Hello everyone – we have another great bunch of gigs lined up for you this month. We’re really happy being back in our regular room, and the staff at the Parakeet have been so helpful, and we’re really grateful to them for making the transition so smooth. One piece of housekeeping – to avoid any confusion we are now officially “Jazz at the Parakeet.” This is reflected in our social media, website (http://www.jazzattheparakeet.com) and posters. As ever a massive shout out to Osian Roberts for the incredible design! Hopefully we’ll see you at a gig very soon.
5th June – Felix Ambach Trio
Felix Ambach (NY) – Drums, Composition
Julius Gawlik (Berlin) – Clarinet
Roger Kintopf (Cologne) – Bass
Built on year long friendships the band came together during the pandemic in 2020 with a lot of time to rehearse and work on an unique bandsound. While respecting the jazz tradition the band goes from a classical chamber music sound to a raw traditional swing sound. The joy of communication through music and establishing a common groove and freedom sets the basis of the trio’s playing. The trio is the winner of the German Youth Jazz Prize 2021 and the scholarship programme jazz@undesigned 2021. In summer 2023 the band will tour together for the release of their first album, “Live”.
12th June – Kieran McLeod Trio
Kieran McLeod – Trombone
George Crowley – Tenor Saxophone
Dave Hamblett – Drums
Trombonist Kieran McLeod, explores the traditions of Jazz alongside the voices of George Crowley on Tenor Saxophone and Dave Hamblett on Drums. The listener is invited to become the fourth member of the band as the trio builds a harmonic world with powerful rhythms to get lost inside of. The band will be performing Kieran’s original and high energy music so expect interweaving melodies that take influence from New Orleans to Scotland and from Cuba to South Africa. This is deeply acoustic music built to resonate within you.
19th June – Alexander Bryson Trio
Alexander Bryson – Piano
Jeremy Brown – Bass
Matt Fishwick – Drums
Alexander Bryson is a leading British jazz pianist based in London. He has appeared at internationally prestigious venues including Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, Washington DC’s Blues Alley and the 606 Jazz Club, and at the Cork, Derry and London jazz festivals. A sought after sideman, he has worked with renowned jazz artists including Grant Stewart, Chris Cheek, Alex Garnett, Steve Fishwick, Ossian Roberts, Allison Neal, Benoit Viellefon and many others.
Before pursuing a career in Jazz, Alex trained classically, receiving a bachelor’s degree in classical piano from Trinity College of Music in London in 2010. In 2013 he moved to New York City to pursue a Masters degree in classical performance at Mannes College, The New School for Music in New York, and an advanced diploma at the Aaron Copeland of School of Music, Queen’s College.
During classical studies in New York Bryson regularly attended the workshops of Barry Harris, and received lessons with Jeb Patton, Michael Weiss, Antonio Hart and Dennis Mackrell. His first work as a jazz musician was in the Marie-Claire Giraud Quintet, alongside Dwayne Clemons, Murray Wall and Luke Decker. After this he soon became a jazz pianist full-time, played at Arturo’s, The Metropolitan Room, Cleopatra’s Needle, The Cotton Club, The Flatiron Room and at Blues Alley, in Washington DC.
Now back in London, Bryson has recently released his much anticipated debut album ‘The Alexander Bryson Trio’ on Hard Bop Records, which launched at a sold out show in Soho’s Pizza Express Jazz Club.
26th June – Laura Klain Quartet: Shorter In Blue
Vincenzo Saetta – Alto Sax
Ivano Leva – Piano
Daniele Brenca – Bass
Laura Klain – Drums
Laura Klain was born in Toulouse, France. At the age of 7 she began studying ethnic percussion in southern Italy, developing a great technique especially on frame drums and tammorras and starting work as a professional musician.
At the age of 13 she joined the Eugenio Bennato Taranta Power group as first percussionist and toured with this band for 4 years around the world, playing for many festivals and big venues, including the Cairo “Opera Theatre”, ìParco della Musicaî in Rome, ìTabarka Festivalî in Tunisi, ìMedFestî Greece, Kosovo, Galles, Spain, Algeria and many other countries. During this period she also recorded for singers and songwriters Eugenio Bennato and Pietra Montecorvino. In the same period she had the opportunity to play with many great artists from the ethno-wolrd music scene like Trilok Gurtu, Hasna El Bechaira, Fathy Slamama, Il Cairo Opera Orchestra, Alfio Antico, Antonio Infantino and many others.
At the age of 16 Laura left the World music scene to shift from percussion to the drums. That change was the start of her artistic way to Jazz music. She went deep into Jazz drums studying with drummer Roberto Gatto at Rome Conservatory and attending masterclasses and workshops with many jazz international stars, including Peter Erskine, Jorge Rossy, Greg Hutchinson, Jeff Ballard, Antonio Sanchez, Aaron Goldberg, Larry Grenadier, Mark Turner, Peter Bernstein, Gege Munari, Andy Sheppard, Seamus Blake, Gary Novak, Mark Guiliana, Johnathan Blake, Nasheet Waits, David Kikoski, Eddie Gomez, Francisco Mela, Dave Liebman, Flavio Boltro, Avishai Cohen, Joshua Redman, Scott Colley.
From that period she toured with several bands joining festivals and clubs all over Italy including ìInternational Jazz Festivalî in La Spezia with Aldo Bassi trio and LSJO Orchestra, ìTiberio Nicola Awardsî and ìEmpoli Jazz Festivalî with Max Ionata feat. Leonardo Corradi and Piero Angela trio. In 2014 she was chosen as ìLucca Jazz Donna Music Festivalî testimonial, opening the event with her own Quintet. She also appeared in some radio and TV shows with Fiorello and Renzo Arbore.
She is now working as leader and sideman with many projects touring all over Italy and Europe. Since 2016 she has co-led the Two Late duo with organist Alberto Gurrisi, playing more than 100 concerts with this project including Tanjazz Festival (Marocco), Torino Jazz Festival, Piacenza Jazz Festival and many other italian clubs as a duo and as a rhythm section for guests like Daniele Scannapieco, Giovanni Amato, Michael Rosen, Nico Gori, Alessio Menconi and others.
Laura also played with Fabio Zeppetella, Marco Panascia, Michael Rosen, Giovanni Amato, Daniele Scannapieco, Antonio De Luise, Pippo Matino, Pietro Ciancaglini, Paolo Benedettini, Diego Borotti, Shareef Clayton, Alessio Menconi, Mauro Battisti, Humberto AmÈsquita, Max Ionata, Maurizio Urbani, Matteo Prefumo, Domenico Sanna, Giuseppe Bassi, Renzo Arbore, Piero Angela, Marco Ferri, Silvia Manco, Andrea Santaniello, Francesco Puglisi, Vittorio Silvestri, Andrea Rea, Massimo DíAvola, Seby Burgio, Stefano Nunzi, Luca Biggio and others.