Brighton Jazz Club
Friday 6 August 2010
Elisa Caleb £10/£8
Elisa Caleb Voice Ayesha Ahmed Backing vocals
Jo Caleb Guitar Karl Rasheed-Abel Bass Dave Hamblett Drums
The voice of Elisa Caleb has produced a unanimous response from many observers across the jazz scene, with a classic vocal style that also touches upon folk and gospel. Comparisons have been made with Ella Fitzgerald and Maria Muldaur; asked to name her one favourite jazz album in interviews, she has opted for Everybody Digs Bill Evans, a very tasteful and telling choice.
In the last couple of years she has toured around Europe and the Caribbean, and is now becoming known around UK clubs. She also has a new CD, Carry Me Home produced by Amy Winehouse and Roachford's producer Femi Temowo; her Brighton gig is the start of a short UK tour to promote it.
While Elisa has attracted praise for a range of well-chosen standards, much of the album and live set comprises originals by her partner.
Jo is developing a great reputation; John Fordham commented in the Guardian, “…this studious-looking and reticent young guitarist is clearly about to snap at the heels of the UK jazz-guitar generation before him, which includes Mike Walker, Phil Robson and Mike Outram.”
Jo is one of the few players in the UK to devote himself to the rare 7-string instrument; he also leads an instrumental quartet featuring Graeme Blevins, and has gigged with Jim Mullen and Anita Wardell.
The band includes some youthful, very well-connected and highly-promising players; Karl has played with piano virtuoso Jonathan Gee, saxophonists Shabaka Hutchings and MOBO winner Soweto Kinch, trumpeters Abram Wilson and Jay (Empirical) Phelps. At the age of 20, Dave has already gigged in New York and LA at IAJE conferences; nearer to home he's played with Gerard Presencer, Stan Sulzmann, Joe Locke, Toni Kofi, Alex Wilson and Alan Barnes.
Friday 13 August 2010
Friday 20 August 2010
Clark Tracey Sextet £12/£10
Clark Tracey Drums Lewis Wright Vibes Piers Green Saxes
Paul Jordanous Trumpet Kit Downes Piano Ryan Trebilcock Bass
Clark has long been established as one of our great drummers, and has also emulated his legendary father by becoming a great bandleader, too. Stan has laid down an astonishing repertoire and recording legacy from solo work through all size of groups through to his amazing big band; Clark already has a couple of decades of sterling leadership featuring his peers such as Steve Melling, Guy Barker and Alec Dankworth.
It's a sign of the health of UK jazz that Clark's new sextet is assembled from another clutch of blistering new talent.
Lewis is the vibes prodigy everyone is talking about; a member of Empirical, he was here last year with the Pete Randall Band. Original Empirical member Kit is an official Rising Star, here recently with the Jake Goss Quartet; his own trio is swiftly rising too – the new CD Golden is an official Album Of The Year with a 2010 Mercury Music Prize nomination. This will be decided in September – around the time his trio are playing here, helping launch the new, weekly autumn programme.
Paul is a leading player in various funk and latin bands; he is soon to tour Europe with singer Gizelle Smith. He also leads a quintet and a big band, the latter featuring Piers; both he and Paul play in bands led by trombonist Tom White. Ryan is now a first call bassist for Anita Wardell, Paul Clarvis, Robin Aspland and Christian Brewer; he also leads a quintet.
Clark's sextet already has a CD recorded – Current Climate, on Clark's label Tentoten records.
For more information see www.clarktracey.com.