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.
Featuring critically-acclaimed young musicians, Mosaic combines elements of contemporary jazz and chamber music in an exciting but accessible way. Expansive writing is balanced with intense improvisation, all of which contributes to the thoughtful narrative of the compositions. The unusual line-up creates a surprisingly intimate and yet powerful sound world, distinct from most other groups currently on the scene.
Led by 2015 Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize winner and British vibraphonist Ralph Wyld, the band’s repertoire consists of original music, and is inspired by a wide variety of sources, from artist Paul Klee to Aldershot Town Football Club. Musical influences include Steve Reich and Steve Martland as well as Kenny Wheeler. Vince Mendoza, Gil Evans and Marius Neset.
Mosaic has recently released its debut album on Edition Records, entitled Subterranea, which was launched in the 2016 London Jazz Festival.
Known as a first-call sideman, jazz pianist Gabriel Latchin launches his solo career with his debut straight-ahead album in the classic piano trio tradition.
“It’s time to step out of the shadows. I wanted to create new arrangements of classics and offer my own compositions.”
Gabriel Latchin is quickly gaining the respect of his peers both in the UK and US. Christian McBride first recognised his talents while Latchin was still a student at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and recently called him personally to perform with him at Wigmore Hall. The concert featured opera star Renée Fleming and was well received by audience and critics alike.
"Gabriel is an excellent musician and one hell of a nice guy.”
"Elegant, tasteful and swinging!”
London Jazz News
“The passion for jazz started as a young teenager when I first heard Oscar Peterson,” remembers Gabriel Latchin. He graduated with one first class degree from Edinburgh University (in economics) and another from the Guildhall School of Music - on jazz piano. He has also studied with world leading pianists Aaron Goldberg, Peter Martin and David Berkman, as well as guitar favourite Peter Bernstein and saxophone colossus Grant Stewart.
He has also worked with Ronnie Cuber, former Jazz Messenger Jean Toussaint, Grant Stewart, Alex Garnett, The London Jazz Orchestra and The Royal Scottish National Orchestra. He has performed at concert halls, clubs and festivals around the UK and Europe, including Ronnie Scott's, The Barbican, The Queen’s Hall, The London Jazz Festival and The Jazz Bar.
After studying composition with Nikki Iles and Eddie Parker at Middlesex University, John went on to play as a sideman in many bands on both the jazz and world music scenes. During this time john has regularly performed in top London venues such as The Jazz Café, Pizza Express (Dean St) the Vortex, 606 as well as at many festivals both here and abroad.
He has played with the salsa king Roberto Pla, Fela Kuti’s keyboard player Dele Sosimi, Italian guitar maestro Georgio Serci and the award-winning singer Liane Carrol. John also played on Guillemots Mercury Prize nominated album ‘Through The Window Pane' and has recently recorded four other albums, three as a sideman with the Root Source and Metamorphic and Dawning’, his first as a leader.
His debut album ‘Dawning’ was called one of the most pleasing discoveries of 2011, receiving approving testimonials from both the great Kenny wheeler and Iain Ballamy.
John has been a guest on both BBC Radio 3’s jazz line up and Jazz Fm’s Sunday jam and has been featured in Jazz Wise 'Taking off'.
John Martin - Tenor/Sop
Anders Ollinder - Piano
Rican Vosloo - Bass
Matt Brown - Drums
Perpetual Motion Machine is a six-piece group, recently selected as ambassadors for Jazz North’s prestigious Northern Line scheme. Its members might be familiar to audiences in the region, but the PMM project represents a bold departure for all involved and the prospect of a live experience like no other.
With an unusual line-up of twin tenor saxophones, twin guitars, bass, and drums, the Machine creates a cinemascope sound that surrounds the listener. The power of PMM comes not from sheer volume, but from the breadth (stylistic and spatial) of its sources. Rock, free-improvisation, spoken word, and bebop coexist in this exciting new music, crafted by artists who embrace these traditions in all their variety and depth.
Riley Stone-Lonergan, Ben Lowman – tenor saxophones, bass clarinet
Sam Dunn, Jamie Taylor – guitars
Garry Jackson – electric and acoustic basses
Steve Hanley - drums
The Jazz Defenders are a group borne out of a deep love for Blue Note Records, specifically the hard bop recordings of Horace Silver, Hank Mobley, Lee Morgan and The Jazz Messengers. Those records were highly regarded for a reason – catchy horn lines and incredible musicianship combined with Rudy Van Gelder’s engineering skills mean they will forever be regarded as classics of the genre. The Jazz Defenders are a group that would ‘defend’ the legacy of those recordings whilst creating its own original identity and distinctive flair.
The group is led by vibrant pianist and composer George Cooper and is the brainchild of both Cooper and producer Adam Gibbons, of Lack of Afro. After Gibbons shared his idea with Cooper, the musicians were chosen for the individual qualities and style that they brought to the group and an all original set of tunes was written between Cooper and each member of the ensemble. Featuring some of Bristol’s finest players the line-up is Nick Dover (tenor saxophone), Nick Malcolm (trumpet), Matt Brown (drums), Will Harris (bass), and George Cooper (piano). The music that they produce together is a modern slant on classic hard bop, effortlessly channelling the spirit of the golden Blue Note era of jazz.
As session musicians in their own right, the five members of the band have worked with a variety of internationally acclaimed artists such as Nigel Kennedy, Massive Attack, Pee Wee Ellis, Andy Sheppard, Get The Blessing, Simon Spillet, Alan Barnes, Rodriguez & Nostalgia 77, as well as playing at venues including Ronnie Scott’s, The Jazz Cafe & The 606 Club.
George Cooper - Piano and Synth
Dan Messore - Guitar
Aidan Thorne - Double Bass
Tom Cottle - Drums
Render is a new project led by George Cooper and Dan Messore, combining modern film music with Jazz and improvisation. Selected material that has been re-worked and arranged for quartet include cues from The Dark Knight, Inception and Gladiator (Hans Zimmer), Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows (Alexandre Desplat) and Charlie Brooker's Black Mirror (Max Richter). Since their debut gig at St Ives Jazz Club in the spring, the group have taken time to develop their rich and cinematic sound, exploring ambient textures and effects to create a lush soundscape that is entrancing, subjective, dynamic and often electrifying.