Brighton Jazz Club
Friday 7 September 2007
Gilad Atzmon's Orient House Ensemble £14/£12
Gilad Atzmon Saxophones, clarinet, vocals
Frank Harrison Piano Yaron Stavi Bass Asaf Sirkis Drums
A great new season, a brand new venue, but a very familiar figure for our first night at Komedia. Gilad's first appearances for Brighton Jazz Club were suitably jaw-dropping for their sheer intensity, invention and verve; he has continued to confound expectations with his fresh approach to the classic jazz repertoire. A peerless postbop virtuoso on clarinet and saxophones, he weaves influences from various Middle Eastern cultures to produce something original and spectacular. The band are now on the mammoth Refuge tour to herald the October release of their new CD, another astonishing melange of bebop, Eastern grooves and electronics.
In 2008 Gilad is due to unveil another project; he will be touring the quartet plus a string section to recreate the music of the legendary Charlie Parker with Strings sessions.
Friday 14 September 2007
Bobby Wellins Quartet £12/£10
Bobby Wellins Tenor saxophone
Mark Edwards Piano Andrew Cleyndert Bass Spike Wells Drums
The venerable Scots tenorman remains one of the most distinctive soloists jazz has to offer; Bobby's mastery is proving to be as rich as ever, with his unique sound on the unforgettable recording milestone Under Milk Wood recognised by a new generation, courtesy of Gilles Peterson's Impressed series, which included Starless and Bible Black.
He has toured the suite with Stan Tracey in recent years, and both were featured in the Jazz Britannia BBC TV documentaries. Bobby has been busy recording in recent years, producing the Sinatra tribute, Comme d'Habitude, the Billie Holiday cover Lady In Satin, and the Tony Bennett-inspired The Best Is Yet To Come. When The Sun Comes Out was recorded live at the Appleby Festival, and features Mark, Andy and Spike, each bringing their own magic to the mix.
For more information see www.bobbywellins.co.uk.
Friday 21 September 2007
Jean Toussaint Trio £14/£12
Jean Toussaint Saxophones Mike Janisch Bass Brian Abraham Drums
It is always a treat to catch this most dynamic performer, one of the most exciting soloists on the world stage. Hailing from St Thomas, Virgin Islands, Jean studied at Berklee, becoming a major presence on the US scene with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, Max Roach, Gil Evans, McCoy Tyner, Cedar Walton and Chico Freeman. Luckily he has seen enough promise in UK jazz to base himself here since 1987. His band has won Best CD at the BBC Jazz Awards, and he currently has the recording Jean Toussaint Quartet Live In Paris, available on Spacetime Records.
His bandmates will no doubt add to the energy levels; virtuosic US emigre Mike studied with Ray Brown and has played with Joe Lovano, Roy Hargrove and Clark Terry.
For more information see www.jeantoussaint.com.
Friday 28 September 2007
Benn Clatworthy Quartet £12/£10
Benn Clatworthy Tenor saxophone
Robin Aspland Piano Mike Janisch Bass Martin Drew Drums
Benn is one of those classic, roaring tenor players who never fails to set the stage alight with his blistering bop technique and emotion. He was a teenage protege of Ronnie Scott, who recommended him to Berklee College, USA. He has definitely made himself at home there, now being based in Los Angeles. During this time he has played with Cedar Walton, Lionel Hampton, Johnny 'Hammond' Smith and Jimmy Cleveland; he's also released several CDs with these luminaries.
On his visits back to the UK, he's become a firm favourite for his robust Rollins-like style; he appears in Anita Wardell's quintet, and on the CD If You Never Come To Me. His own band features three of our most acclaimed players.
For more information see www.bennclatworthy.com.