Brighton Jazz Club
Friday 2 October 2009
Gilad Atzmon's Real Jazz Quartet
£14/£12 (NUS £10)
Gilad Atzmon Saxes, clarinet Frank Harrison Piano
Jeremy Brown Bass Stephen Keogh Drums
The unstoppable Gilad continues apace; shortly after this gig, he and the band will be in residence for a week of events for Shangai Jazz Festival. For the rest of the year, he has many appearances lined up for his Gilad With Strings project, the acclaimed ensemble performing Charlie Parker classics; there may also be the odd show with The Blockheads.
His quartet's name suggests a return to the source, though the creator of Artie Fishel and the Promised Band and the Orient House Ensemble will always spring the occasional surprise. He has a brilliant team behind him, with Frank being a founder member of the OHE; the winner of the soloist award in the Daily Telegraph Young Jazz Competition at the age of 16 and of a scholarship to the Berklee School in Boston, Frank also performs with Louis Stewart, Alan Barnes and Iain Ballamy.
Stephen is a member of Frank's trio; he and Jeremy have gigged with legends such as Johnny Griffin, Lee Konitz, Phil Woods, Brad Mehldau, Herb Ellis, and Benny Golson. They're both members of Peter King’s quartet.
For more information see Gilad's website at www.gilad.co.uk.
Friday 9 October 2009
Mark Lockheart Group £14/£12 (NUS £10)
Mark Lockheart Saxes Dave Priseman Trumpet
Liam Noble Piano Jasper Hoiby Bass Dave Smith Drums
From highly promising beginnings, Mark's career continues to find new highs. An original Loose Tuber, he went on to the marvellous Perfect Houseplants, and is currently touring widely with Polar Bear and with bands led by Nikki Iles, Alec Dankworth, Pete Saberton and Asaf Sirkis. One of the most lyrical and creative composers of his time, he has assembled a fine collection for his own group, which has a new CD release, In Deep.
Dave is a multi-instrumentalist whose trumpet-playing has graced bands as varied as the Hans Koller Big Band and Ray Gelato's Giants. Liam is another composer and bandleader with a distinctive voice, and one of the greatest pianists of recent years; Dave Smith and Jasper are young musicians who are both making waves with a string of bands, notably Dave's Outhouse and Jasper's Phronesis.
For more information see Mark's MySpace page.
Friday 16 October 2009
Benn Clatworthy Quartet £12/£10 (NUS £8)
Benn Clatworthy Tenor saxophone & flute
Robin Aspland Piano Simon Thorpe Bass Matt Fishwick Drums
The lucky handful of jazz followers who have yet to experience the tumultuous tenor sax of Benn Clatworthy are invited to arrive early, grab a ringside seat and enjoy a classic jazz performance beyond compare. Benn is steeped in hard bop tradition, and has been based in Los Angeles since 1980. He continues to work with a host of fine US musicians, but has crucially carved his own path and been wholly embraced by the US jazz scene.
To match his intensity his band would necessarily be extraordinary performers; Robin is both a commanding and a massively intuitive player, one of the most experienced in the UK; he's currently playing with Alan Barnes, and appears on several Roger Beaujolais CDs alongside Simon. Matt and brother Steve produce brilliant CDs for their Hard Bop Records label; Matt has in recent years followed Benn's lead and been based in the US, where he has recorded with legends including Anita O'Day and Cedar Walton.
For more information see Benn's website at www.bennclatworthy.com.
Friday 23 October 2009
Gary Husband's 'Drive' £15/£13 (NUS £11)
Gary Husband Drums/piano Richard Turner Trumpet/electronics
Julian Siegel Tenor/soprano saxes Mike Janisch Bass
Gary has established himself as a world-class presence on drums, performing with John McLaughlin, Allan Holdsworth, Jack Bruce and many others; this gig is sandwiched by a full Canadian tour with Holdsworth, and shows in Europe with Mike Stern. Having originally trained as a pianist, Gary is now able to use all his considerable talents in this band, another collection of heavyweights.
Julian is of course an immense soloist, a member of the quartet Partisans; Richard adds a brooding presence on trumpet, with subtle electronics to nudge the postbop Miles influence beyond Bitches Brew territory.
US bassist Mike brings masses of experience from the Berklee School and studies with Ray Brown and Christian McBride, to gigs with Joe Lovano and Roy Hargrove. His robust style and technique bring the spirit of Mingus to the band, and help take this excellent line-up to another level. They can be heard on the new CD Hotwired.
For more information see Gary's MySpace page.
Friday 30 October 2009
Spike Wells Trio
Featuring Paul Booth
£12/£10 (NUS £8)
Paul Booth Saxes Mike Gorman Organ Spike Wells Drums
Spike's excellence as player and bandleader continues to cement his position as one of Britain's foremost modern jazz musicians, bridging the time from his gigs with Tubby Hayes, Joe Harriott, Stan Getz and the seminal quartet with Bobby Wellins, to his regular, freshly-minted line-ups. His earlier trio brought us Gwilym Simcock (on the CD Reverence); this tantalising shift in personnel and instrumentation now embraces the classic organ trio.
His saxophonist is another rising star; with a style compared by some to Getz and Coltrane, Paul has gigged all over the world with stars such as Tony Bennett, Jane Monheit and Dave Grusin. Recent events have been with Jason Rebello, Arnie Somogyi’s Ambulance, Sax Appeal and an extensive tour with the Mike Jansich Quintet; Paul's own band's new CD Pathways features star US trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, plus guitarist Phil Robson. Mike's recent years have included the hothouse of Gilad Atzmon's quartet, before becoming established with Jim Mullen's Organ Trio, appearing on two CDs with that band. He's also on Paul's 2007 quintet recording No Looking Back.
For more information see this page on YouTube.