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Evening Concert

Darius Brubeck Quartet @Seven Arts Thus 17 May

 

Darius Brubeck piano, Dave O’Higgins saxes, Matt Ridley bass, Wesley Gibbens drums

Son of the famous Dave Brubeck, Darius has developed his own reputation as a great, swinging pianist. Darius was ushered into the international jazz scene in the Seventies as a member of Two Generations of Brubeck and The New Brubeck Quartet (Dave, Darius, Chris and Dan Brubeck) under his father’s leadership. It represents a considerable coup for us to persuade Dave’s eldest son Darius Brubeck, a respected pianist and composer on his own account, to bring his quartet to Chapel A for a  headline concert. There will be a real sense of occasion about this keenly anticipated concert and the Brubeck Quartet that won’t disappoint for a mixture of Darius’ own highly credible original compositions and  classics from his late father’s pen.

Born in 1947 Darius Brubeck has been based in London since 2006 and has assembled an excellent band of musicians from the capital’s jazz scene including the experienced saxophonist Dave O’Higgins, rising star bassist Matt Ridley and the South African born drummer Wesley Gibbens. This line up has recorded two excellent albums, 2014’s “Cathy’s Summer” , dedicated to Brubeck’s wife and manager Catherine,  and the recent follow up “Years Ago” (2016).

The concert will include audience favourites, standard jazz and some ever-popular Dave Brubeck music plus new compositions and soulful renderings of ballads like "Flamingo" and "I don't stand a Ghost of a Chance with You".

Support from Alex Fisher trio with Leeds saxman Alex and Sam Williams on bass, Jordan Dinsdale drums

Darius Brubeck Quartet Thursday 17 May @Seven Arts Doors 7.30pm £18/16 (NUS £5)

Stan Sulzmann and Swiss Trio "Vein" Fri 4 May, Seven Arts

FRIDAY 4 May @Seven Arts Doors 7.30pm £16/14 (NUS £5)

Stan Sutzmann tenor sax, Michael Arbenz piano, Thomas Lähns bass, Florian Arbenz drums

Saxman Stan Sulzmann joins the Swiss trio “Vein”, to produce a powerful, passionate quartet. A veteran of the UK jazz scene, Stan Sulzmann has a rich and varied career that has included playing with musicians as diverse as Kenny Wheeler, Larry Grenadier and Gwilym Simcock. Vein are a magnificent Swiss trio led by one of the best drummers in Europe, Florian Arbenz

A veteran of the UK jazz scene, Stan Sulzmann has a rich and varied career that has included playing with musicians as diverse as Kenny Wheeler, Larry Grenadier and Gwilym Simcock, as well as a prolific output as bandleader. Always moving forward, Stan’s Neon Quartet sees him amongst some of the UKs most sought-after young musicians, and their latest album “Subjekt” explores Stan’s ever-developing musical influences. Stan is also a highly respected composer and arranger; his vibrant big band arrangements have excited and inspired people for the last 25 years, and in 2013 Stan was commissioned to write an original piece for the London Jazz Festival. Highly in demand as a sideman, Stan has worked with a host of musicians, including: John Taylor, Jim Mullen, Nikki Iles, Mike Gibbs, Marc Copland, Allan Botchinksy, European Jazz Ensemble, Kit Downes, Michael Brecker and Gil Evans.

‘It simply doesn’t get any better than this’ John Kelman

Vein are a great trio with drummer Florian Arbenz at the helm.  Arguably one of the best drummers in Europe and winner of a European Culture Award, Florian is joined by his brother Michael Arbenz on piano, for whom too international stardom beckons.  The trio is complete with bassist Thomas Lähns who equally deserves the prodigy status.

Today most jazz piano trios are deeply attached to musical interplay (And yet, even with the most subtle, most distinguished form of interplay there is always one in the trio who plays the part of the primus inter pares – the pianist, of course (usually and by definition leader of the group). That’s exactly where pianist Michael Arbenz, drummer Florian Arbenz and bassist Thomas Lähns come up with their own idea of musical interplay. In fact, what they aim to achieve with their music is the greatest possible balance of their three voices – starting with the way they work out their own compositions and arrangements, and going right through to the soloistic parts, fully assigned to all three of them. The result is impressive musical togetherness, packed with surprising melodic, rhythmic and dynamic turns, played with highest precision even in the most complex, distorted and twisted passages of their compositions, arrangements and solos.

“Another European piano trio and yet another fresh angle on this time-honoured instrumental format.

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Support Ozzy Moysey Ancient Infinity Orchestra 8-8.30pm James Milligan - Guitar, percussion, Joel Stedman - Bass Clarinet, Flute, percussion, Andy French - Tenor Sax, Flute, Joe Love - Drums, Elliot Roffe - Double bass, Giorgos Kravvaritis - Synth, Keys, Percussion, Gongs, Ozzy Moysey - Double bass, Cornet, Percussion, N'goni

Stan Sulzmann and Swiss Trio "Vein" Fri 4 May, Seven Arts £16/14 (NUS £5)

Estonian singer Maria Vali with David Ferris Septet @Inkwell

 

Maria Valli vocals with David Ferris piano Nick Jurd on bass, Euan Palmer on drums, Hugh Pascall on trumpet, Richard Foote on trombone, and Vittorio Mura and Chris Young on woodwinds. 

Maria Vali is a member of the critically acclaimed Estonian Voices and is a busy performer in Estonia. 

Originally from Cornwall, David Ferris is now resident in Birmingham, where he graduated from the Jazz Degree at Birmingham Conservatoire in Summer 2015.  He has been taught by musicians such as Mark Turner, Dave Holland and Jeff Ballard, and performs regularly both with his own groups and as a sideman. 

The music will be inspired by the work by various British poets.

Music: https://soundcloud.com/david-ferris/sets/septet,

Estonian singer Maria Vali +David Ferris Septet  Sunday afternoon 4 March @Inkwell 1.30pm start £9/7 (NUS £5)

 

Tom Ridout’s “No Excuses” Thursday evening 19 April @Seven Arts

Tom Ridout saxophones and recorders, Rob Luft guitars, Will Barry piano and Rhodes , Flo Moore electric basses, Phelan Burgoyne drums , Billy Marrows guitar, Anastasia Stahlmann  lead violin, Didier Osindero 2nd violin, Anita Kurowska  viola, Cecilia Bignall  ‘cello , Alexandra Ridout  flugel and trumpet, Anna Drysdale french horn, Elliot Pooley trombone.

Tom Ridout is a 23 year old saxophonist/recorder player and composer from London. “No Excuses” is his 13 piece ensemble with influences including jazz, folk, 60’s rock/pop and early 20th century tonal classical music. It includes some of the brightest young jazz musicians on the London jazz scene at the moment such as Alexandra Ridout winner of the BBC Young Jazz Musician of the year in 2017. 

 

Tom Ridout was predicted by Jazzwise Magazine in 2012 as an upcoming jazz musician to watch out for. A recent graduate from the prestigious Royal Academy of Music, finalist in the BBC Young Musician Jazz Award 2016,Tom is a prolific composer who fronts his own bands playing his original compositions.

Tom Ridout’s “No Excuses” Thursday evening 19 April @Seven Arts Doors 7.30pm £16/14 (NUS £5)

The Derek Nash Acoustic Quartet @Seven Arts 22 March

Derek Nash saxes, Dave Newton piano, Geoff Gascoyne bass, Sebastiaan de Krom drums

If you’ve heard Jools Holland’s Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, you’ll have heard Derek Nash. He’s a prominent member. But to get some idea of the sheer breadth of his accomplishment as a saxophonist, composer and bandleader, you should hear this band. From smooth cool to groovy funk, to ingeniously recast standards, to one quite gorgeous ballad, the music fizzes with energy, even at its most restrained. Pianist David Newton, bassist Geoff Gascoyne and drummer Sebastiaan de Krom complete the band, and it all goes to show what four brilliant jazz musicians can do when left to get on with it.

Derek Nash s a featured soloist with the Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues Orchestra and has been a full-time member since 2004. He is leader of the British Jazz award-winning Sax Appeal and also co-leader of funk/fusion band Protect the Beat. 2013 and 2014 saw Derek touring with Cream legend, Jack Bruce, and USA smooth jazz star, Brian Culbertson. Derek is a master of all saxes from soprano to baritone and is renowned for his energetic, vibrant, passionate and charismatic performances.

Dave Newton was voted best Jazz Pianist in the British Jazz Awards for the thirteenth time in 2014. He has been the pianist of choice for Carol Kidd, Marion Montgomery, Tina May, Annie Ross, Claire Martin and spent nearly 10 years with Stacey Kent. He’s recorded with Buddy De Franco, Alan Barnes and Martin Taylor as well as a solo artist recording for the Linn, Candid and Concorde labels. Becoming a professor at Leeds College of Music in 2016, Dave is the epitome of melodic, swinging piano.

Geoff Gascoyne was Musical Director for Jamie Cullum appearing on 3 albums and performing at prestigious venues from The Albert Hall to the Hollywood Bowl. Geoff’s diverse career has seen him perform with the great opera singer Willard White to appearing in Anthony Mingella’s “The Talented Mr Ripley” starring Matt Damon and Gwyneth Paltrow. He has performed with, among many others, Guy Barker, Georgie Fame and, within his many performances at Ronnie Scotts, has performed with The Charles Mingus Big Band and Michel Legrand. With 6 solo albums in own right, Geoff is one of the most respected and in-demand bassists in the UK.

Sebastiaan de Krom is a professor at Leeds College of Music, played for many years with Jamie Cullum appearing on the multi-gold selling albums, Pointless Nostalgic and Twentysomething and touring the world for several years, performing everywhere from the Hollywood Bowl to the Royal Albert Hall. He has worked with Guy Barker, Gene Harris, Kurt Elling and Michel Legrand, and is the maestro of effortless swing.

The Derek Nash Acoustic Quartet @Seven Arts 

Date and time Thursday 22 March 2018 Doors 7:30pm @Seven Arts Centre 31A Harrogate Rd, Leeds, LS7 3PD

Tickets: £16/14 concessions £5 students with NUS