Nigel Price Wed 12 September 2018 20:00 £12 (£6 Students)
AWAITING CONFIRMATION Wed 26 September 2018 20:00 £12 (£6 Students)
Stratford Jazz Introduces: Alex Woods Quartet Wed 10 October 2018 20:00 £12 (£6 Students)
The unassuming town of Redditch might miss the pretty architecture of Stratford upon Avon but what it lacks in history it makes up for in musical talent. Local saxophonist Alex studied at Alcester Grammar School before completing his Bachelors at Birmingham Conservertoire and then on to New York to study Jazz in Manhattan. He's toured in Japan and China and now he's managed to secure Arts Council funding to bring his NYC band over for two weeks. We are lucky to fit this gig in as part of his busy UK tour.
Satori is a contemporary jazz trio from Perrier award winning saxophonist Josephine Davies, featuring drummer Tim Giles and bassist Dave Whitford. The deliberate omission of a chordal instrument leaves a more spacious texture for the three musicians to explore the basic compositional elements Davies offers. This is a new direction for her, and one that showcases her creativity and strongly melodic improvisational approach. Although the focus of this band is on group interaction, exploration, and freedom from traditional set structures, Satori is also an accessible and hugely dynamic jazz ensemble.
Greg Abate with Elliot Sansom Trio Wed 14 November 2018 20:00 £12 (£6 Students)
Greg Abate tours the UK every Autumn and every year we ask him to play Stratford Jazz as this US Alto sensation always delivers. This year we have arranged a young trio to join him. Don't be fooled by their youth however, this trio packs a real punch! They'll be plenty of swing, bop, latin, standards and one or two Abate originals thrown in for good measure.
Stratford Jazz Introduces:
Joe Hill's North Ark Wed 28 November 2018 20:00 £12 (£6 Students)
Stratford ArtsHouse Joe Hill's North Ark is a septet made up of some of London's top musicians. Between them they have played nationally and internationally with names such as Liane Carroll, James Maddren, Alan Barnes and The National Youth Jazz Orchestra, as well as receiving numerous accolades such as British Rising Star(Rory Ingham) and BBC Young Jazz Musician Finalist (Tom Smith). The band come together in this project to play Joe's exciting original compositions and arrangements, which aim to engage not just jazz lovers but fans of any genre, and therefore concentrate on a wide variety of elements such as grooves, improvisation, accessible harmonic sequences, melodic writing and odd time signatures. They have recently recorded their debut E.P., and are embarking on a U.K. tour in Winter 2018 / Spring 2019. This gig promises to be one not to be missed, as they play music from their new C.D., alongside some brand new compositions.
James Davison - Trumpet Tom Smith - Alto Sax Alex Hitchcock - Tenor Sax Rory Ingham - Trombone Joe Hill - Piano Jack Tustin - Bass Boz Martin-Jones - Drums
AWAITING CONFIRMATION Wed 12 December 2018 20:00 £12 (£6 Students)
New Year Special: Alan Barnes & Dave Newton Wed 9 January 2019 20:00 £15 (£7 Students)
Our New Year Special once again features one of the UK's best loved jazz musicians, Alan Barnes. This year we have an intimate gig with Alan performing alongside another well loved UK artist, Pianist Dave Newton. This is UK jazz at it's absolute finest.
Lee Jones Quintet Wed 23 January 2019 20:00 £12 (£6 Students)
Lee performed at Stratford ArtsHouse as a sideman last year and I was so impressed by his playing that I endeavoured to bring him back with his quintet. I'm delighted that Lee and his band will be joining us. As you can see from the lineup, we also have some SJ favourite artists joining him. This should be a great gig!
Lee Jones - Guitar Andrew Shillingford - Saxophone Al Gurr - Keyboards Geoff Ockenden - Bass Neil Bullock - Drums