Pianist Andrew Christie and his long-established quartet perform exciting brand new material, as well as cool and contemporary music from their latest album ‘Difference and Repetition’. The band’s distinctive sound comes from the rich sonic combination of Andrew’s piano with Sarah Moody’s cello, Jon Short’s double bass and the supple drumming of Greg White. ‘Difference and Repetition’ is a collection of original compositions that seamlessly weaves modern jazz elements into an ambient, cinematic underscore.
Sarah Moody has worked for over 18 years as a musician, music director and composer with theatre companies such as Kneehigh, Wildworks and Travelling Light and has written music for BBC Radio. She is co-founder of the award winning Devil’s Violin which tours unique music and storytelling shows throughout the UK and abroad. She also plays cello for the newly formed Bristol Ceilidh Quartet. Sarah is currently developing a new solo loop box performance creating polyphonic layered pieces with cello, voice and violin.
Judith Mackrell (The Guardian) recently described Sarah’s latest work as: “An excellent score...a haunting sound world...always tenderly humane.”
Jon Short studied music at the Dartington College of Arts between 2001 and 2004. Following this, he returned to his native city of Bristol where he has since been in demand as a bass player on the Jazz and folk scene. Alongside his work with Andy Christie, he is currently a member of the high octane folk outfit Sheelanagig, as well as working with critically acclaimed Americana singer songwriter Yola Cater, London based, Portuguese Fadista Claudia Aurora and the mighty 12 piece Bristol Afrobeat group No Go Stop.
Greg White is a versatile, dynamic and much sought-after drummer. Originally from France, he went on to study music in London. He has been living in Bristol for the last 18 years and in that time has become an active musician on its vibrant music scene. Greg is also an accomplished composer and producer and has collaborated on a number of television projects. Greg has recorded and performed in some of the UK’s most prestigious studios and venues, from Abbey Road and Air and Strongroom, to the O2 Academy and Colston Hall. He also has an impressive catalogue of festival appearances, including: Boomtown, Secret Garden Party, WOMAD and Glastonbury.
Andrew Christie started playing the piano from the age of six, following in the footsteps of his father, the jazz pianist and songwriter, John Christie. By the age of 18 Andy had taken on the role of musical director and accompanist for his sister, vocalist, Jane Christie. Together they appeared on numerous radio sessions for the BBC. At this time Andy was also writing arrangements for Jane's frequent sessions with the BBC Radio Orchestra at the Maida Vale Studios in London and the Midland Radio Orchestra under the baton of Norrie Paramor. Since then, Andy has gone on to compose for and perform in a wide range of ventures from jazz and folk festivals, to theatrical productions and art installations.
His latest album, Difference and Repetition, is a work of original compositions that seamlessly weaves modern jazz elements into an ambient, cinematic underscore.
Trumpeter Andy Hague first formed Silverado to play the music of pianist
Horace Silver over a decade ago. Since Silver passed away in June 2014 we’re
honoured to present the band as a tribute to his great legacy. Silver’s
music is full of blues and soul, and he wrote many tunes with funk and latin
influences. Some of his tunes are really simple but always effective, some
are harmonically extremely challenging for the players but still maintain
that bluesy feeling. Silverado mainly plays fresh arrangements of tunes
transcribed from the recordings rather than the commonly played Silver tunes
available in the Real Books.
Andy Hague - trumpet
Kevin Figes - alto sax
Ben Waghorn - tenor sax
George Cooper - piano
Riaan Vosloo - bass
Simon Gore - drums
Influenced by the likes of John Schofield, Pat Metheny and Larry Goldings, this newly formed organ trio features the inspired guitar playing of Matt Hopkins who has worked with Andy Sheppard, Emily Wright & The Royals and John Paul Gard. Ruth Hammond takes care of keyboard/organ duties and occasional but always soulful vocals. Scott Hammond returns from touring with Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull) to complete the the trio's lineup on drums…
Craig Crofton – Sax
Dave Spencer – Guitar
Phil Dawson– Guitar
Sol Ahmed – Bass
Jon Clark - Drums
A Bath-based instrumental quintet delivering a jazz infused blend of Levantine mystery, Balkan passion and Latin rhythms expressed in exciting original compositions with a world music flavour. Radio Banska was founded in 2010 by Bath violinist Nina Trott and guitarist Dave Spencer, and has worked tirelessly across the southwest ever since.
Following Nina’s sad passing in early 2017, the band has been rebooted with dynamic Bristol session man Craig Crofton out front on saxophone, the addition of world-music guitarist Phil Dawson, and Jon Clark on drums.
" Radio Banska are a delight of fusion jazz, essentially taking music of the Ottoman and Spanish empires and injecting it with a stiff shot of jazz rhythms to create a unique mix. A hidden gem at the festival they got a large
musically appreciative audience dancing and smiling: a rare thing in the often serious world of jazz. Catch them where you can!”
" Banska's ground colouring is Levantine, with musico-geographic excursions elsewhere, the guitar often swinging ferociously with jazz and rock elements combined. Sometimes Balkan, often surreal, always hard-driving. Check them out, but carry a map of the Middle East!"
". . . an extraordinarily powerful band, a kind of Levantine zeppelin!"
“The highest CD sales for any festival band this year, the audience loved their performance - one of my personal festival highlights"
" . . Radio Banska rips up the file marked 'genre' and throws the resultant musical confetti in the air for all to dance around in . . ."
" ... sounds from around the world - and also an adept contemporary jazz combo with unique material and a command of rhythms that go further than the average 'ethnic' outfit. Fine and distinctive players, too ... "
“Just been listening to the album … great stuff !!” – John Etheridge
Thursday 9th November - INCREDIBLE DOUBLE BILL! Greg Abate Quartet AND the Philip Clouts Quartet - £10/5 students - PLEASE NOTE EARLIER START TIME OF 8:30PM...
PHILIP CLOUTS QUARTET
The dancing exuberance of South African Township music, the convivial groove of gospel-influenced soul jazz, the joyful sway of Cuban guaguanco rhythms, the bluesy melodies of middle eastern praise songs and so much more all come together in pianist Philip Clouts’ superbly accomplished quartet.
Clouts was born in Cape Town and the music of his homeland has stayed with him as he has continued on a voyage of discovery that has led him across all five continents, soaking up Caribbean calypso and the soulful strains of the Indian subcontinent while honouring and learning from jazz heroes including Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett, and Charles Lloyd.
As a key member of the popular London-based world jazz ensemble Zubop and its offshoot ZubopGambia, a collaboration with BBC World Music award-winner Juldeh Camara, Clouts created a solid body of work with African roots and since moving to Dorset in 2006 he has responded to his new surroundings with impressionistic compositions that complement and chime with his world music interests, resonating with folky themes and packing pungent rhythmical punch.
Following on from the critically acclaimed releases Sennen Cove and The Hour of Pearl, the new CD Umoya captures this wide-ranging music superbly and in concert, Clouts, saxophonist Samuel Eagles, bassist Alex Keen and drummer Dave Ingamells bring it alive with tremendous imagination, vim and vigour.
GREG ABATE QUARTET
Greg Abate jazz saxophonist, flutist, composer continues as an International Jazz/Recording Artist with 225 days a year touring the globe.
In the mid 70’s after finishing a four year program at Berklee College Of Music, Greg played lead alto for the Ray Charles Orchestra for 2 years.
In 1978 Greg formed his group Channel One which was a favorite in the New England area and from there had the opportunity to play tenor sax with the revived Artie Shaw Orchestra under leadership of Dick Johnson from 1986 to ’87.
Following this experience Greg ventured out as post hard bop soloist playing Jazz Festivals, Jazz Societies and Jazz Clubs throughout the U.S. Canada and abroad, including most of Europe, UK, and Moscow and Georgia Russia.
Greg is also an adjunct professor of Jazz Studies at Rhode Island College and is also a very active jazz clinician with co. sponsorship from the Conn -Selmer Instrument Co., conducting workshops and master classes through the U.S and abroad.
Greg has been inducted into the RI MUSIC HALL OF FAME 2016
“I sleep a lot better knowing there are alto players like Greg! It was a joy to make music with him and he writes good songs that are challenging.” - Phil Woods
Abate is not content to rely on stock bebop riffs and standard chord progressions. Rather, the sharp angularity of his phrases and the often startling pauses in his fast-moving lines give his work a feeling of constant invention and creativity.” – Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune
“…Abate’s musical style can be seen as a distillation of swing’s easygoing vibe and bop’s more animated groove. He has developed a unique voice. – METRO San Jose,
“Greg Abate is an absolute powerhouse who will absolutely not let hard driving bebop die. One of the most exciting players around today, Greg’s commitment to the music is total…” – W. Pickowitz, Jr., The Jazz Messenger
“Multi-saxophonist Greg Abate is a prime example of the ‘rear back and blow’ school of contemporary bop-based players. The tunes he writes or chooses are based on the kinds of changes that harmony-oriented jazzmen have favored since the beginning and he swings through them with and eager and easy virtuosity.” – David Franklin, Jazz Times
“Greg Abate is one of the most appealing saxophonists on the scene today. He is mature with an abundance of gentle self-confidence. The result is that he plays music with sweetness and daring.” – Jim Merod, New Jazz Recordings
James Morton was born in Bristol in 1982. James has English, Russian and Polish heritage and started learning saxophone age 9. He played his first gig at age 12 and grew up performing in groups in the South of England playing with established musicians on the scene. James often performed in venues where he was too young to enter and sometimes had to pretend to be a relative of a club owner or manager.
James left school at age 16 to pursue his career in music and at age 21 won a place on a Masters degree course at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he completed his masters degree in jazz one year later.
James has developed his unique voice through direct influences from funk, soul, jazz, gospel, latin and urban music. He has the ability to communicate to an audience through his saxophone and directly project deep emotion across to the listener in a lyrical style.
James has two key mentors in the form of Andy Sheppard and Pee Wee Ellis who he continually works with in a variety of projects.
At age 16 James performed on the Jazz/World stage at Glastonbury festival and has continued to appear on large festival stages across Europe and as far as Texas U.S.A. James first played with Pee Wee Ellis age 17 and continues to draw inspiration and advice from Pee Wee. James is now a core member of Pee Wee Ellis' ‘Still Black Still Proud’, an African tribute to James Brown that has toured main stages at festivals all over Europe and has involved guest artists including Fred Wesley, Cheik Lo, Martha High, Angelique Kidjo and Tony Allen to name a few.
Andy Sheppard is also a mentor to James. This relationship has developed over the last few years after Andy saw James playing with his jazz quartet in a club in Bristol. This quartet developed into James Morton and Lunatics and featured Andy in a number of gigs across the UK. Andy also composed a suite of music "The Hotel Suite" for the group which knocked out crowds across the country. James is now an integral soloist in Andy Sheppard’s Sax Massive who opened the London Jazz Festival in 2007 and have also performed at Coutance Jazz festival.
James appears on Pendulum's platinum selling Drum 'n' Bass album SLAM and has also performed with Fred Wesley, Winton Marsalis, Billy Cobham, Jason Rebello, Abraham Wilson, Beth Rowley, Snowboy and Tomorrow's Warriors to name a few.
James was nominated for Serious music's Take five award in 2007 and The PRS promoters choice award in 2008.
Jam Experiment are a 5-piece band based in London. They won the 2014 Jazz North Introduces Scheme, shortly after their debut gig supporting Liane Carroll. They have played at leading jazz festivals and venues across the UK, leaving audiences in awe. The lineup includes the winner of the inaugural BBC Young Musician Jazz Award, saxophonist Alexander Bone, trombonist Rory Ingham, Toby Comeau on piano/keyoboard, Joe Lee on bass, and Jonny Mansfield on drums. Alexander Bone and trombonist Rory Ingham were both voted as runners-up in the best instrumentalist (respectively) of the year in the British Jazz Awards 2016, and both were nominated for “Rising Star” in the 2016 British Jazz Awards, with Bone crowned Rising Star. The band are now based in London, studying at the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall.
Jam Experiment display a fresh, energetic and honest approach of original compositions and arrangements. All band members write music for the band and contribute musical ideas equally, creating a beautifully varied set of music, and a very individual, cool and funky sound. This gig will be part of their 35 date UK Debut Album Launch Tour!
"Refreshing audience-friendly approach that embraces pop, jazz-funk and R&B" - Jazzwise
"Jam Experiment is ‘feel good’, accessible, intelligently crafted… and irresistible." - London Jazz News
"Their ability to connect with the audience was exceptional...This band are bound for great things. A joy!" - Claire Martin OBE, presenter of Jazz Line-Up on BBC Radio 3.
Some of you may remember the wonderful night we had two years ago with the Ivy Benson reunion. Well now the girls are back for another celebration of women in jazz!
Ivy Benson paved the way for the acceptance of female musicians in this country. She fought against prejudice from the all male 'big bands', and gave countless girls the opportunity to play and earn a living. This evening is a celebration of that legacy and features ladies who were once part of the Ivy Benson Orchestra. Old friends reunite for a very special evening of jazz.
Please don't miss this one...!
Claudia Colmer - Bass
Crissy Lee - Drums
Annie Odell - Keyboard
Deirdre Cartwright - Guitar
Jade Gall - Sax
In a change to our original schedule, local favourite John Pearce will be joining us with a stellar new lineup!
Born in Bristol, John Pearce began learning the violin at the age of seven and has since performed in Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark and Japan as well as at venues in London including the Royal Albert Hall, St. Martin in the Fields and St. Johnís, Smith Square.
He has performed live as a soloist on BBC radio and television and has given world premieres of works by composers such as Sir Richard Rodney Bennett. He regularly appears as a soloist, most recently performing the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the Stroud Symphony Orchestra and gives duo recitals with pianist and composer Motoki Hirai. Festival performances have included the Cheltenham Music Festival, the Bath Festival and the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival.
John had the honour of receiving an award from the Former Parliamentary under Secretary of State for an outstanding contribution to music and was awarded a scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music where he studied with Gyorgy Pauk, later continuing his studies privately with Bela Katona.
He was also part of the Live Music Now scheme that was developed by Yehudi Menuhin as a musical outreach organisation and John continues to give masterclasses and music workshops throughout the country.
"This is deep acoustic jazz – mostly originals that nonetheless have their roots firmly in the golden era of the mid-20th century."
Daniel Spicer ~ Brighton Alternative Jazz Festival
"This is an independently produced, self released album that stands out from the crowd not by shouting loudly, but simply by producing great jazz that deserves to be heard."
The second outing for my 5tet, album Finders Keepers is available now and officially launched at a sell out show on 24th January 2017 at The Verdict Jazz Club as part of the South Coast Jazz Festival. Recorded live at the Fishmarket in Willesden and mixed to tape for that authentic fresh feel... We're very lucky to be joined on this record by two new musicians, the wonderful Riley Stone-Lonergan and Mark Edwards
Riley Stone Lonergan - tenor sax
Luke Rattenbury - guitar
Mark Edwards - fender rhodes
Eddie Myer - bass
Tristan Banks - drums.