Gig Guide

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.

As 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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21Feb
2019

Jam at The Crypt

'Jam at The Crypt' led by the very talented Arnaud Guichard returns on Thursday 21st February.

The house band features some of London's finest with Jamie Murray on drums, Michele 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.

22Feb
2019

Marcina Arnold

Marcina Arnold - Voice/Guitar/Percussion, Brian Edwards - Sax, Nick Ramm - Keys, Larry Bartley - Bass & Winston Clifford - Drums

British born with Scottish & South African roots, Marcina's first performance at the Edinburgh Festival at the age of 15 led 'The Scotsman' to write "an astonishing young lady from London . . . is sure to have the music world at her feet".

Her career has included collaborations/performances/recordings with the late Bheki Mseleku, Grupo Batuque, Jason Yarde, Quite Sane, Akimbo, Manu Ventura, Airto Moreira, Steve Williamson & Byron Wallen amongst others. Marcina has gained the respect of fellow musicians for her fresh & innovative approach and is rated amongst the London music community as one of the very best vocalists in the country. She draws on many traditions including African, Jazz, Soul, Indian, Folk and Brazilian but manages to retain a distinctly London flavour to the sound. In this quintet the standard of musicianship is exceptional, featuring a stellar team of players who are all major names in their own right. An outlet for Marcina's own strikingly original songs and unmistakable voice.

"Marcina Arnold sits perfectly between Soul and Jazz and a touch of Folk & Brazil. EP sounding great, already a soulsearching regular with Forefathers & my fave, the first class radio tune, Memory. Need the album!" - Michael Ruetten /soulsearching.

"Marcina Arnold EP sounds great" - Helen Mayhew - BBC Radio 2

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01Mar
2019

Roger Beaujolais Italian Trio - 'Barba Lunga' Album Launch

Roger Beaujolais - Vibraphone, Al Swainger on electric & double bass & Alessandro Pivi on drums.

Admired and respected, vibraphonist and composer Roger Beaujolais started his professional career in the 1980's as a founding member ofThe Chevalier Brothers. Since buying his first vibraphone, over 40 years ago, Roger has worked with an abundance of high profile names in the music industry, these include: Robert Plant, Roni Size, Paul Weller, Morrissey, Kirsty MacColl, Alexander O'Neal, Tony Allen, Ed Motta, Rumer, Duffy, Neneh Cherry, Shola Ama, Colin Vearncombe, Alison Limerick, Fairground Attraction, Guy Chambers and Graham Coxon.

An impressive resume alone, however Roger has also carved out a prolific career as a bandleader and composer, recording his own albums since the 1990's. His initial four albums were released on Acid Jazz Records, under the names Vibraphonic and The Beaujolais Band. Following the success of these albums, which included a Number 1 in America with 'Can't Get Enough' for Vibraphonic, Roger started releasing albums on his own label, StayTuned Records, in 1999. With an emphasis on creating acoustic music on an acoustic vibraphone.

In recent years, quartet albums, 'Mind The Gap' in 2013 and 'Sunset' in 2017 have comprised of an ever-increasing number of compositions by Roger Beaujolais. Rogers current release 'Barba Lunga' is his first release as a trio and includes 9 out of 11 of his own compositions plus a version of Jimi Hendrix's 'The Wind Cries Mary'.

'An essential player on Britain's jazz scene, his technique on the vibraphone is masterly. A highly imaginative leader.' - The Observer

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08Mar
2019

Guillermo Hill Quintet

The Guillermo Hill Quintet will present their new project, influenced by contemporary and traditional Instrumental music from South America, in particular from his native Uruguay, Argentina and Brazil. Their style of music is upbeat and influenced by legendary 70's bands such as Opa, Azimuth and the Candombe Rhythm.

Guillermo started playing the guitar in his native Montevideo, Uruguay, where he played with artists like Fernando Cabrera, Mariana Ingold and legendary drummer Osvaldo Fattoruso. Since moving to London in 1997, he has been active in the Jazz scene, regularly playing at the 606 club, Royal Albert Hall, Ronnie Scotts, Pizza Express, Spice of Life and The Vortex, alongside touring across Europe with a wide variety of bands and projects.

Guillermo has played and/or recorded with artists like Mica Paris, Tom Jones, Ola Onabule, Monica Vasconcelos, John Crawford, Jandira Silva, Anita Wardell, Tony Allen, Jennifer Lopez and master Brazilian drummer Airto Moreira.

Guillermo Hill on guitar, Andy Lafone on bass, Steve Lodder on keyboards, Davide Giovannini on drums, Paul Booth on saxophone and flute.

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15Mar
2019

Adriana Vasques

Adriana Vasques: piano, vocals, Shanti Paul Jayasinha: trumpet, flugelhorn, cello, percussion & Marius Rodrigues: drums

Adriana Vasques is a London Based Singer, Pianist and composer from Trieste, an Italian town on the Adriatic sea. Her album TACTUS, released in 2015. features 12 songs combining a taste for melody and playfully asymmetric harmony and rhythms.

TACTUS is the Latin word for touch - specifically the sense of touch. Also, in musical terms, it refers to the ancient practice of using the heartbeat as a metronome, the rhythmic pulse of performed pieces. The heart implicitly contained in the title Tactus combines in a single concept the heartbeat and the musical pace, and enhances the parallel between emotions and the gestures that, eventually, will follow.

The songs in Tactus will be revisited here in a new light and rearranged to welcome a very special line up featuring two of the most talented and versatile musicians in the London scene. Multi-instrumentalist and composer Shanti Paul Jayasinha, very well known for his many contributions to the jazz, Latin and World Music scenes, and Brazilian drummer Marius Rodrigues, who has expanded his vocabulary from the most amazing Brazilian drumming to include a multitude of world rhythms.

"I've listened to this album so many times and each time is fresh. Her melodies and sense of harmony are exquisite let alone stunning voice and piano playing." Paul Booth

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22Mar
2019

Alchemical

Instant chemistry is something that doesn't happen very often in music - but when it does it's almost like it was meant to be. It's what happened when these pair of London-based musicians met at 2am at a festival jam session. Alchemical is the resulting collaboration between Irish-born singer songwriter Aisling Iris and London-born bassist/producer Mike Flynn. Combining their shared love of jazz, widescreen melodies, heartfelt lyrics and a melting pot of grooves, beats and styles, Alchemical is a forward-looking, free-thinking musical adventure seeking out funky new destinations from future soul-funk to next-gen jazz and beyond.

Discovering a huge amount of musical common ground their writing process took on its own momentum as one idea soon led to another. Mike recording arrangements and melodies before Aisling would weave lyrics and her own counterpoint melodic lines on top, the musical sketches soon became songs. This burst of creativity took place throughout the political and social turmoil of the summer of 2017, inspiring the pair to pour their thoughts and feelings into a rich body of songs that range from the reflective and melancholic, to the hypnotic, danceable and soulfully uplifting.

Drawing on his love of broken beats, hip-hop fusion, funk, jazz and drum'n'bass Mike used Ableton Live to capture his ideas as spontaneously as possible - building layers of chords, bass lines and melodies all on the bass . Aisling in turn created lush layers of vocals, instinctively finding her own harmonic colours to which she set her thought-provoking, poignant and disarmingly honest lyrics about the world and her personal experiences.

In the Summer of 2018 they released their debut single "Long way down" on Bandcamp (link below) and all other major digital outlets with 50% of all sales for the single donated to the very important charity Warchild

They have since brought on board some of the most talented players in London for their forthcoming EP "State of Grace" set for a May 2019 release including Sam Crowe from Native Dancer and the talents of award winning guitarist Rob Luft who will join the band on stage for this night of musical exploration.

Aisling Iris vocals, Mike Flynn on bass, special guest Rob Luft on guitar, Andrew McLean on drums and pianist Sam Leak

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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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