Brighton Jazz Club
Friday 10 July 2009
Wayne McConnell Quartet £8/£6 (concs.)
Wayne McConnell Piano Johnathan Lewis Saxes
Tim Robertson Double bass Graham Allen Drums
Wayne is a highly-accomplished pianist and educator, steeped in the classic traditions of jazz playing – particularly Phineas Newborn, whose music forms the basis of his current PhD; he has studied with US master and former member of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, James Williams. Wayne is a jazz lecturer at the University of Chichester, and is currently putting together a jazz course to be based in Brighton; he has played with Tim Garland, Bobby Wellins, Geoff Simkins and Alan Barnes. Johnathan performs regularly in the London area with big bands; his agile and inventive post-bop sax soloing has been heard locally in bands alongside Kjell Berglund, with whom he played in local big band People With Instruments.
Tim has gigged widely with saxophonist Clare Hirst, (appearing on her recent CD Touchy) with the band of vocalist Sophie Garner and pianist/arranger John Harriman. Graham also appears in Wayne's trio, which has a debut CD in the pipeline.
Friday 24 July 2009
Michael Magalon Quartet £8/£6 (concs.)
Michael Magalon Electric bass Dominic Ntoumos Trumpet
Georges Hermans Piano Matt Watten Drums
This collaboration provides a taste of the highly inventive jazz scene in Belgium. Michael studied classical guitar, before jazz beckoned; at the Antwerp Jazz Studio, he worked with prominent musicians including bassist Maarten Weyler, going on to form the Magalon-Hermans-Mercier Trio with leading saxophonist Stéphane Mercier, and performing at European festivals including MIDEM.
Georges appears on the trio's eponymous CD, recorded in 2007; he trained at the Liège Royal Conservatory, and has recorded with prominent classical soprano Sophie Karthauser.
Dominic Ntoumos began as a classical performer, attending the Brussels Conservatoire; he's worked in recent years around the London scene with Robert Mitchell and Michael Mondesir, and around Europe with a host of varied ensembles, covering salsa, drum & bass, reggae, African and house music. He has recently released a solo CD, Transition, mixed by the Mad Professor.
Featuring organic compositions influenced by Indian classical forms, funk and metal, the quartet's jazz leanings are particularly inspired by the M-Base movement of Steve Coleman.