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Friday 7 August 2009

Sara Oschlag Trio £8/£6 (concs.)

Sara Oschlag Vocals Jason Henson Guitar Dan Sheppard Double bass

Sara Oschlag

Sara Oschlag

Sara's band features three of the hardest working professionals in the area with a wealth of experience. All three perform regularly together in Brighton's finest swing combo, Rockin' in Rhythm.

Sara is originally from Copenhagen, coming to the UK to study jazz in Chichester. After completing her course, she has become an established, popular performer around London and the south, with an engaging and accomplished approach to the classic repertoire.

Claire Martin has said of Sara "… a unique and individual voice making interesting material effortlessly her own. A singer with a natural musician's ear and huge potential …"

Sara performs in the duo Indigo with guitarist Simon Brewin, the Oschlag-Henson Duo, salsa outfit Caliente and her own quartet; she is currently preparing material for her debut album.

Dan's bass playing has become a crucial presence on the local scene and beyond, with several years spent as a member of US flautist and saxophonist Lawrence Jones' Brighton Jazz Allstars. He's performed at Ronnie Scott's with US vocal legend Jimmy Scott and his band The Jazz Expressions, and with John Etheridge, Bobby Wellins, Alan Barnes and Bobby Durham.

Jason also studied at jazz at Chichester, having begun the guitar at the age of five; he and Dan appear on three CDs by Rockin' in Rhythm. He has played a wide range of classic material in duos with Piers Clark; Jason and Dan play acoustic Gypsy swing with guitarist and noted exponent Jonny Hepbir, in their band Acoustic Dregs. He's also performed in Charlotte Glasson's combo Escapade.

For more information see Sara's MySpace page.

Friday 21 August 2009

Jake Goss 'Banyan' £8/£6 (concs.)

Jake Goss Alto sax Kit Downes Piano
Sam Lasserson Double bass James Maddren Drums

Banyan

Banyan

Jake is undoubtedly becoming one of the rising stars of the UK scene; Chris Parker of the Vortex Jazz Club called him "an ebullient, blazing soloist", while jazzreview.com concurred, commenting "… a fluent, fiery soloist … Goss has put together a quartet that reflects his aesthetic admirably, both as performer and composer … "

He has established himself since moving from Maryland, USA, where he gained several college prizes, to study at the Royal Academy of Music; he's since performed with Stan Tracey, Gerard Presencer, Soweto Kinch, Don Weller, Spike Wells and NYJO.

His band will be performing material from the new album Looking Up.

Kit won Rising Star in the 2008 BBC Jazz Awards, and was formerly a member of the band Empirical, at the time they won the inaugural EBU competition at the North Sea Jazz Festival in 2007; he co-leads the trio Troyka, who received a rave review in The Guardian for their eponymous debut CD.

Sam currently plays with Martin Speake, being a member of his London residency's band; James recently appeared on the excellent Pete Randall gig here, with Geoff Simkins and Lewis Wright. He also plays with the trios of Gwilym Simcock and John Law.

For more information see Jake's MySpace page.