SUNDAY 7 APRIL

Pete Oxley and Nicolas Meier


An extremely sophisticated and entertaining duo of guitarists, Oxley and Meier (formerly with The Jeff Beck Band) travel on a contemporary journey through jazz on a collection of acoustic and electric guitars via Latin American, Spanish and Middle Eastern influences. Performing originals and modern standards by Chick Corea, Milton Nascimento and Pat Metheny. Not to be missed!

Watch YouTube footage of Pete and Nicolas here and visit Nicolas's website here

“His own playing is quite masterly and he writes the kind of themes that invite and inspire improvisation”
The Observer

“Oxley is an imaginative explorer of both acoustic guitar and plugged effects…”
The Guardian

“Meier is elegant in tone and bubbling with ideas... his originality as a writer, a player and a team leader dispatches any doubts”
The Guardian

“...Since John McLaughlin melted frets with the Mahavishnu Orchestra we have become used to frenetic guitar-led groups. None, however, quite mixes styles and sounds like that of Meier, a Swiss player as happy in flamenco and Arab melodies as he is in Western jazz”
The Times


Admission: £9 / £5 (U25)


SUNDAY 5 MAY

TBC


SUNDAY 2 JUNE

The
Tori Freestone
Trio

 

The return of a great band. A trio of just sax, bass and drums may sound like a dry prospect but the widely admired composer, tenor saxophonist and flautist Tori Freestone makes it distinctive, exciting and playful. A free-flowing, intelligent style that highlights a great gift for melodic invention is harnessed by a trio currently on tour and playing at the top of their powers. Part of a UK tour supporting the band's new album with the wonderful Dave Mannington (double bass) and Tim Giles (drums).

Visit Tori's website here and watch YouTube footage of Tori with various bands here

"Freestone has clearly listened widely, but her musicality and broad experiences have stirred all that input into an imposingly original sound"
The Guardian

"The versatile tenorist/flautist Tori Freestone up front...her sound pure-toned yet incisive in the upper register..."
London Evening Standard

"A flute and reeds player of nicely sinuous melodic invention"
Daily Telegraph

"Tori Freestone has a warm and open tone, her playing is melodic and innovative…exploring the full range of the saxophone"
All About Jazz

 

Admission: £9 / £5 (U25)






 

*PLEASE NOTE*: details of concerts and musicians appearing are correct at the time of writing although changes are sometimes necessary. Please feel free to check with us before attending.

 

 

 

 

 


Somebody who decides to play jazz for a living knows he will struggle for the rest of his life, unless he opts for predictable and soothing compromise. Honest jazz involves public exploration. It takes guts to make mistakes in public, and mistakes are inherent. If there are no mistakes, it's a mistake. In Keith Jarrett's solo improvisations you can hear him hesitate, turn in circles for a while, struggle to find the next idea. Bird used to start a phrase two or three times before figuring out how to continue it. The heart and soul of improvisation is turning mistakes into discovery. On the spot. Now. No second draft. It can take a toll night after night in front of an audience that just might be considering you shallow.

From 'Close Enough For Jazz', Mike Zwerin (1983)

 

Now, divine air! Now is his soul ravished! Is it not strange that sheeps' guts should hale souls out of men's bodies? Well, a horn for my money, when all's done.

From 'Much Ado About Nothing' (Act II, Scene iii), William Shakespeare (1600)

 

Onstage, he storms inwardly, glaring at his audience, wincing at his trumpet, stabbing and tugging at his ear. Often his solos degenerate into a curse blown again and again through his horn in four soft beats. But Miles can break hearts. Without attempting the strident showmanship of most trumpeters, he still creates a mood of terror suppressed - a lurking and highly exciting impression that he may some day blow his brains out playing.

Barry Farrell, writing in Time Magazine (February 28 1964)

 

Late in his career, drummer Earl Palmer appeared in a music video with the band Cracker on the song ‘I Hate My Generation’. According to Cracker leader David Lowery, when Palmer was asked if he would be able to play along with the songs, he gave Lowery a look and said, 'I invented this shit’.