Gig Guide

14Dec
2018

Filomena Campus Quartet

The world-touring Filomena Campus Quartet present highly creative jazz sets of "beautifully stylish original song" - as described by JazzUK. Award winning vocalist, lyricist and theatre director Filomena Campus fuses jazz with theatre, literature and poetry, drawing inspiration from a variety of influences such as the Commedia dell'Arte, Theatre of the Absurd and her native Sardinia. With her warm stage presence, fluid middle range and fearless improvisations, she knows how to bring out the sun.

Campus leads the quartet featuring Steve Lodder on piano, Dudley Phillips on double bass and electric bass, and Rod Youngs on drums, performing internationally, with recent performances in Jordan, Marocco, Qatar, Thailand and Italy.

The quartet's new project 'Queen Mab' explores the female side of jazz through the character of Mab, a fairy referred to in Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet, where "she is the fairies' midwife, who helps sleepers 'give birth' to their dreams. Campus compares Mab to the Mediterranean myths of the 'Dea Madre' (Goddess Mather) and the Janas (Sardinian legendary fairies) linking her Mediterranean roots to contemporary jazz with an electronic twist.

'Campus is a highly musical singer' - The Telegraph

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21Dec
2018

Klaus Bru 4+

Klaus Bru: C-Saxophones, James Kitchman: Guitar, Mike de Souza: Guitar, VI Guitarbass, & Jamie Murray: Drums

After last year's sold-out show of his Elastic Standards project, C-saxophonist Klaus Bru returns to the Crypt with a brand new group of high-calibre UK jazz talent presenting his original compositions. The quartet is plausibly titled 4+ (the + stands for enhanced quality!), and features Bru's unique saxophone playing drawing from Jazz as well as the folk music of the world, Jamie Murray's deft and energetic drumming, and the likes of two outstanding guitarists, James Kitchman and Mike de Souza, both leaders with distinct musical voices and proficient skills in a variety of musical styles. All the members of this group will be well known to the Crypt audiences as they've all played here with their own projects over the past 12 months.

The music, all written by Klaus, oscillates between ballads with hum-along melodies and insistent, unrelenting rhythms in metres odd and uneven. This, and a world in between: picture-evoking, cinematic music, atmospheric, yet organised musical freedom, chord progressions going unexpected places, + an astonishing array of electronic sounds far beyond the scope of the average Jazz combo.

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04Jan
2019

Carl Orr Quartet

Award winning guitarist/composer Carl Orr has performed and recorded with some of the finest musicians on the planet including Billy Cobham, George Duke, Ernie Watts, Randy Brecker, Gary Husband, Don Grusin and Bennie Maupin.

Carl's latest album, his ninth, is the world-music infused "Somewhere Else" which has been described as . . . "A beautiful sensitive trip around the planet in Car Orr's very comfortable and well-equipped vehicle".

Carl has a broad range of musical interests and his compositions reveal the influence of funk, pop and rock as well as music from around the world.

His band features Bill Mudge (keyboards), Dan Drury (bass) and Rod Youngs (drums).

"Carl Orr plays his ass off" - Mike Stern

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11Jan
2019

Basil Hodge Quartet

Basil Hodge - Piano, Ed Jones - Tenor Sax, Larry Bartley - Double Bass, Winston Clifford - drums.

Pianist and composer Basil Hodge has thrilled audiences throughout the UK for over 20 years with his charming compositions and emotional hard swinging performances. With two critically acclaimed CD's under his belt, this project will showcase Basil's new compositions and the evolution of his older ones.

Basil has played with some of most significant players on the jazz scene like Tony Kofi and Dave O'Higgins. Sax ace Ed Jones features in tonights performance and completing the line up are a superb rhythm section of Larry Bartley and Winston Clifford.

"Basil's piano playing is at once driving and subtle and his compositions are an impressive blend of post-bop and Latin jazz inspired by the open fresh sound of Blue Note's heyday and Coltrane era jazz" Chris Parker - London Jazz News

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18Jan
2019

Rob Barron Quartet featuring Nat Steele

This imaginative project sees pianist Rob Barron writing his own distinctive original arrangements for his new quartet, re imagining classic jazz and pop compositions in a style reminiscent of Cedar Walton and current New York pianist David Hazeltine.

Rob's playing evokes a passion for the American tradition and he cites Wynton Kelly and Hank Jones as major influences. As a performer he's played at jazz venues around the world, working with a diverse array of musicians including Phil Woods, Benny Golson and Marlena Shaw. His first album as a leader, "What's In Store", received notable accounts from across the jazz press.

The lineup includes one of the world's foremost exponents of jazz vibraphone, Nat Steele. Nat has been described by Clark Tracey as "one of the best vibes players this country has ever produced." Self-taught, and following in the style of Milt Jackson and Cal Tjader, Nat takes a two mallet approach to improvisation, focusing on melodic interpretation and a great swing feel.

The fabulous Jeremy Brown and Josh Morrison complete the lineup.

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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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