Frankly Jazz is a Northern UK-based group comprising a jazz singer, double bass and piano. We have performed in a variety of venues across the UK and abroad. We are available for hire for any function no matter what the size!
Meet the band members…
Johnny Tunnard – Piano
Johnny started playing piano from an early age and has been involved with jazz for over 10 years. He was a chorister at Ripon Cathedral and was brought up in a family steeped in music.
He studied music at Newcastle University from 2006 under jazz organist, Gerry Richardson and UK award- winning jazz composer and saxophonist Tim Garland. Johnny has also had the pleasure of learning with the Professor of Jazz studies at the Guildhall, Pete Churchill.
During his time in the North East, Johnny played in jazz groups including his own sextet ‘Orjazzm’, The Johnny Tunnard Trio and the ‘Boogaloo Allstars’ (the headlining act in a series of concerts held to promote jazz to the younger generation). In 2009, he co-founded Frankly Jazz with vocalist Marcus who continue to play across the UK at both private and public venues.
His noted performances to date include performing in the world premiere of The Jazz Mass by Pete King with the Peter King Quartet and at The Sage International Jazz Festival. Johnny has also been honoured to work with the Lauren Housley Band (http://laurenhousley.co.uk/) and Guitarist John McCallum (Corrine Bailey Rae; Djoog Music; Haggis Horns). He has appeared in front of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge; at Pizza Express, London; and on BBC Radio 3 and Absolute Radio. This year Johnny’s re-formed trio will be supporting Saxophonist Andy Sheppard.
Marcus Groundwater- Vocals
Having been brought up on music from a young age, Marcus trained primarily as a classical clarinettist. However, even back in his school days, Marcus was recognised as a talented singer.
After attending University, Marcus worked in Dallas where, whilst working in telecommunications, he spent his evenings singing in the jazz clubs of Deep Ellum with among others the David Geller Quartet. After returning to the UK and 5 years in London, Marcus returned to his birth place, North Yorkshire, and took up singing once more – soon making an impression on the local jazz scene.
In 2009, he founded Frankly Jazz with pianist Johnny Tunnard and began to gain a vast repertoire from Sinatra to Presley. He has become a true improviser with his voice and brings a fresh, natural and innovative take on great jazz tunes new and old.
Jonny Faull- Sax
Jonny Faull is an in demand professional saxophonist based in Leeds and London. Jonny graduated from Leeds College of Music in 2011 with a BA (hons) in Jazz Performance having studied under internationally-recognised musicians such as Joel Purnell, Mark Donlon (pianist for Maceo Parker) and Jim Corry (saxophonist for Corrine Bailey-Rae & Jamiroquai).
Jonny is currently lead saxophonist for the UK touring ‘Rat Pack Vegas Spectacular’ show which performs regularly in many of the country’s largest theatres such as Wimbledon New Theatre, Liverpool Empire, Manchester Palace and Edinburgh Playhouse and has performed abroad at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.
Jonny has also performed with an eclectic mix of Northern-based bands including the Jonny Faull Quartet, Ben Lowman’s Django Project (gypsy jazz), Doncaster Jazz Orchestra (regional big band), Al Wood Nine (sax-lead jazz nonet), The 45s (instrumental funk) and Dancing Years (vocal indie folk band). With these bands and others, Jonny has performed at the Cheltenham International Jazz Festival, Igan International Jazz Festival, Sauerland-Herbst Festival in Germany and in many of the UK’s jazz and funk clubs.When not gigging, Jonny is also a saxophone, flute and clarinet tutor for schools in Leeds, York and Doncaster as well as being involved in ‘Improwise’ workshops for business management providing ‘an insight into the art of transformational leadership from the world of jazz and improvisation.
Emlyn Vaughan- Bass
Emlyn studied the bass guitar double bass at Leeds College of Music. Whilst there, the main focus of his studies was jazz and contemporary music. He now works as both a well-loved bass teacher and much sought-after performer on the UK jazz scene. In addition to this, he is also involved in music production and engineering and has appeared on many recordings and also for film and TV.
Performances to date include touring and recording with The Demon Barbers and performances with Gilad Atzmon, Dave O’Higgins, Dennis Rollins and the Doncaster Jazz Orchestra.
Emlyn also performs regularly for Theatre shows and concerts and has performed alongside The Inspiration Choir, Opera North.
Emlyn has also appeared on stage performing at many festivals including Glastonbury (2011-12-15) and Why Not (2015).
Chris Harrison- Drums
Chris started playing Drums when he was 4 years old. He was raised in a musical family and is also a pianist. He is currently in his final year of a Degree in Music at Salford University where he has trained with the renowned drum tutor, Dave Hassell.
Chris plays with many bands ranging in genre from Jazz and Latin to Rock and Blues. He often plays in productions including Carousel, Oliver and Les Misérables and is also the drummer of choice for James Loynes, the popular vocal coach and choir leader.
Chris has been playing in bands for over ten years, starting off in his Dad’s Jazz band at age 12 and over the years he has played to audiences of thousands.
He is also a keen composer and arranger and is currently studying under internationally renowned arranger and composer Robin Dewhurst and Dan Price, the composer in residence for the Black Dyke Mills band.