Hello everyone, thanks for the great start to the year so far! Here’s what is coming up this month – we’re pretty excited about it. As ever, please spread the word by telling your friends and sharing our social media posts, it really helps.
Monday 6th March – Sean Gibbs Quintet
Sean Gibbs: Trumpet
Riley Stone-Lonergan: Tenor Saxophone
Rob Brockway: Piano
Calum Gourlay: Bass
Tim Giles: Drums
Sean Gibbs is a London based trumpeter/composer, known for his work with the likes of the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra and Calum Gourlay Big Band. Tonight he will be performing material from his quintet album ‘When Can I See You Again?’, released with Ubuntu Music. This has received wide critical acclaim, including a five star review in BBC Music Magazine. It has also been featured heavily on Jazz FM and BBC Radio 6. The album is made up of original music of Sean’s, steeped in the jazz tradition, with a focus on lyrical melodies, hearty grooves and a deep connection to the blues.
London Jazz News – “When I spot trumpeter Sean Gibbs in a band my spirits lift; I know there will be spot on ensemble playing and expertly-turned, beautifully toned solos”
Herald Scotland – “Gibbs’ music has bags of personality and his soloing is full of ideas, now cool and reflective, now fast and assertive, now downright mischievous.”
Monday 13th March – Raible/Gradischnig Quintet plays Elmo Hope
Steve Fishwick – Trumpet (UK)
Herwig Gradischnig – Tenor Sax (Austria)
Claus Raible – Piano (Germany)
Giorgos Antoniou – Bass (Switzerland)
Matt Home – Drums (UK)
The band co-led by pianist Claus Raible and Austrian tenor saxophonist Herwig Gradischnig has toured extensively throughout the UK and Europe since 2015, paying tribute to the late great American jazz pianist and composer Elmo Hope
Their two CD’s “Searchin’ For Hope” and “The Music Of Elmo Hope Vol.2” have achieved high acclaim in music publications including JazzWise (UK) and Jazz Journal.
About the band members..
Trumpet player Steve Fishwick, born in Manchester is widely considered to be one of the finest trumpet players ever to come from the UK and is rapidly gaining a worldwide reputation thanks to his flawless technique and his beautifully flowing and harmonically rich improvisations. He is one of a growing number of trumpet players who have been heavily influenced by the melodic approach of the late great Kenny Dorham; a figure often overlooked in the pantheon of Jazz trumpet legends. Steve graduated from London’s Royal academy in 1998 with a bachelor of music degree and has since played with a variety of leading musicians from the UK, Europe and further afield, including Sir john Dankworth, Stan Tracey, BBC Big Band, Peter King, Anita O’ Day, Ron Carter, Peter Erskine, George Mraz, Dado Moroni, Tony Lakatos, Tardo Hammer, Scott Hamilton and Ken Peplowski to name a few.
Austrian tenor player Herwig Gradischnig is based in Vienna and until 2007 was a member of the prestigious Vienna Art Orchestra. He has also appeared alongside Randy Brecker, John Swana, Benny Bailey, Conte Candoli, DuskoGoykovich, Ingrid Jensen, Vincent Herring, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Jimmy Cobb, Billy Cobham and Jorge Rossi. He has played in the big bands of Quincy Jones, Al Porcino, NDR Big Band, the Don Ellis Tribute Orchestra, Concert Jazz Orchestra of Vienna and Thomas Gansch.
German-born pianist Claus Raible got fascinated by Jazz as early as in his primary school days through listening to various radio programs. By about age sixteen, while still at high school, Claus had his first professional performing appearances, both as a sideman as well as a leader. Still in his early twenties, while carrying on his musical studies at academic level, Claus had the chance to perform with such stellar musicians as Art Farmer, Andy Bey, Mark Murphy, to just name a few. In 1992, Claus moved to New York City where he formed the Claus Raible Sextet which featured Brad Leali, Mike Karn, Shawn McGloin. As a sideman he started appearing with musicians such as Ben Dixon, Manny Duran, Jimmy Lovelace, Jon Faddis, and later took master classes from pianist Dr. Barry Harris who has been a great influence on his writing and arranging.
Bass Player Giorgos Antoniou hails from Athens and now resides in Basel, Switzerland since 1994. Since then he has undertaken freelance work with some notable names of the Swiss jazz scene and a ten years association with the German pianist/composer and band-leader Joe Haider, with whom he performed and recorded extensively.
Drummer Matt Home born in Huddersfield in 1973. Starting drumming at the age of 7, Matt was a 1994 graduate of Leeds College of Music and did his first professional performances aged 17. He has played, toured and recorded with many leading UK and European musicians including Peter King, Dusko Gykovich , Alan Barnes, Stacey Kent, Cleo Laine, Brandon Allen, Anita Wardell, Claire Martin, Nigel Price and Alex Garnett. He has also performed with US musicians such as Barry Harris, Cyrus Chestnut, Eric Alexander, Grant Stewart, Scott Hamilton, Gary Smulyan, Herb Geller, Lanny Morgan, Danny Moss, Jim Snidero and Spike Robinson.
Monday 20th March – Heidi Vogel
Heidi Vogel – Voice
Ivo Neame – Piano
Larry Bartley – Bass
Jason Brown – Drums
Vocalist with The Cinematic Orchestra since 2006, Heidi appears on their albums “To Believe”, “Live at the Royal Albert Hall”, “Late Night Tales” and has opened for Erykah Badu in Dubai, performed at Montreux Jazz festival for Quincy Jones and appeared live on The Jimmy Kimmel Show on ABC, as well as performing at The Sydney Opera House and with The Krakow Symphony Orchestra, The Heritage Orchestra and The London Metropolitan Orchestra.
Heidi performed with The Cinematic Orchestra concluding a 2019 USA tour at the prestigous Los Angeles Walt Disney Hall where she performed with Patrick Watson, Moses Sumney, and Miguel Atwood Ferguson.
Heidi has also performed at festivals such as:
Cape Town Jazz Festival, Sonar Japan, Fuji Rock, Coachella, Glastonbury, North Sea Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, Blue Note Jazz Festival, New York Film Festival, Central Park Summerstage, BBC 6 Music Festival.
Heidi performed as a soloist for the 2019 BBC Proms at The Royal Albert Hall for a recital of The Sacred Music of Duke Ellington.
Heidi’s performance with pianist Monty Alexander received rave reviews.
She has also performed/recorded with:
Thundercat, Cleveland Watkiss, Banda Black Rio, Simoninha, The Brand New Heavies, ‘Lil Louie Vega, Bobby Mcferrin, Isaac Hayes, Austin Peralta, Ig Culture, Sean Khan for his album with Hermeto Pascoal, F-ire Big Band, Alex Wilson Salsa Orchestra, Chick Corea, Shlomo, Eska, Soweto Kinch, Tawiah, Roots Manuva, Ty and Terry Walker to name just a few.
Heidi’s debut album “Turn up the Quiet”, received impressive reviews from Jazz Wise Magazine, Jazz Times Magazine, as well as support from Jamie Cullum, Benji B, Osunlade and many others.
The album presents Heidi performing Brazilian Bossa nova and jazz classics. A contrast to her work in EDM house classics, as well as broken beat, hip hop and drum and bass.
“…Surely one of the great jazz voices of modern times…” – Vamos London
“…She’s got an extraordinary voice….an incredible range to her voice and such a texture to it as well. You’ll really enjoy the album, keep an eye out for Heidi Vogel” – Jamie Cullum (BBC Radio 2)
“…From her towering opening performance, Heidi Vogel says everything in the right key…. Vogel’s voice is an extraordinarily rich and complex instrument, one that you can easily fall in love with…” – Jazzwise Magazine
Monday 27th March – Alex Western-King
Alex Western-King – Tenor Saxophone
Alex Garnett – Tenor Saxophone
Sam Leak – Organ
Jay Davis – Drums
“Young monarch of swing” – JazzWise Magazine
“Deeply rooted in the jazz tradition, but saying its own thing… a pleasure to listen to. A night of seriously good music” – London Jazz News
Alex Western-King is an award-winning musician who is generally considered to be one of the most talented saxophonists of his generation. With an impressive CV and a band comprised of some of the most in demand jazz musicians in Europe, Alex is rapidly positioning himself at the forefront of the jazz scene.
This band augments swingin’ jazz standards, injecting them with fresh creativity and infectious energy. Locking horns with Western-King in this two-tenor quartet is Alex Garnett, one of the leading saxophonists in the UK and Mainland Europe for over 2 decades. “A first call sideman to the stars” (JazzWise Magazine), Garnett is instantly recognized by his dark, husky sound.
Described as “masterly and hypnotic” (All About Jazz), Sam Leak provides the perfect harmonic support to compliment this fiery front line. A “precise, attentive and an exciting soloist” (Sussex Jazz Magazine), Jay Davis provides driving energy on drums.
With tunes from legendary artists Miles Davis, Bob Brookmeyer, Al Cohn, Joe Lovano, Chick Corea and Booker Little among the bands own original compositions, this is not one to be missed.