Hayley Walmsley has a seductive and sultry voice that never fails to captivate her audience. She has quickly built up a reputation as one of Qatar’s leading exponents of soul, funk and renditions of the latest chart toppers. Making a name for herself at Doha Jazz’s regular Friday afternoon brunch at the W hotel, she is often featured with our standard jazz ensembles.
Chris Coull is Doha Jazz’s founder director and a jazz trumpeter, pianist and bandleader. He arrived in Doha in 2001 and has been at the centre of it’s thriving jazz scene ever since. Since residing in Qatar his jazz ensemble groups have become well known and played for many visiting dignitaries including Bill Clinton, Lord Mandelson and Sir Richard Branson. In addition to Doha Jazz, Chris also runs South Coast Jazz band hire and South Coast Big Band in the UK.
Nina is a virtuoso violin player from Austria who has lived in Qatar since 2008. A member of a well known local orchestra, Nina’s own group ‘The Violin Angels’ has become renowned for it’s performances and wide ranging repertoire of serious and light classical music. Nina also plays as a solo artist.
Enrick Adam is Doha Jazz’s co-director and also an in demand jazz guitarist from France, where he attended the Paris conservatoire. Before moving to Qatar Enrick received numerous academic and musicianship accolades and awards. As well as playing he also teaches guitar and music theory at several private school throughout Doha.
Danielle Pascoe is one of Doha Jazz’s lead singers and before moving to Qatar in 2012 toured the world with her group “Abbalance”. Her voice is just at home crooning soft jazz ballads as it is belting out the latest chart topping hit, in many of Doha Jazz’s favourite ensembles such as the Doha Jazz Big Band, Soul Sister group and our regular jazz quartet.
UK born saxophonist and flautist Chip Wickham has had a versatile career notably with the UK’s prestigious all-star band The Craig Charles Fantasy Funk Band formed from the top rated BBC radio show. He has also played across Europe with the UK’s leading Soul-Jazz group The New Mastersounds including a classic single ‘Chocolate Chip’.
Mary Rambau hails from California where she first began singing at a young age. After singing on the famous `West Coast` jazz scene for many years, Mary moved to Qatar where she joined the Doha Jazz Quartet. Her sultry voice, charming demeanour and mastery of jazz classics never fail to engage her audience.
Madji Abazah is a renowned virtuoso of the Oud and Reik from Syria. He and his group often play to some of the most high profile events and function in Qatar and his ability to provide subtle and soothing music form the Arabic repertoire has created a reputation that is requested for many event in Doha. He and his team are also part of the Doha Jazz’s group “Jazz-Arabesque”.
Michael Pigneguy is a jazz drummer who has worked in genres ranging from jazz, hip-hop, rock, Celtic, orchestral and Latin. As a respected performer, composer, arranger and educator, Michael was principal arranger and artistic director for the UAE`s `Jazz Meets Mozart` projected to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth.