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Friday 7 September 2012

John Law's Three Ways Trio £15/£12
at St George's Church, Kemptown

Doors open: 7.30pm / Concert: 8pm

St George's Church, St George's Road, Kemptown, Brighton BN2 1ED [ map ]

John Law Piano Julian Argüelles Saxes Yuri Goloubev Double Bass

John Law

John Law © Mel Day

This special presentation is a new collaboration between three massively accomplished musicians, with a range of experience from chamber jazz to big bands and the classical orchestra. John's unique vision and their world class improvisatory skills promise a remarkable musical event.

He has masterminded many bands, with the extended project of his Art of Sound piano trio occupying the last five years. Other highlights include the orchestral ensemble Cornucopia with guest soloist Andy Sheppard, and his European Quartet.

Julian has worked with several legendary composers and ensembles, most memorably Hermeto Pascoal, Carla Bley, Brotherhood of Breath, Loose Tubes and the orchestra led by Kenny Wheeler, recently appearing on the acclaimed CD The Long Waiting. He is a featured soloist and Composer in Residence with the Frankfurt Radio Big Band and Lucerne Jazz School. He has also worked previously with Yuri Goloubev, who was an established virtuoso with the Moscow Players, before basing himself in Milan in order to immerse himself in the European jazz scene. He's already made a considerable mark in his work with Gwilym Simcock's trio.

John Law says of his new project,

“This is totally new for me; the idea is to bring together the two most important musical influences in my music: jazz and classical. I've written some really exquisite, new compositions for this trio, with very subtle grooves, delicate harmonies and a really special atmosphere; alongside these I've arranged two classic jazz ballads.”

There will also be specifically classical works by Purcell and Mozart; John will be playing the venue's concert grand piano.

For more information see www.johnlaw.org.uk.

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A note from John: Here's a link to one of the pieces we'll be playing, but in a two piano version, from a two piano concert I did with Gwilym Simcock, at the International Two Piano Festival at St. George's Hall, Bristol.

View on YouTube »

Friday 14 September 2012

Christine Tobin Trio £14/£12
A Thousand Kisses Deep
The Songs of Leonard Cohen
at Komedia Studio Bar, Brighton

Doors open: 8pm / Music: 8.30pm

Komedia, 44 Gardner Street, Brighton BN1 1UN [ map ]

Christine Tobin Voice Phil Robson Guitar Dave Whitford Double Bass

Christine Tobin

Christine Tobin © Brian O'Connor

Christine possesses one of the finest and most expressive voices in jazz; in addition, her influences spread across folk forms, African and South American music, broadening her appeal from the standard repertoire into diverse and rewarding territory, such as her recent project covering the Carole King classic collection, Tapestry.

Her versatility has taken her around the world's jazz festivals and into bands led by Kenny Wheeler, Mike Gibbs and Django Bates. Her own band has recorded many CDs featuring her writing and arranging, with Tapestry Unravelled being joined by a current tour to launch Sailing To Byzantium, featuring the poetry of W. B. Yeats. Her Brighton appearance promises further riches, with the increasingly popular songs of Leonard Cohen providing the material.

Her band are choice performers and veterans of several earlier projects; Phil leads several bands of his own, including the trio with the US team of Billy Hart and James Genus. He's also a long-standing founding member of Partisans.

Dave is regularly found in the bands of many great players, including here in a fortnight with Liam Noble. Other current work is with the bands of Bobby Wellins and Josephine Davies, while earlier gigging featured the rarified company of John Taylor, Bill Frisell, Dave Liebman and Kirk Lightsey.

For more information see christine-tobin.com.

Friday 28 September 2012

Liam Noble Quintet £14/£12
featuring Chris Batchelor & Shabaka Hutchings
at Komedia Studio Bar, Brighton

Doors open: 8pm / Music: 8.30pm

Komedia, 44 Gardner Street, Brighton BN1 1UN [ map ]

Chris Batchelor Trumpet Shabaka Hutchings Reeds
Liam Noble Piano Dave Whitford Bass Dave Wickins Drums, percussion

Liam Noble

Liam Noble © Helena Dornellas

One of the most consistent performers and composers of recent years, Liam has always surrounded himself with strong personalities in his bands, a good mix of experience and new, raw talent, and his current line-up is no exception. Liam made an impact with his first solo outings and with bandleaders such as Tim Whitehead, Bobby Wellins, Christine Tobin, Chris Biscoe, Harry Beckett and Kenny Wheeler; further afield, he's been involved in projects featuring US star Randy Brecker (in his English Sextet) and cult composer Moondog.

In the front line is the highly experienced Chris, an innovator both on the trumpet and in his application of electronics. His bands include the US/UK supergroup with Jim Black and Myra Melford and Township Comets with Pinise Saul and Jason Yarde; he is also a regular in the bands of his Loose Tubes partners Mark Lockheart and Julian Argüelles.

Shabaka is proficient across many genres, and is described by many as a star in the making. An accomplished classical clarinettist, he has been a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist and has performed works such as Aaron Copland's concerto. Well established on the London scene with Kit Downes, Jay Phelps and others, he's become part of the free scene around Europe, performing with Evan Parker and John Butcher. Having gigged with Jerry Dammers' Spatial A.K.A Orchestra, he recently performed with African superstar King Sunny Ade as part of the Olympic celebrations. He leads the band Sons of Kemet, which features Seb Rochford and Oren Marshall.

Liam's rhythm partners also feature on his trio's fine album tribute to a piano legend, Brubeck; Dave has drummed and continues to drum with many of the finest in jazz, including John Law, the late Joe Lee Wilson, Bobby Wellins, Julian Siegel and Martin Speake. He is also a regular in Kirk Lightsey's trio, which has featured bassist Dave, returning from Christine Tobin's recent gig.

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