"Chill-out music with verve" - Jane Cornwell, Evening Standard
Big Bad Wolf is a London based band featuring washy guitars, ambient vocals, brassy hooks and deep grooves. This distinctive sound arises largely from the band's consistently egalitarian
process of group composition, where all 4 members are present from conception to completion of each song. Starting each writing session by recording an open-ended group improvisation, they then listen back, pick out the best ideas and then develop them into intricate and concise pieces of music. Big Bad Wolf have developed a unique way to bridge the gap between improvised music and contemporary pop/rock styles. All four band members have a strong grounding in jazz from their studies on the prestigious
jazz courses at the Royal Academy of Music and at Leeds College of Music. From this background, the band strives to constantly push the boundaries and blur the edges of the genre through a wealth of influences, from Bjork to Radiohead to Bill Frisell, brought to the table by each member to the group.
From the band’s first experimentations in late 2014 there has always been a primary focus on the instrumental blend within the slightly unconventional line up (trombone, guitar, bass VI and drums) and how to work that into forging an individual, contemporary sound whilst still honouring the improvisational element of the jazz tradition.
July 2017 saw Big Bad Wolf release and tour their debut album, Pond Life, to rave reviews across UK and European media. This was made possible through generous funding from Help Musicians UK (Development Grant - Peter Whittingham Award) and The Arts Council (Grants For The Arts).
Owen Dawson // Electric Trombone, Synth, Vocals
Rob Luft // Guitar, Vocals
Michael De Souza // Fender Bass VI, Vocals
Jay Davis // Drums
"One of the best albums I've heard this year" Mike Flynn (Jazzwise) on Europe Jazz Media
"The title track affirms how inventively the quartet juggle tone colour, constantly renewing sub-themes, and subtly shifting grooves" - John Fordham, The Guardian
“At its best this quartet’s debut displays a very British quirkiness” - Clive Davis, The Sunday Times
"Wherever you turn, be it the joyous bounce of 'Canary' or the lyrical melancholy of 'Quiet Coach', there's treasure to discover" - Andy Robson, Jazzwise
"There's no question this group has an immaculate chemistry, leading to the tight and singular success that is Pond Life. This debut outing from Britain comes highly recommended for all who seek modern innovation and recombination in jazz today." - Friedrich Kunzmann, All About Jazz
"A feel-good, windows-down cruiser" - Adrian Pallant, Critic (AP Reviews)
“Brass-tinged pop dipped in melancholy and laced with a very slight
mathrock tincture" – The Progressive Aspect
"Sun drenched blissed out optimism" – Marlbank
"I really like the kind of combination of lazy trombone and darting guitar riffs" -
Jez Nelson, BBC Radio 3 (Jazz On 3)
"Pond Life is a day dreamer's delight. Its care-free atmosphere and melodic beauty makes it easy to become enveloped by its warm spell. It provides a perfect backdrop for a mind to dream of the future, or it offers a perfect spark to light up and reawaken long-lost images of the past and last goodbyes" – Dutch Progressive Rock Page (DPRP.net)
“Pond Life successfully synthesises several strands of music to deliver a distinctive group sound. These are young musicians who are combining their jazz education and sensibilities with the music of their own time to create music that is fresh and personal” - The Jazz Mann
The Angry Men were founded by electric bass player and Royal Academy of Music Jazz Course graduate Paul Robinson.
All professional musicians in their own right, The Angry Men have been all over the world playing a variety of music and with many many artists. However, they like nothing more than to get together and write and play Jazz Fusion.
Influenced by bands such as The Yellowjackets, Weather Report, The Pat Metheney Group and Herbie Hancock, The Angry Men pride themselves on writing tight grooves, complex yet beautiful harmonies and tuneful melodies.
Paul Robinson Bass
Mike Smith Sax
Jay Irving Drums
Paul Cusick Guitar
Patrick Hurley Piano
Originally from Cologne/Germany, guitarist Gero Schipmann has been an active part of London’s vibrant Jazz scene for the past three years. Together with Cologne based saxophonist and composer Johannes Ludwig, the two lead the Schipmann/Ludwig UK Quintet, a highly prolific band featuring some of the UK’s most sought after musicians, uniting the unique Jazz scenes of England and Germany. The compositions of the two bandleaders combine crystal clear melodies with floating soundscapes and musical complexity with simplistic lines, while always telling a story to the listener - delivered by a band that always aims for the perfect balance between musical individuality and devotion to the composition.
Gero Schipmann - Guitar
Johannes Ludwig – Alto Sax
Sam Leak - Piano
Jack Garside - Bass
Jordan Dinsdale – Drums
Stella Roberts is a Birmingham based pianist working as a Composer, Band-leader and Side-woman.
After graduating from the Jazz course at the Birmingham Conservatoire (www.bcu.ac.uk/conservatoire), Stella has formed her sextet where she continues to develop her compositional approach. The sextet have recently recorded their debut EP Solace Suite, which has taken strongs influence from the landscape and creatures found where she grew up in the Peak District.
Along side working on compositional projects, Stella is a passionate teacher, and has gained much experience as an educator. Stella is a regular teacher of one to one jazz and classical piano lessons, and has also been involved in workshop events with Jazzlines THSH (www.thsh.co.uk/whats-on/org/jazzlines). Stella has been lucky enough to work on projects such as Generation Ladywood, she has been involved with events orgainsed by the Women In Jazz movement within Jazzlines, and is currently working on a set of music with the Jazzlines Ensemble to perform at Mostly Jazz, Funk and Soul festival.
Whilst at Birmingham Conservatoire, Stella met Anna Palmer, who fronts the band Dorcha. Stella has been a member of the five-piece band of "synths, strings, electronics and heavy beats" since 2015. The band have recently recorded and released their new EP 'ISM' and are currently leading a miniatures project with 10 different composers, of which Stella is one. Stella's miniature will be released at the end of June.
Stella Roberts - Piano
Euan Palmer - drums
Stuart barker Bass
Richard foote - trombone
Sean Gibbs - trumpet
Chris young - alto
Steve Lewis creates songs by taking fragments from leftfield pop, African, folk and jazz, channelled through a sextet of instruments rarely heard in jazz (hurdy-gurdy, bagpipes, overtone vocals) and setting found texts from across science, literature and history: riffs and drones, curious and stirring.
“Deep Cabaret began in 2005 with an mjf commission: Top Ten Sex Tips. The project has kept developing and morphing ever since. The latest version curates the musics that fascinate me most: jazz, improv, African, folk and leftfield pop, and uses that music to set mash-ups of text from novels, journalism, scientific and spiritual and other texts that have things to say about being human.
The flat empty distances of Morecambe Bay have been a recent inspiration too. Internalising all that space, I can feel myself expand. Breathing becomes deeper, more relaxed. If each of those breaths becomes a held note, a drone emerges. Time seems held, then expands. As the drones layer, they make a Rothko-like aural shimmer. Similarly, a groove can captivate both emotional and physical experience to elasticate time. And this sense of a dissonant sea-desert has resonated with my love for desert blues and sub-Saharan music, and led to music improvised around African grooves and folk sounds, glistening riffs and muddy drones.”
Steve Lewis - voice, guitar
Jayson Stilwell - overtone vocals
Matt Robinson - clarinets
Maja Bugge - Cello
Paul Sherwood - Hurdy-gurdy, bagpipes
Ben McCabe - drums, vocals
Recorded in April 2017 the album portrays a narrative which explores the group’s musical journey. Beginning with performances which draw from the American Songbook tradition, it travels through to the modern aesthetic inspired by the surroundings of London’s jazz scene. This compelling journey explores sounds from many perspectives simultaneously. Forms, harmonies and rhythms are superimposed and abstracted while retaining their essential function, whilst the improvisations within them express the excitement and beauty of these frameworks.
Nick is fast becoming one of the most in demand guitarists on the UK jazz scene and has performed with some of the countries most renowned jazz musicians such as Martin Speake, Stan Sulzmann, Steve Fishwick, Jeff Williams and composer John Warren (ECM), touring in the UK Europe, Australia and South America
As well as leading his own quartet Nick has been apart of many successful musical projects as a contributing musician. He is featured on 9 studio albums, including A New Start by UK sax veteran Pete Hurt, (2nd place in the 2016 Jazz awards New Release category) and Fini Bearman’s Burn the Boat (2nd in JazzWise “Best Albums of 2016”). Nick will be releasing his debut album as a leader in 2018
Upon graduating from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2011 with the highest mark in his year, Nick was awarded the Yamaha Scholarship for Outstanding Jazz Musicians.
“One of the brightest stars on the British jazz scene, elegant and impressive”
“Guitarist, Nick Costley-White has a flair for melody and he crafted some beautiful lines”
“Guitarist Nick Costley-White is a subtle, unselfish player whose unison playing with the saxophonist is a hidden gem of the album and whose solos and lead lines are similarly understated yet effective”
“Boppishly fluent and sensitive”
“A classy player with an elegant and subtle way with a good tune”
“The impressive guitar playing of Nick Costley-White, embracing jazz chord and rock-fusion vocabulary”
“We get to hear Nick Costley-White’s guitar in all it’s glory, splendid guitar work”
“Costley-White on his breaks and rhythmic excursions navigates territory a little familiar from Phil Robson’s imaginative acoustic approach over the years”
Open ended jazz playing with no stylistic limits – written scores, graphic scores, improvisation – improvisation which is inclusive of melody and structure – whatever we feel like playing – plenty of space for the music to develop its direction – concentrated and careful listening - ultimately rooted in, and building on the tradition of, pure jazz skill no matter where the music takes us.
Contemporary composition/improv does not get much better than this. - Nick Lea JAZZ VIEWS
If the group have a signature it’s their use of breathing space, with musicians, all exceptional listeners – Mike Barnes THE WIRE
Martin Archer is a composer / improviser who is equally at home on stage or in the studio, and whose distinctive saxophone playing is rooted in AACM jazz. “Archer's aesthetic is an intriguing and transformative one—whatever enters his world comes out changed, if not utterly, then beautifully.” – Duncan Heining, All About Jazz
Kim Macari is a musician and composer immersed in the jazz and improvised music scene. Whether as a performer, teacher or a producer, her passion lies in the strength of improvised music as a means of expression and a form of empowerment and freedom. “Macari plays fearlessly” – Bebop Spoken Here
Laura Cole is a pianist and composer, working in the fields of both improvised music and contemporary jazz. Cole leads and writes for her own octet, Metamorphic, and is involved in various different projects and collaborations across the UK music scene.
“Laura Cole has one of the most distinctive compositional voices around.” – Peter Quinn, Jazzwise
Walt Shaw says - I'm an abstract painter and percussionist and in my head they are one and the same process.
“Walt relishes being in the deep end of spontaneity, chance and the unknown.” - Professor Simon Piasecki, Head of Dance, Drama and Performance at Hope University, Liverpool
Martin Archer – saxophones
Kim Macari – trumpet
Laura Cole – piano
Walt Shaw – percussion and live electronics
Jonathan Mansfield’s Elftet was formed in September 2015. His original compositions are influenced by those of Vince Mendoza, Marius Neset and Ravel, as well as songwriters such as Norah Jones and James Taylor. The larger ensemble offers a wide palette of textures and colours, from traditional four horn writing to more contemporary classical music with the use of strings and vibraphone. Elftet has gigged already around the UK and has been played on BBC radio 3 and WBGO (New York jazz station). In September 2017, Elftet are recording at Real World Studios with vibraphone virtuoso Jim Hart producing, Alex Bonney engineering and mixing as well as flute wizard Gareth Lockrane and tenor legend Chris Potter featuring on tracks. The line up features some of the most exciting UK based musicians.
Ella Hohnen Ford - Vocals & Flute
James Davison - Trumpet and Flugel
Tom Smith - Alto,Tenor Sax and Flute
George Millard - Tenor Sax and Bass Clarinet
Rory Ingham - Trombone
Dom Ingham - Violin, vocals
Laura Armstrong - Cello
Oliver Mason - Guitar
Jonny Mansfield - Vibraphone
Will Harris - Bass
Boz Martin-Jones - Drums
“Stars show off the sound of tomorrow at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club with resonant atmospherics and nimble Guitar work. If proof were needed that London’s young Jazz scene is on fire right now, here it is”
(***** Jane Cornwell - Evening Standard)
“A very impressive Debut, hard swinging and modern - with echoes of Kenny Burrell in parts. Tobie Carpenter is one to watch” (Tony Minvielle - Jazz FM)
“The Tobie Carpenter Organ Trio really kept the audience engaged throughout. A wonderful ensemble sound and fantastic solos.” (Paul Pace – Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club)
Trio Line up:
- Tobie Carpenter (Guitar)
- Jamie Safir (Hammond Organ)
- David Ingamells (Drums)
Guests joining the group for some tour dates are:
- Alice Zawadski (Vocals/Violin) – twice nominated Parliamentary Jazz awards vocalist of the year. “A Genuine Original” (The Guardian).
- Nadim Teimoori (Tenor Saxophone) – Peter Whittingham Award winner. “Nadim’s voice on Tenor is thoughtful, melodic, harmonically advanced and creative. Beautiful!” (Chris Potter).
Tom is the winner of the 2017 Kenny Wheeler Prize in association with Edition Records and the Royal Academy of music. This has meant over the past few months he has worked hard at writing, rehearsing, gigging and recording his Debut Album which will be released into the world on Edition Records in August 2018.
"We were lucky enough to have the incredible Iian Ballmay on Board to produce the album who's input on the day was incredibly valuable. We also had the amazing Alex Kilpartrick engineering the session and mixing the album. I couldn't have asked for a better team of people to record my debut album with!"
Tom's writing for this band has been described by Evan Parker as "wonderfully intricate and demanding and yet is exuberantly listenable". Dowbeat also wrote "Excellent compositions". Tom draws on compositional influences such as Mark Lockheart, John Scofield, Brad Mehldau, Troyka and Iain Ballamy to create a set of music unlike anything on the London Scene today.
They will kick off their UK album release tour with a special gig at Kings Place on the 3rd of October 2018.
Billy Marrows- Guitar: Billy Marrows is an award winning guitarist and composer based in London, originally from North Yorkshire. Billy won the 2016 Dankworth Prize for Jazz Composition and the 2012 Watermill Jazz Young Composers competition. Most recently he was awarded the 2016 Lancaster Youth Jazz Commission for which he wrote a suite drawing upon ideas from Gamelan music. This was premiered by his octet at Lancaster Jazz Festival. Billy's writing has been described as 'fresh and unpredictable’ by Jazzwise magazine.
Dave Storey- Drums: Dave is a formidable force on the London jazz scene today. He is a part of the Harry Christens Organ Trio, The Olli Martin Quintet, The Tom Smith Septet and KOALA as well as leading his own trio project with James Allsopp and Connor Chaplin.
Rupert Cox- Piano: Rupert has been playing the piano since the age of 6. He plays in Dave De Rose’s “Barefoot Bear”, with the Matt SulzmannQuintet and with young drummer Phelan Burgoyne in a trio often with guest Spanish trumpet player Felix Rossy. Rupert also leads his own trio with Joe Downard and Dave Storey. He has also played in large ensembles including the Human Revolution Orchestra with Robin Eubanks at Ronnie Scott’s as well as NYJO.
Flo Moore- Bass: Since moving to London in 2011, Flo has performed with some of the world’s finest jazz musicians, including Peter King, Bobby Watson and Jason Rebello, and has played at several prestigious venues, such as Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club and King’s Place. Flo's musical influences include John Coltrane and Bill Evans, she has also taken inspiration from great songwriters such as Paul Simon, James Taylor and Carole King.
"...he slips between bop language and modernist abstraction like a true polyglot, his timing and phrasing always impeccable."- Jazzwise Magazine
'We are witnessing the birth of a new star in the jazz firmament.' – Evan Parker
‘A future star of the UK Jazz scene’ – Jazzwise Magazine
‘A wonderful young player. It’s so exciting to hear him grow!’ – Stan Sulzmann
Joe Hill's North Ark is a new jazz septet, started in 2017. They play original compositions and arrangements by Joe, which are influenced by a wide variety of artists, such as Phronesis, Marius Neset, The Impossible Gentlemen and Tim Garland. The wide variety of music written for the septet likes to engage not just the modern jazz lover, but fans of any music genre, and therefore contains a whole combination of grooves, improvisation, accessible harmonic sequences, melodic writing and odd time signatures. As well as playing original music, the band likes to put their twist on older and more well known music, inspiring the band’s arrangement of ‘Blackbird’ by The Beatles.
The line up contains some of the U.K’s top jazz musicians of the next generation, who between them have toured internationally and nationally with names such as Liane Carroll, James Maddrenand Soweto Kinch. Amongst them is Tom Smith, recent finalist of the BBC Young Musician of the Year Jazz Award, and Rory Ingham, winner of the Rising Star category in the British Jazz Awards 2017.
James Davison - Trumpet
Tom Smith - Alto Sax
Alex Hitchcock - Tenor Sax
Rory Ingham - Trombone
Joe Hill - Piano
Jack Tustin - Bass
Boz Martin-Jones - Drums
Formed in 2014 this trio takes on the classic guitar trio format with new angles and visions. The music draws on multiple influences and themes, the contrasts of urbanism and nature, Swedish folklore, musical escapism and the volatility of improvisation. Bridging genres and techniques these three players merge their highly personal sounds into inventive forms and explorations of jazz.
Tobias Andersson (guitar)
Alfred Ringstad (double bass)
William Soovik (drums)
Eyal Lovett is a Berlin based Israeli jazz piano player and composer, who is currently booking dates for his new project "Eyal Lovett Trio ft. Eran Har Even (NE)", peresenting the music from - "Tales From a Forbidden Land" (album trailer) which was released November 2016 by Two Rivers Records. The album features the wonderful Gilad Hekselman on guitar.
This band is touring during 2017 presenting new and old music, culminating in a Live performance to be recorded to a live album. We have a tour in the UK between November 17h to November 26th and we still have free dates during those days.
Eyals music draws inspiration from traditional and contemporary jazz, with classical and middle eastern influences. There is an emphasis on lyricism and emotional content, while maintaining a strong and pulsing groove. Eyal has been successfully touring in Europe for the last 4 years, with noted venues such as Bflat, Zig Zag, Schlot (Berlin), Aarhus jazz festival (DK), Jazzmeile Jazz Festival, Pardon To tu (Warsaw), Horns Erben (Leipzig) and more.
Lovett showcases his delicate touch on the piano with a
tenderly heart-aching song that features the pianist ability
for storytelling" - all about jazz (2014)
Satori is a Buddhist word meaning a moment of illumination or clarity. It emphasizes the interplay between practice and enlightenment, which could be said to correspond to the craft and art of improvised music.
atori released their first album last year on Whirlwind Recordings and are now working on a second. How to describe the music?
Inventive, Lyrical (Jazzwise), Spiritual, Spiralling, Joyful (UK Vibe), Fluent, Imaginative (Jazz Man), Irrepressible Tunefulness (Downbeat)
osephine Davies (saxophones)
James Maddren/Paul Clarvis (drums)
Dave Whitford (bass)
Chris Williams - alto sax
Alam Nathoo - tenor sax
Mick Coady - bass
Adam Teixeira - drums
Vitor Pereira - guitar
Exciting and energetic this band has been mentioned as one of the best live contemporary jazz bands in London at the moment.
Its strong and unique sound has captivated the interest of the Jazz community who called them “intriguing” or “innovative”.
From the catchy rock-like riffs to more quiet and mesmerising atmospheres they cover a full spectrum of textures unveiling a vast background of musical influences and leading the listener through a very diverse and ‘bumpy’ journey.
They jumped into international recognition in 2012 with the release of their critically acclaimed debut album ‘Doors’ and later with ‘New World’.
Vitor Pereira was born in Porto/Portugal where he studied mainly classical music and classical guitar.
His interest in Jazz took him to participate in seminars and private lessons with the likes of Pat Metheny, Jonathan Kreisberg, Gilad Hekselman or Aaron Goldberg to name a few and ultimately led him to London in 2004 to study at the “Middlesex University”.
Living in London since then he is an active name in the UK and Europe playing with names like: James Allsopp, Asaf Sirkis, Josh Arcoleo, Binker Goldings, Marc Demuth, etc…
"intriguing and innovative"
All About Jazz
“'New World' brims with vigour, imagination and staying power”
The Jazz Mann
“the music is contemporary, it’s for today … the musical manifesto is superb”
Bebop Spoken Here
"an intriguing group with a strong line-up and well-delivered compositions"
"Experimental modern jazz from this heavyweight band led by Portuguese guitarist Pereira"
“hard-hitting contemporary jazz-rock flavour in line with Pereira’s fine politically motivated compositions"
Born in 1990 in the scenic county of Somerset, England, Hayden developed a passion for experimental music in his younger years which continued during his time at Middlesex University in London, where he studied jazz. He developed his style of double bass playing under guidance of, amongst others, musicians Stuart Hall, Chris Batchelor and Michael Janisch. After a brief time performing in bands of other musical styles, including music of the Balkans and Moroccan music, Hayden returned to performing and composing in jazz and improvised settings, usually in small band arrangements. With an avid interest in many acoustic and electronic musics, Hayden often hears music without the more rigid confines that style names would suggest, sighting musicians Craig Taborn, Drew Gress, Tim Berne, Ralph Alessi, Arnold Schoenberg, Boards of Canda, Autechre, Plaid amongst others as inspiration.
Due to the universities openness to experimentation and lack of a ‘house style’, Hayden was given freedom to explore his own creative processes and the relationships between improvisation and composition. Later, as part of his continuation of exploring the double bass and composition, Hayden took up studying over duration with two esteemed New York musicians, Drew Gress and Chris Lightcap, with whom he shares an affinity of musical language.
During studies with renown US bassist Michael Janisch, and on hearing Hayden’s compositions, Hayden was offered to record for Michael’s London based label Whirlwind Recordings. After a move to Berlin in 2015, Hayden formed a quartet and recorded his pieces with Elias Stemeseder (Jim Black Trio), Philipp Gropper (Hyperactive Kid) and Max Santner (Philipp Harnisch Quartet) with the release set for May 2017.
Hayden has performed at many UK venues, including The Vortex and Royal College of Music, and during his time in London was often featured in the house band at Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club, as well as having toured with bands throughout the UK and Europe. He has performed with, amongst others, Elias Stemeseder, Philipp Gropper, Max Santner, Bernhard Meyer, Alam Nathoo, Duncan Eagles, Dave Hamblett, Binker Golding, Sam leak, Shirley Tetteh, Andy Ball, Artie Zaitz.
“Prosser's compositions develop elegantly, but rarely in straight lines... this quartet pushes the listener down several paths at once, creating a thrilling tension among the players even though they're actually tightly in sync.”
"A suite of soundscapes that will surely reward repeated plays, from which the listener will undoubtedly glean new textures and colours." All About Jazz
"What nudges Tether up to borderline addictive is how the melodies filter through... Fascination with this recording continues to grow with each return visit." Bird is the Worm
"A startling debut recording... This is wonderful music deserving of much, much more investigation. A creative musician could build a high tower from here." Sandy Brown Jazz
"Compact sound studies that are structurally finely balanced and well shaped and that cleverly wander between sublime groove and a total absence of metric anchoring." Concerto Magazine
"This is an assured set of pieces, with a clear sense of the philosophy through which composition is approached and a strong unity in the playing. As a debut, it promises a bright career." Jazz Views
Mark Pringle - piano
Hayden Prosser - Bass