LAST GIG OF 2019! Thursday 12th December - The Jazz Defenders - DEBUT ALBUM LAUNCH!! - £10/5 students
The Jazz Defenders are a group borne out of a deep love for Blue Note Jazz, drawing on a wealth of inspiration to craft their own raw and vibrant compositions.
The band is led by George Cooper, one of the UK's most formidable Jazz pianists, who at only 31 years old has already amassed a comprehensive repertoire of working credits including Hans Zimmer, Nigel Kennedy, U2 and The Haggis Horns. In 2015 George set about choosing some of the finest musicians Bristol has to offer to form a group that have since wowed audiences around the UK with their superb musicianship and virtuosity. As musicians in their own right the members of the band have worked with Chris Potter, Kasabian, Slum Village, Get The Blessing, Pee Wee Ellis and Nostalgia 77.
The music that they present is a modern Soul Jazz slant on classic Hard Bop, effortlessly channeling the spirit of the golden Blue Note era of Jazz.
“A classy five-star quintet to keep an eye on…” - Bristol 24/7
George Cooper - Piano
Will Harris - Bass
Ian Matthews - Drums
Nick Malcolm - Trumpet
Nick Dover - Sax
Bristol based Jonny Bruce is one of the most in demand trumpet players in the UK. Working as both a soloist and a lead player in a variety of musical contexts, Jonny has received much critical acclaim for his fiery trumpet work.
From Bobby Shew, Fred Wesley and Pee Wee Ellis to Kelis and Illa J, his trumpet has seen him perform at venues and festivals across the world with many greats from a variety of genres.
Though there are loads of Bristol jazz, swing and latin projects that feature Jonny’s dazzling trumpet, it’s with this quartet he gets to play exactly what he wants. Expect some seriously hot playing with many a nod to the great jazz horn blowers that have inspired him.
Jonny Bruce: Trumpet
Tom Gorst: Tenor Saxophone
John-Paul Gard: Hammond Organ
Jon Whitfield: Drums
Kevin Figes - Sax
Denny Ilett - Guitar
Riaan Vosloo - Bass
Mark Whitlam - Drums
Kevin Figes returns to Jazz at Future Inn with his wonderful standards quartet. A band dedicated to the exploration of the great jazz standard; those truly memorable compositions, famous popular songs and Broadway show tunes that jazz musicians have used as inspiration for improvisation through every period in the development of the music we call jazz.
The band features two of Kevin's long-time collaborators the brilliant bassist Riaan Vosloo and the excellent Mark Whitlam on drums plus the extraordinary guitar virtuoso, Denny Ilett. Expect an evening of beautiful tunes with a good helping of inspired reinvention, deconstructed harmonies and subtly tweaked melodies.
Peter Jones - Vocals
J - Tenor saxophone
Tom Berge - Piano
Esther Ng - Bass
Mark Whitlam - Drums
“...the inventive McMurchie, his sensual tone falling somewhere between early Sonny Rollins and Plas Johnson, was a revelation. Where has he been?” - London Evening Standard
“... A very, very good tenor saxophonist – very original, very passionate ... a sexy sound.” - Jack Massarick, Jazz Line-up Radio 3
“a comprehensively exceptional saxophonist” - Listomania, Bath
Born in London, raised in Bristol, and Cambridge educated, Jake McMurchie has been an influential member of the thriving South West jazz scene for nearly two decades. His distinctive sound, imagination and melodic drive have made him a key member of many of the most innovative and exciting bands to emerge from the Bristol area, notably Michelson Morley, Get The Blessing, and What Four (past recipients of the Birmingham Jazz New Music award).
Jake's band Michelson Morley released its second album “Strange Courage” on Babel Label in June 2016 and toured nationally to support this release. The album was awarded 4 stars by The Guardian and was described as “… really imaginative contemporary music, with a hot free-jazz core.“ Get The Blessing has been described as “… the heavyweights of the contemporary jazz scene” by The Independent and as "… they may well be the most original and exciting band on the British scene at the moment.” by Jazzwise magazine. GTB’s debut album All Is Yes won Album of the Year in the 2008 BBC Jazz Awards. GTB's fifth album “Astronautilus”. GTB continues to tour actively in the UK, Europe and further afield, including North America, When not touring with GTB, Jake is a key figure in the South West's vibrant jazz scene playing with rising stars Greg Cordez, Sophie Stockham’s Sefrial, and is a founder member of the Bristol Composers Collective. He has also played with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, Portishead, Massive Attack and with the great Portuguese singer Fernando Tordo at the National Theatre in Lisbon.
Peter Jones is a dynamic and highly entertaining jazz singer who performs throughout London and the south of England. His three albums to date have received excellent reviews, with tracks played on Jazz London Radio, Jazz FM, Worldwide FM and several other stations in the UK and overseas. London Jazz News said of his 2017 album Under the Setting Sun: ‘The level of creativity and skill on offer makes this a valuable and important collection for anyone remotely interested in contemporary jazz singing and songwriting.’ He has played and/or recorded with Roger Beaujolais, Alex Hutton, Mornington Lockett, Henry Lowther, Rob Luft, Nigel Price, Ross Stanley and Vasilis Xenopoulos, and many other tope UK jazz musicians, as well as the Remix Jazz Orchestra and the Somethin’ Else Big Band. He has just recorded a new album of original tunes with an all-star 8-piece band.
At Future Inn, Jake and Peter are joined by Tom Berge (piano), Esther Ng (bass) and Mark Whitlam (drums).
Dugong is an up-and-coming band by some of the best musicians of the Italian jazz scene. It was originally created in Milan by guitarist Michele Caiati and saxophonist Nicolò Ricci, but it was later expanded abroad to London based bassist Andrea Di Biase and drummer Riccardo Chiaberta.
They released their debut album “Miscommunication” in 2014 with critical acclaim and toured it extensively in Italy, Switzerland and UK.
They released their second album “The Big Other” in May 2018 with the prestigious Italian label Honolulu Records. The band has a very individual sound which draws inspiration from many genres of music, from Alternative Rock to Modern Jazz to Contemporary classical music. In their last album Dugong experimented with different kinds of musical structures other than the usual jazz approach of theme, improvisation and final melody. They also worked on the potential of linear counterpoint, drawing inspiration from Classical composers such as J. S. Bach and Frederic Chopin.
Take a listen...
There’s a buzz about this young man’s playing among the regularcognoscenti of the Cardiff jazz scene. The word is that Norman Willmore is a name to look out for. (TheJazzMann)
Norman Willmore - Saxophone
Christos Stylianidies - Trumpet
Sam Ingvorsen - Double Bass
Zach Breskal - Drums
The Norman Willmore Quartet are playing at Future Inn for the first time. This band blends Scandinavian and Appalachian folk music with elements of free jazz as well as arrangements of old wartime songs and hymns always played with a sense of humour, and with respect to the tradition.
The quartet are recording an album at the start of the new year so will be playing in lots of new material at this gig.
'The monumental cliffs, swelling ebb and rural village politics of the Shetland Islands are the inspiration behind the music of the Norman Willmore Quintet. All the musicians in the band are working towards a common goal with no ego present, and not one person ever standing out. Playing together for 3 years in the same line-up has given the band a distinctive sound that is soft and inviting but always with the feeling of momentum and power behind it. They are often all improvising together in a tasteful dialogue, taking the audience on a journey to the last house at the end of the last road.'
Thursday 31st October - GARY ALESBROOK – ALBUM LAUNCH! ‘THE STORIES WE TELL OURSELVES’ - £10/5 students
"The Stories We Tell Ourselves” CD LAUNCH
Jazz trumpet player, composer, arranger and producer Gary Alesbrook is back in the spotlight with the release of his second album “The Stories We Tell Ourselves,” released October 29th, 2019. The album consists of eleven original jazz compositions and features an exciting, diverse range of artists including two time grammy nominated Guitarist and vocalist, Raul Midon.
Alesbrook’s second studio album sees him once again transition from the unassuming sideman to the confident frontman. His early years as a jazz artist were influenced by players such as Chet Baker, Clark Terry and Clifford Brown and it’s the intuitive use of swing that is very evident in his second album. His use of melody and beautifully crafted phrasing hark back to an era of ‘West Coast’ and ‘Cool’ Jazz.
“It was exhilarating to go back to the music that inspired me so long ago and use it as inspiration for this album.”
Gary was born and raised in Plymouth. At the age of 23 he graduated with a BA from Leeds College Of Music. He has recorded albums in a wide range of formations, worked as a session musician for artists as varied as Raphael Saadiq, Kasabian, Rag N Bone Man and Scissor Sisters as well as performed on movie, TV and computer game soundtracks. Each has proved the perfect setting for his warm and lyrical sound and although Alesbrook has shown his dexterity as a player able to cross multiple genres, it is Jazz that drives this album.
“The Stories We Tell Ourselves” is a collection of original songs that convey ideas of love, loss, relationships and identity. Stories reflecting on the past and recognising how our perceptions often change with insight and experience. From the flush of young love, to the challenges of staying authentic in our ever changing and fast paced world, Alesbrook touches on themes that are universal to us all. From the lighthearted nature of songs like “Key Lime Pie” and“Just One More Thing,” to the heart-breaking story of a “Fallen Star,” there is a message here for all.
“The Stories We Tell Ourselves” is set for release on October 29th 2019.
Gary Alesbrook - Trumpet/Flugelhorn
Elliott Cole - Vocal
Anders Olinder - Piano
Ian Matthews - Drums
Will Harris - Double Bass
Led by critically-acclaimed post-jazz/art pop quartet ISQ, this practical workshop is open to anyone with an interest in Jazz and improvisation.
From learning how to interpret a melody, to experimenting with improvisation and understanding lead sheets, this workshop will give you the basic tools to improve your playing/singing and musicianship and help develop your jazz vocabulary. Vocalists and instrumentalists with experience in Jazz also very welcome.
ISQ are a London-based quartet whose music has been described as "...a melting pot of genres – jazz, pop, acoustic and experimental – which all blend together to entrancing effect..." and were a Time Out London Critics Choice. All the band members are also Jazz educators and teach in various music colleges and universities in London. The workshop will be followed by a separate evening performance where ISQ will be showcasing their highly anticipated third album, “Requiem For The Faithful”.
(Tickets are free but please follow the link below to register your attendance. You can purchase a ticket for the evening gig and register for the workshop at the same time)
ISQ are a critically-acclaimed post-jazz/alternative quartet from London featuring Irene Serra (vocals - Wynton Marsalis, Norma Winstone, US3), Richard Sadler (double bass - founding member of the Neil Cowley Trio), Naadia Sheriff (piano - Yazz Ahmed, Hermeto Pascoal) and Chris Nickolls (drums - Andy Sheppard, Jean Touissant). Described as "EST with vocals", this crossover jazz outfit embrace “the song” as an improvisational framework to move into different – sometimes unexpected - sonic directions and moods.
ISQ will be releasing and touring their much-anticipated third album this Autumn and into early 2020. It is in a live setting that these musicians really show their jazz roots, expanding the framework of the songs and relishing in the musical spontaneity and interplay. Hear them when
you get the chance.
“...ISQ are a melting pot of genres – jazz, pop, acoustic and experimental – which all blend together to entrancing effect...” - Time Out London Critics Choice
“...singer Irene Serra has a strong stage presence and a compelling vocal tone, which she uses to great effect on original songs that defy categorisation…” - JAZZWISE
"...Their arrangements draw on jazz, rock and electronic music, using the skills of the band’s individuals to the full, in music which is uniquely theirs…" - London Jazz
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