Brighton Jazz Club
Friday 13 January 2012
Simon Spillett Quartet £15/£13
Simon Spillett Tenor saxophone John Critchinson Piano
Alec Dankworth Bass Clark Tracey Drums
We kick off our year in the most propulsive manner possible, with the energetic and highly-charged playing of Simon, famously a scholar of one of the most powerful tenor saxophone soloists in the UK. Those in-depth studies of Tubby Hayes' music and life include extensive sleeve notes and an in-progress biography, plus the acclaimed CD Sienna Red.
His other influences encompass a wide range of sax legends, including Rollins, Coltrane, Getz, Gordon, Griffin and Webster. Having won the Rising Star gong in the BBC Jazz Awards 2007, he now has the accolade of winning the tenor sax category in the 2011 British Jazz Awards.
His playing career has also included work with many of the other brilliant saxophonists the UK has produced, including Peter King, Alan Skidmore, Dick Morrissey, Sir John Dankworth, Alan Barnes, Art Themen, Bobby Wellins and Danny Moss; there is a tantalising recording with Moss, yet to be released.
Simon's band members continue this impressive pedigree; John's career began in the 1950s with Tubby, Ronnie Scott, Jimmy Deuchar and others. His skill, experience and personality have been a crucial part of UK jazz since those days, with Bill le Sage, Morrisey-Mullen and across three decades in Ronnie Scott's quartet. He's since run bands with Art Themen, and the Ronnie Scott Legacy band, initially with the late Pat Crumly. RSL continues with Dick Pearce and Mornington Lockett, as does John's trio featuring Alec.
Alec's career as one of our finest bassists includes the international heights of working in the Dave Brubeck Quartet and the Duke Ellington Orchestra, being a member of both for several years of global touring. Having studied on the Berklee Jazz course, he lived in the US for several years, and has also toured with many of the greatest names in music, from Mose Allison and Van Morrison to Abdullah Ibrahim and Stan Tracey. There are of course several familial collaborations along the years with Cleo Laine, John and Jacqui Dankworth. He's played with violinists Stephane Grappelli, Nigel Kennedy and Chris Garrick, who is a member of his band Spanish Accents.
Driving the rhythm section is another direct link with the finest in jazz bar none; Clark's visits with his own excellent stable of young players have always been highlights of the last couple of decades. As recently as November, of course, we were especially spoiled with another extraordinary performance from both Stan Tracey and Clark in Stan's trio. Clark can be heard regularly with his own quartet and the bands of Damon Brown, Steve Waterman and Karen Sharp; he's also a promoter with hertsjazz.co.uk, including their jazz festival, and custodian of many classic recordings via the label resteamed.com.
For more information see Simon's Wikipedia page.
Friday 27 January 2012
David Gordon Trio £12/£10
Doors open: 7.30pm
Music: 8pm – 10.30pm
David Gordon Piano Jonty Fisher Bass Paul Cavaciuti Drums
Of the many talented pianists and composers working on the UK jazz scene (and regular visitors to Brighton) David and his team have a few more claims to originality than most. Indeed, David's most recent to Brighton was as musical director of a project linking Glyndebourne and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment with local schools in a performance of Handel's opera Rinaldo, for this year's Early Music Festival.
David has worked with BrEMF and other festivals in his band Respectable Groove, a crossover utilising his harpsichord-based skills; few have done as much since Mr. Loussier, the Swingles et al. in forging links between the baroque and bop-based worlds. He also has band projects ongoing with Chris Garrick and Jacqui Dankworth.
David's trio has had a very productive history of its own, working with esteemed guests such as Andy Sheppard and John Etheridge, touring across Europe and selling many of its four CDs, especially in Japan, where the band is particularly popular.
His trio is a real meeting of minds and talents; Jonty Fisher is a highly successful composer for TV, and is currently writing material for a new album of songs, featuring his singing as well as his bass playing. He plays with the bands of vocalists Eileen Hunter and Kate Dimbleby, saxophonist Sara Littlefield and pianist/vocalist Claire Harper; as well as touring with his own bands, he's worked with Liane Carroll, Jacqui Dankworth, Christian Garrick, Don Rendell and Steve Brookstein.
Paul Cavaciuti is no stranger to Brighton from appearances with David, Theo Travis and others; his career has included extensive work across the USA, (since his studies at Berklee, Boston) and in Australia. Highly accomplished across many jazz genres and from work with Dave O'Higgins, Barbara Thompson, Cayenne, Roberto Pla, Dave Cliff, Annie Whitehead and Mornington Lockett, he's also a highly skilled music therapist. He appears on the David Gordon Trio's latest CD Speaks Latin! and has released a CD with his own quartet, Francisco's Rhumba.
For more information see www.davidmusicgordon.com/trio.