Gig Guide

27Mar
2019

Jam at The Crypt

Jam at The Crypt' led by the very talented Arnaud Guichard returns on WEDNESDAY 27th March.

The house band features some of London's finest with Simon Roth on drums and Mikele Montolli on bass. The house band play a short first set of original music and standards followed in the second set by the jam session open to all musicians.

Free Entry. Doors open at 8pm, first set starts at 8.30pm.

These sessions are proving popular therefore do come along early if you want to play. All abilities welcome. If you just want to come along to listen and take in the vibe, you are very welcome to do that too.

29Mar
2019

TRiO WAH!

Jason Yarde's TRiO WAH!, featuring Larry Bartley and Mike Pickering - plus special guest!

Jason started his playing career on alto and soprano with the Jazz Warriors at 16, going on to become their Musical Director and one of their principal composers. He has since performed in a wide variety of bands including Louis Moholo, Afro Blok, Mano Ventura and the big bands of Manu Dibango, Hermeto Pascoal, Sam Rivers, McCoy Tyner, Andrew Hill, Hugh Masekela and many others. His own bands include the multi-award-winning J-life and Acoutastic Bombastic, and his prolific talents as composer, arranger, musical director and producer have led to projects with dance companies and classical orchestras such as the BBCCO and the LSO. In addition to composing, arranging and performing, Jason Yarde has enjoyed much success as a record producer.

Trio WAH! is a chance to hear Yard's playing and compositions in an intimate and stripped down setting. Jason and Larry (Courtney Pine, Byron Wallen, etc...) forged their musical relationship through playing in the original Jazz Warriors and Mike (Billy Jenkins, Christine Tobin, etc...) and Jason through the London based 12 piece, Rare Mix.

Over the 15+ years since, they have developed a fluid trio connection covering greatly varied musical terrain. From tight and constantly shifting rhythmic patterns to free-flowing rhapsodic episodes. Trio WAH! Can cover the calm and the storm within a few bars never losing the important elements of rhythm, melody and even harmony in this exposed format

...it's fascinating to witness how seamlessly Yarde's writing and improvising intertwine... Swing, hip-hop, improv, you name it, he can make it all sound as if it was meant to live together, and he's getting better at it all the time . . .' - The Guardian

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05Apr
2019

Fergus McCreadie

Fergus McCreadie (piano), David Bowden (double bass), Stephen Henderson (drums)

Fergus McCreadie is a phenomenal young pianist. Still only twenty-one and twice winner of the Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year Under 17 title, he released his first album, Turas, in early 2018 to rave reviews, including a five-star rating from the Scotsman. He has since won the Best Instrumentalist title at the Scottish Jazz Awards, was a finalist in the BBC Young Jazz Musician 2018 and was nominated as Best Newcomer in the Parliamentary Jazz Awards, the UK's most prestigious jazz awards, in 2018.

His music is dynamic and beautifully crafted, reflecting the Scottish landscape and musical traditions while honouring the American and European jazz legacies, and his rhythm team, David Bowden (bass) and Stephen Henderson (drums) from the award-winning quartet Square One, match his verve, skill and sensitivity with precision and unerring empathy.

"real personality . . . lucidly atmospheric . . . fire and virtuosity" - The Times

"Stunning" - The Scotsman

"Simply outstanding" - Jazzwise

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12Apr
2019

OXYD

Alexandre Herer - Fender Rhodes, Julien Pontvianne - tenor saxophone, Olivier Laisney - trumpet, Oliver Degabriele - electric bass, Thibault Perriard - drums.

Founded over 10 years ago, French contemporary jazz band OXYD - which boast four albums and several tours in France, Europe and abroad (including China, India, USA, UK) - has just recorded their fifth album.

Over the course of their 10 years together, the five members had a large number of different artistic experiences, all of which participate in the richness of this new album entitled 'The Lost Animals'. Alexandre Herer and Olivier Laisney, alongside Magic Malik developed a certain taste and ease for conceptual writing, rhythm and freedom in the playing. Julien Pontvianne continued his experiment with AUM Grand Ensemble, a project at the fringe of contemporary classical music, demonstrating mastery of minimalism and silence and thus encouraging Alexandre Herer to deepen his researches on computer music and micro-tone. Thibault Perriard was able to experiment more pop or electro aesthetics while Oliver Degabriele remains a sought-after jazz side-man and bassist, as well as an increasingly busy electric bassist on the European rock scene.

The band will be playing tunes from their new album entitled 'The Lost Animals' coming out on 7 May 2019. For this record, Alexandre Herer strived to highlight the viewpoint of each musician.

A certain ease and fluidity is conveyed by this music that yet contains the history of each musician. The performer becomes a direct actor, something between the improviser and the composer, between the player and the conductor.

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