Iain Ballamy - saxophones Huw Warren - piano Percy Pursglove - trumpet & double bass Mark Whitlam - drums
Listed between Chet Baker and Count Basie in Geoffrey Smith’s BBC publication ‘100 Jazz Greats’, Ballamy has a rare and beautiful sound on the tenor saxophone, both captivating and instantly recognisable.
Since emerging in the early 80’s with Loose Tubes, Django Bates and Bill Bruford’s Earthworks, he has established himself as a player and composer of note on the world’s jazz stages. Recently he has performed as a featured concerto soloist with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and BBC Philharmonic Orchestras.
Past highlights include concerts and recordings with Gil Evans, George Coleman, John Taylor, Cedar Walton, June Tabor and Hermeto Pascoal.
His remarkable new quartet features world-class pianist Huw Warren, the extraordinary flamboyant virtuoso bassist / trumpeter Percy Pursglove and Mark Whitlam, a uniquely versatile and gifted drummer.
Ballamy’s concert repertoire covers a great range and his program will include past and present original works plus some unexpected re-workings of some classic songs that inspired his musical journey.
Tom Barford Organ Trio (UK) Wed 26 Feb 2020 20:00 £12 (£5 Students)
An exciting your organ trio featuring London based saxophonist Tom Barford and Birmingham scene players Jonathan Silk and Dave Ferris. Expect swinging modern originals and a few choice standards.
Tom Barford (sax) Dave Ferris (organ) Jonathan Silk (drums)
Clark Tracey (UK) Wed 11 Mar 2020 20:00 £12 (£5 Students)
Son of Jazz pianist Stan Tracey, Clark has been working in the UK jazz scene for over 40 years. He has a phenomenal reputation as both a drummer and a bandleader. This is yet another night of jazz from some of the finest modern jazz the UK has to offer. Not to be missed!
Ben Crossland (UK) Wed 11 Mar 2020 20:00 £12 (£5 Students)
BEN CROSLAND QUINTET PLAYS THE RAY DAVIES SONGBOOK, VOLUMES I AND II ON TOUR 2019/2020
“…the album swings consistently…with this sharp, cogent collection, a dedicated follower of Ray Davies has made him a well-respected jazz composer too.” The Times “…a lot of affection, a lot of respect for those unforgettable melodies and a whole lotta damn fine playing…these well respected men have done Mr. Davies proud” Jazzwise “…I thought it was very good and well played. Your album is easy to listen to and I like the sound with the tenor and soprano sax. The improvisation is so good. Well done!” Mick Avory, the Kinks
In 2016 The Ben Crosland Quintet released the critically acclaimed album The Ray Davies Songbook, a tribute to the Kinks iconic singer/composer Ray Davies. Crosland began his musical education at the age of thirteen playing along to the Kinks’ singles on the Dansette in his bedroom. Fifty years on, he has discovered new subtleties and strengths in Ray Davies’ compositions and has assembled a quintet of international standing to record and perform his imaginative arrangements The Quintet features Crosland on bass, Theo Travis on tenor and soprano saxophones, John Etheridge on guitar, Steve Lodder on piano and keyboards, and Dylan Howe on drums. Strong grooves, a natural swing and strong, evocative melodies characterise Ray Davies’ songs which allows them to be beautifully re-interpreted in a more contemporary fashion. From straight-ahead swing through 8th feel grooves and ballads to reggae, Crosland and the band shine a new light on these classic songs. The album was nominated by respected jazz writer Brian Morton as one of his albums of the year in the Jazz Journal Critics’ Poll 2016. Following the success of the first album, the Quintet has released a second Volume of the Ray Davies Songbook, also to significant critical acclaim.
Theo Travis Saxophones, Chris Allard guitar, Steve Lodder piano, Dylan Howe drums and Ben Crossland on bass