Lieko Quintet is a Manchester-based group turning contemporary jazz on its head with melodic, groove-infused compositions. Treading a path somewhere between soul music and folk song, they use melody as an anchor for moving between riff-based interplay and free improvisation. When blended together with the rhythmic precision of old school funk and cathartic energy of Nigerian afrobeat, the result is a brain-melting concoction of new-world explorations.
Since forming three years ago, the band has performed at venues and festivals all over Europe, with appearances at Manchester Jazz Festival, Brecon Jazz: Futures, Malta International Arts Festival, Kelburn Garden Party and many other venues across the UK. They released their debut EP, ‘Deja Vu’, in July 2016 and have since followed it with a wildly unconventional music video for the single ‘Scratch That’, which appears on their latest record, ‘Amethyst’.
If you’re not already dancing, they’ll pull the proverbial rug out from underneath your feet, and get you moving in places you never even knew existed.
“…intelligent, inventive and imaginative…” - The Jazz Man
Seven musicians from five nationalities connecting modern and traditional music, this is the Matheus Prado Septet.
British contemporary harmonies and melodies driven by Brazilian and African rhythms; a unique soundscape played by a global band formed of Welsh, English, Scottish, Portuguese and Brazilian members.
The band follows the path that Hermeto Pascoal and Kenny Wheeler started, bringing back folk melodies into a modern context. The septet format allows an immense variety of textures, that are used to create the right ambient to each moment. This concept requires a high level of expressibility to the band because all the players are soloists and accompanists at some point. Having trumpet and saxes accompanying bass and trombone, or having the drums playing a melody are some of the textures that we can find in their repertoire.
After going to Switzerland to release their first album Childhood, playing two festivals one in Brienz and one in Langnau, the septet is now back on the road again in the UK to continue creating and developing their sound.
The best way to understand is to listen to it:
More information: mpradomota.com/septet/
James Morton is one of the most exciting saxophone players of his generation.
Born out of the Bristol music scene James was appointed Ambassador of Music for his home town in 2014 and is a long standing member of British trip-hop Legends The Herbaliser.
James has developed an international career over the last 15 years, working with some of the world’s best known and prolific artists, including Kasabian, Pendulum, Raphael Saadiq, Cee Lo Green, Roni Size, George Clinton, Fred Wesley and The New JB’s, Pee Wee Ellis, Angelique Kidjo and Carleen Anderson to name a few.
James also recently worked as part of the NPG Hornz playing with Liv Warfield and other members of Prince’s band.
With 2 critically acclaimed album releases to his name James Morton’s Porkchop “Don’t You Worry ‘bout That” and “The Kid” released in 2016, the forthcoming year will see a string of new releases from James.
James has recently been commissioned by Canary Wharf, Chestochowa and The Polish Ministry of culture. Newly formed project CraqSquad, formed with multi award winning producer DJ SUV, which includes members of Massive Attack, The Herbaliser and Roni Size Reprazent drew a crowd of 9000 people at their first performance in May 2018.
His unique lyrical and rhythmic style, which allows him to directly “speak” to his audience, conveys a strong sense of emotion that directly connects with his audience which makes him such a special – and in demand – player.
James will perform some of his original compositions as well as his own arrangements of some well known jazz standards.
James Morton - Alto sax
Anders Olinder - Keys
Ian Matthews - Drums
Guitar - TBC
Violinist, John Pearce, is an internationally renowned jazz and classical musician. He has performed in venues throughout the world, closer to home at the Royal Albert Hall, on radio and television, and has given world premières of works by composers such as Sir Richard Rodney Bennett. As a soloist, he has performed concertos by Bach, Bruch, Beethoven and Brahms and has given duo recitals with pianist and composer Motoki Hirai. His artistry and passion come to the fore in his dazzling jazz performances.
“He extracts a gloriously heart-warming quality from his instrument, playing with the utmost tenderness” (The Guardian). “John Pearce soloed ecstatically … furiously inventive throughout” (JazzWise).
His latest album with jazz pianist, David Newton, is receiving outstanding acclaim.
Pianist David Newton is, in Matt Skelton’s words, "one of our nation’s treasured pianists".
The man has a lovely touch; that is for certain. Scottish-born and educated at the Leeds College of Music, Newton’s recording career had begun in 1985 with Buddy De Franco and Martin Taylor and his first solo album was released in 1988.
He’s been the accompanist of choice for vocal royalty for years, and it’s easy to hear why: Newton’s musical responsiveness is as impressive as his re-harmonization and arranging skills at the piano. It can be a fine line between clever and stupid when it comes to re-setting musical chestnuts to the jazz format, but Newton bridges that gap by a good mile or more. He’s the kind of pianist every drummer and bass player could wish for.
Fittingly, Newton has been voted 'Best Jazz Pianist' in the British Jazz Awards for the thirteenth time in 2014 and was made a Fellow of Leeds College of Music in 2003.
This year Cupid's own day falls on a Thursday, so the hotel will be supplying romantic dinners to the loved up of Bristol. Jazz will take a break this week...
When not being distracted by touring with Kasabian or working on the cool contemporary sound of The Duval Project, trumpet player Gary Alesbrook is actually a jazz man. His latest CD “Jazz In Movies” was released to critical acclaim last year and celebrates those early influences. It features music from Ennio Morricone to Burt Bacharach. All treated with respect and swinging gusto. His second album is set for release this year and has already attracted high profile artists to guest on it.
Tonight Gary will be playing with the incredible vocalist Elliott Cole whose voice has attracted international recognition for many years. Leigh Coleman’s notoriety as an artist has risen with remarkable alacrity over the last couple of years. Seeing him travel around the UK and Europe singing with and supporting Joss Stone, Solomon Burke, and performances alongside Sandie Shaw, Beverly Knight and Ronnie Scotts Natalie Williams.
Tonight they will be exploring the west coast jazz scene with music from Chet Baker to Bill Evans.
They are joined by the awesome rhythm section of Anders Olinder on keys, Chris Jones on Bass and Scott Hammond on drums.
SINGLE LAUNCH - The Becki Biggins Quartet release their new single, a cover of Elvis Presley’s I Can’t Help Falling in Love With You. Featuring John-Paul Gard (Hammond organ), Andy Tween (drums) and Ben Waghorn (woodwind)
‘Becki Biggins; great lass, great talent’ - Sir Michael Parkinson
‘Biggins is blessed with a seductive, golden-timbres set of pipes’ - Jazzwise
‘A gifted and likeable vocalist of immense charm and sensitivity’ - Jazz FM
It’s a Man’s World is a new project by Grammy-Nominated Jazz Singer and Songwriter Becki Biggins. Influenced by blues and gospel music (arriving at gospel-tinged jazz pop) Becki has paired up with Hammond maestro John-Paul Gard to bring old songs to new audiences; material is inspired, written and made famous by men, with songs by Billy Joel, Glen Campbell, Elvis and Frank Sinatra, as well as fitting originals by Becki herself.
Becki is a respected songwriter, having co-written three US albums with writer/producer Paul Hardcastle (19, The Wizard), all of which went to No.1 in the US Jazz Charts. Her own compositions for this project showcase her unique take on the relationships of both herself and others; You Should Be Married By Now, with its boogaloo beat, is a prime example of both her witty humour and novel take on the subject of tying the knot, while You Can’t Be Too Happy is a Norah Jones-esque country/gospel word-to-the-wise.
John-Paul Gard is an accomplished hammond organ player, who fronts his own trio as well as performing with The Lee Goodall Trio and The Jon Dalton Organ Trio, based in Venice Beach, CA. Their latest album, Warm Ghosts in a Cold World is currently climbing the US jazz charts. JP has also recorded his own solo album, Come on Rita, and is endorsed by Roland UK and Electro Harmonix USA.
Andy Tween (drums) is not only an exceptional drummer, but also composes music for film, TV and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama’s drum examination syllabus. He has an extensive touring background, having performed with PeeWee Ellis, Fred Wesley, PP Arnold, Jim Mullen, Carl Orr, Jean Toussaint, Andy Sheppard and Dave Newton, amongst others.
Ben Waghorn (tenor saxophone) began playing in local bands in Bristol at the age of 14 and is now one of the most well-respected and in-demand saxophonists the UK has to offer. He has performed and recorded with bands including Kasabian, Goldfrapp and Portishead, and has performed in West End shows including West Side Story and Chicago. He has played alongside John Critchenson, John Etheridge, Damon Brown, Andy Sheppard, Gilad Atzmon and Steve Waterman, and is a member of the John-Paul Gard Trio.
This performance will be the very first time that a Bristol audience has heard the band’s new material; it’s a night not to be missed and promises to showcase some exciting new music from home-grown musicians. BOOK YOUR TICKETS NOW!
Becki Biggins - vocals
John-Paul Gard - hammond organ
Andy Tween - drums
Ben Waghorn - woodwind
‘The Welcome Rain’ is a project featuring and co-led by Tommy Emmerton on guitar and Graeme Flowers on trumpet. Original compostions inspired by Wayne Shorter, Michael Brecker, Wynton Marsalis and Pat Metheny, with Dave Whitford on bass and Simon Lea on drums.
Tommy Emmerton is from Barry Island - a place affectionately known to locals as Basra - and studied jazz at Trinity College Of Music and The Royal Academy Of Music. He is currently the guitarist for The Book Of Mormon in London’s West End, BBC Big Band, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra, Louis Dowdeswell Big Band and is professor of harmony and jazz guitar at The Guildhall School Of Music And Drama. Tommy has performed with artists as diverse as Al Jarreau, Eddie Henderson, Gary Bartz, Curtis Stigers and Katherine Jenkins and has recorded with Jamie Cullum and Burt Bacharach. His hobbies include philosophy, eating and drawing knobs on things.
Tommy is author of the Pretty, Mental Music blog - tommyemmerton.com
On TV and in concert, Graeme Flowers has performed live with Quincy Jones, Taylor Swift, Paul Weller, Honne, Duran Duran, Elbow, Rumer, Cee Lo Green, Michael Buble, The Brand New Heavies, Caro Emerald, Tom Jones, Rebecca Ferguson, The Little Angels, The James Taylor Quartet, The Herbaliser, Just Jack, Hard-Fi, Kelly Rowland, The Script, Jamie Cullum, Caro Emerald, Tony Hadley, ABC, Go West, Charlotte Church, Lisa Stansfield, Will Young, Jools Holland, Lemar, Cathy Denis, Mel C, Rick Astley, Seal, Sandy, Shaw, Kelly Clarkson, Midge Ure, Jamelia, Carleen Anderson, Mica Paris, Emma Bunton, Ronan Keating, Gary Barlow, Alesha Dixon, Jason Donovan, Mark Owen, Lisa Stansfield, Thomas Helmig, Manu Katche and Domonic Miller.
Graeme has toured the world with Kylie Minogue, and has been involved in her recent Royal Albert Hall Christmas performances.
In the studio, Graeme has recorded on the albums of Leona Lewis, John Newman, Rebecca Ferguson, Caro Emerald, Imelda May, Simply Red, Joey Negro, The Sunburst Band, Moloko, Duffy, Brenda Russell, The Go Team, Katie Melua, Jakatta, Patrick Wolf, The Feeling, Annakin, Lisa Lois, JTQ, Mick Hucknall, Ed Motta, and Jo Hogg. Graeme has also recorded on the Jazz albums of The London horns, Tim Rose, Clement Regert, Jacob Quistgaard and Will Todd. Also the ‘world music’ albums of Eliane Correa, Lokkhi Terra, Cubafrobeat, Saravah Soul, Justin Thurgur, Pandit Danesh, Family Atlantica, Afro Elements and Jazzinho.
Graeme recorded the theme tune to the kids TV show the Go Jetters, and Zingzillas. He can also be heard on many other TV, advert and library tracks.
Graeme has toured with Kyle Eastwood, Clint’s bass playing son. He has performed on, and written music for three Clint Eastwood movie soundtracks, and played at all the major Jazz festivals and jazz clubs in America, Japan, Europe, Indonesia and South Africa.
Graeme recently recorded on the soundtracks for movies Early Man and Hurricane.
Within Jazz and World Music, Graeme has also played with Tom Scott, Charlie Hunter, Deodato, The BBC Big Band, Gregory Porter, The London Horns, Matthew Herbert, Cubana Bop, Hexagonal, Will Todd. Saravah Soul, Jazzinho, Lokkhi Terra, Snowboy, Pandit Danesh, Matt Bianco, Dele Sosimi, Wara, Eliana Correa, Andreas Vollenweider and Down to the Bone.
GRAEME FLOWERS - TRUMPET
TOMMY EMMERTON - GUITAR
DAVE WHITFORD - BASS
SIMON LEA - DRUMS
Thursday 20th December - BIG SCREEN TRIO - DAVE NEWTON, MATT SKELTON AND TOM FARMER - £10/5 students
THE FINAL GIG OF 2018...AND WHAT A WAY TO GO OUT! THE BIG SCREEN TRIO....
Piano trios are the most perfect of improvisatory ensembles: rhythm section and soloists all in one package, capable of playing any songs from the jazz canon as well as from the world of popular music. And while jazz has often turned to Tin Pan Alley for its musical inspiration, the worlds of Broadway and cinema offer timeless melodies that enjoy universal appeal, with a library that grows year after year. Because so many of us live out our fantasies in film as well as score our own lives and daily moments with music from the cinema, there is an emotional and visceral joy when hearing these tunes rendered with the care, intellect, passion and excellence that the Big Screen brings to the music.
Who are the musicians in the Big Screen? They are players who ‘get’ what this music is about. They honour the composers and filmmakers intentions while playing the music with a finely- tuned sense of taste and swing. And this jazz trio does swing. Plus they know how to use space. If you detect a good amount of reverence for artfulness and for these songs – and what these songs mean to so many people – then you ‘get’ it too. The three members of the Big Screen make for an impressive line-up.
Big Screen comprises Matt Skelton drums, Tom Farmer bass and David Newton keyboards.
Will Harris’s Christmas jazz-up
Will Harris - double bass
Phil King - vocals
Jake McMurchie - tenor
John Pearce - violin
George Cooper - piano
Ian Matthews - drums
One of the country's finest bassists and Future Inn regular Will Harris leads a stellar ensemble of some of the hottest names in Bristol for a fabulous pre-Christmas jazz-up.
The evening will feature local hero Phil King on vocals (“absolutely brilliant” - Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2) alongside Get The Blessing saxophonist Jake McMurchie, and local jazz fans will need no introduction to the blistering virtuosity of violinist John Pearce. Joining Will in the rhythm section is long-time collaborator George Cooper (Haggis Horns, Joss Stone) and international jet-set drummer Ian Matthews. The guys will be exploring the repertoire of Tony Bennett and Chet Baker, along with some other favourite jazz standards and maybe even some Christmassy surprises. A festive evening not to be missed...