DENNY ILETT QUARTET
Denny Ilett - guitar
Dave Newton - Piano
TBC - bass
Ian Matthews - Drums
Denny Ilett (pronounced eye-let) is rare commodity - a virtuoso British guitarist and a talented writer/arranger, who has honed his chops not on the UK scene but rather by playing and touring with some of New Orleans finest including Lillian Boutte and members of such notable bands as The Meters, Dr John and the Harry Connick Jnr Big Band.
The evening will feature original compositions alongside blues & swing classics by Kenny Burrell, Joe Newman, Duke Ellington, Stanley Turrentine & Clark Terry.
U.S. saxophonist Peter Fraize and U.K. keyboardist Terry Seabrook first teamed up in the summer of 2016 when they brought their energetic soulful update of the classic Hammond organ group to venues in the Sussex culminating in a performance at the Love Supreme Festival. They are reuniting for a UK tour in July 2018.
Peter is a distinct voice as both a saxophonist and composer, known for his impassioned playing, and intricate melodic writing. His music draws from deep within the jazz tradition, modern rock and pop, and world music. He has led numerous groups over the years. Peter is a graduate of the Netherlands Royal Conservatory, and director of Jazz Studies at George Washington University since 1997 where he lives. He has also performed in Peru, Japan and Europe.
Terry is well known as the leader/pianist of Milestones and the top UK Latin-Jazz Band Cubana Bop (which has appeared at previous Ealing Jazz Festivals). After studying at Sussex University and Eastman School of Music in NY he began touring Europe and the Middle East with US Jazz singer Joe Lee Wilson. He has composed for his bands, TV shows and the Associated Board’s Jazz Exams.
“Washington DC-based tenorman Fraize turned some heads on his recent visit to the UK’s South Coast, especially with his appearance at Love Supreme Festival...” (Eddie Myer, Jazzviews.net)
"...tough, powerful, hard-swinging music, with superb performances... showing how much vigour can still be found in the post-bop tradition. Seek it out." (jazzviews.net, review of Facts + Figures)
"Saxophonist Peter Fraize's quartet makes it clear throughout Organic Matter that this is the 21st rather than the 20th century." "Easily recommended." (Scott Yanow, review of Organic Matter)
"Fraize's unpretentious, strong-toned, fluid sound exudes traces of prime Sonny Rollins, taken to a slightly freer zone." "Peter Fraize is a tenor saxophonist to watch." (Cadence Magazine, review of Third Attention)
"As a soloist... displaying the fire of John Coltrane." "You St. is filled with honest music and solid playing. The band pushes at its material, not content with cliches or pat readings of the themes." (Cadence Magazine, review of You St.)
"Fraize's commanding tenor tears it up... and what a sense of time!" (Dr.Herb Wong, past president, IAJE)
“Seabrook has been touring extensively with this band and it shows. Audiences have liked their music and it’s easy to see why.” (Jazzwise.com, review of Sketches of Miles)
“This was arguably the best concert I have heard in Gateshead Town Hall since Sonny Stitt took it apart in the 1960s...” (Bebop Spoken Here, review of Milestones concert)
“Flashbacks to the be-bop era and Miles' later experiments with jazz-funk were all spectacularly demonstrated by this tremendous band.” (Nottingham Post, review of Milestones concert)
“Terry Seabrook's band is The king of Cuban jazz-fusion utilizing the intricacies of the form and its open harmonic possibilities to kick up a riot on their sharp originals. Something of a finishing school for many a burgeoning and established talent.” (Jazzwise.com, review of Now Hear This)
“An exhilarating workout from the currently touring UK Latin-jazz outfit... the energy expended makes it sound highly authentic. Composer-leader Terry Seabrook displays not only the right feel but a fluent harmonic palette.” (Brian Priestly, Jazz UK)
“One of the best homegrown Latin jazz ensembles...” (Guardian Guide, Jazz 'Pick of the Week')
James Morton was born in Bristol in 1982. James has English, Russian and Polish heritage and started learning saxophone age 9. He played his first gig at age 12 and grew up performing in groups in the South of England playing with established musicians on the scene. James often performed in venues where he was too young to enter and sometimes had to pretend to be a relative of a club owner or manager.
James left school at age 16 to pursue his career in music and at age 21 won a place on a Masters degree course at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he completed his masters degree in jazz one year later.
James has developed his unique voice through direct influences from funk, soul, jazz, gospel, latin and urban music. He has the ability to communicate to an audience through his saxophone and directly project deep emotion across to the listener in a lyrical style.
James has two key mentors in the form of Andy Sheppard and Pee Wee Ellis who he continually works with in a variety of projects.
At age 16 James performed on the Jazz/World stage at Glastonbury festival and has continued to appear on large festival stages across Europe and as far as Texas U.S.A. James first played with Pee Wee Ellis age 17 and continues to draw inspiration and advice from Pee Wee. James is now a core member of Pee Wee Ellis' ‘Still Black Still Proud’, an African tribute to James Brown that has toured main stages at festivals all over Europe and has involved guest artists including Fred Wesley, Cheik Lo, Martha High, Angelique Kidjo and Tony Allen to name a few.
Andy Sheppard is also a mentor to James. This relationship has developed over the last few years after Andy saw James playing with his jazz quartet in a club in Bristol. This quartet developed into James Morton and Lunatics and featured Andy in a number of gigs across the UK. Andy also composed a suite of music "The Hotel Suite" for the group which knocked out crowds across the country. James is now an integral soloist in Andy Sheppard’s Sax Massive who opened the London Jazz Festival in 2007 and have also performed at Coutance Jazz festival.
James appears on Pendulum's platinum selling Drum 'n' Bass album SLAM and has also performed with Fred Wesley, Winton Marsalis, Billy Cobham, Jason Rebello, Abraham Wilson, Beth Rowley, Snowboy and Tomorrow's Warriors to name a few.
James was nominated for Serious music's Take five award in 2007 and The PRS promoters choice award in 2008.
"ZJ Duo" is a high energy and intense newly formed project, having just successfully played the Love Supreme festival and three nights at Ronnie Scott's, this is a fresh exhilarating vibe not to be missed!
Jamie Murray (Drums/Percussion) is one of the great up and coming drummers on the scene. Having played with members of the Sunra Arkestra Knoel Scott & Cecil brooks, The Neo Soul group Native Dancer to modern jazz musicians such as saxophonist De Sean Jones, whose credits include (Christian Mccbride and Stevie Wonder). He was recently featured in the latest edition of Rhythm drum Magazine as a "Top drummer to watch”.
Saxophonist Zhenya Strigalev is a young virtuoso forging an increasingly high profile internationally. Strigalev has cut a dynamic path between the London and New York jazz scenes. He’s worked with some of today’s most forward thinking musicians and appeared at many of the world’s leading jazz festivals.
Dylan Jones - Trumpet
Ben Vize - Sax
Dani Diodato - Guitar
Ben Crane - Bass
Charlie Hutchinson - Drums
Based in London, PYJÆN is a band with its common link in improvised music and the jazz tradition, but with vision of pushing music forward in new directions. The sound of PYJÆN has many influences... Rock, electro, afrobeat, hip hop and jazz fusion being a few of them.
Having all met at Trinity Laban College of music, PYJÆN have the shared goal of exploring life through musical expression and perfecting their art.
PYJÆN is a collective of close friends with similar aims and passions; to create music and connect with, and bring people together.
A.S.Q. (The Annika Skoogh Quartet) are an exciting project and led by multilingual Swedish singer Annika Skoogh. Annika is making a name for herself on the jazz scene as a vibrant and soulful singer with a natural talent and she brings a special blend of Scandinavian charm and Latin flavour to her performances in her own playful style. Her band's music is fresh interpretations of timeless jazz standards, materials by other composers and original compositions boldly arranged in their own unique way. Annika's ensemble of highly accomplished musicians from Bristol and Bath are – Tom Berge (keys), Al Swainger (bass) and Jon Clark (drums). The band will give a very special performance playing all the songs from the debut album and new arrangements. This promises to be a great evening so don't miss this opportunity to catch the Quartet live in Bristol.
"….She has a very fine voice and she also knows how to enhance it to its full quality. She's a wow!" Nicholas Fogg MBE, Director of the Marlborough International Jazz Festival 2017
“Wow! What a voice...” Phonic FM
"A singular vocalist capable of both power and sweetness, sympathetically accompanied by a skillful trio." St Ives Jazz Club
Since 2005, ANT have been captivating audiences throughout the South West and London with their enthralling combination of powerful themes, subtle interplay and raw beauty. The combination of truly original compositions and striking re-workings of well known material is fast becoming a hallmark of this highly empathic and musically adventurous trio.
Bristol and London based, they have an impressive CV having performed with Jocelyn Brown, Jason Rebello, Anthony Strong, Pee Wee Ellis, Fred Wesley and Art Themen to name a few, amongst innumerable concerts across the Southwest and London. With an emphasis on joy and risk taking, the trio weave a compelling tapestry of soundscapes and melodies at once
fresh and familiar…
"…a delightful instinct for developing melodic and rhythmic ideas…" Mike Collins
"…impressed by the distinctiveness of Andy's playing and thematic ideas in ANT…" Tony Benjamin (Colston Hall)
Toby Boalch - Keys
Will Harris - Bass
Mark Whitlam - Drums
Sam Massey is a well-regarded UK-based trumpet player, bandleader/composer and educator, hailed as a “fine trumpet player” by John Fordham of the Guardian (Mike Westbrook ‘A Bigger Show’ Review, February 2016).
He has performed alongside top-class musicians from across the UK, including: Mike Westbrook OBE, Clare Teal, Hannah Williams & The Affirmations, Noel Langley, Jon Scott, Pete Whyman, Mark Bassey and Tom Green.
As a performer, arranger and composer, he and his music has been broadcast on numerous BBC, Jazz FM and RAI Rado 3 (Italy) programmes and is found on critically acclaimed albums by artists as diverse as Mike Westbrook, PP Arnold and The Simmertones.
Performing with ensembles across the UK & Europe, Sam has performed to sell-out crowds at The Welsh Millennium Centre, Kings Place Hall One, Gaz Arte (Athens) and St Ives Jazz Club.
As a jazz artist, Sam is a regular member of Mike Westbrook’s “Uncommon Orchestra”, releasing their debut album to critical acclaim in 2016. His own jazz projects include a 7-piece Ensemble featuring his own compositions and arrangements, as well as a highly renowned quartet and quintet.
Sam has a passion for teaching and education projects are a key part of his musical life.
He is an experienced brass tutor, and as a jazz educator, he has worked with Nick Malcolm, Andy Tween (jazz tutors at Wells Cathedral School/Birmingham Conservatoire), Tom Green and Lewis Riley, and is a founder member of South Devon Youth Jazz.
Andy Hague – trumpet/flugelhorn,
Jim Blomfield – piano,
Al Swainger – bass
Billy Weir – drums.
Andy Hague’s Double Standards
Andy Hague is one of Bristol’s best known jazz trumpeters, who has toured nationally and played for radio, film, tv and theatre productions. This new project finds him playing some less often performed jazz standards plus a little latin and funk thrown in. He’s joined by three of the very best players on the Bristol scene, Jim Blomfield – piano, Al Swainger – bass and Billy Weir – drums.
Cross My Palm is a straight-ahead jazz album that bristles with energy, fun and great grooves—and swings like a very swinging thing too – Bruce Lindsay, All About Jazz.
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.
His own work as a jazz musician has led him to collaborate with Pete Judge, James Morton, Ian Matthews, Gary Alesbrook and David Newton and he is also looking forward to developing a future duo project with guitarist Alex Hutchings.