Purple Park

PURPLE PARK are a refreshingly inventive combo combining the unique talents of Rachel Jenkins , Rufai Ajala and Pete Duncan.Their uncluttered and uniquely arranged versions of Jazz standards and more contemporary songs are perfect for weddings , corporate gigs or private functions.

If you would like to book Purple Park for an event, please enquire using Rachel’s contact form on the menu above.

RACHEL JENKINS

Rachel discovered she had a very natural talent for singing at an early age . After studying jazz vocals at Morley College she went on to train with the renowned vocalists Anita Wardell , Sheila Jordan and the Jazz educator , Claude Alexander.

Rachel has been performing at weddings ,corporate events and private functions for many years now . Prestigious venues include The Dorchester , Claridges , The Grove Hotel , The London Hilton , The Hampton Court Flower Show , The Vortex and Floridita .

Rachel possesses a truly natural , beautiful voice ( quote Sheila Jordan ) with a three and a half octave vocal range which enables her to sing effortlessly in many styles such as Jazz , Blues , Funk , Soul and Contemporary .

RUFAI AJALA

Rufai has been delighting audiences with his melodic alto sax playing for over twenty years . He is largely self-taught and has played countless gigs and jam sessions across London and the South East . Although Jazz has become his first love he is more than happy and capable of playing in many different styles including Funk , Blues and Contemporary .

He has many influences including pianists , vocalists and guitar players as well as exponents of his own instrument…examples are Bill Evans , Ella Fitzgerald , Martin Taylor , Cannonball Adderly and Art Pepper .
Rufai is a very expressive , melodic altoist and these qualities come to the fore especially when playing ballads .

PETE DUNCAN

Pete has played countless gigs since a young age covering a wide of styles from Jazz , Funk , Blues , Acoustic , Reggae , through to Rock and Motown . He attended the celebrated City of Leeds College of Music and graduated with a Jazz and Contemporary Music Degree in 1994 .

Since moving back to London in 1995 Pete has been working consistently in duos , trios , quartets and larger ensembles ( including several cruise ship gigs sailing around the Mediterranean and Norway ) . He is also a qualified guitar teacher and has been teaching in Primary and Secondary schools throughout Surrey for the past ten years .

Pete specialises in playing groove based guitar which is the perfect foundation for Rachel’s beautiful vocals and Rufai’s lyrical alto sax playing .