Brighton Jazz Club
Friday 9 March 2012
Tony Kofi's Standard Time Trio £14/£12
Tony Kofi Saxes Larry Bartley Bass Rod Youngs Drums
Already established as one of the most exhilarating and committed soloists in the UK, Tony has recently expanded his musical horizons massively. From his brilliant quartet work with the music of Thelonious Monk (with Jon Gee) and Charles Mingus (with Chris Biscoe) he has reached the heights of touring with the World Saxophone Quartet and recording with Ornette Coleman.
He has recently gigged in Europe with WSQ colleague David Murray, and in South Africa with Abdullah Ibrahim; in a few weeks he will be playing at festivals around France, in a unique funk band featuring George Clinton and Amp Fiddler.
Joining Tony is a highly experienced and accomplished team; Larry is one of the most formidable bassists, a regular player with Tony; other gigs have been with Courtney Pine, Andy Sheppard, Soweto Kinch, Byron Wallen and Cleveland Watkiss.
Rod also has the widest range of high quality connections; in the past year he has recorded a CD with Denys Baptiste, and an especially rare live CD with legends Lee Konitz and Peter Ind. Earlier gigs have been with Hugh Masekela, Gil Scott-Heron, Jon Hendricks and Ernest Ranglin. Together the band will explore the great American songbook tradition, imbued with some of the spirit of the Sonny Rollins classic 'Freedom Suite'.
For more information see www.tonykofimusic.com.
Friday 23 March 2012
Iain Ballamy Quartet £15/£13
featuring Gareth Williams
Iain Ballamy Saxes Gareth Williams Piano Sam Burgess Bass Tim Giles Drums
Iain was one of the most maverick, creative performers in the hothouse of 1980s jazz pioneers Loose Tubes, though those qualities might be considered entry requirements for all the band's members. Iain has definitely fulfilled the promise of that marvellous launch pad, significantly working in successive ensembles with Django Bates (Delightful Precipice & Human Chain). His appetite for bigger ensembles would lead to major tours with Gil Evans, Hermeto Pascoal, Carla Bley and Mike Gibbs.
He's achieved an enormous amount in the years since, as a bandleader and composer, the latter including feature films; amongst his many dozens of recordings are several for bandleaders as different as drumming legend Bill Bruford (in the band Earthworks) and the unclassifiable legend Billy Jenkins. While there have been significant CDs with Norma Winstone, Claire Martin and Ian Shaw, Iain's own bands Anorak and Food have forged links with several major Scandinavian musicians, including Nils Petter Molvaer.
Iain's bandmates this evening are, without doubt, leading names in the music and on their instruments. In Gareth's case, the latter category is ever-expanding; one of the most acclaimed piano soloists of his generation, he is also increasingly appearing as a guitarist and vocalist, including gigs with Claire Martin, with whom he's recorded many CDs. He's toured with Claire many times around Europe, while also establishing his own awesome supergroup, the Power Trio with Laurence Cottle and Ian Thomas.
Sam is a regular member of the Ronnie Scott's All Stars band, Tom Cawley's Curios, John Law Trio and Gwyneth Herbert's band; Tim has had a stratospheric career since winning a national competition for young composers at the age of twelve. He wasn't much older when he played for BJC as a member of Hungry Ants, which featured Iain's playing during its time. Tim is co-leader of the band Fraud, nominees for a BBC Jazz Award for their eponymous album and winners in the 'Innovation' category. Tim now co-leads another highly-rated group, The Golden Age of Steam, with fellow Fraudster James Allsop and organist Kit Downes.
For more information see www.ballamy.com