'Master guitarist McCallum's music is heaven sent. Beautifully crafted, warm blooded, folk and jazz inspired magical stuff....' Written in Music
A guitarist of considerable facility and creativity, Stuart McCallum rose to prominence playing with the Cinematic Orchestra on Ma Fleur and Live at the Albert Hall, but it is with his own music that confirms his reputation as one of the most vital, creative and soulful guitarists of his generation. His new EP, Solitude, explores the subtleties and emotive nuances of the acoustic guitar in a breathtakingly beautiful way.
With 2 albums on Naim Recordings, Distilled  and City , Stuart McCallum embraced a wide range of influences blending instrumental soundscapes and glorious melodies with hooky drum beats. In 2015 he teamed up with fellow guitarist Mike Walker to release Beholden, a set or serence and elegant reinterpretations of the guitarists’ compositions and jazz standards. This led to signing to Edition Records to release this second duo album, The Space Between, a critically acclaimed release that was describe by MOJO as ‘haunting & evocative’.
In June 2017, Stuart McCallum digitally releases CITY LIVE, a 5 track EP recorded in 2016 at RNCM Opera. Bringing together his long term collaborators drummer Richard Spaven, Bassist Robin Mullarkey and Ivo Neame on keyboards as well as special guest singers JP Cooper and Sharlene Hector, City Live marks an exciting new era for Stuart McCallum with a new wave of digital singles and EP’s coming in 2017 and 2018. Focussing on collaborations, live recordings and remixes, as well as new music created with a wide variety of acoustic and electric guitars, fans can look forward to a period of increased output. The digital domain will allow him the freedom and opportunity to experiment and explore with new ideas, with the ultimate view of releasing new albums in 2018.
Stuart McCallum / Guitar
Thoughtful music; melodic, flowing and measured, with enough twists and turns to keep everyone engaged
Mike Walker (Dave Holland, Tal Farlow, Anthony Braxton, Bill Frisell)
Wandering Monster perform intricately arranged instrumental rock music which draws upon jazz sensibilities and sound worlds. Made up of five crossover musicians highly active on the northern scene, the group reach beyond what may be expected from the tried and tested line-up of the tenor saxophone/guitar quintet.
Retaining the harmonic sophistication and improvisational approach of jazz, these influences are juxtaposed with the rhythmic complexity of modern rock and metal. The result is a sound that is intense and raucous, yet also dynamic, sensitive and spontaneous. An engaging live act, the band is able to pull off involved written material alongside moments of exciting, natural improvisation.
Despite hailing from the musical melting pot of Leeds, the monster has been unleashed across the north of England at a number of jazz festivals after winning the 2016/17 Jazz North Introduces Award. Notable performances include support slots for Seamus Blake, Trio HLK and Mammal Hands.
Sam Quintana- Double Bass/Compositions
Ben Powling- Tenor Saxophone
Calvin Travers- Guitar
Aleks Podraza- Piano/keys
Tom Higham- Drums
Kjetil Mulelid Trio consist of some of Norway's most interesting jazz musicians that are involved in projects like "Hegge" (Norwegian Grammy Award winner 2017), "Megalodon Collective" (Norwegian Grammy Award nomination 2016, and winner of JazzIntro 2016), "Wako" and the "Trondheim Jazz Orchestra". They play modern acoustic jazz, and the music is a mixture of compositions written by Mulelid and pure collective improvisations.
"The music is simple, beautiful and well composed tunes which goes in and out of expressive improvisations" (Olav Opsvik, NO).
"The compositions reflects Mulelid's rich and melodic play" (Eyal Hareuveni, IS).
The trio have since 2016 toured three times in West-Europe and played concerts on some of Norway's biggest jazz scenes, recorded some great live videos and released their debut album "Not Nearly Enough To Buy A House" which got honored world wide by critics.
"Best of the year" - Jez Nelson, Jazz FM (UK)
"It took me several listens to fully realise just how magical this album is" - The Wire (UK)
"Mulelid and his two equally young colleagues reveals timeless quality" - Baby Blaue (DE)
“Unbelievable that the musicians in the trio are all between 25 and 30" - Written in Music (NL)
Kjetil Mulelid - piano
Bjørn Marius Hegge - double bass
Andreas Winther - drums
Please note that this event will require an advance ticket and is likely to sell out!
Tickets available from Skiddle: https://bit.ly/2L2PHbF
Ari Hoenig is one of the jazz worlds most respected and innovative drummers. A prolific bandleader and sideman, he has appeared on over a hundred recordings and worked with a diverse spectrum of artists including Wayne Krantz, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Joshua Redman and Chris Potter.
"He's got Rhythm of every variety…trickles of rhythm seeping into all the cracks and at regular intervals he changes the rhythm, pouring it out or stoppering it, turning its emphasis around, subdividing or refocusing it and making it follow the melody." Ben Ratliff (New York Times)
‘Ari Hoenig, a disconcerting phenomenon of the drums’ Jazzman Magazine
Ari Hoenig - Drums
Tom Ollendorf - Guitar
Conor Chaplin - Bass
Crescent is a vibes trio based in London via New York and was formed in February 2016. The small usual line-up allows for maximum interaction and huge textures. Crescent recently performed their debut gig at the Vortex Jazz Club and are currently working on material for their debut release and European tour in Spring 2019. In 2015 Will was National YoungArts Foundation Merit winner for Jazz Bass after studying with Linda Oh. Between the trio they have played with legends such as Chris Potter, Geoff Simkins & Alex Garnett.
Crescent features :
Jonny Mansfield - Vibraphone
Will Sach - Bass
Boz Martin-Jones - Drums
‘Boz Martin Jones… was an object lesson in control and concentration’ - David Jackman
'Jonny Mansfield, whose incredible relaxed demeanour belied the quite mystifying way he managed to make this complex instrument sing.' - London Jazz News
Jonny is featured twice in Jazzwise’s ‘who to look out for in 2018’