Dugong is an up-and-coming band by some of the best musicians of the Italian jazz scene. It was originally created in Milan by guitarist Michele Caiati and saxophonist Nicolò Ricci, but it was later expanded abroad to London based bassist Andrea Di Biase and drummer Riccardo Chiaberta.
They released their debut album “Miscommunication” in 2014 with critical acclaim and toured it extensively in Italy, Switzerland and UK.
They released their second album “The Big Other” in May 2018 with the prestigious Italian label Honolulu Records. The band has a very individual sound which draws inspiration from many genres of music, from Alternative Rock to Modern Jazz to Contemporary classical music. In their last album Dugong experimented with different kinds of musical structures other than the usual jazz approach of theme, improvisation and final melody. They also worked on the potential of linear counterpoint, drawing inspiration from Classical composers such as J. S. Bach and Frederic Chopin.
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There’s a buzz about this young man’s playing among the regularcognoscenti of the Cardiff jazz scene. The word is that Norman Willmore is a name to look out for. (TheJazzMann)
Norman Willmore - Saxophone
Christos Stylianidies - Trumpet
Sam Ingvorsen - Double Bass
Zach Breskal - Drums
The Norman Willmore Quartet are playing at Future Inn for the first time. This band blends Scandinavian and Appalachian folk music with elements of free jazz as well as arrangements of old wartime songs and hymns always played with a sense of humour, and with respect to the tradition.
The quartet are recording an album at the start of the new year so will be playing in lots of new material at this gig.
'The monumental cliffs, swelling ebb and rural village politics of the Shetland Islands are the inspiration behind the music of the Norman Willmore Quintet. All the musicians in the band are working towards a common goal with no ego present, and not one person ever standing out. Playing together for 3 years in the same line-up has given the band a distinctive sound that is soft and inviting but always with the feeling of momentum and power behind it. They are often all improvising together in a tasteful dialogue, taking the audience on a journey to the last house at the end of the last road.'
Thursday 31st October - GARY ALESBROOK – ALBUM LAUNCH! ‘THE STORIES WE TELL OURSELVES’ - £10/5 students
"The Stories We Tell Ourselves” CD LAUNCH
Jazz trumpet player, composer, arranger and producer Gary Alesbrook is back in the spotlight with the release of his second album “The Stories We Tell Ourselves,” released October 29th, 2019. The album consists of eleven original jazz compositions and features an exciting, diverse range of artists including two time grammy nominated Guitarist and vocalist, Raul Midon.
Alesbrook’s second studio album sees him once again transition from the unassuming sideman to the confident frontman. His early years as a jazz artist were influenced by players such as Chet Baker, Clark Terry and Clifford Brown and it’s the intuitive use of swing that is very evident in his second album. His use of melody and beautifully crafted phrasing hark back to an era of ‘West Coast’ and ‘Cool’ Jazz.
“It was exhilarating to go back to the music that inspired me so long ago and use it as inspiration for this album.”
Gary was born and raised in Plymouth. At the age of 23 he graduated with a BA from Leeds College Of Music. He has recorded albums in a wide range of formations, worked as a session musician for artists as varied as Raphael Saadiq, Kasabian, Rag N Bone Man and Scissor Sisters as well as performed on movie, TV and computer game soundtracks. Each has proved the perfect setting for his warm and lyrical sound and although Alesbrook has shown his dexterity as a player able to cross multiple genres, it is Jazz that drives this album.
“The Stories We Tell Ourselves” is a collection of original songs that convey ideas of love, loss, relationships and identity. Stories reflecting on the past and recognising how our perceptions often change with insight and experience. From the flush of young love, to the challenges of staying authentic in our ever changing and fast paced world, Alesbrook touches on themes that are universal to us all. From the lighthearted nature of songs like “Key Lime Pie” and“Just One More Thing,” to the heart-breaking story of a “Fallen Star,” there is a message here for all.
“The Stories We Tell Ourselves” is set for release on October 29th 2019.
Gary Alesbrook - Trumpet/Flugelhorn
Elliott Cole - Vocal
Anders Olinder - Piano
Ian Matthews - Drums
Will Harris - Double Bass
Led by critically-acclaimed post-jazz/art pop quartet ISQ, this practical workshop is open to anyone with an interest in Jazz and improvisation.
From learning how to interpret a melody, to experimenting with improvisation and understanding lead sheets, this workshop will give you the basic tools to improve your playing/singing and musicianship and help develop your jazz vocabulary. Vocalists and instrumentalists with experience in Jazz also very welcome.
ISQ are a London-based quartet whose music has been described as "...a melting pot of genres – jazz, pop, acoustic and experimental – which all blend together to entrancing effect..." and were a Time Out London Critics Choice. All the band members are also Jazz educators and teach in various music colleges and universities in London. The workshop will be followed by a separate evening performance where ISQ will be showcasing their highly anticipated third album, “Requiem For The Faithful”.
(Tickets are free but please follow the link below to register your attendance. You can purchase a ticket for the evening gig and register for the workshop at the same time)
ISQ are a critically-acclaimed post-jazz/alternative quartet from London featuring Irene Serra (vocals - Wynton Marsalis, Norma Winstone, US3), Richard Sadler (double bass - founding member of the Neil Cowley Trio), Naadia Sheriff (piano - Yazz Ahmed, Hermeto Pascoal) and Chris Nickolls (drums - Andy Sheppard, Jean Touissant). Described as "EST with vocals", this crossover jazz outfit embrace “the song” as an improvisational framework to move into different – sometimes unexpected - sonic directions and moods.
ISQ will be releasing and touring their much-anticipated third album this Autumn and into early 2020. It is in a live setting that these musicians really show their jazz roots, expanding the framework of the songs and relishing in the musical spontaneity and interplay. Hear them when
you get the chance.
“...ISQ are a melting pot of genres – jazz, pop, acoustic and experimental – which all blend together to entrancing effect...” - Time Out London Critics Choice
“...singer Irene Serra has a strong stage presence and a compelling vocal tone, which she uses to great effect on original songs that defy categorisation…” - JAZZWISE
"...Their arrangements draw on jazz, rock and electronic music, using the skills of the band’s individuals to the full, in music which is uniquely theirs…" - London Jazz
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The Nonet is an ensemble Miguel uses to explore various compositional techniques with specific focus on texture, non-tonal melodic structures, polyrhythms, and the relationships between them all. Influences include Steve Coleman, Steve Lehman, Louis Andriessen, Gerard Grisey, Thelonious Monk, Stravinsky, and many others. The band features many of London’s leading jazz musicians who bring their own personalities to the sound through their unique improvisations.
Gareth Lockrane - Flutes
Mike Chillingworth - Alto sax & clarinet
George Crowley - Tenor sax & bass clarinet
Miguel Gorodi - Trumpet & flugel
Kieran McLeod - Trombone
Ray Hearne - Tuba
Ralph Wyld - Vibes
Conor Chaplin - Bass
David Hamblett - Drums
Miguel Gorodi Nonet – Apophenia
(Review by Patrick Hadfield)
Trumpeter Miguel Gorodi has put together a biggish band of some of the most interesting musicians on the London jazz scene for this record of his own compositions. Using nine players has allowed him to extend the usual palette of sounds, creating music which is full of texture and depth, as illustrated by the inclusion of Ray Hearne‘s tuba.
Gorodi’s arrangements make the most of the musicians. Gareth Lockrane on flutes and Ralph Wyld on vibraphone stand out throughout, as does Connor Chaplin‘s bass. But then there are moments at which each musician excels, and ensemble sections which pack a punch, too.
The tension between different instruments and registers builds the excitement, released by the excellent solos throughout the record. The simple, repetitive nature of some of the riffs, such as the openings of both La Nausée and Search, may stem from Gorodi’s rumination on mental health and OCD in particular, but they also serve to wind up the spring, which strains to let go.
“Apophenia” is the process of seeing connections and meaning where, perhaps, none exists; the reviewers’ curse, perhaps! Gorodi’s Apophenia might wish us to infer meaning from his use of titles – such as La Nausée, named for Jean-Paul Sartre’s novel, Time Sigmund (Freud, presumably), and Amygdala (a part of the brain); but maybe he’s just playing with us: Not Nicest Memo, fizzes along exuberantly at a cracking pace, the nonet proving they can swing, too.
Treppenwitz is the meeting of three musicians: pianist Matthew Aplin (Mansion of Snakes, KOG and the Zongo Brigade), bassist Tom Riviere (Family Band) and drummer/LCoM lecturer Steve Hanley (Jamie Taylor, Svarc Trio, Richard Iles). The central philosophy is that the world of sound is interconnected, and different strains of music represent outgrowths from the same seed. Explorative passages of beauty and space sit comfortably alongside explosive bursts of freedom, held together by the connective tissue of improvisation. Compositions are written by the members, with something open-ended deliberately in mind; the shapes and contours of the music develop organically, different every time, always seeking.
In 2018, they were selected for Jazz North’s Northern line touring support scheme. Subsequently they toured the UK extensively, completing 25 dates in total.
Their sophomore album, The Kennedys at Beaver Point, was released by New Jazz Records in January 2019. CDs and digital download available at:
A third album awaits release later in 2019.
Thursday 26th September - Septeto Internacional - £10/5 students - Supported by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia
SEPTETO INTERNACIONAL is a unique combo of musicians from Cuba, Brazil, Spain and Switzerland. The repertoire consists entirely of Michael Fleiner’s own compositions in afro Caribbean and Latin jazz styles. It is music for the ears and the legs, for music lovers and dancers alike, performed by three virtuoso wind instrumentalists and a groovy rhythm section.
Michael is always searching in his compositions for interesting ideas from different styles to develop Latin jazz and afro Caribbean music and to give it a personal touch. You can find jazz harmony as well as contemporary rhythm concepts, traditional and modern Latin music, or even ideas from mathematics and physics which gave Michael the nickname “El Matemático del Latin Jazz” (the mathematician from latin jazz) in Latin America.
These very different elements are always packed in a hot and spicy Latin groove.
The actual CD is titled “Como me gusta el 7" and is a reference to the odd time signatures (7/4 and 5/4) and the unconventional art of Michael’s music writing. It is the 5th CD and was released in 2018.
The Septeto Internacional has already been invited to perform in Europe (Spain, France, Italy, Hungary, Switzerland, Austria, Greece, Slovakia) as well as in Latin-America (Mexico, Cuba, Colombia, French Guiana, Suriname) at international Jazz Festivals, Jazz Clubs, Salsa Discos and Folk Festivals.
The musicians from the band are very professional and have a great experience. They play and have played with the most famous musicians in Jazz and Latin Jazz: Chucho Valdés, Irakere, Celia Cruz, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Dizzy Gillespie, Pablo Milanés, Paquito D’Rivera, Joe Henderson, Giovanni Hidalgo, Raoul de Sousa, Dave Valentin, Danilo Pérez, Isaac Delgado, Julio Baretto, etc…
Last but not least: The trumpeter Juan Munguía played for over 15 years in the legendary Cuban band IRAKERE from Chucho Valdés.
So don’t miss the occasion to hear and see this extraordinarily exciting band with excellent musicians coming from different countries.
Juan Munguía - CUBA – trumpet & flugelhorn
Lolo García - SPAIN - alto saxophone
Dudu Penz - BRAZIL - el.-bass
Daniel Bagutti - SWITZERLAND - drums
Stéphane Joerg “El Niño”- SWITZERLAND - congas
Michael Fleiner - SWITZERLAND - piano, compositions & lead
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"Immense technical grasp...passionate commitment to everything that he plays." - Venue
Heartfelt renditions of classic jazz standards by violin virtuoso John Pearce.
Touring his debut album, John will be joined by the award-winning DAVID NEWTON (piano), WILL HARRIS (bass) and IAN MATTHEWS (drums).
John Pearce has been exciting British jazz audiences with his impassioned performances and technical brilliance. Known for his emotive sound and mercurial energy, he improvises with distinctive melodic invention and clarity. His major influences include Paul Desmond, Charlie Parker, Keith Jarrett, Jeff Hamilton and Wynton Marsalis.
"Full of energy and intensity...a true musician." - Andy Sheppard
John Pearce was awarded a bursary at the Royal Academy of Music and studied extensively with Nic Fallowfield and Hungarian pedagogue Bela Katona. Performance highlights include the Royal Albert Hall, St. Martin in the Fields and St. John's, Smith Square and appearances at the Cheltenham Music Festival, the Bath Festival and the Cork Jazz Festival.
Please get your tickets early for this event!