The Coolers are lucky enough to have a pool of top talent to choose from. This not only ensures their performance will be out of the top drawer, but also ensures that only in the most remote of circumstances, would the band NOT be able to fulfill a booking. Band re-shuffles can happen if one member is on tour with a signed artist or through illness, so the band reserve the right to choose which 5 members for any one gig, which could include using a bass player instead of a saxophonist - please specify early on if you require sax as a definite instrument to be included.
Meet the band ...  

Roger Hughes is widely regarded as one of the finest gigging pianists and musicians in the North West . His skill with a piano is breathtaking and although his solo's blow you away, drawing from influences as far apart as trad jazz and latin grooves, the song is the main preoccupation of his performance and that's refreshing.

He has played piano and keys with many well known artists and bands including the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, Johnny Dankworth and more recently the Todd Sharpville Band, supporting the likes of BB King and Pink. However, his talent in arranging and orchestration is something that is less well known, and he is currently being utilized by the infamous MUJO Manchester based big band.

Roger Hughes
Piano, Keyboards & Bass / Backing Vocals

Gavin Jones is something of a phenomenon having had no vocal training whatsoever. Brought up in Liverpool amongst a long family of singers, he grew up listening to old soul records, Stevie Wonder, The Beatles (obviously!) and the cream of 60s & 70's groups, and when you hear the power and control of his vocals, you can hear all those influences blend with a subtle and different interpretation of the song he is singing. He was a notable contestant on X Factor 4, reaching the last 12 of the over 25s category.

He now combines singing with running his other passions, his music agency which he runs with Roger - Pro Music UK Ltd

Gavin Jones
Lead Vocals

Kenji Fenton grew up in Stevenage, and studied the Clarinet from the age of seven, later taking up the saxophone. From a young age he took an active part in County Music activities where he picked up numerous awards including the Bob Gibbons Jazz Award and the 1999 North Herts. Young Musician of the Year.

Kenji received tuition at the RNCM and became the only person ever to win the college's Jazz Improvisation Prize twice, in 2002 (Brown Shipley) and in 2004 (Bruntwood). He works extensively as a freelance musician, and plays in his Jazz sextet 6PAC, whilst also playing with pianists, funk bands, big bands and even DJs around the UK. He graduated from the RNCM in 2004 with an individual PPRNCM diploma as well as his degree.
Kenji Fenton
Tenor Saxophone / Backing Vocals

Johnny Heyes is widely regarded as on of the best session guitarists in the UK. His melodic playing, impeccable timing and frightening solo's often have Coolers' crowds stopping a gawping respectfully in amazement.

It truly is a sight to behold to hear him fly into Lynyrd Skynyrd's 'Sweet Home Alabama' or his now infamous rendition of Princes' 'Purple Rain' - a must see at every gig.

He regularly performs with the Dennis Rollin’s Badbone and Co. and Manchester based Pocket Central. He has also played with Snake Davis and Hamish Stuart.

Johnny Heyes
Lead Guitar

Greg Morgan is one of the tightest session drummers in the Northwest. He plays with so much energy its frightening, however he still maintains an impeccable sense of time, something so rare for the variety of music styles he can play.

Always quick to create a change in the arrangement of a song, his drumming leads to the spawning of a new 'Cooler-fied' version of one of the songs in our repertoire virtually ever gig.

He regularly plays with inimitable 70s Rock band 'Manhead' and sensational corporate event show band 'Frisco Crabbe and the Atlantic Frantics. Previously he has toured with performers such as Paul Young, Cleopatra and The Rough Hill Band.

Greg Morgan

Legends who also play... The Coolers are lucky enough to have other top talent who join the band on a regular basis - here are some of them...

Jennie Sawdon is a very notable and respected singer on the Northwest live music circuit. Equally comfortable with her own band, 'The Coolers' or on her own playing piano and singing, her fabulous classically trained voice has a beautiful tone which you love listening to.

When she joins the band, the band is able to perform a whole range of different material including classics from Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Joss Stone and many more. She has perfromed with us at each Alex Ferguson Charity Ball over the past 3 years, as well as Wayne Rooney's 18th Birthday party and the Marina Dalglish Cancer Benefit Ball.

Jennie is available to book with the band at extra cost - but those who have seen and heard will testify its worth the money.

Jennie Sawdon
Lead Vocals

Matt Wolff is one of the best session and recording singers in the country. His soaring, soulful vocals first bought him commercial success when he signed to music giant BMG Records in the mid nineties. Since then he has travelled the world recording and playing live, as well as being constantly in demand for television & radio sessions.

Matt’s greatest passion is gigging, and he currently fronts a number of bands covering classic blues, funk, soul, rock and pop.

Matt Wolff
Lead Vocals
audio links
Valerie - Click the button to listen to Matt with the band
I Feel Good - Click the button to listen to Matt with the band
Brickhouse - Click the button to listen to Matt with the band
Cold Sweat - Click the button to listen to Matt with the band

Jasper Wilkinson is possibly one of the most talented musicians in the UK. Outstanding on three instruments (Guitar, Bass and Sax), his musicality amongst his peers is unquestioned, and he regularly appears in the band on any of the above. Anyone who has seen him play will testify to the unbelievable feel and tone he manages to produce when playing both the guitar and saxophone, and its always interesting when he plays in the band. If he does,, be on the lookout for his trademark move, soloing on his back with his legs in the air - a sight to behold I can assure you.

Also a talented writer, Jasper is always writing songs for his band 'Rotavators', as well as working with some of Manchester's great unsigned singers and writing Television themes for Granada TV.

Jasper Wilkinson
Lead Guitar/ Bass Guitar/ Alto Saxophone

Russell Bennett (Trumpet/Flugel) grew up playing brass band music and from the age of seventeen to nineteen played solo cornet with the championship section GUS brass band. Russell won numerous solo competitions in his region, which included becoming the young musician of the year in the Oxfordshire and District region at the age of fifteen. Switching to trumpet, he joined the Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra with whom he won the national BBC big band competition in 1997.

Russell graduated from the RNCM in 2004, where he studied with John Miller and Steve Waterman, and became a member of the big band in his first year.

Russell has played, and continues to work with, the Halle Orchestra, Manchester Camerata and the John Wilson Big Band as well as 'The Coolers', more recently he has performed with Harry Connick Jr and The Brand New Heavies.

Russell Bennett

Bryan Hargreaves is an exceptional drummer. Technically perfect, he has proved himself on the UK session circuit, still performing regularly with Heather Small (ex M People) and sax luminary Snake Davis.

His timing and drumming creativity are truly something to behold, and the band has a tremendous funky feel when he plays. Bryan is also an exceptional Salsa/ Latino player and regularly plays with top outfits in the genre around the country. He is currently also recording an album with Manchester Session singer Jennie Sawdon, with the hopes of gaining a recording contract.

Bryan Hargreaves

John King, has established himself as a tight session guitarist for a while in Manchester. He has a background in Jazz and Classical acoustic guitar and while he teaches both genres in the day, it also shows in his playing. A fantastic soloist, look out for characteristic cheesy smile when he's finished - it something that provides the band with endless laughs on gigs.

John is playing with the band for a limited period, until (we hope) the inevitable happens and he gets snapped up by a large record company.

John King
Lead Guitar

Phil Nicholas was born in Exeter and started the Trumpet at 11. He moved to Manchester to study Jazz and Popular Music and established himself professionally performing in a variety of musical styles including Latin ensembles, Big bands, Soul Bands, Jazz Quartets and Jewish wedding bands.

Phil has performed worldwide including performances in Jazz Clubs in New York, Sydney and Moscow. More recently he recorded for the groups Un-Cut and The Ting Tings.

Phil Nicholas

Neil Fairclough is a tremendous bass player, being one of the top session players in the Northwest.

He is also a member of top soul band 'Frisco Crabbe and the Atlantic Frantics', as well as his own funk band 'Pocket Central'. His bass playing alone is extremely impressive, however his vocal ability is a real asset to the band when he plays, and he quite often takes the lead on various songs, much to the bands' benefit.

Neil Fairclough
Bass Guitar / Backing Vocals