we get in the Cuban groove with our good friend Omar Puente and I defy
anyone to sit still for long. The infectious cross rhythms from this
authentic combo are guaranteed to get the club cooking. Omar began
serious music studies at the age of 8. At 12 he left his family to take
up a place at the prestigious Escuela Nacional de Arte in Havana. His
education was furthered by playing with fellow students and visiting
tutors such as Paquito d’Rivera and Dizzy Gillespie. In 1998 he formed
the group Raices Cubanas (Cuban Roots). Since arriving in England, Omar
has maintained an international profile, playing all over Europe, USA
and Africa with such musicians as Tito Puente, Kirsty MacColl, Jools
Holland, Courtney Pine and recently Nigel Kennedy 's new,
three-electric-violin "Chilling-est Violinists". Omar teaches jazz
violin at Leeds College of Music and conducts workshops in schools on
the cultural and musical development of Cuba.
Stepney born, raised on the Isle of Wight, tenor saxophonist
Mornington Lockett returned to London to attend the Guildhall School of
Music. As a member of the Ronnie Scott Sextet, Mornington worked
extensively in Britain and abroad. He has recorded albums with Ronnie
Scott, guitarist Jim Mullen, drummer Martin Drew, jazz singers Sarah
Jane Morris, Claire Martin and Ian Shaw and the rock band Oasis. In 2001
Mornington and the late Martin Drew formed the group 'Celebrating The
Jazz Couriers', recreating the classic 1950s group which featured Tubby
Hayes and Ronnie Scott. In 2004 the group disbanded, and reformed as the
'New Couriers' taking in the Tubby Hayes Quartet repertoire and also
the compositions of the great British pianist and vibraphone player,
Victor Feldman. "Saxophonist Mornington Lockett must be one of the most
complete masters of the instrument alive today" - Dave Gelly, The
Saxophonist Vasilis Xenopoulos was born in Athens and started playing
clarinet and piano at 9 years of age. He started on the saxophone at 13,
and continued his music studies at the Philippos Nakas Conservatory in
Athens. In 1999 Vasilis was awarded a jazz scholarship to the
prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston MA. By 2002 Vasilis had
moved to London and continued his studies under the guidance of Eddie
Harvey, Stan Sulzmann, Jimmy Hastings and Pete Cook. Vasilis formed his
first Quartet in 2005 and gradually established himself as one of
London’s up and coming jazz saxophonists. As a jazz musician he has
worked with some of the best musicians in the British jazz scene, such
as Jim Mullen, Steve Waterman, Alan Barnes, Derek Nash, Bruce Adams,
Martin Shaw, Nigel Price, Ray Gelato and many others. In 2009 he formed
his current ensemble “The Xtet" and their debut album “Loud City"
containing 8 original compositions was released on 33Jazz Records in
2011 to much critical acclaim.
Nathaniel is of course a founding member of the award winning and widely acclaimed band Empirical. His fellow band members tonight have a similar association. Born in London to Jamaican parents, Nathaniel cites his influences as Charlie Parker, Wayne Shorter, John Coltrane and Ornette Coleman. He began his music studies at the age of 14 with a degree from London's Royal Academy of Music and has distinguished himself as a creative composer and lyrical performer with a massive future. As well as working with such names as Jason Moran, Jack DeJohnette, Hugh Masekela, Courtney Pine and Julian Joseph.
Chris Biscoe is self taught, starting on alto sax then tenor,
soprano, baritone, flute and alto clarinet. He started working with Mike
Westbrook in 1979 and has played in many of Mike’s projects. He has
also toured and recorded with George Russell, Andy Sheppard, Grand
Union, Chris McGregor, Didier Levallet and worked with Hermeto Pascoal,
Dewey Redman, Kenny Wheeler and the New York Composers Orchestra. A
recent venture for Chris (on baritone & alto saxes) along with
Allison Neale on alto has been a new band 'Two of a Mind' “Exploring
afresh the freewheeling, wonderfully melodic interpretations of standard
material recorded 50 years ago by Gerry Mulligan and Paul Desmond on
Blues in Time and Two of a Mind, this new band promises to evoke the
spirit of these classic recordings while giving free reign to the
personalities of the five musicians.”
“More than any other British jazz trumpeter, Pearce probably
deserves the mantle of heir to Jimmy Deuchar, offering a style that
contains a fractured lyricism reminiscent of his forebear...He has a
sophisticated command of harmonic improvising, although, as with his
self-confessed (and disparate) trumpet heroes - Chet Baker, Art Farmer
and Don Cherry - his playing comes across as anything but contrived.
Pearce had a lengthy association with Ronnie Scott which lasted from the
1970s until Scott's health forced him to abandon performing in the
mid-1990s, and some of his best recorded work can be found on the CD
Never Pat A Burning Dog (Jazz House, 1990), where his solos contrast
admirably with Scott's more forthright contributions, and contain a heat
and urgency never far beneath the cool surface" - Simon Spillett.
Chris Batchelor, trumpeter and composer, gained his first professional experience with Dudu Pukwana's Zila aged 17, at the suggestion of Harry Beckett. He subsequently became a founder member, composer and soloist with Loose Tubes, contributing many pieces to the repertoire of the band from 1984-1990. He was also very active at this time as a member of legendary world music trailblazers 3 Mustaphas 3, as well as enjoying a varied diet of gigs with Chris McGregor's Brotherhood of Breath, Congolese soukous band Taxi Pata Pata and Ashley Slater's Microgroove. As a sideman, Chris has appeared alongside many international stars, including Michael Brecker, Sam Rivers, Hermeto Pascoal, John Taylor and the Jazz Passengers with Deborah Harry. As a saxophonist and composer, Mark Lockheart's work often defies categorisation and crosses the boundaries of the jazz, new music and folk worlds. Mark came to prominence in the mid 1980s with the influential and radical big band Loose Tubes, which he toured with throughout the USA and Europe and recorded with until its demise in 1989. In the mid-nineties Mark toured extensively with Django Bates' Delightful Precipice. Subsequent projects include Mark Lockheart's In Deep, Seb Rochford's Polar Bear, Perfect Houseplants, Disassembler and Robert Wyatt’s Soup Songs.
trumpets: Sid Gauld, Noel Langley, Ryan Quigley & Steve Waterman
trombones:Owen Dawson, Trevor Mires, Sarah Williams & Ray Wordsworth
reeds: Mike Coates, Frank Griffith, Jimmy Hastings, George Millard & Bob Sydor
tuba: Graham Read
guitar: Rob Luft
piano: Jim Watson
bass: Joe Boyle
drums: Pete Cater
In early 1985 John Altman was asked to arrange an obscure Billie
Holiday song for the young pop star Alison Moyet. It was her parents'
favourite record and she'd grown up singing it. It was duly recorded as
an album track, but then issued as a single and shot to the top of the
charts within a week of release. Coincidentally at the same time John
had to have a minor operation that put him at home for six weeks. He
decided to use the time by creating a big band library for a one off gig
at his local jazz club. Over thirty years later he's at his local jazz
club playing a one off gig with the big band! Members of the original
band will be here tonight with John plus an astounding roster of the top
UK jazz musicians for the 31st anniversary concert of the band that the
Daily Telegraph called “the best big band in Europe”. With all
material written and/or arranged by John and showcasing the star studded
line up of great jazz soloists this should be as memorable a night as
were all the previous sold out performances at the East Side. John's
long playing career has seen him perform with jazz giants Al Cohn, Jimmy
Heath, Chet Baker, Bud Freeman and Joe Newman to name but a few.
Tim Whitehead was born in Liverpool, the son of one of the original writers of Dennis the Menace in the Beano. His first public performance was as solo clarinettist in his school orchestra’s rendition of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, conducted by his fellow pupil, the now knighted, Sir Simon Rattle. From this promising musical beginning, Tim decided to follow a career in Law, but was pulled back to music, and more specifically jazz, soon after qualifying. In the 70s he toured with Ian Carr’s Nucleus and Graham Collier Music and won the Young Jazz Musicians of the Year Award with his own band South of the Border in 1977. In the 80’s he was a member of the big band Loose Tubes. In 2009 Tim was the first ever musician Artist in Residence at Tate Britain, to research and compose music in response to the work of JMW Turner. During the residency he wrote 'Colour Beginnings' which was performed at Tate Britain in November 2009 following a series of lecture demonstrations in October.
Born in Derby 1970, guitarist Phil Robson had already enjoyed an
exciting career from the age of 14 onwards playing in his home town
with such visiting musicians as John Etheridge and Bheki Msleku as well
as with his clarinettist father, Trevor Robson. Moving to London at the
age of 18, he attended the Guildhall School of Music being one of the
youngest students ever to do the post graduate jazz course at that time.
Phil’s work credits include Big Jon Patton, Charles Earland, Billy
Hart, James Genus, Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor, Mike Gibbs, Tim Garland,
Django Bates, Bobby Wellins and he co leads the acclaimed group
‘Partisans’ with Julian Siegel. "One of the crop of UK guitarists who
combine the technical expertise of classic beboppers such as Wes
Montgomery and Kenny Burrell with the bite and muscle of a post-funk
generation raised on Hendrix, Scofield and Metheny" - John Fordham, The
Guildford born, Chris began playing the violin at the age of 5.
At home, his father Michael, the jazz pianist and composer of
international renown, taught him jazz tunes, introducing the colours,
flavours and rudiments of the great improvising music. He has worked
with many artists including Julian Joseph, Dolly Parton and Brian Ferry
and made tours of the Far East and Australia with guitarist John
Etheridge in a tribute to Stephane Grappelli. Chris has fronted the The
Budapest Cafe Orchestra, the gypsy-beat specialists from Harringay,
since 2009. His recording ‘Different Strokes’ was called “The
outstanding British album of the year” in the Sunday Times. “His violin
playing was a stunning display of musicianship, whether lightly dancing,
delicately teasing or producing pyrotechnics that scorched the very
timbers of the building” - Jazz Journal.
Art Themen, orthopaedic surgeon (now retired) and illustrious
saxman, remains a firm favourite on the British jazz scene with a
pedigree as long as Southend Pier. Art was involved in the early British
blues movement with Alexis Korner’s All Stars, Jack Bruce’s Band and
Long John Baldry’s Hoochie Coochie Men. He has played and recorded with
the bands of Michael Garrick, Graham Collier, Don Weller and in 1974
began a long association with Stan Tracey. He also toured and recorded
with Charlie Parker alumni, Red Rodney and Al Haig. “Originally a Dexter
Gordon and Sonny Rollins disciple..Themen has proved himself remarkably
attentive to the saxophone styles of subsequent generations. The atonal
whirlings of Evan Parker are evident, alongside John Coltrane's sheets
of sound, and the full-bodied, vibrato-laden rhapsodising of long-gone
swing stars such as Coleman Hawkins” - John Fordham, The Guardian.
John Horler is a highly respected pianist and composer who has earned a formidable reputation on the British jazz scene over many years. His credentials as a musician are as impeccable as they are diverse. The route to success was through pub gigs and appearances on BBC’s Jazz Club, funded by work as a successful session musician. As his reputation grew he found himself increasingly supporting American jazz stars such as Bob Brookmeyer, Clark Terry, Zoot Sims, Al Cohn, Art Farmer, Pepper Adams, Bud Shank, and Shorty Rodgers. One of the most memorable of these events was working with Chet Baker for a week at The Canteen in Great Queen Street. He worked closely with Pete King, Tommy Whittle, Tony Coe and the late great Ronnie Ross for many years, playing regularly in their groups and recording with them. For over twenty years he was first pianist to Sir John Dankworth and Dame Cleo Laine. Martin Shaw has worked with many leading jazz artists including Cleo Laine, John Dankworth, Pete King, Dick Morrisey, Tim Garland and numerous big bands including the BBC Big Band; he has also recorded, performed live and toured extensively with various pop artists including Sting, Jamiroquai, Natalie Cole, Paul Young and the Brand New Heavies. In 2001 Martin was appointed professor of Jazz Trumpet at the Birmingham Conservatoire.
Tonight the phenomenal, exciting, unpredictable musical genius that is Gilad Atzmon.
the political rhetoric, Atzmon now lets the music do the talking,
relaxing into a skilful and witty dialogue with his versatile bandmates.
Together they breathe new harmonic and rhythmic life into every
composition they perform, transforming even the most well-worn jazz
standards into scintillating originals - the true essence of real live
jazz." "You get an awful lot of music with Gilad Atzmon: quotes from
jazz standards, torch songs, ideas playfully purloined from
Mediterranean or Middle Eastern sources, sultry Paris-cabaret smooches,
New Orleans clarinet swing and bebop in hyperdrive. The Israeli reed
virtuoso is acclaimed as one of the most original world-jazz
specialists..” - John Fordham, The Guardian. "Atzmon is an astonishing
musician with a seemingly effortless ability to demolish and rebuild any
old tune he chooses to play" - John Lewis, Time Out.
"If John Etheridge weren’t so brilliant he might be more famous.
His versatility is confusing. What other guitarist could have begun his
career as a member of Soft Machine and the Stephan Grappelli Quintet?" -
Dave Gelly, Observer. John left Grappelli’s group in the early 80s. For
the last twenty five years he has pursued a career involving
associations with many of the great players - he has appeared with:
Barney Kessel, Herb Ellis, Dizzy Gillespie, Tony Williams, Yehudi
Menuhin, Pat Metheny and Nigel Kennedy. “I never wanted to be a star,
just a highly respected musician like John Etheridge” - Sting, The
Guardian. “One of the best guitarists in the world” - Pat Metheny.
Travis has played on more than 100 albums since 1993. He has an
attractive Michael Breckerish sound on uptempo tenor sax, a Stan
Getz-to-Andy Sheppard feel on ballads and soft Latin themes, and a
poignant ambient tone on flute - with the latter expanded by electronics
and echo. Sometimes it's hard to banish the sound of John Thomson
purring "n-i-i-i-c-e" from The Fast Show's Jazz Club under these softly
throbbing grooves" - John Fordham of The Guardian reviewing Theo's 2 CD
compilation "An Anthology".
Siegel studied sax, clarinet and conducting at UEA, Norwich. Moving to
London in 1991 he became known on his second instrument, the double
bass. Now established as one of the most in-demand saxophonists on the
scene, his current bands are the Julian Siegel Quartet featuring pianist
Liam Noble, the Julian Siegel Trio with US stars drummer Joey Baron and
bassist Greg Cohen and the influential band Partisans, co-led for the
last 14 years with guitarist Phil Robson. Julian has played in large
ensembles led by Andrew Hill, Mike Gibbs alongside Bill Frisell, Steve
Swallow and Adam Nussbaum, the Hermeto Pascoal UK Big Band, Django Bates
Delightful Precipice, John Taylor, Jazz Jamaica, Kenny Wheeler, Colin
Towns with the NDR big band, Hans Koller New Memories Band with Steve
Lacy and with Jason Yarde's'Acoutastic Bombastic' In smaller groups he
has played with Gary Husband’s ‘Drive’, Django Bates’ Human Chain, NYC
performance artist/violinist Laurie Anderson and
pianist/singer-songwriter Steve Nieve, The Smith Quartet, Kirk Lightsey,
Norma Winstone and Jason Palmer’s Quartet featuring Jeff Ballard.
Composer, arranger, producer, musical director and saxophonist Jason Yarde writes music that has been described as powerful, spiritual, evocative, rhapsodic, hair-raising and formidable. Jason began playing alto and soprano saxes with the Jazz Warriors at 16, making him the youngest ever member of this important band. He was nominated for the Bird Award at the 2004 North Sea Jazz Festival and for the Jazz on 3 Innovation Award for the 2005 and 2006 BBC Jazz Awards. "The highlight was Jason Yarde's inspired, beautifully constructed arrangement of Footprints, a famous Wayne Shorter tune from the album Miles Smiles" - John L Walters, The Guardian. "Superlative, original altoist Yarde is first call for visiting jazz royalty such as McCoy Tyner, Andrew Hill and Sam Rivers and is also a gifted composer, arranger and producer..” - Time Out
"The tall, shaven-headed Damon Brown is a well-known figure in Europe, his trumpet and long-gauge flugelhorn a well-known and welcome sound in Paris, Barcelona and other jazz-friendly cities for years. Only back home in London is he taken for granted, a curious and regrettable state of affairs. On a good night he is one of the world's finest players, and last night was such a one. Fluent, impassioned and technically superb - unlike most of his rivals.. Damon never splits a note - he produced a series of swinging and shapely solos that had the crowded venue in the palm of his hand." - Jack Massarik, London Evening Standard. "Christian Brewer’s alto sound is light - though he can dig in when needed - and he is a remarkably fluent and craftsmanlike improviser. Though fresh ideas flow inexorably, Brewer is not tempted to waste notes despite his fluency, so that there’s a real sense of purpose about his work." - Peter Martin, Jazz UK
Born 1964 in the Midlands to Jamaican parents and raised in South Yorkshire, Dennis cut his teeth at the age of 14 performing with the Doncaster Youth Jazz Assoc. He moved to London and began playing with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and the legendary all-black big band Jazz Warriors. A charismatic and energetic musician, composer and educator, well known on the British and international jazz scene, and celebrated for his versatility and unique approach to the underrated trombone. "..a groove-based brassman who seamlessly combines fluid improvising with the ability to kick the pulse of a band as irresistibly as a drummer" - The Guardian. Nottingham born, Tony Kofi studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Back in the UK he played with The Jazz Warriors and Gary Crosby's Nu Troop. His subsequent playing credits include Billy Higgins, Branford Marsalis, Byron Wallen, Claude Deppa, Donald Byrd, Lonnie Smith, Eddie Henderson, Jazz Jamaica All Stars and the big bands of Jean Toussaint and Julian Joseph. Tony's quartet was voted best ensemble at the 2005 Parliamentary Jazz Awards; their CD ‘Plays Monk - All Is Know’, was awarded ‘BBC Jazz Line-up Album of the Year 2005’.
Woodstock survivor Henry Lowther has had a varied career since
the 60’s working with both the Gil Evans and George Russell Orchestras,
John Dankworth, Peter King, Kenny Wheeler, Charlie Watts, Loose Tubes
and John Surman on the jazz scene, to Manfred Mann, Buzzcocks, John
Mayall and Keef Hartley at the legendary Woodstock Festival in August
1969. On the classical side, Henry is an accomplished composer, as well
as being a featured member of the London Brass Virtuosi. Pete Hurt has
quietly been part of the London jazz scene for almost four decades and
has developed one of the most uniquely distinguishable sounds and
styles. Apart from his great saxophone playing he has also been
recognised for his compositional and arranging skills.
of the late Jimmy Skidmore, also a tenor saxophonist, Alan has toured
and recorded with Elvin Jones, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Joe
Henderson, Dexter Gordon, Mike Gibbs and Mike Westbrook, Chris
McGregor’s Brotherhood of Breath, John Dankworth and Tubby Hayes Big
Bands, the widely influential SOS group with Mike Osborne and John
Surman as well as a continuing association with Georgie Fame’s Blue
Flames. “Skidmore - one of the most ferociously virtuosic saxophonists
to have emerged out of the British sax generation that worked up its
momentum around 1970 - is no mere mirror of Coltrane’s glory. When he
attacks the master’s long, twisting odysseys into melodic and harmonic
density, he plays as if the effort is fearsome. To watch his chest
pumping after a five-minute double-time avalanche of improvisation, you
almost wish he would sit down and recover with a bit of Coltrane-like
yoga breathing” - John Fordham, Guardian.
Trudy moved to London in 1990 from her native Australia and, whilst continuing to gig regularly, worked during the day as secretary for popular clarinettist Acker Bilk. She took time out to study jazz at the Guildhall School of Music and in 1995 got her musical career break when Ronnie Scott offered her a week at his club. "Australian expatriate Trudy Kerr is another artist who understands the importance of seducing the public. A combination of artful programming and assured arrangements has made her one of the country's most polished singers" - Clive Davis, The Times. "..Trudy Kerr is outstanding, imaginative but respectful to the original song, with excellent phrasing and diction and a smile in her voice"- Dave Gelly, The Observer.
Tonight, our annual welcome back to tenor ace Benn Clatworthy, grandson of the famous theatre and revue artist, Gertrude Lawrence. Raised in London he has been a resident of Los Angeles since 1980. As a teenager Benn took sax lessons from Ronnie Scott who recommended him to Berklee College, Boston. Benn’s distinctive, muscular saxophone and flute feature in his unique arrangements of standards from Cole Porter to Marvin Gaye, John Coltrane to the Beatles. His work credits include such notables as Cedar Walton, Lionel Hampton and Jimmy Cleveland. Benn has released eleven CDs to critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic.
The last album from Denys Baptiste ‘Identity By Subtraction’
attracted some very positive reviews: "London saxophonist Baptiste won a
raft of prizes - a Mercury, a Mobo and a British Jazz award - and much
deserved acclaim for 2003's ‘Let Freedom Ring’. Given that head-start,
his seven-year absence from the recording studio has been surprising.
But the traditionally swaggering tenor-sax tone with a soulfully
imploring contemporary edge is still fully functioning on this new
quartet set...There's plenty of Coltrane-driven orthodox-postbop that
largely avoids the rhythmically byzantine nu-jazz challenges of recent
years" - John Fordham, The Guardian. "Baptiste puts all the pieces
together with rare dedication, imagination and emotion. Nine mature
originals complete a multi-faceted suite of straight-ahead contemporary
jazz that repays repeated listening" - Jack Massarik, London Evening
"I bought my first vibraphone at the age of 24 (after a wasted
youth being a very bad - not to mention unemployed - rock drummer) and
played my first gig at the age of 28. I am completely self taught".
“..in full flight with two mallets in each hand, he gives the world's
best vibes players a run for their money" - James Griffiths, Guardian.
"Beaujolais' mix of firm emphasis and mellow tone, coupled with a
shapely sense of improvised melody, gives much of it an unexpected
richness and bounce; even a well-travelled standard such as You Don't
Know What Love Is reveals haunting new turns, with a good deal of spin
provided by the excellent pianist Robin Aspland" - John Fordham, The
Guardian (reviewing Roger’s quintet CD 'Sentimental').
Always popular, Quentin Collins, born locally in Forest Gate, is an outstanding trumpeter who graduated from the Guildhall School of Music by winning the 'Best Finals' prize. Already with a wealth of experience, he has worked with the likes of Jean Toussaint, Stan Tracey, Norma Winstone, Roy Ayers, John Surman, Roy Hargrove, Tim Garland and Ray Gelato. In 2007 Quentin released his debut solo album "If Not Now, Then When?" on SunlightSquare Records to much critical acclaim. He is now the regular trumpet player for the Kyle Eastwood band, with whom he tours extensively. Quentin's latest CD “Beauty in Quiet Places” where he pairs with sax player Brandon Allen as QCBA, attracted rave reviews. "A Trumpeter whose style is a sizzling update of the Morgan/Hubbard approach" - MOJO.
It's time for our annual fix of the world-class Liane Carroll. Born in London and raised in Hastings, where she currently lives with her husband, bassist Roger Carey, East Side favourite Liane has been playing the piano since she was three and performing professionally since the age of fifteen. She has toured and recorded with artists such as Gerry Rafferty, Long John Baldry and Paul McCartney. Liane enjoyed success as double winner in the 2005 BBC Jazz Awards and 'Best female jazz vocalist' at the first Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Awards. Liane went on to pick up the 2008 Parliamentary Jazz Award for 'Musician Of The Year.' Later that year Liane formed an exciting new collaboration with the acclaimed Scottish jazz pianist Brian Kellock, and in November the pair toured throughout Scotland, at which The Herald declared, "This may well be British jazz's greatest double act." In 2009 Liane and her trio went stateside for the first time and performed to rapturous audiences at Dizzy's Jazz Club at the Lincoln Centre and the Rochester Jazz Festival. "No one who hears Liane Carroll in person is likely to forget the experience. It's not just that she's a brilliant pianist and a mesmerising singer, but that, like Stevie Wonder, she seems in some magical way to be made out of music. No recording has managed to capture this quality until now, but this one comes close" - Dave Gelly, The Observer (reviewing Liane's CD 'Up and Down'). "This is a wonderful album by one of our greatest jazz talents so full of quality and diversity. I doubt if there will be a better vocal based recording issued anywhere this year" - Jazz Views (reviewing Liane's most recent CD 'Seaside').
"Simon Spillett is the kind of big toned wailing tenor player
that I like. The influences of Tubby Hayes and Johnny Griffin are
clearly discernible in his sound, harmonic thinking and in his direct
no-nonsense determination in getting things swinging. This refreshing
attitude is also in evidence in his composing. He has written a whole
raft of catchy hard bop tunes which are great launching pads for the
soloist and that never fall into the trap of complexity for complexity's
sake. A great player" - Alan Barnes. "Those of us who have heard
him...have been left blinking in disbelief. It's not just his mastery of
the tenor saxophone, phenomenal though that is, but the absolute
conviction of his playing that is so impressive" - Dave Gelly, Sunday
Observer. "The world's leading Tubbiologist" - Jack Massarik, Jazzwise.
Tonight's band should really raise the roof. Winston Rollins, Chris Storr
and bandleader Derek Nash, are all members of Jools Holland's famed
Rhythm & Blues Orchestra. Dave Ital's a top session guitarist and then some. Pete Whittaker is a leading exponent
of the Hammond organ, Geoff Gascoyne the go-to bass player and Clive
Fenner the hugely experienced host and resident drummer of the long
established East Side Jazz Club in Leytonstone.
Derek Nash is a
vibrant and charismatic performer on all four saxes from soprano to
baritone. Derek is of course best known as leader and arranger, since
its inception 30 years ago, of the award winning ensemble 'Sax Appeal'.
His playing credits include David Sanborn, Mavis Staples, Eric Clapton,
Tom Jones, Jools Holland and the late Spike Robinson with whom he
recorded an award winning CD 'Young Lions Old Tigers'. Derek is also a
respected recording engineer. He was awarded a gold disc for his work on
'Pointless Nostalgic' by Jamie Cullum and has recorded for Bobby
Wellins, Dave O'Higgins, Martin Drew, Geoff Gascoyne, Georgie Fame and
Saxophonist Vasilis Xenopoulos was born in Athens and started playing clarinet and piano at 9 years of age. He started on the saxophone at 13, and continued his music studies at the Philippos Nakas Conservatory in Athens. In 1999 Vasilis was awarded a jazz scholarship to the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston MA. By 2002 Vasilis had moved to London and continued his studies under the guidance of Eddie Harvey, Stan Sulzmann, Jimmy Hastings and Pete Cook. Vasilis formed his first Quartet in 2005 and gradually established himself as one of London’s up and coming jazz saxophonists. As a jazz musician he has worked with some of the best musicians in the British jazz scene, such as Jim Mullen, Steve Waterman, Alan Barnes, Derek Nash, Bruce Adams, Martin Shaw, Nigel Price, Ray Gelato and many others. In 2009 he formed his current ensemble “The Xtet" and their debut album “Loud City" containing 8 original compositions was released on 33Jazz Records in 2011 to much critical acclaim.