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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.

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)

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)