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".