‘NOT JUST SAX’ was formed in 2002 by Sarah Bolter with the aim to play a wide range of jazz styles that would be popular and accessible to the general public and to create a band where everyone in the band is equally featured.
All the musicians in the band are professional and work with a multitude of other bands but enjoy coming together as a quartet. ‘Not Just Sax’ have played at many jazz clubs and festivals including the last 7years at Swanage Jazz Festival and have recorded four albums, the newest being released this year ‘Under Paris Skies’The band consists of Sarah Bolter(saxes/flute), Ray Shea (Piano), Pete Maxfield (double bass) and Johnny Eyden (drums) Sarah works as a freelance musician and teacher and has performed with Jools Holland singer Louise Clare Marshall, Tina May, Edana Mingella, Karl Charity and Producers singer/guitarist, Harry Skinner.
This has led to performances at The Pheasantry London, Pizza Express Dean Street, Jazz After Dark in Soho, IOW jazz festival, Brighton Jazz fringes, Newport Jazz festival, Swanage Jazz Festival and the Vortex. Sarah has also been a guest saxophonist for many events including a production of Zimbe for Purbeck Arts Festival week.
Flute Ray Shea(piano) has been playing piano since the age of 12and has played in numerous bands and made several recordings. Playing includes being in a jazz support band to Tubby Hayes, Sonny Rollins, Roland Kirk and many others. He has featured on the BBC’s Radio Jazz Club hosted by Humphrey Lyttleton and has played at Ronnie Scotts.
Ray is also a very proficient writer and arranger.Pete Maxfield ( double bass) spent 16yrs on tour with the renowned saxophonist Andy Sheppard, playing all over the world, and won Young Jazz Musician of The Year with his quartet Sphere, whose first album was No.1 in the Melody Maker Jazz Chart. He has also recorded three award-winning albums, as well as soundtracks for film, theatre and T.V. and has made countless radio, TV and festival appearances. Pete is now very much in demand as a session player as well as playing for countless other bands.
Johnny Eyden (drums) was in a duo with Harry Stoneham for 7years and they featured every day for two years on Radio 2. Johnny has made several recordings and done countless sessions for radio and T.V. Johnny has worked with Jim Mullen, Digby Fairweather, Roger Beaujolais, Simon Bates, Gary Plumbley and Derek Nash, to name a few.