Chris Hodgkins (Director)
Chris was raised in Cardiff, and in 1974 co-founded the Welsh Jazz Festival with Geoff Palser. He was instrumental, four years later, in establishing the Welsh Jazz Society with David Greensmith. As a professional trumpeter, Chris has toured the UK and Europe - also appearing at the Sacramento Jazz Festival in the States - and The Chris Hodgkins Band made a name for itself supporting the likes of Buddy Tate, Humphrey Lyttelton, Kathy Stobart, Bud Freeman and Wild Bill Davison. Chris relocated to London in the early-80s and, in a change of direction, began his award-winning administrative career. In 1990 he completed an MBA, while in 2002 he was presented with the prestigious Services to Jazz Award at the BBC Jazz Awards. In 2005, Jazz Services won the Best Website category in the first Parliamentary Jazz Awards; Chris was made a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Marketing the same year.
Sabina Czajkowska (Listings Editor)
Sabina is an art historian and critic, writing for art magazines and other art publications. She was a teacher and delivered lectures on art. She also organised exhibitions and was involved in creating a workshop programme for the Biennale of Art for Children. Originally from Poland, she studied in London and has recently decided to come back and immerse in the rich cultural life here. Sabina plays the piano and is keen on photography. Expressing her love for music, and especially live jazz, she is now responsible for the Listings at Jazz Services.
Anne Rigg (Touring, Recording and International Manager)
Anne was brought up in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire and has had a long diverse career in the BBC, where she gained considerable experience working in jazz and live music, working firstly at BBC Pebble Mill and then in BBC Birmingham at The Mailbox, in regional television, in Radio 4 on The Archers, and then in Radio 2 working on various jazz programmes including Big Band Special, Jazz Notes, Humphrey Lyttleton’s Best of Jazz, BBC Jazz Awards and Jools Holland. During this time she worked alongside some of the world’s leading jazz performers in studio recordings and at various
John Lyons (Communications Manager / Editor)
John's professional background is in music PR, and he has worked with some of the UK's best jazz artists and institutions, including the London Jazz Festival, the Cheltenham Jazz Festival and Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, as well as a number of high-profile international artists. As Communications Manager, John oversees the running of the website and the various different channels by which Jazz Services spreads the word of its work throughout the jazz community at home and further afield, as well as assisting with aspects of the touring support programme, Jazz Services editorial and more.
John also edits Jazz Services' in-house magazine, JazzUK.
Humie Webbe (Education Project Manager)
Humie is an award winning performer, educator, events and project manager who has made numerous TV and radio appearances. Her vocals featured on the Oscar-nominated animation ‘Famous Fred’; in 2002 she received a Welsh Diversity Award for Best Achievement in Performing Arts; in 2003 a special award for her contribution to music development in the Butetown community. She is Co-founder/Director of Butetown Bay Jazz which incorporates Butetown Bay Heritage Festival. Humie has an MBA in Project Management and a BA Hons Degree in Community Education. Her advisory roles include membership of the Creative and Cultural Skills Sector Advisory Group, CULT Cymru Union Learning Advisor Network representing Equity as a Union Learning Advisor, she is on the preferred project manger list for Wales Arts International and serves as a National Adviser for the Arts Council of Wales. Humie presents a weekly jazz show called The Jazz Train on Radio Cardiff.
Fran (Advertising Manager)
Fran is new to the job - biography to follow.