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Friday 2 April 2010

BJC Closed

Friday 9 April 2010

Jake Goss 'Banyan' £12/£10

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

Banyan

Banyan

Last summer's outing for this quartet confirmed the buzz about this fiercely talented performer, who fully deserves the plaudits; 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.

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 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.

Banyan has a CD out on 33Jazz Records, Looking Up.

For more information see Jake's MySpace page.

Friday 16 April 2010

Renato D'Aiello Quartet £12/£10

Renato D'Aiello Tenor sax Bruno Montrone Piano
Dario Di Lecce Bass Fabio Delle Foglie Drums

Renato D'Aiello

Renato D'Aiello by Bob Meyrick

Renato burst onto the UK jazz scene a decade ago, locking horns on gigs with the similarly irrepressible Gilad Atzmon. That astonishing facility was of course honed over several years of study, including the Berklee School in Boston, followed by touring around Europe and Japan. The last ten years have offered varied opportunities to sample Renato's extraordinarily forceful playing, evoking the spirit of the greatest jazz tenorists; he has appeared with Clare Teal, Jim Mullen, Damon Brown, Kirk Lightsey, Clark Tracey and Bruce Adams amongst many.

His solo CDs include Introducing, Like Someone In Love and Sintetico, variously featuring Phil Lee, Mark Bassey, Gary Husband and Nicola Muresu.

The late Ian Carr said of Renato “… he is a superlative saxophonist with a passionate and poetic soul. He has all the virtues – a beautiful sense of time and pacing and a technique which effortlessly projects his brilliantly flowing ideas.”

He continues his contacts with the Italian scene through frequent gigs, and occasionally treats us to visits from some of the finest performers; Bruno, Dario and Fabio are three busy players across the Italian jazz world, and work regularly together as a trio.

For more information see Renato's MySpace page.

Friday 23 April 2010

Michael Janisch Sextet
Tribute to the Sax Summit £14/£12

Alex Garnett, Nigel Hitchcock, Joel Frahm Reeds
Rick Germanson Piano Michael Janisch Bass Steve Brown Drums

Michael Janisch

Michael Janisch by Bob Meyrick

Michael's new US/UK sextet suggests at least three bands in one; all the members are superlative musicians of great experience. Michael leads the band and the US team; one of the most exciting musical prospects of recent years, his US gigs involved players such as Gary Burton, Joe Lovano, Roy Hargrove, Joe Locke and many others. In a few short years, he took the London scene by storm, working with Jean Toussaint, Christine Tobin, Dennis Rollins, Gerard Presencer, Soweto Kinch and Jim Hart, and was voted 2007's Young Jazz Musician of the Year by the Worshipful Company of Musicians.

Last year he produced the solo CD Purpose Built with an expanded all-star band; he has a residency at the Pizza Express for his many projects, where he is soon to feature Lee Konitz.

Joel was recently voted Downbeat magazine's Rising Star in the tenor sax category, no great surprise with several CDs as leader, and the most recent, We Used to Dance featuring Kenny Barron, Rufus Reid and Victor Lewis. His sessions over recent years with Brad Mehldau, Maynard Ferguson, Betty Carter, Dewey Redman, Lee Konitz, Andrew Hill, Ingrid Jensen, the Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and Kyle Eastwood cemented his reputation as a gifted soloist in a host of settings.

Rick has also earned rave reviews from Downbeat, for his solo recordings You Tell Me and Heights; he has honed his craft with several years of residency in Manhattan jazz clubs and beyond. He has recently been touring worldwide with jazz guitar legend Pat Martino; he also gigs with the Cannonball Legacy Band, alongside original Adderley Quintet drummer Louis Hayes. Along the way he's played with Elvin Jones' Jazz Machine, Regina Carter, Tom Harrell and Slide Hampton.

The UK contingent are certainly no slouches. Alex is well known for roaring solo work with Ray Gelato's Giants, and for blues and pop appearances with Johnny 'Guitar' Watson, Albert King, Van Morrison, Paul Weller and Jools Holland.

Nigel is one of the great natural talents, from early years with NYJO and Itchy Fingers to star sessions for Ray Charles, Joe Cocker, Robbie Williams, Kate Bush and Cher. Jazz territory has featured Stan Tracey, Laurence Cottle, Claire Martin, Jim Mullen and the New Jazz Couriers. He has been based in Scotland for several years, and guests with various bands there.

Steve was an established drum legend by his early twenties, a first call player for many visiting stars such as Art Farmer; he became the drummer for one of these, the great Scott Hamilton, with whom he recorded four CDs. He's also a regular with Alan Barnes, Mark Nightingale and Dave Newton in various settings.

Michael's awesome team will be performing special arrangements of classics by sax colossi Stitt, Scott, Rollins, Hayes, Liebman, Lovano and Brecker, plus new compositions from each of the band members.

For more information see:
www.michaeljanisch.com and Michael's MySpace page.

Friday 30 April 2010

BJC Closed