shipton, Presenter of Jazz Record Requests, BBC Radio 3
The jazz piano trio has been around for a long time, and particularly in the second half of the twentieth century it developed in leaps and bounds. Pioneers like Art Tatum and Nat King Cole used a guitar rather than drums, but the principle of a musical conversation between the participants was established from the outset. Jonathan Vinten’s trio is a perfect example of how that informal interaction has matured into a mini-art form all of its own. Jonathan is a pianist of wide-ranging interests and styles, who has worked with a huge cross section of the UK’s jazz players. Bobby Worth is renowned for his taste, skill and talent at the drums, and Steve Thompson is devoted to creating a warm, full-toned acoustic bass-sound.
There’s a nod to Tatum in the trio’s version of Lullaby of the Leaves, which Art recorded as a solo in 1940, with Jonathan Vinten’s downward runs hinting at the old master’s style. Then we’re off on a survey of how the trio has grown and flourished over time. The format was taken forward by Ahmad Jamal, whose hit version of Poinciana is referenced here, and who brought a sense of space to the genre. Simultaneously, Oscar Peterson embarked on an exploration of the great songwriters, bringing songs like Gershwin’s The Man I Love and Porter’s Night and Day into the trio repertoire. Sweet and Lovely with the bass in the foreground, recalls the great Bill Evans trio, whereas the traditional The Water Is Wide is a song recently re-popularised by Geri Allen in her trio, accompanying the saxophonist Charles Lloyd. Jonathan has also added his own compositions for good measure, showing how thoroughly immersed he is in the world of immaculately played swinging jazz, which are the bywords for the entire album.