"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.
Jade Gall is a highly celebrated UK-based saxophonist and flautist, hailed as having a “big, strong tenor sound with a beautiful sense of melody and swing…a musician to look out for in the future” - Steve Waterman.
Experienced in jazz, classical and pop fields, she has performed alongside top-class musicians from around the world, including: Allison Adams Tucker, Claire Martin, Clare Teal, Jason Rebello and Duncan Lamont; and has featured on BBC Radio broadcasts.
A regular feature of horn sections across the UK & Europe, Jade has performed to sell-out crowds at The Welsh Millennium Centre, Glastonbury Festival and Boomtown Fair. She features as regular saxophonist of the smash-hit touring show ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered’ and has also played for ‘The Magic of Motown’ and ‘Soul Legends’ shows as far afield as Barcelona and Belgium.
As a classical saxophonist, Jade is a Fellow of Trinity College London (FTCL) in saxophone performance. She graduated with an MA in Music Performance from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 2013 and has studied with top classical saxophonists Hannah Marcinowicz, Nigel Wood and Gerard McChrystal. A regular feature of classical music festivals around the country, she premiered Marianna Filippi’s ‘Meandering Impressions: A Love Poem’ (written for her) for tenor saxophone and piano during part of the Welsh Proms on the Lefel 1 stage.
Alongside her solo recital programme she is involved in plans for a saxophone duo with Ffion Dafis-Clode, a saxophone quartet and a solo classical album.
As a jazz artist, Jade released her debut quintet album ‘Out With The Blues’ to critical acclaim in 2016, and has since performed as both bandleader and sideman at top jazz venues across the country. Jazz projects in the pipeline for 2018 include performances with her Bristol-based quartet; a quintet featuring Julien Alenda at Teignmouth Jazz Festival; performing Ellington’s ‘Sacred Concert’ with the Swing Machine Jazz Orchestra and working with Tom Green (Dankworth Composition Prizewinner 2013) and the Sam Massey Ensemble.
Jade has a passion for sharing her musical skills and education projects are a key part of her musical life. She is an experienced woodwind tutor, teaching saxophone, flute and clarinet at a number of educational institutions and worked with South West Music School whilst studying for a BA (Hons) in Performance Practice at Dartington College of Arts.
As a jazz educator, she has worked with Issie Barratt and the National Youth Jazz Collective, and is a founder member of South Devon Youth Jazz.
Described by the late Humphrey Lyttelton as "formidable", Simon Spillett is a British jazz saxophonist who leads his own quartet. 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.
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 a brand new band: Sefrial. This inventive new 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, Greg Cordez on bass and Matt Brown on drums.
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
Tori and Alcyona formed their Duo in 2015 playing Monk tunes on & project in the Canary islands, and were given their first platform at Manchester Jazz Festival in 2015. The two have known each other for years, working together on the London scene in many different ensembles including the London Jazz orchestra.
In the duo setting Alcyona and Tori have & very spontaneous, interactive approach to playing, and like to follow whatever direction the music takes them in on the day, using the space to take risks and have fun, as well as explore the more quiet tender moments that are created. The two share a large range of musical influences that fall not only within the jazz genre, including Brazilian music, English folk, Latin, Arabic, free playing, Monk and more, and their aim is to take the audience on an engaging journey through this sound world.
Performances have included features at Manchester, Marsden, and Lancaster Jazz festivals, the Vortex, Museo del Grifo in Lanzarote (Spain).
The duo recorded their debut album ‘Criss Crossʼ at the Artesuono Studio in Udine, Italy in 2017, featuring special guest vocalist Brigitte Beraha, and will be released on transatlantic label Whirlwind recording in March 2018.
Tori and Alcyona are embarking on an Arts Council funded UK tour in the Spring 2018, and will also be performing dates in Germany, Italy and Slovenia.
The album features original material, apart from 'Criss Cross' which was written by Thelonious Monk, in the spirit of the origins of this project.
'The Sound Of BlueNote takes its lead from the greatest jazz recordings on the iconic jazz label. However, this is no slavish copy! The band perform gems from a treasure trove of originals from the likes of Freddie Hubbard, Hank Mobley, Lee Morgan and others but retains an identity, impressively, of its own. Slick ensemble passages alternate with inspired solos to bring this exceptional material very much to life! This may be a celebration of a golden musical age but in a modern and very relevant context.' -Alan Barnes
'I'm always pleased to get a call to play with the Sound of Blue Note.
The guys play with energy & commitment & the audiences always seem to love the music!' - Mark Nightingale
'It was great, can't wait to do it again' - Gilad Atzmon
NEW ALBUM! The Duval Project are hitting the road with their latest album...
We're a wake up call to British Jazz and Neo-soul, we've caught the moment, it's 2017! Passion is not a word you hear that often nowadays in music but The Duval Project have it in bucket loads. They're not making music to be famous or because its a good career, they are making music because they need to, because it is etched somewhere deep in their souls. Why the Duval Project? "because it's the only thing i ever wanted to do," says leader and trumpet player Gary Alesbrook. "This project is the culmination of 20 years of hard work..."
The Duval Project was born in Bristol, a city famous for fusion of musical styles. It's a city bred on jazz, soul, funk, hip-hop, drum and bass and all these styles have shaped the band into what it is today. A music that fuses jazz with neo-soul, a music that has a heart beat and a passion.
"When i was younger, Bristol was the place to be, it was all going on, it was interesting. A massive influence on me. Early soul and jazz music has a heart to it, a groove. This is what Duval is all about."
The Duval Project is an honest, unpretentious band that grew out of the Bristol music scene. it features the ridiculously talented and in demand rhythm section of Richie Blake (bass), Miguel Andrews (drums) Andy Nowak (keys) and Dan Waldman (Guitar). They 'lock in' like no other UK section.
The final part of their story came when Gary met Marie Lister. "I had been looking for a singer that would not only compliment the band but also bring something new to the table. "Marie's influences are unbelievable! Led Zeppelin, Frank Zappa, Ella Fitzgerald...she laps it all up and inspires us all to play at our best..."
When it comes to inspiration, this band eat it up and spit it out as something fresh and new. "It could be the smallest thing from any track, a sound, a groove, a chord..." Gary's love of jazz and soul ,having played with Raphael Saadiq and Lynden David Hall, Richie's love of funk. Andy's side-line trio project. Marie's many other projects including afro-beat and dance music. Their love of soundtracks. Jill Scott, D'angelo, Jose James....anything and everything. Music from now, music from then.
What really marks the Duval Project out is their attitude. "Alot of improvised music can be all about technique nowadays," says Gary. "It's boring, there's no soul, no groove, no pocket...nobody's having fun with it anymore. We take our music seriously, obviously, but we want to have fun with it too otherwise what's the point."
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.
Matt Hopkins - Guitar
Will Harris - Bass
Ian Matthews - Drums
John O'Gallagher is considered one of the most compelling alto saxophonists and composers at work today on the New York jazz scene. He is known for an innovative style which pushes the boundaries of jazz while rooted in it's tradition.
"Mr. O'Gallagher is an exploratory alto saxophonist with a clear melodic streak" - The New York Times
Born in Anaheim Califorina in 1964 he began playing alto saxophone in grade school after his family moved to Spokane, Washington. Upon graduating high school he studied briefly at Eastern Washington University before moving to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music. There he studied with legendary saxophone gurus Joe Viola, Jerry Bergonzi and George Garzone.
During the past 25 years living in New York he has become known for his projects as a leader, and as a sought after sideman, working with artist such as Joe Henderson, Maria Schnieder, Kenny Wheeler, Billy Hart, Tony Malaby, Jeff Williams, Tom Rainey, Chris Cheek, Ralph Alessi, Rudresh Manhathappa, Mike Formanek, Ben Monder and numerous others.
A dedicated composer, Olly debuted his choral work ‘The Stream’ (with text by Charles Simic) at the Adrian Boult Hall with Percy Pursglove and the Via Nova Choir on the 13th April 2016. A few weeks later, he also premiered his multi-sensory, cross-disciplinary suite ‘Prometheus’ at the Old Joint Stock Theatre; this adventurous project included an 11 piece band and live, improvised visuals by artist Jake-Andrew Nason. Olly writes music every day and enjoys working with large and chamber ensembles respectively.
His debut album 'MOUTH' is a unique exploration of the large ensemble. Heavily influenced by the late work of John Coltrane, the album is currently available to stream or download on Bandcamp, Itunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon, Tidal, Deezer and Google Play.
His second album (‘The Precipice’), is due to to be recorded later this year following a tour with his recently established and electrifying new trio. Consisting of three of Birmingham’s most forward thinking and engaging improvisers, the Olly Chalk Trio (w/ Sam Ingvorsen and Gwilym Jones) are a vastly creative new outfit. Citing influences such as David Binney, Wayne Shorter, Ambrose Akinmusire and Pablo Held - Olly’s intricate writing is daring, bold and emotive. His forthcoming album ‘The Precipice’ tells a deeply personal story, addressing themes of anxiety, dystopia, nostalgia and hope.
Olly has been a passionate educator for the last 6 years. In addition to teaching privately, he now works for a number of established companies including Piano Teachers Connect and Primavolta Mobile Music Tuition.
Currently, Olly lives in Birmingham's Jewellery quarter, where he runs a weekly jam session at 1000 Trades. In his spare time he likes to read, socialise, cook and take pictures on film.
In 2016, pianist and composer Olly Chalk graduated from Birmingham Conservatoire’s BMus Jazz Course with a First Class Honours degree. He is currently active as both a performer and educator in and around Birmingham. Having established himself as a strong sideman and bandleader, he has played in venues around Birmingham such as The CBSO Centre, The Adrian Boult Hall, The Yardbird, The Jam House, Fleet St Kitchen, The Lamp Tavern, The Sunflower Lounge, The Spotted Dog, The Hare and Hounds and Cogs Bar. Around the UK he has also played at The Apex, The Hunter Club and Snape Maltings Concert Hall in Suffolk, The Auction Room, The Bedford Arms and The Ent Shed (Bedford), Jackdaw in London and The Butterfly & The Pig in Glasgow and Cheltenham Jazz Festival. Whilst studying at the Conservatoire, his teachers included Liam Noble, Mike Williams and Hans Koller. He also attended lectures and masterclasses with Kenny Garrett, Mark Turner, Steve Coleman, Dave Liebman and Joe Lovano alongside private lessons with John Taylor, Elliot Mason, George Colligan and Tim Garland. Both inside and outside of the Conservatoire Olly has had the pleasure of sharing a stage with Dave Holland, Nate Smith, Jeff Ballard, John O'Gallagher, Jeff Williams, François Théberge, Soweto Kinch and Rachael Cohen among others.