Andy Hague – trumpet/flugelhorn,
Jim Blomfield – piano,
Al Swainger – bass
Billy Weir – drums.
Andy Hague’s Double Standards
Andy Hague is one of Bristol’s best known jazz trumpeters, who has toured nationally and played for radio, film, tv and theatre productions. This new project finds him playing some less often performed jazz standards plus a little latin and funk thrown in. He’s joined by three of the very best players on the Bristol scene, Jim Blomfield – piano, Al Swainger – bass and Billy Weir – drums.
Cross My Palm is a straight-ahead jazz album that bristles with energy, fun and great grooves—and swings like a very swinging thing too – Bruce Lindsay, All About Jazz.
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.
His own work as a jazz musician has led him to collaborate with Pete Judge, James Morton, Ian Matthews, Gary Alesbrook and David Newton and he is also looking forward to developing a future duo project with guitarist Alex Hutchings.
Matt Anderson - Tenor and Soprano Saxophones
John Turville - Piano
Will Harris - Double-Bass
Mark Whitlam - Drums
London-based saxophonist and award-winning composer Matt Anderson presents a new quartet touring their forthcoming release, 'Rambling,' on Jellymould Jazz. The band seeks to bring together seemingly distinct musical influences, for example exploring the common ground between the folk music reminiscent of Matt's rural upbringing in the North Yorkshire Moors, the bluesy, country strains of Bill Frisell and Scandinavian jazz, culminating in a lyrical and honest Afro-Celtic sound world.
Although made up of talented band-leaders, the sum of this group is greater than its individual parts, and playing intensively together during studies at the Royal Academy of Music, London, has created a playfully interactive band sound. They have performed across the UK as well as representing the Academy as finalists at the Keep an Eye International Jazz Competition at Amsterdam’s Bimhuis. The new album follows Matt's first album, Wild Flower, which was described by Selwyn Harris of Jazzwise as "their own unique stamp on Shorter's very personal repertoire... of a quality that resonates with its inspirational source... Enjoyably un-pretentious."
StrayHorn Quartet is a group of the West Country’s finest jazz musicians led by saxophonist and composer Dom Franks. The band also includes Cheltenham based pianist Alex Steele, drummer Matthew Jones and bassist Will Harris, a musician who has previously featured on the Jazzmann web pages as a member of the groups Moonlight Saving Time and Michelson Morley and as part of the Kevin Figes Quartet.
Franks, also from Cheltenham, founded StrayHorn Quartet in 2010. Once a student of the acclaimed saxophonist Jean Toussaint he is also a former winner of the Daily Telegraph Young Jazz Musician of the Year award. The group’s début album “In Native Tongues” (2011) received a favourable review in Jazzwise Magazine and garnered airplay on specialist jazz radio stations in the UK and abroad. The quartet have also gigged regularly, particularly in the South West and the Midlands and have made a number of festival appearances.
The group name may suggest that the quartet specialises in covering or adapting Billy Strayhorn tunes but their focus is actually on the original compositions of Franks and Steele. The tunes embrace a variety of jazz styles with Franks citing pianists Robert Glasper and Taylor Eigsti plus saxophonist Joshua Redman as important contemporary influences.
Dom Franks - Saxophones
Alex Steele (Jean Toussaint / Damon Brown / Art Themen) - Keys
James Agg (Tipatina / John Pearce / John Law Quartet) - Acoustic Bass
Billy Weir (fantastic young rising star, recent recipient of
Birmingham Conservatoire's 'Tony Levin Award' for percussionist to
watch) - Drums
Judging from his resumé, trumpeter and flugelhorn player Gary Alesbrook likes to mix things up. He’s played on live shows and studio sessions for Kasabian, Noel Gallagher, Scissor Sisters and Tom Jones as well as movie, TV and computer game soundtracks. Each has proved a perfect setting for his solid, lyrical and warm sound.
“I always wanted to be session musician and I’m lucky to be able to do what I love”, he says of his musical career so far. Alesbrook, the eternal sideman, has moved front and centre with ‘Jazz in Movies’, his first solo album, set for release in June 2018. He marks the occasion with a show at Future Inns, Bristol.
It took 1 year to record ‘Jazz in Movies’, a process made more challenging by Alesbrook’s status as an popular sideman. Though he is able to jump genres, it’s jazz that drives his debut album.
“It took me a while to decide what kind of album I wanted to make. I’m driven by the idea of ‘swing.’ I love movie soundtracks and the link with some of the finest jazz standards, so this seemed like an obvious debut for me.”
Tonight he will be playing songs from the album with the fantastic vocalist Phil King and the in demand rhythm section of George Cooper, Will Harris and Scott Hammond.
This brand new and one time only band is led by Craig Crofton, an Anglo/American tenor and soprano saxophonist who has lived in the UK for 18 years and built up a great reputation for the power and ‘visceral excitement’ in his playing. A protégé of Marcus Printup (Lincoln Center Orchestra) he has come to develop a unique sound of his own that stands out in his many musical involvements. Craig has sessioned with artists like Kasabian, Nittin Sawney, This is The Kit, and Mr Benn and he is at the forefront of popular Bristol bands Dub From Atlantis, Baila la Cumbia, Los Mercenaries and Freight to name a few. Craig has also shared the stage with jazz greats including Wynton Marselis ,Maceo Parker , Dr Lonnie Smith, John Faddis, Pee Wee Ellis and has also featured on BBC Radio 4 "Loose Ends" and has played at Ronnie Scotts.
Craig Crofton - Saxophone
Dan Moore - Hammond Organ
Matt Hopkins - Guitar
Matt Brown - Drums
Jazzwise ★★★★ "... bass and drums are steamin' raw throughout... "
All About Jazz "... an impressive debut for British drummer, composer Jim Bashford's Construction …"
The Jazz Breakfast "...He still has the skills of a good rock player, but has added the “surprises” of a contemporary jazz drummer.”
Jazz magazine (Paris) "... the band navigates through a free-form open world with gutsy jazz fusion metrics ... "(highest rating)
Musiczoom (Italy) "... a dynamic and modern quartet who draws attention on their way of playing jazz that looks to the future ... "
Released on LEO Records 2017, CENTRELINE THEORY is the first recorded offering from British composer and drummer Jim Bashford and his group CONSTRUCTION. The music is based on the journey of life and work, with particular reference to Jim’s exploration of the relationship between martial arts and music, both in theory and practice. Compositional elements are woven together with the spontaneous aspect of group improvisation, to release a taut and evocative musical interplay within the ensemble.
Tim Harries - bass,
Hilmar Jensson - guitar,
Robin Fincker - tenor sax.
British Drummer and Composer Jim Bashford started playing drums at an early age and was influenced by the rock/progressive rock and jazz scene worldwide, he was mainly self taught for the first 6 years then he studied drums under the wonderful drummer and educator Steve Palmer.
After 14 years of playing as a sideman in bands covering all genres and also working in construction full time whilst studying on a popular music course, Jim then moved on to study at the Birmingham Conservatoire and attended the BMus (Hons.) jazz course where he continued studies under drum tutors such as the great Tony Levin, Gene Calderazzo, Jeff Williams and Malcolm Garrett.
As a sideman, Jim has performed and/or recorded with Jean Toussaint (Hull Jazz Festival) Soweto Kinch (Juan Le Pins Festival) Rachael Cohen Quartet (Cheltenham and London Jazz Festival and recording released on Whirlwind records) WAVE Roz Harding and Mike Outram (London Jazz Festival The Vortex) Andrew Mc Cormack @ The Hive. Mike Williams, Hans Koller, Fred T Baker, Mark Hodgson, Percy Purseglove, Arnie Somogyi, Julian Siegel, Phil Robson, Martin Speake, John OGallagher, Liam Noble, Drew Gress, Dave Sinclair (Caravan) Paul Dunmall, Katie Melua to name but a few.
Saxophonist Alex Hitchcock (‘a fantastic talent’ – Helen Mayhew, JazzFM) leads a powerhouse quintet that combines a compelling, adventurous ear for melody with virtuosic improvising. Highlights from the past year include performances at Love Supreme Festival, the Royal Albert Hall, Jazz in the Round, the London Jazz Festival and Pizza Express Jazz Club, as well as a tour of Hungary and Poland and radio play on BBC Radio 3 and JazzFM.
The quintet features five of the most creative rising stars of the UK's jazz scene, who have already made their mark as sidemen with an impressive list of jazz luminaries ranging from Jasper Hoiby through Chris Potter to Elliot Galvin.
Glassy saxophone and trumpet unison blends with rhythmic fireworks created between piano and drums, alternating angularity and muted warmth. Influences range from the explosive energy of Kneebody and the complexity and nuance of Ambrose Akinmusire to European trailblazers Phronesis and Django Bates.
Alex Hitchcock – tenor saxophone
James Copus – trumpet, flugelhorn
Will Barry – piano
Joe Downard – bass
Jay Davis – drums
'If I suggest that it reminded me of Miles Davis’s classic quintet with Wayne Shorter, that will give you some idea of the impact it had on me. It’s tightly disciplined, in the best sense of the word, with the front line of Hitchcock and Copus playing as one, but with a sense of space that allows soloists to explore the themes in any direction they choose’ – thejazzman.com
‘A fantastic young talent...undoubtedly one of the stars of the future’ – Helen Mayhew, Jazz FM
‘Incredible young lion of the tenor sax’ – Gareth Lockrane
‘Sax virtuoso... one to watch’ – Jazzwise
'Hitchcock blows contemporary post - Coltrane tenor soaring up into the outer limits’ – Bebop Spoken Here
'...effectively mixed a traditional tenor ballad warmth with a brisk contemporary attack’ – John Fordham, The Guardian
Fervour is a new band led by esteemed trumpeter and composer Sean Gibbs (known for his work with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, Young Pilgrims, Calum Gourlay Big Band, Birmingham Jazz Orchestra and many more), featuring some of the UK’s most exciting musicians. They play original music which draws on influences from across the jazz tradition alongside the earthy grooves of blues, rock and more.
They were awarded arts council funding to record their debut album, ‘Taking Flight’, at the renowned Real World Studios. This gig will be part of their album launch tour, presenting this well honed music live, where its impact is at its greatest and most direct.
Sean Gibbs - Trumpet
Ben Lee - Guitar
Andy Bunting - Piano
Nick Jurd - Bass
Euan Palmer - Drums
Peter Bacon (of London Jazz News) - “When I spot trumpeter Sean Gibbs in a band my spirits lift; I know there will be spot on ensemble playing and expertly-turned, beautifully toned solos”
"Sur Ecoute" is the meeting between 4 musicians of the French jazz scene: Gregory SALLET on saxophones (Trio Enchant (i), Anne Quillier 6tet ...) Bertrand BERUARD on bass (C.Hanriot's "Grooovematic" ...) Matthieu ROFFE on piano (Matteo Pastorino 4tet, Chamber Metropolitan Trio ...) and Kevin LUCCHETTI on drums (Paris CNSM, Trio Enchant (i) er ...). Everyone brings their creativity within this acoustic 4tet.