Gig Guide

25Jan
2019

The Alex Merritt/ Steve Fishwick Quintet

Incorporating influence from the music of Joe Henderson / Kenny Dorham, John Coltrane and Lennie Tristano/ Warne Marsh; the band has, over the last five years of playing together, developed its own brand of sophisticated contemporary jazz that draws on the strength of both leaders as accomplished players but also as very individual composers. The rhythm section of John Turville (piano) Mick Coady (bass) and Marc Michel (drums) are a perfect complement to the frontline and complete a top class quintet!

The Quintet have just finished recording their debut album of all original material written by Alex, leading UK trumpeter Steve Fishwick and pianist John Turville.

This date at the Crypt will follow many successful club dates around the UK throughout 2018 at venues such as Ronnie Scotts, the Vortex and Swansea Jazzland and will be great sneak preview of the album, to be released in early 2020 and followed by a UK tour.

"Merritt's rich but dry tone traces a line back to the Cool School jazzers such as Warne Marsh". Robert Shore, Jazzwise, ****

"My question is where has Fishwick been hiding? Hip middle register melodious bebop, but when Steve lights his wick he becomes a flying fish, soaring above the waves, totally in control!" (Legendary jazz Critic Ira Gitler)

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01Feb
2019

Noemi Nuti Quartet

Noemi Nuti brings a new band to the Crypt for an evening of new music inspired by her love of improvised jazz and the great American singer-songwriters. Her original songs will be mixed with some Latin and Brazilian standards and will feature some Paraguayan harp to add the light touch she joyfully brings to each performance.

Born and raised in New York from Italian descent, Noemi Nuti is a jazz vocalist and composer currently residing in London. A former member of the London Vocal Project led by Pete Churchill and lead singer of British Samba Band Rhythms of the City, Noemi has performed at numerous London venues, including Ronnie Scott's, The Crazy Coqs, the 606 Club and Islington Assembly Hall, and toured the UK as well as further afield in Brazil. Most recently, Noemi has launched her Latin influenced debut album, 'Nice to Meet You', at Pizza Express Jazz Club in Soho. She is lead vocalist for Andrew McCormack's Graviton and has written lyrics for the track "The Time Delay of Light" performed by ESKA (Mercury Music Prize nominee) and received extensive radio play including Gilles Peterson BBC 6. She is also currently working on her second album. Noemi enjoys collaborating with new musicians, making a considerable contribution to the UK and Italian jazz scene.

Noemi Nuti - vocals harp, Chris Eldred - piano, Tom Herbert - double bass, Jamie Murray - drums

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08Feb
2019

Cameron Pierre Trio

Born in London, Cameron was raised on the Caribbean island of Dominica. Like most of his peers, Cameron's early musical influences were Bob Marley, Burning Spear, Jimmy Cliff, and a host of artists from that era of popular Jamaican music, oh, and Stevie Wonder. At sixteen he taught himself to play the guitar, and it was within the reggae genre that he first established himself, working with Jamaican artists including Clint Eastwood & General Saint, Barrington, Levy, Al Campbell, Wayne Marshall, Dennis Brown, Tipa Ire, Micheal Prophet et al. Then came the slow discovery of George Benson and Charlie Christian, and through them, Wes Montgomery, Miles Davis and Charlie Parker. Since then Cameron has gone on to work with Courtney Pine, Pee Wee Ellis, Orphy Robinson, Mighty Sparrow, Ernest Ranglin, David Rudder, Andy Narell, Alex Wilson, Mario Conange, Sarah Jane Morris, Byron Wallen, Jazz Jamaica, Dennis Rollins, Ormar Puente, Junior Walker, Joe Cocker, and numerous others.

As his own musical direction veered towards jazz, he remained in demand on the Calypso, and reggae circuit. A stalwart of the British jazz scene since the 80s, he was invited by renowned British saxophonist Courtney Pine to join his band and has since become an integral part of the group both as a recording and live artist.

Alongside Courtney's band, in 1994 Cameron formed 'Creole', a multi-cultural melange of musicians from Africa, Haiti, Cuba and the Caribbean, enjoying wide critical acclaim for their performances at the Glastonbury and Womad Festivals. In 1997, Cameron released the first of his five solo albums, Friday Night, to wide critical acclaim. In 2003 he also released The Other Side of Notting Hill, a body of work which was to help cement his reputation as a guitarist/composer par excellence. As a follow up to the acclaimed 2007 release "Pad up" his most recent release, "Radio Jumbo" his 6th studio cut, sees Cameron teaming up with French virtuoso pianist Mario Canonge for his second release on the Destin-e Label.

"Though his approach is undeniably indebted to that of his two great heroes, Wes Montgomery and George Benson, but infused with a bounce and vitality that belongs only to him. Touring with Courtney Pine's award-winning band Cameron's guitar style has dazzled many a jazz fan, and he has received glowing reviews from all over the world for his warm, dexterous sound and his self-deprecating and engaging stage presence"

Cameron Pierre - Guitar, Pete Whittaker - Organ, Livio Polisano - Drums

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15Feb
2019

Josephine Davies New Quartet

Josephine Davies is a musical artist at the forefront of the UK contemporary music scene. Originally from the Shetland Islands and now based in London, her writing and playing continues to be infused with a Nordic quality, notably in her use of traditional folk music elements, and her haunting tone reminiscent of the late great Scottish tenorist Bobby Wellins.

s a saxophonist Josephine is known for her melodic focus, versatility and unique style which has been described as 'consistently inventive' (Jazzwise Magazine), "strong and authoritative" (The JazzMann) and "gifted and imaginative" (All About Jazz). Her new quartet mixes heavy grooves, great tunes and group improvisation, creating a dynamic and excitingly original band.

Josephine Davies - tenor saxophone, Sam Leak - piano, Gene Caldarazzo - drums, and Oli Hayhurst - bass.

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