Gig Guide

20APR
2018

Gary Willcox Quartet

The Gary Willcox Quartet was formed in 2007 by Gary as way for him to develop his skills as a composer.

Since then the band has worked predominantly around the London and South East area taking in venues such Ronnie Scott's, The 606 Club, Jazz Cafe Posk, to name a few.

As well as Gary's own compositions the band also reinterpret works by some of the giants of modern jazz e.g. Theloniuos Monk, Charlie Parker, Wayne Shorter.

Neither Straight Ahead nor Zeitgeist, the band have their own 'Contemporary Straight Ahead' sound, rooted in the tradition but with each player's own voice on their respective instrument combining to create a fresh but recognisable palate.

"A versatile band with a rich, emotive sound: three powerful yet thoughtful soloists propelled by a lively, rustling drummer, playing open, attractively airy music imbued with just the right mix of punch and wistfulness." - Chris Parker.

With Stephen Main (alto sax), Oli Hayhurst (double bass), and Ross Stanley (piano).

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27APR
2018

Georgia Mancio / Kate Williams Quartet

Georgia Mancio - voice, Kate Williams - piano, Oli Hayhurst - double bass and David Ingamells - drums

"[Mancio is] a superb vocalist ... not afraid to experiment with arrangements and presentation" All About Jazz 5*

"Kate Williams has a rare quality among jazz composers: a musical vocabulary that's all her own" The Observer 4*

An award-winning team of two of the UK's leading artists: vocalist/lyricist Georgia Mancio and pianist/composer Kate Williams present standards and their own originals.

Georgia has worked with Alan Broadbent (co-written album Songbook 2017), Bobby McFerrin, Liane Carroll, Ian Shaw and Gwilym Simcock and produced festivals ReVoice! (2010-2014) and Hang (2017).

Kate's credits include Bobby Wellins (Smoke And Mirrors 2012), Chris Biscoe, Stan Sulzmann and The Pete Hurt Jazz Orchestra. Her most recent project, Four Plus Three, for trio and string quartet led to a new collaborative concept piece with Georgia.

In a coveted 4 star review from The Guardian, Finding Home was described "a triumph of integrity and classy musicality" and witnesses the maturation of their ten year working relationship.

Tonight they are joined by bassist Oli Hayhurst and drummer David Ingamells.

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04May
2018

Dave De Rose - Agile Experiments & The Day Goes

Agile Experiments is a project curated by Dave De Rose based around, but not limited by, 8 combinations of 14 musicians based in London, that come together in a genre-defying free improv setting. Initially formed from 1-hour concerts in Brixton Village courtesy of The Agile Rabbit Pizzeria (from where the project got its name), the group have just released Volume One of their collective efforts on 12" vinyl.

For this concert Agile Experiments presents:Tom Challenger (Saxophone), Colin Somervell (Double Bass), Dave De Rose (Drums)

The Day Goes are a flesh punching instrumental guitar trio that fuses a plethora of styles with music for both dance-floor and listening audiences. The result is a dramatically dynamic driving force of uplifting spaced sonics with clearly resounding and catchy sing-along melodies.

The Day Goes are: Dario Rossetti-Bonell (Guitar), Dave De Rose (Bass), Yusuf Ahmed (Drums)

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11MAY
2018

Steven Edwards Quartet

Stephen Edwards - London, Notting Hill born and bred arranger-composer with Caribbean roots celebrates a mix of music by his favourite composers and his own work inspired by John Coltrane, Thelonius Monk, Steve Lacy, Billy Strayhorn and more!

Stephen's stellar quartet line-up consists of award-winning rising star jazz pianist Sam Leak, acclaimed double bass player composer Luke Fowler and MOBO-winning top UK jazz drummer Shaney Forbes.

Cool, passionate, dazzling and unexpected - it will be a night to remember!

Stephen has just recorded 'Mr Redman' at the famous Arnold Murhen studio in Amsterdam, his UK debut album, which will be released in Summer 2018.

Stephen Edwards - sax, Sam Leak - Piano, Luke Fowler - Double Bass, Shaney Forbes - Drums

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18MAY
2018

Justin Thurgur's Afro-Jazz Project

Justin Thurgur has been at the heart of the UK's World Music scene for over twenty years, primarily through his collaborations with the Afrobeat maestro Dele Sosimi and with the pianist Kishon Khan. He has worked with the likes of Cuban giants Giraldo Piloto, Changuito and Julito Padron, with Nigerian drum legend Tony Allen, with Damon Albarn's Africa Express project, which included Cheick Tidiane-Seck and Fatoumata Diawara, with Bukky Leo and The Selecter. He is perhaps most known as the trombonist from the multi-award winning 'folk' group Bellowhead. Their split in 2016 led to him forming his own band and releasing his debut album as a bandleader 'No Confusion'. This album saw him returning to his roots, a deep passion for Jazz, but with heavy influences from the international music community he's been immersed in since the mid-90's

"Perfection does not exist, but with this album, Justin Thurgur and his mates are coming dangerously close to it." Philippe de Cleen - damusic.be

Justin Thurgur on trombone, Graeme Flowers on trumpet, Kishon Khan on piano, Rhodes and Hammond organ, Suman Joshi on double bass, and Tansay Omar on drums

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25MAY
2018

Laura Furci

The composer, pianist, lyricist and singer Laura Furci is one of the new voices to emerge from Italy's creative music scene. Jazz, Brazilian sounds and the accent of the south mark the identity of an artist with classical training and unlimited curiosity. She has shared stages with the master Al Jarreau, as well as with Guillermo McGill and Javier Colina, plus the saxophonist David Binney, drummer Colin Stranahan, bassist Ugonna Okegwo, Michael League among many others. Here, we will have the chance to discover her most intimate side as she accompanies herself at the piano. A true discovery.

"Italian jazz singer and classical pianist Laura Furci shows in her compositions her natural talent. Full of melodic richness and miraculously harmonic changes, her moving voice mixes nods to various roots with her own way of feeling music, never leaving the accomplished air of jazz." Cuadernos de Jazz, Spain.

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01JUN
2018

Tomasz Bura and the Scientists

Coming from the Eastern European school of classical piano, Tomasz Bura has wide language as an instrumentalist and a composer. He connects his classical music background with jazz and World Music elements. His compositions are rich with colourful harmonies and surprising rhythms. Supported by top UK bassist Yolanda Charles (QUEEN, Hans Zimmer), Mark Mondesir (John McLaughlin, Chris Potter) on drums and astonishing World Music singer Rouhangeze Baichoo will make the show an unforgettable experience.

Tomasz Bura - piano, keyboards, Rouhangeze Baichoo - vocals, Yolanda Charles - bass, Mark Mondesir - drums.

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08JUN
2018

Alam Nathoo's Cerberus Distracted

Dark, daring, playful and adventurous, Cerberus Distracted is a 3-saxophone headed musical mongrel. Inspired by duality: light and shade, contrast, conflict, doubt, the mystic and scientific, time and space, Alam Nathoo's visceral compositions draw upon elements from the music of old spirituals through to contemporary classical, via jazz and improv. A multi-faceted, dark and winding thrill-ride.

As a sideman, Alam is an active member of a diverse range of projects. Amongst these are platinum selling UK soul legend Mica Paris' jazz group, Huw V Williams ensemble 'Hon' and rising jazz star Anthony Strong's quintet.

Alam Nathoo - Tenor/Soprano Sax, Tom Challenger - Tenor Sax, Chris Williams - Alto Sax, Huw V Williams - Bass, and Jeff Williams - Drums

'dynamic, expressive lyricism and elegant phrasing, and a palette that could turn effortlessly from blissy to deep and dense.' LondonJazzNews.com

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