Sophie Stockham is an alto saxophonist based in Bristol UK. She has studied with Dennis Rollins, Denys Baptiste, Soweto Kinch, Abram Wilson, and Tomorrow's Warriors. Sophie has performed at many major venues and festivals across the UK and Europe, and has had regular radio play (BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 6) with her own original projects; Dakhla and Lady Nade. Most recently her band Dakhla was chosen to represent BBC Introducing's ‘Best of New Jazz’ at the Manchester Jazz Festival, by Gilles Peterson and Jez Nelson (BBC Radio 3 and 4). Her strong signature sound makes impressive use of space and melody.
Drawing influences from Wayne Shorter, Ornette Coleman, David Newman, Stan Getz and John Zorn, Sophie Stockham has put together 'Sefrial'. This inventive project performs music with an eclectic range of music from The Tin Hat trio, avant-rockist composer John Zorn and post-boogaloo experimentalists Medeski, Martin & Wood. This project features some of Bristols top players including the brilliant Jake McMurchie on tenor sax, Joe Wilkins on guitar, Riaan Vosloo on bass and Matt Brown on drums.
After a sell out debut performance at the Bristol Fringe in January this stellar lineup reunite to bring you the music of one of the most successful and prolific musicians in jazz history. The group covers music from Metheny's whole career from the chamber-like trio albums to the dense orchestrations of the PMG recordings.
The band features:
Will Harris - bass.
Matt Hopkins - guitar
Dave Newton - piano
Mark Whitlam - drums
John Pearce - violin
Emily Wright - vocals/violin
Blow the Fuse Records presents A Magic Life...
‘Inspired by real-world ideas, people and situations but infused with the kind of heady imagination that transforms their resonances into a series of vivacious musical adventures’ - ***** BBC Music Magazine
‘A gorgeous album synthesising mood, melody and the interplay between musicians totally at home with each other.’ **** Jazzwise
‘Spirited, eloquent and graceful’ *** The Guardian
‘Purposeful, full-toned and melodic… a beautifully integrated band’ ****
‘If the first rule of life is to do what makes you happy, this album tumbles and flows with such a spirit, performed by a quintet whose musicality and heart enables it; a celebration of life itself ‘ LondonJazzNews
“An album of unified musical dexterity, with not a note wasted and with sound as story – clear and undisguised, deeply affecting and unashamedly open”
The Morning Star
Alison Rayner bass
Buster Birch drums, percussion
Deirdre Cartwright guitar
Diane McLoughlin saxophones
Steve Lodder piano
‘Is music stronger than magic, a young boy asked Alison Rayner? And here’s one answer: a gorgeous album synthesising mood, melody and the interplay between musicians totally at home with each other. Not that ‘A Magic Life’ is complacent or cosy; Lodder’s keys always challenge, Cartwright remains that most chameleon of players, able to summon the spirit of others while retaining her own voice, and McLoughlin can mix a keening tone with a melodic sweetness. It’s all there, even in the apparently throwaway fun of ‘The Trunk Call’ that sashays between a bluesy theme, a dub ska breakout and a South Indian theme like it’s the most obvious of musical conversations, which, obviously, it ain’t. Beneath it all Rayner is dark and sonorous, like a Haden or Weber, able to make a rounded single note underwrite the band’s soarings, never more so than on the blues of ‘Swanage Bay’, which mixes memory, loss and love into a heady serenade. Occasionally the Arts Council gets it right, and this project fully deserves such support.’ - Andy Robson, Jazzwise
Consisting of three of Birmingham’s most forward thinking and engaging young improvisers, the Olly Chalk Trio are a vastly creative new outfit.
Citing influences such as David Binney, Tim Berne, John Escreet, Ambrose Akinmusire, Pablo Held and Steve Lehman, Matt Mitchell and Einojuhani
Rautaavara - Olly’s intricate writing is daring, bold and emotive. His music tells a personal story, one of nostalgia, dystopia, anxiety and hope.
"Super creative and different" - John Escreet
"Olly is one of the most gifted players of his generation. He has everything: Sound, groove, vibe, detail, intellect, intention, invention, energy, delicacy
...above all, he plays from the heart" - Hans Koller
Gary Alesbrook is back with his funk and soul inspired 'Duval Project'. Details and full lineup to follow...
Described by the late Humphrey Lyttelton as "formidable", Simon Spillett is a British jazz saxophonist who leads his own quartet featuring John Critchinson (piano), Alec Dankworth (bass) and Clark Tracey (drums). 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) and Rising Star in the BBC Jazz Awards (2007). Other celebrated jazz leaders and bands with whom he has worked have included Sir John Dankworth, Stan Tracey, Peter King and The Ronnie Scott's Jazz Orchestra. He has recorded three albums, Introducing Simon Spillett (Woodville Records, 2007), Sienna Red (Woodville Records, 2008) and Square One (Gearbox Records, 2013), all of which have received highly favourable reviews in both the specialist and national press. His festival, concert and club appearances across the UK have included sold-out gigs at Ronnie Scott's and the Brecon Jazz Festival and he has broadcast on BBC Radio 3's Jazz-Line Up with his own band.
He has also worked as a writer, contributing articles to magazines including Jazz Journal and Record Collector and has acted as a consultant for a number of jazz record labels, in which capacity he has written booklet essays for over seventy albums.
Henry Spencer - Trumpet/Compositions/MD
(Winner Emerging Excellence Award, Best Newcomer Marlborough Jazz)
Ant Law - Guitar
(Tim Garland, Jason Rebello, AL3)
Matt Robinson - Piano
(BBC Radio 3, Yamaha New Jazz Sessions)
Andrew Robb - Bass
(Winner of BBC Radio Scotland Jazz Musician of the Year 2009)
David Ingamells - Drums
(Yamaha Jazz Scholar 2013, Winner of Chartered Surveyors' Prize 2013)
Henry Spencer and Juncture perform original compositions by their leader and trumpet player. Drawing on influences from jazz, rock and minimalism, the ensemble creates an achingly contemporary sound world with a focus on emotional and creative expression. Having met whilst studying at the Guildhall School of Music, Juncture are able to draw upon years of playing together, resulting in a deep musical understanding and interaction between the musicians. This musical empathy, along with Henry’s fresh compositional approach led them to winning the Best Newcomer Award at the Marlborough Jazz Festival following their debut performance.
"Spencer’s solo work is at the centre of everything, oozing heartache and sorrow"
- Review of performance at Ronnie Scott’s
"Spencer has a gleaming tone and terrific control"
- Review of performance at The Verdict
Following their critically acclaimed debut album in 2015 the Button Band have been busy performing at venues in the London area and are embarking on a UK wide tour in May 2017 to promote the release of their second album “Emilie”.
This quartet of in-demand young players was founded in 2012 by inventive guitarist Andy Button, alongside Andy Woolf on tenor sax, Dave Manington on bass and Marek Dorcik on drums. Between them they have worked with such luminaries as Gwilym Simcock, Kenny Wheeler, Mark Lockheart, Mark Anthony Turnage and Marius Neset.
All four members make regular appearances on the London jazz scene and the band featured in last year’s prestigious London Jazz Festival. The group blends melodic content with sophisticated forms and incorporates elements of various genres from country, blues and South-African township jazz. to angular post bop . The Button Band play highly melodic, unpretentious, accessible, modern British instrumental jazz.
“Button can “scronk” like Sco’ when he wants to, or take on a wry, shy, smiling Frisell twang tone” - Peter Bacon
“Gently exploratory sax melodies and unfolding folk tinged melodies rich in dexterity” – The JazzMann
“Sprightly melodies, spirited solos and coolly elegant guitar” – Ian Man
“Strong melodies and a fine guitar solos” – Jazzviews
Reminiscent of Bill Frisell’s cross-genre explorations” - London Jazz
“Upbeat township swing straight out of the Loose Tubes mould, good-humoured and infectious.” - Geoff Winston
Tonight Gary is playing songs from his debut album set for release later in the year. He is very pleased to be performing with the incredible vocalist Phil King. A mix of songs from TV and film. Music from Ennio Morricone, Joe Harnell and Burt Bacharach. A fantastic rhythm section in George Cooper, Will Harris and Scott Hammond. A night of nostalgia featuring jazz from past and present... the album also features John Pearce, Marie Lister and Leigh Coleman.
Described by the organisers of St Ives Jazz Club as 'a singular vocalist capable of high power and sweetness' Exeter-based singer Annika Skoogh will be proving this accolade when she appears at Future Inn in Bristol on 27th April with her quartet. Born in South America and raised in Sweden, Annika is making a name for herself on the jazz club and festival circuit as a vibrant and adventurous singer with a natural talent. Singing mainly in English but also in Spanish, Portuguese and her native Swedish, Annika and her band explore mainly jazz standards, Latin and own original material boldly re-imagined for the modern audience.
Her quartet of highly accomplished musicians are; Matt Carter (piano), Al Swainger (electric bass) and Coach York (drums). They are all well respected musicians in their own right and provide the perfect anchor for Annika's assured vocals and together the group produce a passionate and exciting sound. This promises to be a great evening so don't miss this opportunity to catch the quartet live in Bristol.