Gig Guide

06Dec
2019

Dexterity

Vasilis Xenopoulos - tenor saxophone, Rob Barron - piano, Simon Thorpe - double Bass, Steve Brown - drums

Saxophonist Vasilis Xenopoulos’ third album as a leader – celebrates the music and spirit of Dexter Gordon. It features Gordon’s original compositions, classic jazz standards played ‘Dexter-style’, and a couple of Xenopoulos’ own Dexter-influenced compositions.

Dexter Gordon was one of the most iconic figures in jazz history and a true heavyweight of the tenor saxophone. His powerful tone and unique ability to create melodic lines influenced many saxophonists around the world and still do to this day.

Saxophonist, composer and educator Vasilis Xenopoulos is one of the most accomplished Greek jazz musicians of his generation and a genuine representative of straight ahead jazz. London became his permanent home after graduating with honors from the Berklee College of Music in Boston and gradually established himself as one of London’s up and coming jazz saxophonists. He has worked with some of the best musicians of the International jazz scene as a band leader, a section leader and as a guest soloist at various projects.

Vasilis Xenopoulos talks about his new project Dexterity: “Dexter Gordon was my first big hero of the tenor saxophone and the impact of his music on me goes way back to when I was still a teenager. His 1962 recording ‘Go!' was the first of many in my record collection and, to this day, I can still sing along to all the solos from that album with the same enthusiasm I had as a kid. In the following years, there have inevitably been other influences on my playing, but Dexter remains my top inspiration when it comes to tone and melodic development. This project has been a long time coming for me and I hope you will enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed recording it in the studio."

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13Dec
2019

The Amami Project

A dynamic band centred around a long-term partnership between drummer Andy Gangadeen and bassist Nick Cohen. As individual session musicians, they have worked with a whole host of artists including Chase and Status, Massive Attack, Eurhythmics, Jeff Beck, Jack Bruce, Rudimental and many more.

Together, they formed the driving force behind improvised electronica group, The Bays.

Tonight, they are joined by young keyboard wiz Gabriel Piers-Mantell whose amazing talents have been heard with Gregory Porter, Ward Thomas and John Newman amongst others.

Also appearing is special guest guitarist from Japan, May Inoue. This exciting young player has released five albums and is making big waves in Japan and the Far East.

May Inoue - guitar, Gabriel Piers-Mantell - keys, Andy Gangadeen - drums and Nick Cohen - bass

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20Dec
2019

Mussinghi Brian Edwards & Friends

Mussinghi Brian Edwards has featured in top bands and played with many fine musicians, crossing many musical genre, with The Jazz Warriors, Jazz Jamaica, Aswad, Orphy Robinson, Rico Rodriguez, African Connection, Ernest Ranglin, Ruff Cut Band, Misty in Roots, Finlay Quayle, Julian Joseph Big Band, the Wayne Batchelor Quartet. Known in the early part of his career as a fine altoist, in 2006 he finally returned to his beloved tenor sax and is currently in a number of bands and projects.

Much admired and sought after trumpeter Mark Kavuma teams up with Mussinghi Brian Edwards and friends for this not to be missed concert

Mussinghi Brian Edwards - Sax, Mark Kavuma - Trumpet, Trevor Edwards - Trombone, Artie Zaitz - Guitar, Michael Shrimplin - Bass, William Cleasby - Drums

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03Jan
2020

Fletch's Brew

Tour de force drummer Mark Fletcher's band Fletch’s Brew blurs the boundaries of musical styles and surpasses preconceived notions of jazz with an unsurpassed commitment to spontaneity. Whether playing original compositions or new arrangements from across the jazz canon, their style floats seamlessly between the idioms of fusion, funk, bebop, reggae and rock. Their album 39 & 47 reflects aspects of all of these styles and features top musicians who have contributed to the Brew throughout the years.

Expect powerhouse fusion and funky original tunes by Weather Report, Michael Brecker and late-era Miles. The band is now resident at Ronnie Scott's and has been joined on stage by legends like Marcus Miller and Stevie Wonder.

‘…this quartet… could without overstating the case easily be called Band of Virtuosos’ - jazzwisemagazine.com

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10Jan
2019

Wildflower

Wildflower is a trio comprising Idris Rahman (sax), Leon Brichard (bass) and Tom Skinner (drums).

The trio takes you on an intense, meditative and spiritual musical journey that embodies the spirit of freedom. Based around hypnotic grooves laid down by Brichard’s unswervingly solid bass lines, drummer Skinner plays around artfully with the beats, grooving hard in constantly shifting, unexpected turns of rhythmic play. Rahman’s contributions range from subtle conversational interplay to loudly expressed angry passion to the most delicate of whispers, conveying a depth of emotion and a deep sense of musical structure withIn an ever-changing sea of musical conversation.

Using simple, arresting melodies as a starting point, the trio create freely improvised waves of emotion ranging from powerful climaxes to hauntingly beautiful breath-like passages and everything in-between, creating unique forms and structures that react to the acoustics and the atmosphere of the situation.

Taking inspiration from the spiritual jazz pioneers such as John and Alice Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, Yusef Lateef and Sun Ra, compositional influences range from Gnawa music to modal jazz to Bengali folk music but the scope is wider still and the important unifying factor is the spontaneous communication and interplay between the three musicians. Rather than having a tight rigid structure, the tunes are allowed to breathe and develop into new unexplored forms, allowing fresh interpretations that make each performance a unique experience.

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