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
“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).
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
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
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”
Ancient Infinity Orchestra are a nine-piece ensemble based in Leeds.
As active participants in Leeds’ music scene, the inspiration behind the groups’ inception was to distance itself from the perhaps overtly technical aspects of academic music and to find expression in compositions inspired by elemental forces, social politics and devotional music, whilst retaining a sense of joy and exploration through improvisations that run the gamut from singing bowl and gong soundscapes to full band conversations; from a whisper to a roar.
The current lineup: Drums, Double bass x2, Piano, Electric guitar, Alto saxophone/flute, Tenor saxophone/flute, Bass clarinet/flute and Violin, with all members playing percussion.
Heavy influences are Sun Ra, Pharoah Sanders, Art Ensemble of Chicago, African, Indian and devotional music and all that influences those musics; hence - ‘Ancient Infinity…’
Our mission statement is 1. To share our music with as many people as possible, with a hope that it can inspire, heal, or just provide a respite from any negativity associated with their daily grind.
2. To contribute to the efforts being made to give art credibility in this country, at a time where music is being removed from syllabuses, music licenses are being denied, and the ability to make a living as an artist gets harder and harder.
3. To deliver workshops on improvising with local musicians at each gig, and to work with organisations which support people at the fringes of society, using music as means to provide individuals the opportunity to express themselves in a way not predicated on social standing, ethnicity, religion or an imagined (mainstream) ’ability’, or lack thereof.
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
“Cool lyrical originals...Nina has found her voice...”
John Fordham - The Guardian
Nina Clark - voice
Sam Dunn - guitar
Garry Jackson - bass
Steve Hanley - drums
A name in the South East for a number of years, Nina has recently seen the light and made the move up North. A diverse musician, Nina is currently working a set of originals with a hard grooving rhythm section, ahead of a forthcoming album recording. Expect beautifully crafted songs, with exquisite musicianship from all!
Dave Kane // Double Bass Johnny Hunter // Drums
Oliver Dover // Baritone sax and B♭ Clarinet
Performing original music written by Kane, the trio explore the idioms of Free Improvisation, Contemporary Jazz, Classical, Funk and Metal. Inspiration is drawn from the twisted riffs of Meshuggah, the grunge rock of Nirvana, and the power and ingenuity of Barry Guy.
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
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
“Imaginative set of 21st-century bebop mixed with electronic echoes” - John Fordham, The Guardian, June 2016
A new work that brings Post Rock influences, such as Mogwai and Sigur Ros, to the forefront and investigates the use of electronics in Jazz.
This piece is made up of several movements and explores old and new methods of composition and improvisation. For example, the use of classical forms throughout creates more of a sense of the performance being a journey, and applying traditional counterpoint techniques results in twists and turns in the music which are unexpected in the Post Rock setting.
Michael Bardon // bass guitar
Dee Byrne // alto sax
Johnny Hunter // drums
Chris Sharkey // guitar
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.
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
Due to unforeseen circumstances, this gig has been cancelled. Please see our updated event listing for Stuart McCallum for updated information regarding the gig on Monday 25th June 2018.
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
"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
Archipelago are a reeds/bass/drums trio from Newcastle upon Tyne. Their music fuses jazz, garage-rock and free improvisation into a fluid collage somewhere between the fixed and the floating; exploring song forms and emotional narratives with riffs, silence, noise, grooves and improvisation. By turns lyrical, sparse, frantic or crunchingly loud, Archipelago are fast growing a reputation for their honest, engaged musicianship and compelling live performances.
Formed late in 2015, after working together in various projects, Archipelago spent years gigging and writing music, before releasing a debut full-length LP ‘Weightless’ in 2017. They have shared bills with some of the most exciting artists in the UK and European jazz scenes, including Horse Orchestra (DK), Krokofant (Norway), Ripsaw Catfish, Binker & Moses and Arun Ghosh.
Christian Alderson – Drums and percussion
Faye MacCalman – Saxophone and Clarinet
John Pope – Bass Guitar
Roaming smartly from free-improv to rock, impressed…” - Jazzwise 2017
“A glorious, crunching force.” - NARC Magazine 2017
“The Joy Division of Jazz.“ - The Wee Review
“Lead by the sax and grounded by the drums…a rewarding adventure in aural contrast.” - @TheBolgBlog
Ed Jones is an award winning UK jazz saxophonist/composer who has been based in London for over 25 years. He works in the UK and internationally with a wide range of his own projects and collaborations, and has over 70 published works as a composer, and discographic credits on over 150 recordings.
His experience as a sideman reflects his diverse musical interests: He has worked with Free jazz pioneers John Stevens, Evan Parker, US Jazz Legends George Benson, Dr Lonnie Smith, Charles Earland, and Clifford Jarvis. Jazz Crossover projects such as Incognito and Us3, Terry Callier and Nostalgia 77, through to R’n’B legends such as D’Angelo, Bootsy Collins, Chaka Khan, Tina Turner, Carlene Anderson, Noel Mccoy and Omar.
He formed his first group “Ed Jones Quartet” in 1987. They were the first band to play at the original Jazz Cafe London.He became a regular performer on the emerging Acid Jazz scene at clubs such as The Wag and Dingwalls, and was signed by Giles Peterson recording his first album ”The Homecoming” (Acid Jazz, 1989).
During the 1990’s he formed new groups, toured the UK and Europe and recorded a further three critically acclaimed solo albums”Pipers Tales” (ASC, 1995).”Out Here” (ASC, 1997). “Seven Moments” (ASC 2002).
His fifth album “A view from the…” featuring the ed/ge project was released in spring 2004. This was a Hip/Hop/Beats/ Big Band collaboration with US3 programmer/producer Geoff Wilkinson.
In 2005 he formed Killer Shrimp (co-led) with Trumpeter Damon Brown. The group recorded the highly acclaimed Sincerely Whatever (33 records) in 2006 mixing dance genres and electronica with acoustic jazz. The CD was top of many critics best of list that year and was nominated for Jazz CD of the year 2007 parliamentary jazz awards. The group were awarded Best Jazz Ensemble 2007 at the same awards, and in 2010 released their follow up album Whatever Sincerely(Tales from the Baltic Wharf).
Ed Jones // saxophones
Ross Stanley // piano
Riaan Vosloo // bass
Tim Giles // drums
"...a fine young composer/player who knows where the music has been and where he’s headed with it." The Guardian
George Crowley is a saxophonist, clarinettist, composer and promoter based in London.
Since his arrival in the capital in 2007, Crowley has steadily established himself as a key player within the city's burgeoning creative jazz and improv scene, and increasingly well known further afield, performing across the UK and Europe.
As a performer he is active across a range of styles; whether infusing melodic through-composed writing with open, searching improv in his own Can of Worms, channelling fiery avant-parade ghosts in Brass Mask, weaving through the polyrhythmic Ghanaian trance of Vula Viel or exploring more traditional repertoire, Crowley's energy and expressive, warm saxophone sound mark him out as a musician who demands attention.
He can also be found playing with bands and musicians such as Melt Yourself Down, Julian Argüelles' Septet, Yazz Ahmed, Red Snapper, the Michael Chillingworth Septet, Rick Simpson's Klämmer and the Olie Brice Quartet featuring Jeff Williams. Outside of the world of jazz and improvised music he has worked with artists such as Boy George and Culture Club and Mount Kimbie.
“Rarely does a player so young debut with such a fully rounded tone and range of writing skills, so keep a keen ear out for Crowley: the future could yet be his.”
A unique and unmissable duet from two stars of the new UK jazz scene!
Vocalist, violinist, songwriter and composer Alice Zawadzki is an original, committed and passionate performer. A distinctive presence on the creative European music scene with a supple voice and strongly lyrical violin playing, she has performed all over the world and her music has appeared in major films and TV series.
Award winning guitarist Rob Luft is one of the most sought after musicians around, his debut album 'Riser' being one of 2017's finest, acclaimed across Europe.
Their energy and virtuosity on a mix of folk songs in different languages and styles, combined with their own original music, is sure to create a very special and intimate evening for us - really, don't miss this!
'Beguiling, unorthodox and pure' - The Independent
'Uncategorisable, beautiful - a real force to be reckoned with' - Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2 (about Alice Zawadzki)
'...a singular talent, a fluent improviser and a composer of catchy, earthy, infectiously upbeat tunes ... Luft's sound is joyously original, robust and in-your-face...' - The Irish Times
Fervour is a 5 piece that I lead, playing original music which draws on the jazz tradition alongside the earthy grooves of blues, rock and more. It features myself on trumpet, Ben Lee (guitar), Andy Bunting (piano), Nick Jurd (bass) and Euan Palmer (drums). We have recently been awarded funding from Arts Council England to record our debut album at the renowned Real World Studios and launch it with a tour of top English jazz venues in April 2018. More info to come soon, but you can check out our three part ‘Live at Flood Studio’ video series in the meantime.
Sean Gibbs: Trumpet Ben Lee: Guitar Andy Bunting: Piano Nick Jurd: Bass Euan Palmer: Drums
Nat Birchall currently stands as one of the most acclaimed saxophonists in British jazz; Gilles Peterson has described him as “one of the best musicians in the UK”. His run of classic albums from 2009’s Akhenaten to 2016’s Creation has consistently resulted in rave reviews in both the jazz media and further afield, high placing in end-of-year lists (the album Live in Larissa was The Wire’s no. 1 jazz album of 2014), widespread airplay and a growing legion of passionate fans.
The Nat Birchall Organ Trio revisits Nat’s extensive repertoire of original compositions in a format that brings out different facets of these now much-loved compositions. Although Nat’s heartfelt connection to the spiritual jazz of John Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders has been much commented upon, his compositions often emphasis basslines and rhythms in a way that reaches back to the Jamaican music which first drew Nat to the saxophone. These values also resonate with the jazz organ trio tradition, and are, of course, an important part of the post-Coltrane music of the 1970s on such labels as Strata-East, Impulse and Black Jazz which Birchall’s music frequently recalls.
The Organ Trio makes these connections while maintaining the intensity and immediacy which have become a hallmark of Nat’s live performances. Adam Fairhall on organ is the perfect choice of musical companion; a veteran of Nat’s recording and gigging ensembles, his extraordinary versatility and sensitivity to Nat’s vision, coupled with his renewed interest in the organ tradition (his own organ trio, The Revival Room, supported Uri Caine at his recent Leeds concert) mark him out as a very special sideman. Johnny Hunter, on drums, is also a frequent member of Nat’s groups, and is a rising star of the British scene himself (he was named ‘One to Watch in 2017’ by John Fordham in Jazzwise magazine).
Nat Birchall - Saxophone
Adam Fairhall - Organ
Johnny Hunter - Drums
Formed around the classic lineup of Sax, Guitar, Organ and Drums, Teduloca are a contemporary jazz quartet, based in the North of England, featuring some of the UK’s most exciting and dynamic improvisers.
Teduloca’s music takes influence from the history of jazz, but keep it’s eyes very much on the future, with virtuosic unison lines, heavy swing, gritty grooves and beautiful contemporary harmonies.
In early 2018 Teduloca will be touring the UK, playing jazz clubs and arts centres, to promote the release of their debut album, to be recorded in the autumn of 2017.
'Nadim’s voice on the tenor is thoughtful, melodic, harmonically advanced, and creative. Beautiful!’ - Chris Potter
'Sam Dunn is a wonderful musician on all levels. He has a wide, interesting repertoire, beautiful sound, and is equally compelling with ballads and burners.’ - Judy Carmichael
Nadim Teimoori / Tenor Saxophone
Sam Dunn / Guitar
Martin Longhawn / Organ
Jordan Dinsdale / Drums
Tom Ollendorff is a guitarist from London. He was awarded the Yamaha Jazz scholarship for 2015 and has played with musicians such as Bill McHenry, Geoff Simkins and Jeff Williams ; 'a highly talented imaginative player' the band features in demand drummer Marc Michel who is part of the successful group EYM trio and Will Sach, a fantastic young bass player from New York.
Tom Ollendorff - Guitar
Will Sachs - Bass
Marc Michel - Drums
Treppenwitz is a project dedicated to improvisation and the exploration of sounds within open structures. The vision of the band is of a collective, organic approach to improvised performance, where each member is a leader, and can shape the direction of the music as such. Compositions are all contributed by the members, and are used as a springboard for exploration of sounds, textures, harmony and rhythm.
This performance is part of their Feb/March 2018 UK tour to promote their new record, Short+Long Ditties, which was released on New Jazz Records.
Matthew Aplin - piano
Tom Riviere - bass
Steve Hanley - drums
"Intense and fearless...the strong musical relationship between these three leading young jazz musicians allows them to delve deep into improvisation, with beautiful original melodies and fascinating rhythmic structures..." Ilkley Jazz Festival
“In something of a crowded market, the young piano trio Treppenwitz is making a fresh new case for the medium, with an ensemble sound and historical awareness that both builds upon and ignores what has come before. Their performance at mjf 2017 captivated the audience with its reflective miniatures and extended investigations into sound, not afraid of lyrical melodies - nor of avoiding them. It’s a band that will surely blossom over the coming years.” – Steve Mead, Manchester Jazz Festival
This band was originally formed in October 2016 by Birmingham-based pianist and composer David Ferris, featuring some of the Midlands’ best musicians. The music written for this band draws from his experience of playing in large fully-orchestrated groups, and smaller more improvised settings, and focuses on melody and warmth, with influences ranging from John Scofield to Fred Hersch to The Beatles.
For their debut album recording, the band was joined by special guest singer Maria Väli, a graduate of the renowned Trondheim Conservatory and member of the multi-award winning Estonian Voices. The new music for the project includes settings of poems by WB Yeats, Seamus Heaney, WH Auden and Ted Hughes.
Maria Väli - Vocals
David Ferris - Piano, Composition
Hugh Pascall - Trumpet
Richard Foote - Trombone
Chris Young - Alto and Soprano Saxophone
Vittorio Mura - Tenor and Baritone Saxophone
Nick Jurd - Bass
Euan Palmer - Drums
“One to watch.” - Helen Mayhew, Jazz FM
“A young musician of great promise.” - Ian Mann, thejazzmann.com
“It was the writing that impressed with nicely balanced use of the various textures the instrumentation of the group provided.” - Tony Dudley-Evans
What Love is a project aimed at celebrating the work of Charles Mingus through the voices of British improvisers. A hand picked octet of some of the most exciting improvisers and composers on the British scene will each adapt and arrange one of Mingus' works to fit their current practice, so, in effect, staying true to Mingus' assertion that an improviser must stay true to their own voice at all times. What if, as European improvisers, their own voice does not reflect the source material? A project born of a deep love of Mingus' work, both as a composer and philosopher of music, What Love will be both a celebration and re-evaluation of one of the greatest composers of the Twentieth Century.
Trumpet - Kim Macari Stone-Lonergan
Trombone - George Murray
Alto Sax and Bass Clarinet - Ollie Dover
Tenor Sax and Flute - Simon Prince
Baritone Sax - Cath Roberts
Piano - Adam Fairhall
Drumkit - Johnny Hunter
Double Bass - Seth Bennett
Sam Healey’s electrifying new duo in which his roaring sax lines soar above electronic soundscapes and samples – manipulated live in the moment – creating a striking, expansive sound with a buzzing energy at its core.
Sam Healey - Saxophone
Craig Hanson - Drums
Fresh From their Manchester jazz Festival performance Svarc Hanley Longhawn The band features Nik Svarc-Guitar (Scott Devine band/Russell van Den Berg Quartet/SvarcTrio ) Steve Hanley-Drums (Neil Yates Edition Records, Ant Law) and Martin Longhawn-Organ/Keys (Kristof Ubanzski, Stuart McCallum). The group have played at Manchester Jazz Festival, Charlie Wrights London, Splinter Jazz Newcastle, the Yardbird Birmingham,Matt and Phreds,Arts Club Glasgow,and Sela Bar.
'Rather than swinging standards...ambient grooves, post-rock jams and Krantz-esq solos are the order of the day. Svarc demonstrates his technical command of the guitar once again and his uses a variety of sounds to great effect.' - Jazz In York
'These three push all the buttons, tick all the boxes. You want funk? you got it? You want Jazz? It's right there. Maybe you want to go a little towards the outside? They'll take you there and bring you back in one piece.'-Bebop Spoken Here
Nik Svarc - Electric and Acoustic Guitar/Loops
Steve Hanley -Drums and Percussion
Martin Longhawn -Organ/Keys
London-based saxophonist and composer Matt Anderson presents a new quartet featuring four exciting musicians, all of whom are bandleaders and composers in their own right. The band puts an emphasis on original writing, with arrangements often conceived together as a group, and takes inspiration from sources as wide-ranging as Wayne Shorter, folk music of the British Isles, the European jazz scene and groove/rock music. They have performed to audiences across the UK, and recently represented the Royal Academy of Music as finalists in the Keep an Eye International Jazz Competition at the Bimhuis in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Originally hailing from the North Yorkshire Moors, Matt released his debut album with his band Wild Flower in 2015 on the Jellymould Jazz label to widespread critical acclaim and airplay on BBC Radio 3 alongside a 13-date UK tour and launch gig at Pizza Express Dean Street, London. Winner of the Dankworth Prize for Jazz Composition 2017, he is popular as a sideman in a variety of projects on the fertile London and Leeds jazz scenes such as the bands of Jamie Taylor (also appearing as a featured soloist on his latest album) and Mark Donlon, performing regularly across the UK and internationally with recent appearances in New Zealand and Scandinavia. In October last year he performed in Greece with Jiannis Pavlidis' Quintet featuring legendary American jazz drummer Greg Hutchinson.
Jamil Sheriff is one of the most highly regarded pianists on the Northern and UK jazz scenes. Based in Leeds, where he is Pathway Leader for Jazz/Folk on the Leeds College of Music jazz course, he has toured extensively nationally and internationally with his own ensembles and within the many groups he performs. These include his own Octet, Big Band and Trio, as well as distinguished artists such as Colman Brothers, Rosie Brown, Jamie Taylor, Joel Purnell, Rob Lavers, Neil Yates and Jim Corry.
Sam Vicary is a bassist and producer based in Manchester. He is a current member of the Cinematic Orchestra, touring internationally as well as performing on their forthcoming album, and Piper Tiger as well as leading and writing for his own project Hunrosa. His first album with this group is scheduled for early 2018. He has also played with artists such as Manu Delago, Miguel Atwood-Furguson and Stuart MacCallum.
Jay Davis’ sympathetic and highly musical approach to the drums means he is one of the most in-demand young drummers on the London scene, featuring for example as a co-leader of Big Bad Wolf alongside guitarist Rob Luft. He has been the recipient of many awards including a Yamaha Jazz Scholarship, John Scheerer Prize for Drum Kit and the Sir Elton John Prize as well as performing all over the world in a wide variety of settings with artists such as Ian Shaw and Rachel Sermanni.
Matt Anderson – Tenor and Soprano Saxophones
Jamil Sheriff – Keyboards
Sam Vicary – Double-Bass
Jay Davis – Drums and Cymbals
Quotes (for Matt Anderson’s Wild Flower Sextet)
"Their own unique stamp on Shorter's very personal repertoire... of a quality that resonates with its inspirational source... Enjoyably un-pretentious." Selwyn Harris, Jazzwise
"This is sophisticated stuff, with a proper handle on Shorter's post-bop genius... Everyone plays superbly and the whole set is wholly recommended." Mark Gilbert, Jazz Journal
Formed in 2015, the Matthew Read Trio brings together three like-minded approaches for music making, creating an exciting new performance every time they play. Drawing influence from the bands of Pat Metheny, John Scofield, Paul Motian and many more, MRT brings a fresh edge to the world of the guitar trio. After the launch of their first album Anecdotes in early 2016, the trio return playing a brand new set of melody-driven original compositions. The Matthew Read Trio will be visiting Jazz at the Peer Hat on the launch tour of their much anticipated second album Anecdotes Volume 2.
Benedict Wood – Guitar
Arthur Newell – Drums
Matthew Read – Double Bass
Featuring some of the most in demand young musicians on the Manchester jazz scene, the band plays exciting original music written by it's various members.
Paul Baxter (double bass)
Jeff Guntren (tenor sax)
Johnny Hunter (drums)
Richard Jones (piano)
Kyran Matthews (tenor sax)
With various line-ups since 2010, drummer Johnny Hunter (Blind Monk Trio, Nat Birchall Quintet, Sloth Racket) has been exploring the possibilities and challenges afforded by the absence of a harmony instrument. This quartet will be playing original music which exists within the freer, more exploratory side of Jazz. Whilst building on their previous explorations into Middle Eastern approaches to improvisation, they now lean more towards the styles of Henry Threadgill, Ornette Coleman and Joe Harriott.
“The band admirably reflects the independent creativity of the new Manchester scene.” – John Fordham, The Guardian
“Connects authentically with jazz tradition, whilst developing its own voice through original composition – a fabulous advertisement for British jazz.” – Adrian Pallant, London Jazz News
“Hard-grooving Jazz that’s filtered through the investigation of more unfamiliar dance metres.” – Selwyn Harris, Jazzwise
Mark Hanslip : saxophone
Graham South : trumpet
Stewart Wilson : bass
Johnny Hunter : drums
"Lovett showcases his delicate touch on the piano with a
tenderly heart-aching song that features the pianist's ability
for storytelling" - all about jazz (2014)
Eyal Lovett is a Berlin based Israeli jazz piano player and composer, who is currently touring Europe, presenting 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 presenting new and old music, culminating in a Live performance to be recorded to a live album.
The band features the Eyal Lovett Trio (Mathias Jensen on Bass and Aidan Lowe on drums) and Eran Har Even (NE, IL) on guitar.
Eyal's 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.
Jam Experiment are a 5-piece band that are based in London. They won the 2014 Jazz North Introduces Scheme, shortly after their debut gig supporting Liane Carroll. They have played at leading jazz festivals and venues across the UK, leaving audiences in awe.
The lineup includes the winner of the inaugural BBC Young Musician Jazz Award, saxophonist Alexander Bone, trombonist Rory Ingham, Toby Comeau on piano/keyoboard, Joe Lee on bass, and Jonny Mansfield on drums. Alexander Bone and trombonist Rory Ingham were both voted as runners-up in the best instrumentalist (respectively) of the year in the British Jazz Awards 2016, and both were nominated for “Rising Star” in the 2016 British Jazz Awards, with Bone crowned Rising Star. The band are now based in London, studying at the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall.
Jam Experiment display a fresh, energetic and honest approach of original compositions and arrangements. All band members write music for the band and contribute musical ideas equally, creating a beautifully varied set of music, and a very individual, cool and funky sound. This gig will be part of their 35 date UK Debut Album Launch Tour!
"refreshing audience-friendly approach that embraces pop, jazz-funk and R&B" Jazzwise
"Jam Experiment is ‘feel good’, accessible, intelligently crafted... and irresistible." London Jazz News
"Their ability to connect with the audience was exceptional...This band are bound for great things. A joy!" Claire Martin OBE, presenter of Jazz Line-Up on BBC Radio 3.
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Hailing from Ireland, UK and the US, this new trio play a collection of self-penned and contemporary pieces that celebrate diversity, global musics, and spontaneity. The trio is built on long-lasting friendships between the band members formed at jazz workshops in Canada and and strengthened in the jazz communities of the UK and Ireland. The music is inspired and informed by a mutual love of the outdoors, philosophizing, cooking, and a wide variety of jazz and world music styles ranging from 90’s French jazz to free improvisation and folk music from Russia, west Africa and eastern Europe.
The trio has performed at the Vortex in London, the acclaimed Kaleidoscope night in Dublin, and around Ireland in 2016.
MATTHEW BERRILL (clarinets) -Matthew Berrill hails from Headford, County Galway, in the West of Ireland, growing up with a rich musical education and learning various styles of music from his parents. He graduated with a Masters Degree in Music Performance in May 2010, where he specialised in jazz saxophone, clarinet and composition, studying with John Ruocco at the Royal Conservatoire, Den Haag, The Netherlands. He has played on many stages in Europe including the North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland, Avignon Jazz Festival in France and throughout his home country of Ireland. At the age of 18, he won the Senior Clarinet Competition in the Feis Ceoil in Dublin. He was awarded a place in the Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music in Canada in 2007 and 2009. As well as being Artistic Director of the Galway Jazz Festival, Matthew is a member of many ensembles including Ensemble Ériu, who received a ‘Musical Collaboration Award’ at the Gradam TG4 awards in February 2015 and the Irish Memory Orchestra who performed in the Sori Festival, Jeonju, South Korea in October.
SIMON ROTH (drums) – I was introduced to music at a very young age through my mother’s big band, and these early musical experiences gave me an innate understanding of the importance of community through art. I also played music extensively with my two brothers, and I now know that a lot of the music we played would have been described as free improvisation. This was some of the first music I ever heard or played, and I feel like my life has been a constant search for joyous freedom within structure. I gained a first class honours degree in music from the University of York (2006-9), where I delved into the music of Béla Bartók, György Ligeti and Igor Stravinsky. I also studied Composition, Electroacoustic music, Indian music and Contemporary Jazz. In 2005 I studied at Newpark Music Centre in Dublin, Ireland. In 2007 I studied music pedagogy at the Kodály Institute in Kecskemét, Hungary and in 2010 I learnt Carnatic (South Indian Classical) Music at Brhaddhvani in Chennai, India. I have always been proactive in organising concerts and events, and founded and ran the cross-arts platform Pop-Up Circus from 2011 to 2014 – staging exhibitions and live events throughout London, from living rooms to steel workshops, galleries and arts centres. Pop-Up Circus was described by the Guardian as “a heartening impression of the quixotic, optimistic and generously shared energies of London’s young artistic community”. The events that I curated were conceived as hubs to instigate social change through the process of collaboration, improvisation and experimentation. As a composer, my music has been performed at the BBC Proms and broadcast widely on national radio. I am heavily involved with the Elliot Galvin Trio, which received the Young European Jazz Artist of the Year Award 2014 at Burghausen Jazz Festival. In Summer 2014 we also received the Help Musicians UK Development Award for ‘Dreamland’ – a multimedia installation at Turner Contemporary. Recent highlights for the trio include supporting Robert Glasper Trio at Ronnie Scott’s International Piano Trio Festival, Jools Holland at Greenwich Music Time, and playing The Arena at Love Supreme Festival. Our second album ‘Punch’ is being released through Edition Records this summer. I have toured the UK, Ireland, USA, Canada and Asia and played prestigious venues and festivals across the world, with highlights including Cheltenham Festival, Burghausen Jazz Festival, 12 Points!, Songlines Encounters Festival, The BBC Proms, Kleztival Sao Paulo, Happy Days International Beckett Festival and Love Supreme Jazz Festival. I have appeared on several critically acclaimed albums, with the recently released Engines Orchestra album ‘Lifecycles’ and Elliot Galvin Trio’s ‘Dreamland’ receiving four star reviews from All About Jazz, Jazzwise and The Guardian.
ANDREW OLIVER (piano) – Andrew Oliver is an American pianist based in London specializing in early jazz, swing, tango, and modern jazz piano. He studied in New Orleans before returning to his hometown of Portland, Oregon in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina. After traveling to Africa with saxophonist Devin Phillips in 2007 as part of the U.S. State Department’s “Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad” program, Andrew founded The Kora Band, blending West African traditions and jazz and featuring Kane Mathis on kora, a 21-string traditional harp. Andrew was awarded a 2012 New Jazz Works grant from Chamber Music America for the composition, performance, and recording of “New Cities”, the third Kora Band album, released to critical acclaim in 2015 on Whirlwind Recordings. Andrew received a scholarship to study at the renowned Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music in 2009. While there, Andrew and 5 other musicians from the U.S. and Canada co-founded the group Tunnel Six, which has since toured Canada and the U.S. seven times with support from the Canada Council for the Arts. The title track of their debut album “Lake Superior”, a composition of Andrew’s, was awarded a 2010 ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award. Andrew was the co-founder and former executive director of the Portland Jazz Composers’ Ensemble, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in Oregon which works to encourage the creation and dissemination of jazz and creative music in the region. In 2013, the PJCE instituted a new record label, PJCE Records, releasing a wide variety of creative music from Portland artists, including “Sister Cities” from his group The Ocular Concern, which was released to critical acclaim, including a 4-star Downbeat review, in 2014. Andrew has been active in traditional jazz since high school, and ince moving to London, he has become an integral member of the city’s thriving traditional jazz scene, co-directing The Dime Notes, the Vitality Five, the Vitality Three, and performing with the Old Hat Jazz Band and others, endeavoring to perform stride piano and early jazz and swing with the true energetic and revolutionary spirit that it embodies. Andrew also has a passion for Argentine tango music, having collaborated for many years with Portland tango musician and dancer Alex Krebs on a number of projects and albums of traditional, contemporary, and original tango music. He works with singer Megan Yvonne in a duo setting and performs regularly with the London Tango Orchestra.
Entropi explores a narrative of life-pondering, space gazing and risk-taking through Dee Byrne’s compositions. Juggling order and chaos, composition and improvisation, the group takes listeners on a journey with compelling group interplay, strong themes, open-ended improvisation, dark grooves and interweaving melodic textures.
The ensemble comprises alto saxophonist Dee Byrne, trumpeter Andre Canniere, keyboardist Rebecca Nash, drummer Matt Fisher and bassist Olie Brice. Having performed live together for some time, the band has achieved a striking empathy and freedom to take risks.
‘Interesting, stimulating music that is quite hard to pigeonhole gripped by a strong group instinct that moves from hard bop and structured modal sounds into more improv-soaked free-bop.’ Marlbank
‘Pushing the boundaries of recognisable elements from across modern jazz history yet always retaining strong, lively tunes and exhilarating band interplay.’ Manchester Jazz Festival
Entropi’s debut album ‘New Era’ was released on the F-IRE Presents label in June 2015. PRSF funding in 2016 through the Women Make Music Scheme helped finance the recording of their second album, which will be released on Whirlwind Recordings on 8th September 2017.
Lived in Stockholm from 1981-1990 and studied with Alvaro Is Rojas (formerly with Josephine Baker, Grady Tate, Joe Farrell) and Ola Bengtson (head of Jazz Department, Stockholm Royal Academy).
Through 1990-1994 attended Berklee College of Music having partial scholarship (Magna Cum Laude, Professional Performance Achievement Division Award) and studied guitar with Jon Damian (tutor for Bill Frisell, Wayne Krantz, Kurt Rosenwinkel), and attended classes under the direction of Rick Peckham, Hal Crook, Fred Lipsius (Blood Sweat and Tears) as well as having external private lessons with Jerry Bergonzi.
Started working professionally in 1983. Since then has performed across all genres (Pop, Rock, Blues, Jazz, Greek folk music) in Sweden, USA, Serbia, Greece, Cyprus and England, with numerous appearances in live music venues, on Greek national TV and international festivals.
Since 2003 he holds a MMus (Masters in Music Performance) through Leeds University.
Currently teaching as a principal lecturer on BA Jazz, BA Pop (principal studies, ensembles) at Leeds College of Music (2003-present).
He has frequently performed all over England and Greece for the last 10 years, participating in tours and recordings as a leader and with world renowned artists, such as David Liebman (2005, 2010), Adam Nussbaum (2007, 2010, 2011) and Greg Hutchinson (2015).
Latest projects are with George Kontrafouris & Adam Nussbaum released on FMR records and a duo recording with Matt Anderson on New Jazz Records.
Jiannis Pavlidis - Guitar
Garry Jackson - Bass
Luke Flowers - Drums
‘7 Pieces of Silver’, led by acclaimed bass player and arranger Paul Baxter, continue their celebration of the late, great hard-bop pioneer Horace Silver into 2017, with more enthusiasm and passion, more arrangements and even more viscerally tantalising shows.
“Baxter’s freshly-hued arrangements are, in the best sense of ‘new light through old windows’, a joy to hear – and it’s great to feel the immediacy and enthusiasm in these contemporary performances, including some rather tasty nuances.” - AP Reviews, 2016
“This is a really swinging band, packed with great soloists…and really plays as a unit!” - Alan Barnes, 2014
Paul Baxter - bass & bandleader
James Lancaster - trumpet
Stuart MacDonald - alto & baritone saxes
Kyran Matthews - tenor sax
Matt Ball - trombone
Andrzej Baranek - piano
Paul Smith - drumsWrite here...
This collaborative European quartet has been brought together especially for a tour of the UK this autumn. Consisting of musicians from Portugal, Sweden and the UK, the group’s original compositions take influence from Berlin’s creative music scenes, Scandinavian folksong and swing. They gratefully acknowledge the support of Arts Council England and the National Lottery in helping to fund this activity.
Tobias Andersson (SE) - Guitar
Mark Pringle (UK) - Piano
James Banner (UK) - Double Bass
João Lopes Pereira (PT) - Drums
José Dias is part of the emerging new generation in Portuguese contemporary improvised music. He released three albums: "360" , "Magenta"  and "What Could Have Been: The Seven Deadly Sins" . Dias has scored music for theatre, contemporary dance and animation film. His music is strongly inspired by the visual arts and literature. His projects deviate from the traditional language of jazz, and explore the dialogue between various contemporary sound universes, where experimentation is assumed as a central element. José Dias, recently based in Manchester, is now joined by two well know and established UK musicians: Paul Baxter on bass and Johnny Hunter on drums.
Over the past decade, Adam Fairhall has forged an international reputation as a jazz pianist and improviser of exceptional versatility. To celebrate the recent release of his solo piano album ‘Friendly Ghosts’ on EfPi records, Adam will be performing a solo set as the first half of this gig. Expect a highly personal synthesis of early jazz and contemporary styles, with boogie figures played
in dissonant clusters and stride bass meeting free pointillism, all with an infectious energy and love of jazz piano in all its forms.
For the second half, Adam will be joined by brilliant tenor saxophonist Mark Hanslip. A highly melodic and lyrical improviser with a deep understanding of jazz phraseology and abstract
improvisation, Mark was a key member of the well-known LOOP collective in London, and has now become a prominent player on the northern England scene. Adam and Mark will be essaying
everything from Monk and Herbie Nichols to Bley and Dolphy, via a forgotten standard or two. Expect intense musical conversation and constant invention.
Spilt Milk are a forward thinking trio performing original material, drawing influence from a range of genres including electronica, Latin, funk and contemporary classical music. The set features compositions from all three members of the group; consisting of Daniel Wellens on piano, Craig Hanson on drums and Joshua Cavanagh-Brierley on Bass
“It will not be many years before Misha becomes one of the world’s leading figures in music” La Jornada
“An unfailing inventive, artfully produced, and delightfully sunny debut” The Telegraph on New Ansonia
“Both his composing talents and his propulsive bass-playing are currently such hot UK jazz news” The Guardian
Son of the late, great Italian conductor Claudio Abbado and Russian violinist Viktoria Mullova, British-born Mullov-Abbado grew up in a powerfully musical environment, a unique upbringing that has inspired Misha to create his own musical identity and tell his own compelling story. Winner of the 2014 Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize, Misha is an in-demand bass player, composer and arranger based in London. He is a 2014 City Music Foundation Artist and recently released his debut album New Ansonia consisting of all his own compositions performed by his quintet on Edition Records, which has been included in “Best Jazz Albums of 2015” by The Telegraph and BBC Radio 3 and been extremely well-received in newspapers and magazines across Europe. As an experienced band-leader but also a versatile sideman Misha has performed at many of London’s top venues such as Ronnie Scott’s, the Vortex, 606 Club, Pizza Express and Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room (as part of the BBC Proms Late series), as well as venues in the rest of the UK and Europe. Having won the 2014 Dankworth Prize for jazz composition Misha is an experienced composer and writes for various jazz groups as well as classical soloists and ensembles, and is influenced by a variety of jazz, classical and pop music.
James Davison (trumpet)
Matthew Herd (alto sax)
Sam Rapley (tenor sax)
Liam Dunachie (piano)
Misha Mullov-Abbado (bass)
Scott Chapman (drums)
In 2008, a flute was discovered in the Hohle Fels cave in Germany that was thought to represent the earliest known musical instrument.
The flute is made out of a vulture's wing bone perforated with five finger holes. Carbon dating suggests that the instrument was made approximately 35,000 years ago. Several similar Paleolithic flutes have also been found in this region.
These flutes are therefore 'Prehistoric', meaning that they were made before the advent of writing. This means that music has been with since the dawn of civilization.
The fascinating things is that the position of the holes on the Hohle Fels flute corresponds with the pentatonic scale.
This discovery means that humans have had the pentatonic scale for longer than they have had the writing, communal living, and agriculture. This made me think about how important pentatonics must be to us as humans.
The mysterious, beautiful and powerful sound of this scale has been resonating deep within our souls all throughout the ages. Eastern, African and Indian Classical music's use of modes and pentatonics is well established. Nowadays pentatonics are used across all musical styles. Coltrane's embrace of Eastern music was based upon the spirituality and freedoms he could achieve through modal and pentatonic explorations.
My Prehistoric compositions attempt to boil music down to its core. This core that resonates deep within us, and which has been resonating within us since the dawn of Man.
Misha Gray - Piano
Nick Walters - Trumpet
Kyran Matthews - Saxophone
Hugo Harrison - Bass
Johnny Hunter - Drums
‘7 Pieces of Silver’, led by acclaimed bass player and arranger Paul Baxter, continue their celebration of the late, great hard-bop pioneer Horace Silver into 2017, with more enthusiasm and passion, more arrangements and even more viscerally tantalising shows.
“Baxter’s freshly-hued arrangements are, in the best sense of ‘new light through old windows’, a joy to hear – and it’s great to feel the immediacy and enthusiasm in these contemporary performances, including some rather tasty nuances.” - AP Reviews, 2016
“This is a really swinging band, packed with great soloists…and really plays as a unit!” - Alan Barnes, 2014
Paul Baxter - bass & bandleader
James Lancaster - trumpet
Stuart MacDonald - alto & baritone saxes
Kyran Matthews - tenor sax
Matt Ball - trombone
Andrzej Baranek - piano
Paul Smith - drums
The Revival Room are an organ trio that go to places most organ trios don’t. From detailed and compelling free playing to interpretations of pieces by composers such as Carla Bley and Herbie Nichols, the trio investigate the possibilities of the organ trio as a flexible contemporary medium. They also enjoy plunging into areas that do recall the great organ tradition; groove and dirt are as much a part of the mix as sophisticated post-bop and out-playing.
The trio consists of keyboard maverick Adam Fairhall (“a hugely accomplished instrumentalist” – The Wire), extraordinary drummer Johnny Hunter (Named artist to watch; by John Fordham in Jazzwise, Dec 2016) and saxophone master Mark Hanslip (“The go-to guy for the tricky art of playing free-fall improv with a melodic shape” - The Guardian)
Svarc Trio seeks to bring a variety of influences together to unite modern groove with Improvisation.
'Guitar-led fusion from this youthful, Leeds-based virtuoso'. Time Out
'Nice work! ' Tim Lefebvre
'I listened to some SvarcTrio, good job ! Keep going!' Dan
'The guitar lines may be influenced by the work of Bill Frisell at times and informed by the phrases of John Scofield at others' John Toolan (Jazz Goes To Leeds)
" Svarc's passionate and articulate delivery as a guitarist and composer of considerable range and scale make him one of the most individual figures active on the British scene today. Catch him, if you can..." Matthew Bourne
'Svarc is one of the few guitar players I'd be happy to just sit and listen too for hours. He's constantly inventive and a true inspiration to work with as a musician. One of my favourite guitar players. Ever.' Scott Devine
'Svarc’s pedal board enables him to produce myriad looping sounds but it is his guitar playing that truly dazzles.' Bebop Spoken Here
'Leeds based Svarc Trio’s album “Touch”, released through Bandcamp, is a treasure trove of influences and styles that requires repeated attentive engagement. In an age where album cover art may be sadly neglected as an art form in itself, one of the striking elements of the Svarc Trio’s album “Touch” is the image on the cover. Featuring two hands conjoined at the wrist laid across the top of a parcel, the surreal nature of the image may help to set the mood for the sharp music within.' John Toolan (Jazz Goes To Leeds)
Nik Svarc - Guitars/Loops
Garry Jackson - Electric and Double Bass
Dave Walsh - Drums
Marley Chingus started as the house band for the new jam session on Fridays at the Caledonia pub. Originally it consisted of Bob Whittaker, Misha Gray, Dave Spencer and Colin Lamont on the drums.
As the band's popularity grew, the band evolved into doing more modal music with some original compositions. Johnny Hunter soon arrived as our new drummer in 2011.
Marley Chingus had now become a well respected group, playing over the North West yet still keeping a residency at the Caledonia.
Hugo Harrison soon stood in for Dave on the bass, as the band started to play more and more of my prehistoric compositions.
In late 2014, we recorded the album "Songs of the Old World".
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 course 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 Derek Bailey, 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.
“I really like the kind of combination of lazy trombone and darting guitar riffs” - Jez Nelson, BBC radio 3 (Jazz on 3)
Owen Dawson (Electric Trombone/Vocals)
Rob Luft (Guitar/Vocals)
Michael DeSouza (Fender Bass VI/Vocals)
Jay Davis (Drums)
Rising-star bassist, Mark Lewandowski brings together two of the most highly respected musicians on the UK jazz scene to explore the catalogue of one of the most nostalgic early innovators of jazz - the great Thomas ‘Fats’ Waller. They will be delving into Wallers music and bringing their own personal spin on his repertoire using the intimate trio setting. Three musicians known for their intricate dialogues and strong humour, paying tribute to another musician who had these attributes. Mixing the traditional with the modern, this trio brings a little of 1930s Harlem into the 21st Century.
Mark Lewandowski - double bass
Liam Noble - piano, fender rhodes
Paul Clarvis - drums
Glowrogues are a Manchester based jazz, funk and hip hop band, founded by multi instrumentalist and composer Jim Molyneux.
Drawing on their inspiration from artists such as The Cinematic Orchestra, Snarky Puppy and The Robert Glasper Experiment, the band is made up of innovative talent from Manchester and Birmingham’s thriving jazz scenes.
'Choruses that make you want to throw your head back and shout "CHOON!" - Jazzwise'
Sam Healey - Alto Sax
Anthony Brown - Tenor Sax
Roland Parsons - Trumpet
Ben Watte - Keys
Dan Brew - Guitar
Jamie Brewster - Bass
Jim Molyneux - Drums
Part of their UK tour, Valia Calda will be presenting their upcoming album entitled "Methexis" with F-IRE Label in April 2017.
Valia Calda is a London-based quintet performing music which draws influences from Jazz and Greek folk and tangles between electronic music and free improvisation. A diverse rhythmic language and a variety of sonic possibilities are brought into compositions, merged with each member’s unique approach and creativity, exploring collectively the group’s musical boundaries.
In spring of 2013 the band released independently their debut EP which received several reviews and radio plays in the U.K, America and Greece. Previous performances include London Jazz Festival, BBC Late Proms, Vortex Jazz Club, Cambridge Jazz Festival as well as concerts in the Netherlands and Greece.
Sam Warner - trumpet & flugelhorn
James Allsopp - bass clarinet & tenor sax
Nikos Ziarkas - guitar/electronics
Gaspar Sena - drums
Thodoris Ziarkas - double bass
Their first album was recorded over 3 days in the summer of 2012 in Huddersfield University’s St Paul's Church (a space renowned for its acoustic qualities), and is a selection of some of the music developed in residency. What emerged was an innovative yet melodic collection of improvised pieces that house sharply contrasting dynamics, microtonal nuances, and improvisational rapport that constantly engages and surprises.
Since the album, they have gone on to perform at the Royal Festival Hall (as part of the 'Pull Out the Stops' Festival - welcoming the return of the newly-refurbished organ), Cafe Oto (as part of 'Klammer Klang'), The London Contemporary Music Festival 2014, Cologne Philharmonie, Swaledale Music Festival - as well as several live broadcasts for the BBC.
From October 2014-October 2015 they were part of Aldeburgh Music's 'Open Space' residency programme - a project that saw them travel to different local churches in Suffolk, investigating the differing acoustics and different organs (often in various states of disrepair) that they found, all documented in an album recording, their second album as a duo - 'Vyamanikal'. This project finished with a concert in Aldeburgh Music Festival in 2016, as well as Manchester Jazz Festival, London Jazz Festival and Marsden Festival. They are now working together with ECM, the University of Kent and Stavanger Concert Hall on various collaborations through 2017.
"Enticingly strange and wonderful sounds, so odd you can hardly believe it’s an organ making them" - Ivan Hewett, The Telegraph, 2014
"Downes and Challenger are onto something here and it goes beyond niche or novelty. Wedding Music deserves a spot near the top of this year's best" - Karl Ackermann, All About Jazz, 2013
Featured in 'JAZZWISE TOP ALBUMS OF THE YEAR 2016'
Madwort Sax Quartet brings together four diverse improvising saxophonists from across the UK scene. Led by Tom Ward and playing his original compositions, the project’s influences include numerology and the movement of the planet earth through space, Steve Coleman, pioneering saxophone quartet ROVA, Tim Berne, and transcriptions of bird song. The quartet played to a sold-out Portico Library at Manchester Jazz Festival 2015, and recorded their debut album live in Spring 2016 at a packed Hundred Years Gallery in London, documenting Tom’s music and capturing the infectious energy of a live gig.
Tom Ward - Alto
Chris Williams - Alto
Andrew Woolf - Tenor
Cath Roberts - Baritone
The four players regularly appear in other musical contexts. Alto player and leader Tom Ward’s ‘bubbling licks and dabs of bass clarinet’ (The Wire) featured on the Raw Tonk Records 2016 release ‘Ashes’ by Ma/ti/om (with bassist Tim Fairhall and percussionist Matilda Rolfsson). He leads Madwort’s Menagerie, an improvising chamber group which performed on the Barbican Freestage at the 2015 EFG London Jazz Festival, and co-leads a quartet with ‘Imaginary Delta’ pianist Adam Fairhall. Along with his own projects, Tom plays with a variety of other groups including Overground Collective and Quadraceratops (“garrulous, belligerent tenor blowing” – The Jazz Mann). He was also a member of Dave O’Brien’s Peter Whittingham Award winning sextet Porpoise Corpus.
Alto player Chris Williams is perhaps best known as a member of Mercury-nominated powerhouse Led Bib: ‘Rarely have two saxes, keyboards, bass and drums sounded so dangerous yet so compelling.’ (the Guardian). He plays in many other groups including Metamorphic, Stolen Project and Let Spin, the formidable ‘prog-jazz supergroup’ (Jazzwise) with Ruth Goller, Moss Freed and Finlay Panter.
Andrew Woolf was praised for his “… warm-toned mellifluous tenor saxophone” (London Jazz News) and “effortless fluency” (The Jazz Mann) on the debut release by Andrew Button’s quartet The Button Band. An accomplished clarinettist, he has a strong interest in Brazillian choro music, which he explores with a range of ensembles including his duo project Choro Matiz.
Baritone player Cath Roberts’ quintet Sloth Racket released its debut album ‘Triptych’ in Spring 2016 (‘an agreeably spicy goulash of free improvisation, grumpy riffs and bluesy themes’ – The Quietus), and in Autumn 2016 she was commissioned to write a new suite for large ensemble as headline artist at Lancaster Jazz. She is half of Ripsaw Catfish, a long-running duo with guitarist Anton Hunter, and her contemporary jazz septet Quadraceratops released an album on Efpi Records in 2014 (‘one to watch’ – The Guardian). When not performing Cath is active as co-founder of LUME, the platform for original/improvised music that she runs with Dee Byrne.
Since its formation in 2011, Madwort Sax Quartet has performed regularly around the UK, to enthusiastic audiences (“a significantly distinctive musical proposition” – London Jazz News). In 2017 they will embark upon their first UK tour to support the album release on Efpi Records.
Following a storming gig at The Wonder Inn earlier this year, and another roaring set at the Manchester Jazz Festival in the Summer, we're very happy to welcome back Family Band early next year!
Tom Rivière’s Family Band was formed in 2015, born out of the leader’s desire to work with with freer, more open structures. Some of the music is inspired by avant-garde music of the 1960’s, but much of the shape of it is left up to the sensibilities of the band members. The group recently released their eponymous debut album, which was well received, tracks being played on Jazz on 3 and Jazz Line-up on BBC radio 3.
In Tom’s words:
“I’ve been listening to a lot of Ornette’s classic quartet, Coltrane (particularly live recordings from around 63’ onwards) and Jarrett’s band with Dewey Redman. These groups all have a quality that I’m attracted to. I can’t quite pin down what it is exactly, but for lack of a better term I’ll say that I like the apparent spirituality of the music; with these bands the music just feels unquestionably right to me.
This direction in my listening relates to something I’ve been working towards in my playing. In short, I want to stop thinking when I improvise. Sometimes when I’m on stage I experience moments in which it is as if I’m an outside observer listening to myself and the band play. This is a very satisfying feeling – much more enjoyable than the analytical state of mind I often fall into whilst performing – and I’d like to experience it more often. To that end, it made sense to me to put together a project loosely inspired by the aforementioned groups, as the more open structures that they often favour lend themselves to what it is that I seek: music that I can feel – rather than think – my way through.”
Trumpet – Kim Macari
Tenor Saxophone – Riley Stone-Lonergan
Double Bass – Tom Rivière
Drums – Steve Hanley
A new project from bass player/composer Huw V Williams sees Huw writing for a stripped down ensemble. A departure from HON, this trio explores more harmonic territory with the aim of blurring composition and improvisation. Huw says of the project, “For a long time I have avoided writing for chordal instrumentation, but recently I have been playing some guitar and felt the urge to get into harmony and hearing big chords again."
HUW V WILLIAMS
Winner of the 2012 Yamaha Jazz Scholars Prize from The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Huw draws on a rich combination of his Welsh roots, his training in Jazz and the contemporary creative music scenes in London, Brooklyn and Manhattan. His latest album was selected as a CD of 2016 by John Fordham of the Guardian.
“I really like the idea of music coming from the mixing pot of all your history, so this is just as much about a teenage rock phase in North Wales as a mid twenties Free Jazz phase in London.”
With a fast growing CV lit up by the names of some of his heroes including Jim Black, Michael Blake, Devin Gray, Neil Yates and long time mentor Huw Warren, Huw V Williams is building a beautiful bass filled world of free music and primal creativity.
Guitarist Tom is one of the talented young musicians whose careers started in Cardiff. He is regularly to be seen playing with the likes of Huw Warren. He was awarded the Yamaha scholarship for top students nationwide in 2016. He is a pupil of two great younger New York players – Gilad Hekselman and Lage Lund.
As a drummer and composer Jay Davis has been presented with several awards including a Yamaha Jazz Scholarship, John Scheerer Prize for Drum Kit and the Sir Elton John Prize, to name just a few. He has performed all over the world in a wide variety of settings and with artists such as Ian Shaw and Rachel Sermanni. Jay has had his own compositions featured on BBC radio and has also recorded music for television. Jay currently resides in London and is busy performing throughout the UK and Europe, notably as part of Big Bad Wolf.
Trio Uroboro are:
Keith Jafrate - saxophone
Anton Hunter - guitar/fx
Johnny Hunter – drums/fx
The Hunter brothers are two of the best young players around at the moment, who have played at Manchester & London jazz festivals, as well as on Jazz on 3. They join Keith Jafrate, a veteran of European and North American tours who has led various bands since the late eighties.
Trio Uroboro play Keith’s compositions, which allow the trio to wander a changeable course between structure and improvisation. The result is lyrical music that is both fierce and romantic, with elements of jazz, improv, folk and electronica.
“A rich exploration of the many sounds a guitar can produce in the hands of someone willing to go beyond the confines of normality.” Paul Jones Tenuto Sempre
“alternates between atonality and lyricism with sublime ease.” Ian Holloway Wonderful Wooden Reasons
‘A 'power trio' with the force and volume of a rock band but with the invention and sophistication of a new jazz trio to be reckoned with’ Peter Fay (Manchester Music Photographer)
Apes Grapes likes to explore the capabilities of the guitar-based trio. Using traditional/well-established methods, such as in their composition 'Maria’s House', or more modern/unorthodox techniques, seen in the video 'Blow up, Zoom in', the band hopes to create unique, genre-spanning pieces of music where great tension and relief coincide. The sound comes from a diversity of electronics and inspirations such as Pat Metheny, Battles and Steve Reich, which Rachel Maby (Manchester Jazz Festival Journalist) describes as ‘groove driven rock with moments of guitar ballad playing. The music.. (is).. texture driven’. Often the sets are continuous, improvising or composing sections to blend the pieces together. Ultimately, the shape of the performances becomes very important, and we hope by the end that audiences have been moved through a tangible journey of constructed dynamics, textures and timbres.
‘Their intelligent and adventurous composition style is concurrently focused on creating a profoundly engaging performance for their listeners and on pushing their already virtuosic performance abilities to increasingly new heights.’ Mauricio Pauly (Lecturer and Composer)
Plume are a four piece group based in Manchester that have a distinctive sound influenced by electronic textures. The band fuse driving grooves and lush vocals to create an immersive soundscape. Taking influence from the electronic and bass music scene, their quality of musicianship and attention to sound is clear. Their live show fronted by emerging singer Caroline Hendry is truly something to behold.
Will Howard is a player in the mould of some of the great improvisers in jazz in the sense that he is both extremely accomplished on his instrument and well versed in the language of the music, yet still plays with the utmost freedom. Unafraid of taking risks, his playing has a wonderful searching quality to it. The band, made up of two longstanding collaborators will be playing a mixture of Will's original music and songbook tunes.
Will Howard - Tenor
Tom Rivière - Bass
Steve Hanley - Drums
The Salacoe Trio presents to you an electrifying evening of African celebration! Featuring an unconventional line up of Abel Selaocoe (Cello and Voice), Sidiki Dembele ( Kora, Ngoni, Djembe/African percussion) and Ali Mcmath (Double Bass and Voice). The artists have respectively played in prestigious festivals and venues such as BBC Proms at Royal Albert Hall, Womad Festival, Manchester Jazz Festival, Bridgewater Hall and on BBC Radio 3.
The trio has a vibrant and virtuosic rhythmic expression coupled with powerful traditional melodies. It’s made of a raw and colourful blend of African cultures. From Griot music a tradition spanning centuries of civilisation in West Africa, being passed down through the generations, carrying with it an ancient culture of story-telling and musical celebration to the soulful South African township music that expresses its powerful history.
There would be far reaching and devastating consequences if the development of a perpetual motion machine and the necessary accompanying dissolution of the Laws of Thermodynamics happened. As alluded to before, the arrow of time would cease to have a direction with which to align itself, meaning that time may travel forward or backwards or perhaps in no direction at all. A perpetual motion machine that works would be capable of making energy from nothing, violating one of the most fundamental physical laws there is, the law of conservation of energy, unpinning most of what we know about the Universe today. Perhaps, in a rather fantastical imagining, the perpetual motion machine could be run backwards. If so, it would perpetually sap energy out of the Universe turning it into nothing until there was no energy left anywhere.'' GULP
Sam Dunn - Guitar
Jamie Taylor - Guitar
Riley Stone-Lonergan - Sax
Ben Lowman - Sax
Garry Jackson - Bass
Steve Hanley - Drums
Comprising three improvisers with contrasting backgrounds in jazz (Hanslip), contemporary classical music (Willberg) and rock (Cheetham), HTrio breathes new life into the classic tenor sax/bass/drums format, with a strong, unified group sound formed through many hours of jamming. Together they create long-form improvised pieces that range from the dreamlike to the more direct whilst retaining a strong sense of melody and structure.
Still a relatively new band, the trio have gigged in Manchester (Freedom Principle and Manchester Jazz Festival), Birmingham (Fizzle) and Liverpool (Blank Canvas) to capacity audiences and positive reactions, and have recorded sessions at Manchester's Islington Mill and Stockport's Hallam Mill.
HTrio have recently been selected to be Ambassador Artists for round 4 of Jazz North's 'Northern Line' scheme
Square One is an exceptional young jazz quartet from Glasgow, known for creating refreshing new possibilities in free-spirited jazz through their energized performances and an outstanding debut EP.
The group has quickly grown from a collaboration at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) in 2014 into an exciting new prospect on the contemporary jazz circuit. Their potential was nationally recognized in December 2015 when Square One became the proud recipients of the Peter Whittingham Jazz Award, administered by Help Musicians UK. This prestigious prize will allow Square One to focus on a new recording project and further develop their national profile.
Square One constitute a four-cornered, democratic discussion in liberated jazz between Joe Williamson on guitar, Peter Johnstone on piano, David Bowden on bass and Stephen Henderson on drums. Their music draws inspiration from contemporary folk, fusion, soulfulness, ECM euro-cool and stylish, straight ahead jazz. However, it is a clear affinity with great melody and the intelligent musical rapport between these four musicians Square One much more than the sum of all these parts.
Jazzwise magazine has described them as ''Stirring and Dynamic'', while Radio 3's Julian Joseph remarked that Square One are ''A soulful and empathetic band with an irresistible charisma...they dominated the room from beat one".
Inspired by Dave Holland’s polyrhythms and use of vibraphone, the band explores African rhythms and Asian scales, varied soundscapes and moods, darkness and light.
Gavin Barras - Double Bass
Jeff Guntren - Sax
Jim Faulkner - Guitar
Dave Walsh - Drums
omprising THE young players on the London scene today, “Impossible Things” is a veritable supergroup lead by multifaceted Glaswegian Corrie Dick. Leading the band while glowing at the drums, Corrie’s compositions are varied in mood but consistent in both quality and depth of influences. Some pieces drip with mercurial poise while others provide breathtaking landscapes from which emotional anthems later surge.
Featuring Corrie’s euphoric drumming style alongside the mighty lineup of:
Jessica Radcliffe - Vocals
Tom Dennis - Trumpet
George Crowley - Sax
Rob Luft - Guitar
Matt Robinson - Piano
Joe Webb - Organ
Conor Chaplin - Bass
Felix Higginbottom - Percussion
This majestic ensemble is sure to satisfy harsh jazz critics and song lovers alike!
Early Nite is Otto Willberg (double bass) Harry Smith (saxophone) and Alex Tod (drums). The trio plays music that incorporates strict, through composed music, elements of improv, punk and jazz with riff based tunes, like a classic saxophone trio wired up all wrong.
The band has been playing together since November 2015 and has just begun to show face regularly in public. All three members are involved heavily in many of Manchester's different music scenes.
The quintet features the powerhouse lineup of George Crowley (tenor), Mike Fletcher (c-melody sax), Alex Bonney (cornet) and Jeff Williams (drums). They play original compositions, combining swinging melodic jazz with creative freedom and high energy explorations. The compositions draw on various influences - 60s free jazz, Jewish liturgical music, European free improv and a love of 30s swing...
“As a debut album, this is as good as anyone could hope for and promises much for the future” – All About Jazz
“The music that the quintet makes is strong, manages to remain innovative and truly accessible, what more can one ask!” – Free Jazz Blog
Originally from the North West of England, saxophonist Dave Edge now lives in Norway where he is a prominent muscian on the Oslo jazz scene. As well as leading his own quartet, he is currently a member of one of the oldest and best established jazz groups in Norway. He has also toured with Ronnie Cuber, recorded with John Surman and performed with Kenny Wheeler, Lew Soloff and Georgie Fame amongst many others.
For this night he brings together a quartet of some of Manchester's finest jazz musicians:
Dave Edge: Sax
Richard Wetherall: Piano
Pete Turner: Bass
Eryl Roberts: Drums
WorldService Project are the leading specialists of Brit ‘punk-jazz’, two of the most alarming genre titles in the history of 20th Century music. Combined, they create an intriguing mix of Frank Zappa, Weather Report, Meshuggah and Stravinsky – all spiralling around in a Monty Python universe.
This Spring 2016, WorldService Project launch their highly anticipated third album; For King and Country on Rare Noise Records. Fresh off the back of mammoth tours across America, Europe and China, the epic and anthemic live sound of WorldService Project is both thrilling and heart-wrenching, with a theatrical live performance thrown in for good measure.
Dave Morecroft – keys/compositions/vocals
Tim Ower – saxophone
Raphael Clarkson – trombone
Arthur O’Hara – bass
Harry Pope - drums
Fragments is a new project combining improvisation and composition in an unusual way. Rather than incorporating improvisation into composed frameworks, the trio uses Free Improvisation as their base and then may, at any point, begin playing one of a series of pre-composed fragments of musical material. The choice of fragment, the way it is incorporated into the improvisation and what happens after the fragment is played are all open to the spontaneity of the moment.
This method provides a more flexible, spontaneous approach to the overall structure of a set in comparison to more conventional compositions, but still provides the virtue of a composer’s input via the fragments themselves. Each fragment is designed to inform a different sound space and is both substantial enough to give the players something to ‘chew on’ and flexible enough to allow many possible interpretations. They are also very varied in idiom, ensuring a constantly changing listening experience.
Piano – Adam Fairhall
Bass – Seth Bennett
Drums – Johnny Hunter
Jazz at The Wonder Inn is very happy to present the first gig by a trio of Manchester based heavyweights; Jeff Guntren (sax) and Gavin Barras (bass), led by the brilliant Dan Whieldon on piano. Not one to be missed!
Gavin, Jeff and Dan will be making the most of the more acoustic, drumless setting and playing a mixture of lesser known standards as well as originals by themselves and other composers such as Richie Beirach.