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Friday 10 February 2012

Steve Fishwick Quintet £15/£13

Steve Fishwick Trumpet Ross Stanley Piano
Tom Cawley Keyboards Tim Thornton Bass Matt Fishwick Drums

Steve Fishwick & Osian Roberts

Steve Fishwick (L) w. Osian Roberts (R)

Steve is universally acknowledged to be one of the best trumpeters operating in jazz; Wynton Marsalis has been moved to comment on his unique skills. Steve has worked with the finest players, both here and in the US; he played for Anita O'Day on her final recording, and has performed with Scott Hamilton, Lew Soloff and many others. He is well known to us through his finely-honed bop quintet, co-led with Osian Roberts; they have recorded in New York with piano legend Cedar Walton.

Tonight's band, however, is a new line-up with a contemporary edge, and features Steve's twin brother Matt, who has combined membership of the bop quintet with a five-year stint living and playing in New York.

Joining them are three of the leading players on the UK scene; Tom is the keyboard player for Acoustic Ladyland, while his own trio Curios were voted Best Band in the 2008 British Jazz Awards. He also plays in a duo with Kit Downes.

Ross is another highly accomplished young player who has already chalked up appearances with Liane Carroll, Dennis Rollins, Guy Barker, Ian Shaw, Stan Sulzmann, Bobby Wellins and Steve Argüelles, and is a regular member of the Jim Mullen Organ Trio. He's also gigged widely alongside Tim in the Dylan Howe Quartet.

Tim studied with Arnie Somogyi and Mark Hodgson, and has gigged with a wide variety of performers including Sir Willard White and NYJO, plus a host of bandleaders such as Gareth Lockrane and Liam Noble; he's also now leading his own quintet.

For more information see Steve's MySpace page.

Friday 24 February 2012

Marius Neset's 'Golden Xplosion' Quartet £15/£13

Doors open: 7.30pm
Music: 8pm – 10.30pm

Marius Neset Saxes Ivo Neame Piano Jasper Høiby Bass Anton Eger Drums

Marius Neset

Marius Neset

Marius has created more buzz in the jazz world than any twenty-something saxophonist has for many years, and in double-quick time; his band's eponymous release last year gathered many five-star reviews, with the leader mentioned in the same breath as tenor saxophonist Michael Brecker, and drawing inevitable comparisons with the original Norwegian superstar, Jan Garbarek. In today's fast-moving European and global scene, this has a less exotic tinge than previously; Marius also has Danish roots, having lived and studied in Copenhagen at the Rhythmic Music Conservatory with Django Bates, unsurprisingly the start of a fruitful playing partnership with the British keyboard star, who is featured on the Golden Xplosion album.

There you will hear Marius's other talent, with eleven original compositions also drawing five-star praise. Aside from gigging in Bates's storRMChaser big band and in Human Chain, Marius also has a duo with improvising tuba virtuoso Daniel Herskedal, producing the CD Neck of the Woods (Edition Records).

The quartet have already gigged successfully around the Americas; the week after this Brighton debut, they set out around Europe for another tour. His band members are seasoned Brighton visitors; Jasper is well on the way to Euro-star status of his own. Appearances here have included Kairos Quartet, while Jasper's own band Phronesis have blazed a trail around European jazz festivals and into the US; Ivo is also with Kairos and Phronesis. Phronesis, also featuring Anton, have a new CD, Walking Dark being released around Europe from this month.

For more information see mariusneset.com.