Gig Guide

18Aug
2017

New Focus Quartet

Saxophonist Konrad Wiszniewski and pianist Euan Stevenson's New Focus is one of the most appealing, most beautifully realised projects to emerge on the Scottish jazz scene in recent years.

Originally conceived as a fiftieth anniversary tribute to saxophone giant Stan Getz's 1961 classic 'with strings' album, Focus, the group has developed a style all of its own, with Scottish folk nuances as well as a driving, exciting momentum.

Showcasing the Scottish Jazz Awards 2017's Instrumentalist of the Year Wiszniewski's ravishing tone and inventive, soulfully communicative playing and Stevenson's elegant, coolly considered pianism, their compositions ooze melodic richness and possess a flowing, cinematic quality.

They arrive at the Crypt direct from two nights at Ronnie Scott's and will feature music from their recently released second album for Whirlwind Recordings, New Focus On Song, as well as its Scottish Album of the Year-shortlisted predecessor and possibly one or two surprise choices of covers.

"Perfect festival fare: rich arrangements, memorable themes, fine playing and a unique mix of jazz, classical and folk" - Alison Bentley, London Jazz News

"concise, hauntingly original pieces" - The Sunday Times.

'Firmly in the International class' - The Herald

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25Aug
2017

The Ashley Henry Trio

In 2016 Ashley Henry graduated from Royal Academy of Music, performed with Jason Marsalis and collaborated with legends Terence Blanchard and Jean Toussaint. He is the youngest ever to hit the bill for the International Piano Trio Festival performing with Robert Glasper, and topped that year by achieving a childhood dream of performing in the final of the Unisia International Piano Competition in South Africa.

In 2017 Ashley Henry recording his second full studio sessions in London. Collaborating with Luke Flowers (Cinematic Orchestra), MC Mattic (Nowadays France & NY), the Legendary Jean Toussaint, Monte Booker (Soulection), Alicia Olatuja (President Obama Inaugurations - Unlimited Myles), Moses Boyd (Brownswood) and Anthony Joseph (Strut Records).

At only 25 years old, Ashley Henry was commissioned as guest resident Musical Director for both Jazz Cafe, London and Ronnie Scotts, London and is a FADER MAGAZINE 2017 Emerging Artist.

In 2017 Ashley was nominated for Jazz FM Award's as Breakthrough Artist of the Year and Live Experience of the Year, the latter for his performance at the London Southbank.

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01Sep
2017

The Phil Meadows Project

The Phil Meadows Project continues the journey for Meadows' multi-award winning music. Recognised as one of the UK's most distinctive, create and talented young musicians his music is inspired by global sounds - combining jazz elements with classical, hip-hop, electronica, contemporary music and more.

Meadows' unparalled sound world has led to successes including two critically acclaimed albums; two Parliamentary Jazz Awards, a London Music Award and the prestigious Peter Whittingham Jazz Award. Meadows was also a finalist in both the 2017 B-Jazz Interntional Contest and the 2010 European Keep an Eye Award. His music has been featured heavily across BBC Radio 2, Radio 3 and playlisted on JazzFM and at just 27 years of age he has already shared international stages with Matthew Herbert, Phronesis, Ingrid Jensen and Femi Temowo.

His new project showcases an important wave of British talent ahead of recording a third album of original material. Exploring new musical relationships and fresh influences you'll hear soaring melodies, atmospheric soundscapes and head-nodding grooves as Meadows' new sounds tip influence towards the music of Go-Go Penguin, Donny McCaslin, Tigran, Bill Laurance, Portico Quartet and more. Michael De Souza - Guitar, Tbc - Bass , Jay Davis - Drums

'The versatile and likeable Meadows is one of the most promising emerging jazz talents that we have' - The JazzMann (UK)

'A great stage presence and an unforgettable instrumental style.' Jazzwise (UK)

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08Sep
2017

Arnaud Guichard's - 'Serendip'

'Serendip' is a project inspired by the ancient Persian tale 'The Three Princes of Serendip', by Amir Khusrau.

The project evolves around eight compositions that melodically narrate impressions of the tale.

This band acoustically explores the meaning of the word 'serendipity' (unexpected fortunate discovery) through jazz musical language.

Arnaud Guichard - tenor sax, James Kitchman - guitar, Michele Montolli - double bass and Jake Long - Drums

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15Sep
2017

The Sara Dowling Quartet

Gifted with immensely emotional vocals, her influences are wide and far-reaching. Her first love was the turning records of her father's jazz collection, which over the years has developed her understanding of jazz.

She had a five star review from Jazz Journal who said "A vocal with timeless quality" and Jazz Views gave her album of the month saying "A remarkable one of voice".

Sara is joined by Gabriel Latchin - piano, Jeremy Brown - Bass and Steve Brown - Drums

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22Sep
2017

Klaus Bru's Elastic Standards

"A good song can't be killed!"

Take this quote from Tin Pan Alley composer Irving Berlin as the motto for the new project of London-based, German-born saxophonist Klaus Bru.

"Elastic Standards" promises adventurous excursions into the musical unknown, based on haunting melodies from the Great American Songbook which became dearly beloved Jazz standards.

"Elastic Standards" is field research in music, a quality control lab for time-tested songs and unforgettable melodies, a pilot study, an evaluation of what is left to be done with musical material that is soaked to the brim with tradition, an investigation into how much flexing a good song can withstand before it becomes unrecognisable.

German-born saxophonist Klaus Bru plays the rare C-melody sax and the even rarer C-soprano sax, which he cares to electrify. He has traveled widely, for real and in music. His artistic output is characterised by its variety, and his musical concepts are not exactly the "out-of-the-box" type. Instead, Klaus Bru prefers to use combinations of "boxes" that differ in size, contrast in contents, and clash in colour: He brings in folk music from Eastern Europe, Turkey, and China, avant-garde ridden improv, cold blooded electronic noises and feedbacks, sounds of breath and saliva, pitches smaller than the distance between two keys on the piano, strange meters and odd tempos, plus - when the time is right for it - simple and singable melodies that move the heart and soul.

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