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Friday 1 April 2011

Chris Biscoe's 'Profiles' Quartet £12/£10

Chris Biscoe Alto sax, alto clarinet Tony Kofi Alto and tenor saxes
Larry Bartley Bass Stu Butterfield Drums

Profiles Quartet

Profiles Quartet © Peter Symes

The greatest jazz composers provide endless fascination and inspiration for each succeeding generation of players and listeners, two of these definitely being Charles Mingus and Eric Dolphy. As one of the most imaginative and experienced performers of recent years, Chris has naturally been drawn to these two giants in particular; another of his many bands is Mingus Moves, also featuring Stu. That band is the nucleus of the new Biscoe release, Profiles of Mingus (Trio Records), a follow-up to Gone In The Air, the Dolphy feature.

The new recordings capture the particular mix of headlong exuberance and furious intensity that classic works such as Boogie Stop Shuffle deliver.

Chris has an unmatched history of performing with other great composers and bandleaders such as Mike Westbrook, Kenny Wheeler, Hermeto Pascoal and George Russell; Tony is another hugely impressive soloist, a major presence on the world jazz scene with his own groups, and in his recent tours with the World Saxophone Quartet and the new recording with the legendary Ornette Coleman, for which he added tenor sax to his regular horns. Tony has also toured with Sam Rivers, Andrew Hill and David Murray.

Larry is one of the most formidable bassists, a regular player with Indigo featuring Tony and Byron Wallen; other gigs have been with Courtney Pine, Andy Sheppard, Soweto Kinch and Cleveland Watkiss. Stu is a founder of the Mingus Moves band, also working with Henry Lowther and Jim Mullen. He co-founded the Strayhorn Project alongside Phil Lee, producing the CD Multicoloured Blue.

For more information see www.chrisbiscoe.co.uk.

Friday 8 April 2011

Kairos 4tet £12/£10

Adam Waldmann Saxophone Ivo Neame Piano Jasper Høiby Bass Jon Scott Drums

Kairos 4tet

Kairos 4tet © William Ellis

The members of Kairos 4tet are four of the freshest talents on the UK jazz scene, yet such is the impact that they have already made collectively and individually, they will be familiar to many listeners. The band seem destined to develop a strong presence in jazz, to rank alongside Partisans and Perfect Houseplants.

Bandleader Adam first played for us last summer, with the Sam Crowe Group, a unit that also includes Jasper. Such was the impact of that gig, and hearing Adam's debut band CD Kairos Moment, that tonight's appearance became a necessity. The debut recording and the new CD, Statement of Intent, (launched on this tour) confirm the buzz about Adam's talents as a saxophonist and composer; he acknowledges the influence of his teachers and mentors such as Mark Lockheart and Julian Argüelles, as well as the wider appeal of Miles, Joe Henderson, Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder and many others.

Jasper is of course one of the most hotly-tipped talents of recent years, as leader of Phronesis, with Jim Hart's Gemini and the Loop and F-ire Collectives. The third Phronesis CD Alive was rated Jazz Album of the Year 2010 by both Jazzwise and Mojo. It features Ivo, another multi-talented player who has gigged with Stan Sulzmann, Tim Garland, Jim Mullen, and Gerard Presencer. His own band have recorded Caught In The Light of Day (Edition Records).

Jon is now London-based after gigging in Manchester; he's performed with Byron Wallen, Alec Dankworth, Martin Speake, Nikki Iles, Yuri Goloubev and Mike Walker. A major part of the group's sound, he is also currently working with the Pete Hurt and Hannes Riepler Quartets, Carlos Lopez-Real's Mandorla and Anglo-German collaboration Paragon.

For more information see www.kairos4tet.com.

Friday 15 April 2011

Dave Stapleton Quintet £12/£10

Ben Waghorn Saxophone Jonny Bruce Trumpet
Dave Stapleton Piano Paula Gardiner Bass Elliot Bennett Drums

Dave Stapleton

Dave Stapleton Quintet

We say goodbye to our home since September 2007 with one of the newest sensations in British jazz. Dave Stapleton and his band have built their careers on the lively scene in Wales, with an increasingly impressive international reputation developing. In addition to his widely acclaimed abilities as a jazz pianist and bandleader, Dave has already excelled as a classical and film composer, record producer and co-founder of innovative label Edition Records, also home to Kairos 4tet, Neon, Phronesis, Curios and Marius Neset.

Dave and tonight's quintet were featured in the 2010 London Jazz Festival as part of an Edition Records showcase, and currently have 3 CDs recorded with this line-up; Ben is a hugely gifted soloist on all the main saxes, flute and clarinet. His career includes a stint with hard bop hero Tommy Chase, solo spots with NYJO and several projects with Keith Tippett; he's also played sessions for Goldfrapp, Portishead and many others. Jonny is another Wales-based sensation, leader of his own sextet and member of the Welsh Jazz Composers' Orchestra.

Paula is one of those who have helped develop the vibrant Welsh jazz scene, as the director of the jazz course at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama; known around the UK as a marvellously lyrical bassist and as leader of her own band, she is also an accomplished classical guitarist and flautist. Elliott also gigs with Welsh hip hop band DER Collective, and has, along with Paula, recorded on Dave's crossover projects, including the CD Catching Sunlight. This accomplished band should be a real treat, and a fitting way to bid farewell to the Komedia.

For more information see davestapleton.com and Dave's MySpace page.

Friday 22 April 2011

BJC Closed

Friday 29 April 2011

BJC Closed