Simon Spillett - Tenor Sax
Andy Nowak - Piano
Al Swainger - Bass
Tony Orrell - Drums
Simon Richard Spillett is a multi-award winning English jazz tenor saxophonist...
Described by the late Humphrey Lyttelton as "formidable", Simon Spillett is a British jazz saxophonist who 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.
Jade Gall - Saxophone
Andy Nowak - Piano
Kevin O'Rourke - Drums
Pasquale Votino - Double bass
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” by top UK trumpeter 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.
Three stalwarts of the Bristol jazz scene come together for a one off evening of favourites from the great American songbook with a few surprises. Best known for his work with Parliamentary Jazz Award-winning prog jazzers Get The Blessing, Jake McMurchie has a deep passion for the tenor sound of Sonny Rollins, while Rebecca Nash’s work with Sara Colman, Entropi and Paradox Ensemble as well has her own quartet Atlas, has proven her to be one of the country’s most indispensable pianists. Bassist Will Harris has worked with the UK’s finest including Andy Sheppard, Nikki Iles and David Newton, and recently appeared in Inner City Ensemble alongside US tenor sax legend Chris Potter.
Jonathan Mansfield’s Elftet was formed in September 2015. His original compositions are influenced by those of Vince Mendoza, Marius Neset and Ravel, as well as songwriters such as Norah Jones and James Taylor. The larger ensemble offers a wide palette of textures and colours, from traditional four horn writing to more contemporary classical music with the use of strings and vibraphone. Elftet has gigged already around the UK and has been played on BBC radio 3 and WBGO (New York jazz station). In September 2017, Elftet are recording at Real World Studios with vibraphone virtuoso Jim Hart producing, Alex Bonney engineering and mixing as well as flute wizard Gareth Lockrane, Kit Downes on organ and tenor legend Chris Potter featuring on tracks. The line up features some of the most exciting UK based musicians.
Ella Hohnen Ford - Vocals & Flute
James Davison - Trumpet and Flugel
Tom Smith - Alto,Tenor Sax and Flute
George Millard - Tenor Sax and Bass Clarinet
Rory Ingham - Trombone
Dom Ingham - Violin, vocals
Laura Armstrong - Cello
Oliver Mason - Guitar
Jonny Mansfield - Vibraphone
Will Harris - Bass - Bristolian Hero
Boz Martin-Jones - Drums
'Really beautiful music' - Jorge Rossy
‘As a professional musician, I appreciate the high level of craft exhibited by Jonny Mansfield's Elftet. But more importantly, as a human being I bask in the beautiful feeling this music gives me. I will return to it again and again. Thank you, Jonny & Co.!’ - Joe Locke
'Jonny Mansfield, whose incredible relaxed demeanour belied the quite mystifying way he managed to make this complex instrument sing.' - London Jazz News
Elfter was featured twice in Jazzwise's 'who to look out for in 2018' - http://www.jazzwisemagazine.com/artists/14810-who-to-look-out-for-in-2018
The Nick Costley-White Quartet combine their love and deep understanding for the jazz tradition with a fresh and modern aesthetic. Their repertoire draws on unique interpretations of songs from the jazz cannon as well as their own exciting and harmonically rich compositions. The band is made up of some of the countries finest improvising musicians; Matt Robinson on piano, Conor Chaplin on double bass and Dave Hamblett on drums.
The quartet’s debut album Detour Ahead, recorded in April 2017, portrays a narrative exploring the group’s musical journey. It begins with performances which draw from the American Songbook tradition and travels through to a more modern aesthetic inspired by the surroundings of London’s jazz scene. This compelling journey explores sounds from many perspectives simultaneously. Forms, harmonies and rhythms are superimposed and abstracted but still retain their essential function, whilst the improvisations express the excitement and beauty of these frameworks.
Vocals / Louise Victoria
Drums & Electronics / Mark Whitlam
Piano & Keyboards / Dale Hambridge
Bass / Chris Jones
Led by the songwriting team of vocalist Louise Victoria and drummer, Mark Whitlam, We Are Leif deftly span the balance of jazz sensibilities with the groove and sound world more associated with Neo-Soul, R'n'B and Down Tempo genres. Louise's voice sits comfortably alongside the company of Gretchen Parlato and Becca Stevens. Musically there are nods in the direction of Erykah Badu and Jill Scott whilst retaining a classic Bristol sound, steeped in the history of bands like Portishead, Massive Attack and Lamb.
"...clear musical ideas used as the basis for fresh interpretation within their chosen form, and thanks to the singer’s confidence and clarity the results have an integration that belies the comparative newness of their project." - Tony Benjamin, bristol247.com
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.