Gig Guide

31May
2024

Maddy Coombs Quartet

Maddy is a young up-and-coming tenor saxophonist from Northampton. She returns to The Crypt after her sold out concert two-years ago. Her music is heavily influenced by some of the jazz greats including John Coltrane, Stan Getz and Art Blakey, and also from the thriving UK scene - all of which has influenced her own sound. Her music has a strong focus on storytelling, and on giving the band and herself space to explore new ideas and levels of communication.

The band features some of London’s finest young musicians: Menelik Claffey on bass, Finn Carter on piano, and Jordan Hadfield on drums, and they will be playing a set of originals.

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04June
2024

London LiveCode presents

London LiveCode presents a special satellite event, part of ICLC 2024: the International Conference on Livecoding.

This is a night of coded music, visuals, and live sculpture. Featuring artists who livecode intelligent musical agents, tweak colorfully fluid visuals, snap code blocks into synthesisers, web art glitches and use code to push 3D printers to their noisy and musical limits. Plus an open jam at the start (7pm - 7.30pm) for the livecode-curious who bring their laptops and software.

Confirmed Acts: Giovanni / Alex, BITPRINT X Cassiel, Mah[alias] x joana.art, digitalselves x ulysses.code, Michael John-Mizra and some more secret guests!

A night of experimental techno, visuals, code, errors, algorithmic sculpture and more.

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07June
2024

Tony Kofi & The Organisation

Formed in the early 2000's, the Organisation worked with many of London's leading jazz musicians but did not become a regular quartet until they were joined by saxophonist Tony Kofi in August 2010. The Organisation's combination of both the bluesy soul jazz side, and their knowledge of the more modern post bop repertoire, worked perfectly with Tony's approach. Their aim became to play unacknowledged classics, many from Blue Note repertoire from the "60's and elsewhere. This approach was validated by the reception received for their 2018 debut album "Point Blank" (the title taken from the classic 1967 John Boorman film of the same name). Since its release they have played numerous sold out shows and they are currently preparing their follow up album to be released on newly formed record label "Mr PC Records" and will include tunes in the jazz, blues idioms.

Tony Kofi (baritone sax), Simon Fernsby (guitar), Liam Dunachie (organ), Tristan Maillott (drums).

"One of today's hottest and most innovative quartets" - BBC music magazine

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14June
2024

New Focus Duo: The Classical Connection

Award-winning piano-saxophone team Euan Stevenson and Konrad Wiszniewski’s New Focus: The Classical Connection gives fascinating insights into the relationship between classical music and jazz.

In this superb, informal presentation two of the UK’s leading jazz musicians improvise a Bach-style reinvention of a well-known standard and an arrangement of the Duke Ellington Orchestra’s theme tune, Take the A Train in the style of a Mozart sonata, among other delights.

As well as being a superb pianist, Stevenson is a composer who has premiered works on both sides of the Atlantic and whose recent commissions include an arrangement of the Ukrainian national anthem for renowned violin virtuoso Pinchas Zukerman and the English Chamber Orchestra. He is also the co-composer, arranger and pianist with the multi-award-winning singer, Georgia Cecile.

Saxophonist Wiszniewski is one of the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra’s star soloists and twice winner of the Best Instrumentalist title at the Scottish Jazz Awards. His improvisations are always potent, soulful and exciting and have led to him being in-demand as a session player across a range of styles including pop, soul, folk and jazz. Away from New Focus and the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra he features with the current Jazz FM favourites Mama Terra.

In The Classical Connection, Stevenson and Wiszniewski move between styles with consummate ease. You’ll discover why romantic composers like Chopin, Rachmaninov and Duke Ellington all loved the same key. Learn why Miles Davis and Eric Satie were kindred spirits and hear brilliantly performed jazz standards and original compositions from Stevenson and Wiszniewski’s acclaimed New Focus albums for the Whirlwind label.

“They are both musicians with an instinctive desire to communicate. Not only was the verbal explanation kept short and pithy, but the musical points were always very succinctly made. The audience went home royally entertained, and probably a little better educated as well.” – Keith Bruce, The Herald

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