Chris Hodgkins has been an integral part of the UK jazz scene since the early seventies. As a trumpet player he performed with the Icon Jazzmen and toured Europe and the US with various bands. In 1974 he co-founded the Welsh Jazz Festival which later became the Brecon Jazz Festival and in 1985 became director of Jazz Services for which he is perhaps best known. In this wide-ranging conversation Chris talks about his early musical life and later involvement with the Welsh Jazz festival and Jazz Services, he also considers the state of jazz funding in the present climate, marketing for musicians and his recent work with the All Parlimentary Jazz Appreciation Group.
The 'Review of Jazz' Chris talks about can be found here:
and Chris's website including the Jazz Services archives he mentioned are here: