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Friday 3 April 2009

Gareth Williams Power Trio £12/£10 (NUS £8)

Gareth Williams Piano Laurence Cottle Electric bass Ian Thomas Drums

Gareth Williams

Gareth Williams

Doing what it says on the tin – one of the strongest keyboard talents in the UK, teamed up with extravagant bass legend Laurence and drummer to the stars, Ian. Gareth is equally adept as a singer and guitarist; his credits include being MD for Us3 (who scored a worldwide hit with Cantaloop) appearing on their Blue Note release Broadway & 52nd. In the UK he's appeared with Jim Mullen, Martin Taylor, Tim Garland, Gwyneth Herbert and Claire Martin, for whom he was also MD; his dynamic talents have found him working with US performers including Art Farmer, George Coleman, Bud Shank and Dave Liebman.

Ian and Laurence have the widest session credits, covering Cher, Tom Jones, Paul McCartney, Sting and Elton John, and screen credits including Leaving Las Vegas, Lethal Weapon and, erm, Hetty Wainthropp Investigates! The trio has a new CD due, produced by Laurence for Linn Records.

For more information see www.linnrecords.com.

Friday 10 April 2009

Asaf Sirkis New Trio £12/£10 (NUS £8)

Tassos Spiliotopoulos Guitar Yaron Stavi Double bass Asaf Sirkis Drums

Asaf Sirkis

Asaf Sirkis by Bob Meyrick

Percussionist and drummer Asaf's career has been stratospheric; he has become a fixture on the UK scene with Gilad Atzmon's Orient House Ensemble, with whom he has recorded six CDs, and with his own group Inner Noise. He recently toured with Tim Garland's Lighthouse Trio, and has worked with US stars Larry Coryell, Jeff Berlin and Chick Corea.

Asaf has now put together a powerful international trio; Greek guitarist Tassos Spiliotopoulos has been making a name for himself in the US and now around the UK, with a robust style that has been compared to John Abercrombie and John McLaughlin. Joining them is Asaf's long-time 'Orient House' bandmate, Yaron Stavi. Well-established in jazz circles with Peter King, Julian Siegel and others, Yaron is another massively talented player who works in rock and classical fields; his time in the Mahler Youth Orchestra found him under the baton of Seiji Ozawa and Pierre Boulez. He's played in Nigel Kennedy's jazz outfit, and appears on new CDs by Robert Wyatt and Phil Manzanera, with whom he recently played Ronnie Scott's.

The band's debut CD, The Monk received a four star review in MOJO magazine and was CD of the week in the Evening Standard.

For more information see www.asafsirkis.co.uk.

Friday 17 April 2009

Pete Randall Band
featuring Geoff Simkins £12/£10 (NUS £8)

Geoff Simkins Alto Sax Freddie Gavita Trumpet & Flugelhorn
Lewis Wright Vibraphone Peter Randall Bass James Maddren Drums

Geoff Simkins

Geoff Simkins

Brighton's own alto sax kingpin has put together a sterling group of new partners; he has dedicated this fresh ensemble to the music of cool legends Lee Konitz and Warne Marsh. The enticing lineup of soloists includes several BJC debutants; Freddie has leapt from NYJO and the Royal Academy to many high profile gigs. Winner of Rising Star 2008 British Jazz Awards, he's performed with Georgie Fame, Curtis Stigers, Carleen Anderson, Joe Locke, Peter Erskine, Kenny Wheeler and Tim Garland.

Vibes prodigy Lewis began his recording career at the age of eleven; he is a member of multi-award-winning Empirical and Clark Tracey's new Sextet, which has a new CD due. Adding the bass and drums are two of the most promising talents in the country; Peter has gigged with many leading players, including Stan Sulzmann, Julian Siegel, Bobby Wellins and Liam Noble, and he tours regularly with Tomorrow's Warriors. James currently plays with the trios of Gwilym Simcock and John Law.

For more information see www.jazzcds.co.uk/artist_id_129/biography_id_129.

Friday 24 April 2009

Alcyona Quintet £12/£10 (NUS £8)

Alcyona Mick Piano Robbie Robson Trumpet Mark Hanslip Tenor saxophone
Steve Watts Bass Paul Clarvis Drums

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Alcyona Mick Piano Robin Fincker Tenor sax, clarinet Paul Clarvis Drums

A brilliant double header brings together two of our favourites from last summer, all products of the prodigious Loop Collective, a source of much of the most adventurous music in the UK. Pianist and composer Alcyona studied with Liam Noble and Pete Saberton while at college; winner of several awards, she composes much of the music for tonight's bands. John Fordham said of her in his Guardian review: "Alcyona has shortened the odds on becoming regarded as one of the significant forces in the first decade of the 21st century". Praise indeed.

Robbie leads the band Dog Soup, which leans towards 'electric era' Miles, and has a new CD on the way; he's also worked with Jamie Cullum and Jacqui Dankworth. Mark co-leads another Loop ensemble, Outhouse and gigs with Matt Wates, Mike Garrick and Barry Green; Robin is another Outhouse co-leader, and a member of several other bands including Fringe Magnetic and The-Quartet. He and Alcyona began Blink as an improvising duo, before adding Paul's percussion. He and Steve are the relative veterans of the evening, having performed and recorded with the best for the last couple of decades, Steve with Norma Winstone, Christine Tobin, Django Bates, Julian Arguelles and many others, Paul with Sam Rivers, Gordon Beck, Andy Sheppard and Terence Blanchard.

For more information see www.loopcollective.org.