SEPTETO INTERNACIONAL is a unique combo of musicians from Cuba, Brazil, Spain and Switzerland. The repertoire consists entirely of Michael Fleiner’s own compositions in afro Caribbean and Latin jazz styles. It is music for the ears and the legs, for music lovers and dancers alike, performed by three virtuoso wind instrumentalists and a groovy rhythm section.
Michael is always searching in his compositions for interesting ideas from different styles to develop Latin jazz and afro Caribbean music and to give it a personal touch. You can find jazz harmony as well as contemporary rhythm concepts, traditional and modern Latin music, or even ideas from mathematics and physics which gave Michael the nickname “El Matemático del Latin Jazz” (the mathematician from latin jazz) in Latin America.
These very different elements are always packed in a hot and spicy Latin groove.
The actual CD is titled “Como me gusta el 7" and is a reference to the odd time signatures (7/4 and 5/4) and the unconventional art of Michael’s music writing. It is the 5th CD and was released in 2018.
The Septeto Internacional has already been invited to perform in Europe (Spain, France, Italy, Hungary, Switzerland, Austria, Greece, Slovakia) as well as in Latin-America (Mexico, Cuba, Colombia, French Guiana, Suriname) at international Jazz Festivals, Jazz Clubs, Salsa Discos and Folk Festivals.
The musicians from the band are very professional and have a great experience. They play and have played with the most famous musicians in Jazz and Latin Jazz: Chucho Valdés, Irakere, Celia Cruz, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Dizzy Gillespie, Pablo Milanés, Paquito D’Rivera, Joe Henderson, Giovanni Hidalgo, Raoul de Sousa, Dave Valentin, Danilo Pérez, Isaac Delgado, Julio Baretto, etc…
Last but not least: The trumpeter Juan Munguía played for over 15 years in the legendary Cuban band IRAKERE from Chucho Valdés.
So don’t miss the occasion to hear and see this extraordinarily exciting band with excellent musicians coming from different countries.
Juan Munguía - CUBA – trumpet & flugelhorn
Lolo García - SPAIN - alto saxophone
Dudu Penz - BRAZIL - el.-bass
Daniel Bagutti - SWITZERLAND - drums
Stéphane Joerg “El Niño”- SWITZERLAND - congas
Michael Fleiner - SWITZERLAND - piano, compositions & lead
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Thursday 19th September - John Pearce 'JUST FRIENDS' album tour launch party with special guest singer Lee Mead - £10/5 students
"Immense technical grasp...passionate commitment to everything that he plays." - Venue
Heartfelt renditions of classic jazz standards by violin virtuoso John Pearce.
Touring his debut album, John will be joined by the award-winning DAVID NEWTON (piano), WILL HARRIS (bass), IAN MATTHEWS (drums) and special guest LEE MEAD (vocals).
John Pearce has been exciting British jazz audiences with his impassioned performances and technical brilliance. Known for his emotive sound and mercurial energy, he improvises with distinctive melodic invention and clarity. His major influences include Paul Desmond, Charlie Parker, Keith Jarrett, Jeff Hamilton and Wynton Marsalis.
"Full of energy and intensity...a true musician." - Andy Sheppard
John Pearce was awarded a bursary at the Royal Academy of Music and studied extensively with Nic Fallowfield and Hungarian pedagogue Bela Katona. Performance highlights include the Royal Albert Hall, St. Martin in the Fields and St. John's, Smith Square and appearances at the Cheltenham Music Festival, the Bath Festival and the Cork Jazz Festival.
Please get your tickets early for this event!
Described by the late Humphrey Lyttelton as “formidable,” Simon Spillett is a major voice on the straight-ahead British jazz scene. A real virtuoso, he is steeped in the music of Tubby Hayes, but is very much his own man. He has won several awards for his music, including the tenor saxophone category of the British Jazz Awards (2011), Jazz Journal magazine’s Critic’s Choice CD of the Year (2009), Rising Star in the BBC Jazz Awards (2007) and most recently for Services to British Jazz in the 2016 British Jazz Awards.
“It’s A Man’s World” show is one with the potential to appeal to a wide audience, while retaining enough genuine jazz and blues elements to keep the purists happy…..” The Jazz Mann.
Imagine if Chet Baker, Sarah Vaughan, Stan Getz and Cannonball Adderley were reincarnated in the body of a rural Shropshire girl ….. Imagine no more and meet Becki Biggins! The multi-award-winning singer, songwriter and saxophonist cites Donald Fagen and Michael Brecker as major influences, but her vocal and instrumental roots are from way back. Becki’s first tour as a working musician was to the legendary Mardi Gras in New Orleans where she unsurprisingly fell in love with jazz music and its history.
Her new show and forthcoming album, “It’s A Man’s World”, is a celebration of great songs, written, popularised and inspired by good men, performed by a strong, secure woman. Becki’s abilities as a songwriter, (she co-wrote three albums with Paul Hardcastle which all went to No1 in the US Jazz charts) are also put to good use in the show, peppered as it is with her own stories and those she has heard and collected over the years. Joining the wonderful Becki Biggins for this great show are top-flight Bristol musicians John-Paul Gard on organ, Ben Waghorn, saxes & woodwind and Andy Tween on drums.
Olly Chalk Trio ft. John O’Gallagher (Scathed Citizens Album Release Tour)
Olly Chalk - piano/compositions
John O’Gallagher - alto saxophone
Sam Ingvorsen - double bass
Gwilym Jones - drums
The Olly Chalk Trio walks the high-wire between total freedom and detailed writing, juggling intricate, daring and emotive compositions with explosive improvising. Olly’s writing draws from 20th Century Classical and traditional Japanese music and often make connections to poetry and spoken word. After winning the Peter Whittingham Development Award in January 2018, the trio were joined in the studio by fiery New York saxophonist John O’Gallagher. The music from this new album: ‘Scathed Citizens’ explores a vivid picture-book of themes: science fiction, mysticism, hope, anxiety, dystopia and growing up in the peaceful Suffolk countryside.
Gary Alesbrook is highly regarded throughout the musical world, having played with a menagerie of top UK artists whilst simultaneously forging a solo career that consistently produces original material of the very highest calibre. We are lucky at Jazz at Future Inn to call Gary one of our regulars. Tonight he steps in to perform alongside three other Bristol legends; Victoria Klewin, Chris Jones and Anders Olinder.
Victoria Klewin is a versatile young vocalist and songwriter who spent her formative years binging on jazz standards instead of alcopops. It's proven to be time well spent as her delivery is emotive, playful and authentic, with a tone that is both sophisticated, sweet and gritty.
"What a voice! Such a fluid, pure and honest sound with the perfect bite to it keeping the music full of energy and excitement." - Jazz FM
"Jazz chanteuse Victoria Klewin can swing it like a Saturday night and then slip into a heartbreak blues ballad just as easily." - Venue 2012
"Superbly sultry, powerful and pitch-perfect." - New Brunswick Battle of the Blues
Vocals / Louise Victoria
Drums & Electronics / Mark Whitlam
Piano & Keyboards / Dale Hambridge
Bass / Chris Jones
Led by the songwriting team of vocalist Louise Victoria and drummer, Mark Whitlam, We Are Leif deftly span the balance of jazz sensibilities with the groove and sound world more associated with Neo-Soul, R'n'B and Down Tempo genres. Louise's voice sits comfortably alongside the company of Gretchen Parlato and Becca Stevens. Musically there are nods in the direction of Erykah Badu and Jill Scott whilst retaining a classic Bristol sound, steeped in the history of bands like Portishead, Massive Attack and Lamb.
"...clear musical ideas used as the basis for fresh interpretation within their chosen form, and thanks to the singer’s confidence and clarity the results have an integration that belies the comparative newness of their project." - Tony Benjamin, bristol247.com
C cracking new acoustic jazz quartet featuring members of Dakhla Brass, Get The Blessing, and We Are Leif: that’s Sophie Stockham on tenor saxophone, Matt Brown on drums, Pete Judge on flugelhorn, and Chris Jones on double-bass.
Expect tunes by the likes of Joshua Redman, Johnny Dyani, Don Cherry, Thelonious Monk, and many more.
“A great band, playing some of my all-time favourite music with real panache” (Mainly Jazz In Bristol)
A big hit at the 2018 Swansea International Jazz Festival with his workshop and performce with Judith Nijland, for this special gig Libor combines with UK guitarist Nigel Price for a what will be a memorable night!
Czeck born Libor has lived in Prague since his childhood. He has been an avid musician since his early youth, starting with the recorder and trumpet, and picking up the guitar at the age of twelve. After initial forays into rock and blues he began to take an interest in jazz, mainly due to his fascination with the recordings of Charlie Parker.
While a student of the Evropská High School of Music he began to appear in jazz clubs and bars all around Prague with American blues singer Phil Speat. After graduating, he himself began to teach guitar, rhythm and ensemble performance there. Libor has been a permanent fixture on the Prague jazz scene since his conservatory days when he performed not only with his classmates, but also with such outstanding artists as NajPonk, Jaromír Honzák, Radek Zapadlo and JiYí Slaví.
Over a career spanning more than 25 years, award winning jazz guitarist Nigel Price has become widely acknowledged as one of the hardest working musicians in the business.
Musically, his blend of flowing bebop lines, deep blues sensibility and his mastery of chording continue to delight audiences and fellow musicians alike. His career highlights include a support show for Gladys Knight at The Royal Albert Hall and an appearance on Van Morrison's recent album Keep Me Singing.
Singer/violinist/composer Azhaar Saffar recently returned from Central America where she relocated after fronting acclaimed Brazilian jazz group Sirius B (Freestyle records). Her Iraqi/Welsh origins influenced her nomadic, unorthodox, lifestyle that fuels her compositions. She wrote the tracks for her joyful new album ‘Original Love’ in Costa Rica , inspired by the jungle expeditions, the waves she surfed and the ‘Pura Vida’ she embraced. The river of music led her back to the UK to form her latest project ‘Global Wave’ - "jazz, fused with a vibrant, irreverent fusion of world rhythms and groovy beats; enhanced by Azhaar's sonorous violin; a musical voyage crafted on the ‘songlines". With the addition of renowned flautist Gareth Lockrane, Snowboy's massive production and Azhaar's string arrangements this little gem has made a big splash on the airwaves worldwide! Plus a big thumbs up from Dr Bob Jones; interviews with David Lyn 'Music without labels'; Promotion on https://daniraestar.com/ and a feature on the NY site All about Jazz.
Vocals/Violin - Azhaar Saffar
Keys - Jim Blomfield
Bass - Guillaume Ottaviani
Percussion - Ivan Moren
Drums - Paolo Adamo
“One of the most distinctive acts on the jazz world scene” - BBC Radio Wales
"Azhaar expresses herself with grounded experience, full of joy and passion" - Fernando Rose
“Azhaar Saffar has come up with a personalised musical hybrid. As predicted, an album well worth waiting for” - The Jazzmann