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.
Thursday 20th April - The George Cooper Trio feat. The Haggis Horns, playing the music of Art Blakey - £12/10 students
“The best horn section in the world!” - Mark Ronson
The infamous Haggis Horns hardly need any introduction, having been at the forefront of the UK funk scene since they came to our attention as a horn section on the legendary album “Keb Darge Presents The New Mastersounds” in 2001. They then went on to form their own full band in 2004 and have three funkfuelled albums under their belt, “Hot Damn! , “Keep On Movin” (First Word Records) and recently released “What Comes To Mind” (Haggis Records) and have been rocking crowds the world over for years winning fans with their distinctive northern funk sound combining ass-shaking break-beats, afrobeat, soul and hip-hop.
The members of The Haggis Horns have performed and recorded with the likes of Jamiroquai, John Legend & The Roots, Amy Winehouse, Corinne Bailey Rae, Take That, Mark Ronson, Martha Reeves, Roots Manuva, Lou Donaldson, Elbow, Nightmares On Wax, Dennis Coffey, Adele, Finley Quaye, Robbie Williams, Morcheeba, Duran Duran, Craig Charles Presents The Fantasy Funk Band, The Cinematic Orchestra, Lisa Stansfield, Kano, Estelle, Lily Allen, KT Tunstall & Snowboy, to name a few!
Backed by the electric dynamic of the George Cooper Trio, this sextet will perform the music of Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers and is guaranteed to have you stomping your feet and crying out for more!
Malcolm Strachan - Trumpet & Flugelhorn
Atholl Ransome - Tenor Sax & Flute
Rob Mitchell - Alto Sax & Baritone
George Cooper - Piano
Will Harris - Bass
Matt Brown - Drums
Rick Simpson Launches KLAMMER Album Tour.
“Simpson is a skilful manipulator of the effect of an overall piece”
London Jazz Review of London Jazz Festival performance
” ...with Klammer he has a group which gives full voice to his ambitious and exciting compositions.” - The Vortex, London
“...complex ensemble playing and modern textures/rhythms with enough space for soloists to shine…” - EFG London Jazz Festival
“There’s fine ensemble playing, revealing multi-layered textures, crunchy sonorities and sensitive voicing” - The Cross-eyed Pianist, blog
Award-winning pianist and composer Rick Simpson has been no stranger to the heart of the London jazz scene – on both the new music and more traditional fronts – for many years now, and with Klammer he has a group which gives full voice to his ambitious and exciting compositions.
His music for Klammer focuses on through-composition, complex ensemble playing and modern textures/rhythms, though with enough space for soloists to shine and plenty of wit and levity to boot.
The band is completed by some of the young London jazz scene’s most sought-after rising stars.
George Crowley - tenor saxophone
Mike Chillingworth - alto/tenor saxophones + clarinets
Ralph Wyld - vibraphone
Rick Simpson - piano
Tom Farmer - double bass
Dave Hamblett - drums
ABOUT RICK SIMPSON
Since graduating from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2008 Rick Simpson has performed with musicians such as Christian Scott, Eric Harland, Joe Sanders, Michael Janisch, Ernesto Simpson, Martin Speake, Earl Burness Travis, Stan Sulzmann, Jeff Williams and Brandon Allen as well as younger musicians in London. Rick plays in the ensembles of Jay Phelps, Tim Thornton, Tommy Andrews, Leo Richardson, Paul Riley, and US Jazz Singer Hailey Tuck amongst others.
Rick is based in London playing a wide variety of music, and leads his own group playing original jazz music. Rick is a regular performer at Ronnie Scotts, the 606 Jazz Club, Pizza Express Dean Street, The Vortex, The Bull’s Head, and he has also appeared at the Royal Festival Hall and the Purcell Room.