Gig Guide

20Oct
2017

The Alan Weekes Quartet

Guitarist Alan Weekes has been a part of the London jazz scene for more than three decades. His soul technique and imaginative flair have captured the vibes of London and his African Caribbean heritage rooted in blues and Jazz.

Alan began playing guitar at an early age influenced by Wes Montgomery, Ernest Ranglin, Grant Green, Joe Pass, Jim Hall etc

In recent years he has played at many festivals and played with jazz artistes greats, such as Jazz Jamaica, Jazz Warriors, Dick Hectal Smith, Clifford Jarvis to name but a select few.

For this evening Alan presents his brand of Jazz playing with Alfonso Al Vitale - drums, Michele Montolli - double bass, and Hamish Balfour on keys. They are all young jazz musicians that are lighting up the London jazz scene.

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27Oct
2017

The Dave O'Higgins Quartet - Zog Tour

Dave O'Higgins - tenor and soprano saxes, Robin Aspland - piano, Geoff Gascoyne - bass, Rod Youngs - drums.

"O'Higgins plays with quite exceptional fluency and his fund of ideas never runs out." The OBSERVER

Dave O'Higgins is a saxophonist, composer, arranger, educator and latterly recording engineer and producer. He has been a popular figure on the UK and international jazz scene for 30 years now, with countless recordings as sideman and 19 albums as leader under his belt.

Dave's tenor and soprano sax sounds are highly personal and recognisable, with a clear sense of melodic development and adventure. A popular performer with the public, with an excellent sense of pacing and presentation, he has a wide palette from Charlie Parker, Dexter Gordon, John Coltrane, Joe Henderson through to Stanley Turrentine and Michael Brecker. He has relentlessly pursued artistic and sonic exploration, and enjoys the learning process which is a constant advancing flow.

The Dave O'Higgins Quartet will be doing a massive 33-date tour of the UK promoting the new CD, "It's Always 9:30 in Zog", Sept-Dec 2017 with the help of awards from the Arts Council of England and PRS Foundation.

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03Nov
2017

Flying Machines

FLYING MACHINES play emotive and visceral music, drawing upon influences as diverse as jazz, progressive rock and metal to create an utterly unique and modern sound.

Formed by guitarist Alex Munk in 2014, Flying Machines features some of the most innovative young musicians to emerge in recent years from the UK jazz scene, Matt Robinson on piano/keyboards, Conor Chaplin on electric bass and Dave Hamblett on drums. Centred on Alex's unique compositional approach, the band fuse improvisation with anthemic melodies and lusciously textured soundscapes. It's a sound shot through with the here and now of London's cutting-edge music scene, a decadent mash up of free-wheeling improvisations, prog rock energy and ambient meditations that never detracts from the emotive lyricism at the music's core.

Having released their self-titled debut album to critical acclaim in October 2016, Flying Machines completed a 24 date UK tour supported by Arts Council England, culminating in a sold out, headline performance at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in April 2017. They went on to perform at Latitude festival on the BBC Introducing stage and are currently working on their second album.

"Sweet, lyrical passages blend with impossible prog-like time signatures to create a fresh, modern sound with its own distinctive character" Peter Jones, LondonJazzNews

"Incredible musicianship, tight and crisp" Jez Nelson, Jazz FM

". . alchemical infusions of jazz, prog, metal and pop make for a vibrant mix of the visceral and vertiginous, combining melody and soundscape to startling effect" Spencer Grady, Jazzwise

"Gritty rock-powered guitar improv" John Fordham, The Guardian

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10Nov
2017

Tony Kofi and The Organisation - EFG London Jazz Festival

Tony Kofi and The Organisation will be playing material from their forthcoming album Point Blank.

Tony Kofi and The Organisation is a hammond quartet in the tradition of the groups led by such luminaries as Brother Jack Mcduff, George Benson, Lonnie Smith and others they play jazz blues, latin and post bop and include rarely played classics in their repertoire by Woody Shaw, Pat Martino and others. More recently they played at the South Banks "Pull out the Stops" celebration of organ music. For the EFG London Jazz Festival they will be previewing material for their soon to be released album "Point Blank".

'a killer band with real bite' (Mark Youll, Jazzwise)

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11Nov
2017

Paul Dunmall Quartet - EFG London Jazz Festival

Four exceptional musicians with a reputation as an outstanding spontaneous quartet explore the places where melody, improvisation and rhythm meet.

The quartet of Paul Dunmall/Liam Noble/John Edwards/Mark Sanders have an international reputation as one of the most outstanding quartets in free jazz today. Between them they have just about played with everyone in the world of freejazz/improvised music. Each member is a leading figure. Their music is known for its energy but also for its melodic invention.

Dunmall has played with most of the leading musicians on the international free jazz and improvised music scene, including Keith Tippett and Barry Guy.

As described by freejazz.co.uk "Dunmall sounds at times like Sonny Rollins at others like Evan Parker, but arguably surpasses both in the precision and succinctness of expression ... his work is the very opposite of indulgent - this is music of the utmost seriousness and importance."

In the 1970s, Dunmall was a member of the Divine Light Mission and toured the US with its band. His first recording as sideman was as the saxophonist on the 1976 Johnny Guitar Watson album 'Ain't That A Bitch'.

" - Another incredible gem in a long lines of jewels from the Paul Dunmall treasure chest" (Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG)

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16Nov
2017

Jazz London Radio Allstars - EFG London Jazz Festival

Trumpeters Chris Hodgkins and Kevin Davy, guitarist Deirdrie Cartwright, vocalist Emily Saunders and pianist Andrea Vicari - the Jazz London Radio presenters take to the bandstand.

Jazz London Radio believes in playing quality music 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Presenters share that passion and they bring that mentality to the station on a daily basis. They are significant figures on the jazz scene, either in jazz administration or as important composers who have released great records over the years. The Presenters will get together for a night of top class jazz, performing their best compositions together for the delight of The Crypt and the EFG London Jazz Festival.

Andrea Vicari was born in Miami (Florida) and grew up in Birmingham. Educated at Cardiff University, she won a scholarship to study at The Guildhall School of Music in London. Andrea was soon in demand as a 'side-man' working with bass guitar legend, Dill Katz in a band that included guitarist Phil Robson. Soon after she formed her first important group with Julian Arguelles on saxophone and Stuart Hall, then of Django Bates' 'Human Chain', on bass.

Chris Hodgkins retired after 29 years as the Director of Jazz Services, the national support charity for jazz music and musicians. During his time at the organisation, he was honoured for his Services to Jazz at the 2002 BBC Jazz Awards and in July 2013 at the British Jazz Awards. Chris was awarded the Services to Jazz Award at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards in March 2015.

Emily Saunders has established a strong career as vocalist, writer and producer. Her music, broadcast nationally on BBC Radio, Jazz FM and XFM; and has also charted internationally on iTunes and Amazon in the UK, USA, Spain, Germany, France and Indonesia; Emily has truly become an international force in the jazz world.

Hailing from Nottingham, Kevin Davy studied at Manchester Metropolitan University, attaining a B.A. Degree in General Arts afterwards becoming involved in the arts and music scene there. Kevin has an extensive recorded discography, which includes musical theatre, modern jazz and contemporary music. Kevin has toured extensively with groups such as: Lamb, Lemn Sissay's Secret Society, and Finley Quaye.

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17Nov
2017

Brewer's Crew - EFG London Jazz Festival

Brewer's Crew is a jazz funk outfit featuring some of the top session/jazz players in the uk, reviving the jazz sound of the 90's with a contemporary twist.

The band is led by alto /soprano saxophonist Christian Brewer, a well known and much appreciated jazz saxophonist on the UK jazz scene who has toured and played with some of the best players in the UK and Europe including Chano Dominguez and Andrea Pozza.

The group features guitarist Mark Vandergucht whose credits include Galliano, Urban Species, Carleen Anderson, JTQ, Lewis Taylor, The JBS and Rueben Wilson, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas and Marlena Shaw.

Pianist Mike Gorman is a high profile jazz and session musician on the uk scene having worked with Incognito, Marlena Shaw and Bob Martin.

The backbone of the band features the rock solid bass/drums team of Ernie McKone and Crispin Taylor. These two heavyweights are highly reknowned and have toured with musicians such as Galliano, Paul Weller, Seal, Marlena Shaw and Beverly Craven.

The band recently supported Incognito for a week at Ronnie Scott's to a packed club.

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24Nov
2017

Przemek Straczek Trio

Przemyslaw Straczek - guitar, Francesco Angiuli - double bass and Flavio Li Vigni - drums.

The trio first met in 2011. The leader of the group, and their composer, is the well acclaimed Polish guitarist Przemyslaw Straczek. In 2014, the band released the album White Grain of Coffee with Michal Wierba (piano), Francesco Angiuli (bass) and Flavio Li Vigni (drums) which was well received by critics. After the album release the band was selected to participate in the Bridge Music Programme organised by The Scottish Jazz Federation and they were able to present their album to audiences in the major cities of Scotland and the UK. They have also played in festivals and jazz venues in Poland, Czech Republic and Italy.

"Quality straight ahead jazz. Feels like home" - All About Jazz.

"Straczek seems to find much inspiration in the Steely Dan and Crusaders albums that featured Larry Carlton, although Pat Metheny's optimistic, wide-screen fusion of world music influences and jazz guitar history also suggested itself and he has no shortage of ideas of his own too. He writes tunes with a sense of narrative, such as the dramatic Last Train and a later soul ballad that had something of the hymn about it . . . " - Rob Adams, The Herald.

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