Saxophonist Alex Hitchcock (‘a fantastic talent’–Helen Mayhew, JazzFM)leads a powerhouse quintet that combines a compelling, adventurous ear for melody with virtuosic improvising. Their summer 2019 tour launches their first album All Good Things, released on the Spanish label Fresh Sound NewTalent, renowned for introducing debuts by artists including Robert Glasper,Brad Mehldau and Avishai Cohen.
In a breakthrough year in 2018, a 15-date nationwide tour of their acclaimed live EP was followed by performances at Ronnie Scott's, Love SupremeFestival, and the Umbria Jazz Festival, as well as radio play on BBC Radio 3 andJazzFM. Critic John Fordham called the EP ‘an impressive calling card for a band with a bright future’.
The quintet features five of the most creative rising stars of the UK's jazz scene,who have already made their mark as sidemen with an impressive list of jazz luminaries ranging from Jasper Høiby through Chris Potter to Elliot Galvin.
Influences range from the explosive energy of Kneebody and the complexity and nuance of Ambrose Akinmusire to European trailblazers Phronesis and Django Bates.
“If I suggest that it reminded me of Miles Davis’s classic quintet with Wayne Shorter,that will give you some idea of the impact it had on me. It’s tightly disciplined, in the best sense of the word, with the front-line of Hitchcock and Copus playing as one, but with a sense of space that allows soloists to explore the themes in any direction they choose’ – thejazzman.com
“I really, really enjoyed this’”– Soweto Kinch, BBC Radio 3
“...[at Love Supreme 2018] they dazzled with a display of collective virtuosity,demonstrating that challenging acoustic jazz can hold its own, and retain the crowds” – Jazzwise‘
“A fantastic young talent... undoubtedly one of the stars of the future” – Helen Mayhew, Jazz FM
Alex Hitchcock // Tenor Saxophone
James Copus // Trumpet, flugelhorn
Will Barry // Piano
Joe Downard // Bass
Jay Davis // Drums
Composer and trumpet player Miguel Gorodi leads this talent-packed nonet which plays all original compositions. The music is influenced by contemporary jazz and classical musicians such as Steve Coleman, Steve Lehman, Tyshawn Sorey, Louis Andriessen, Gérard Grisey and Per Nørgård. Miguel balances texture, colour, form and interweaving polyrhythmic grooves to evoke existential themes of meaning-making, the absurd, angst and free-will. The group are touring their debut album 'Apophenia' which is released on the 24th May 2019 on Ubuntu Music.
Born in Spain in 1990, Miguel also grew up in Saudi Arabia and Thailand before moving to England in 2006 upon winning a music scholarship at Wells Cathedral School in Somerset. Miguel moved to London in 2008 to study Jazz Trumpet at The Guildhall School of Music & Drama, graduating in 2012 with a first class honours degree and a Concert Recital Diploma, and stayed at Guildhall for a further two years as the Jazz department’s fellow.
One of London's leading young jazz trumpet players, he was first picked up at the age of 19 by singer Ian Shaw to record his album The Abbey Road Sessions (featuring Peter Ind and Gene Calderazzo) in 2010. Miguel has continued a freelancing career as a sideman and featured soloist ever since, performing in Spain, France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Norway, Hungary, Ireland, Russia, and across the UK.
Gareth Lockrane // Flutes
Michael Chillingworth // Alto Sax/Clarinet
George Crowley // Tenor Sax/Bass Clarinet
Miguel Gorodi // Trumpet/Flugelhorn
Kieran McLeod // Trombone
Ray Hearne // Tuba
Ralph Wyld // Vibraphone
Conor Chaplin // Bass
Dave Hamblett // Drums
Meerkat Parade have just released their debut album, the quartet all sharing a love and passion for taking the jazz tradition and moving it forward with new and exciting compositions. Their music is influenced by the likes of Julian Arguelles, the Allman brothers and Kurt Rosenwinkel. There is a colourful mixture of sensitive playing, subtle odd-time grooves and all out thrash.
Max Popp on drums has recently moved to Scotland from Chicago. Bringing with him all his experience from playing in the USA it has not taken him long to become active in the Scottish music scene, amongst others having recently performed on the BBC with Fraser Urquhart( up and coming Jazz musician of the year) and his trio. His energy and drive can be heard throughout the album.
Huw Rees plays Hammond Organ, Fender Rhodes and piano on the record. He won the Dave Holland prize for composition whilst studying at Birmingham Conservatoire. His unique modern and compositional approach to improvising can be heard in his playing.
David Series has played with numerous bands and musicians around Scotland and further afield including trio HSK, trio RSP and Tom Gibbs. This band is his first project and recording as a band leader and consists of some recent compositions as well as some that have evolved over a few years.
David Series // Guitar
Huw Rees // Hammond Organ
Max Popp // Drums
Andrew McCormack’s Graviton is the formidable prog-jazz group drawing on McCormack’s wide range of influences and demonstrating his talents for composition as well as his captivating performances. The music evades clear category but the pianist always looks to push himself and his fellow musicians to find something new yet accessible.
Scheduled for release in summer 2019 on the fast rising Ubuntu Music label, Graviton’s second album, The Calling, follows the storyline of the classic Hero’s Journey after McCormack’s renewed interest in the works of Joseph Campbell and Carl Jung.
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Andrew McCormack has been at the forefront of British jazz since he recorded his debut album Telescope on Dune Records in 2006. He was awarded BBC Jazz Awards Rising Star in the same year. Andrew has gained international recognition since joining the Kyle Eastwood quintet in 2007. The London Symphony Orchestra commissioned a composition (‘Incentive') for a Barbican Centre concert in 2009 as part of their Panufnik Young Composers Scheme. Andrew’s second album, Live in London, was released by Edition in 2012 followed by First Light in 2014 with Andrew’s trio featuring drummer Colin Stranahan and bassist Zach Lober. Andrew has performed and recorded three critically acclaimed albums (MY Duo, Places & Other Spaces and Juntos) with saxophonist Jason Yarde.
Noemi Nuti // Vocals
Alex Hitchcock // Saxophone
Tom Herbert // Bass
Joshua Blackmore // Drums
Treppenwitz is the meeting of three musicians: pianist Matthew Aplin (Mansion of Snakes, KOG and the Zongo Brigade), bassist Tom Riviere (Family Band) and drummer/LCoM lecturer Steve Hanley (Jamie Taylor, Svarc Trio, Richard Iles).
The central philosophy is that the world of sound is interconnected, and different strains of music represent outgrowths from the same seed. Passages of explorative beauty and space sit comfortably alongside energetic bursts of freedom, held together by the connective tissue of improvisation. Compositions are contributed by the members, with something open-ended deliberately in mind; the shapes and contours of the music develop organically, different every time, always seeking.
In 2018, they were selected for Jazz North’s Northern line touring support scheme. Subsequently they toured the UK extensively, completing 25 dates in total. Their sophomore album, The Kennedys at Beaver Point, was released by New Jazz Records in January 2019. CDs and digital download available at: www.treppenwitzmusic.bandcamp.com
Matthew Aplin // Piano
Tom Riviere // Bass
Steve Hanley // Drums
Featuring long-time collaborators Richard Jones (piano), Seth Bennett (bass) and Johnny Hunter (drums), trumpeter Graham South's new quartet was formed initially to play a commissioned set of arrangements of American spirituals at the 2018 Southwell Music Festival. The depth of expression inherent in these beautiful songs and the scope for improvisational freedom that they offer forms the core of this groups repertoire, along with originals to complement. The four players draw from a vastly varied palette thanks to their hugely diverse careers so expect reflective lyricism, virtuosic freedom and some hard-driving grooves to boot. A freshly recorded album is coming up on Efpi records.
Graham South // Trumpet
Richard Jones // Piano
Seth Bennett // Bass
Johnny Hunter // Drums