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  • 2015-03-27 19:45:00

    Billy Weir “Fired Oak” Album Launch

    27 March 2015 19:45

    Billy Weir (Nest/Petrichor Quintet) brings his new band "Fired Oak" to launch their debut album.  Fired Oak blends jazz and folk music into a set of  strikingly beautiful songs written especially for this septet. The band features Benni Weedon Fiddle; Paddy Benedict + Lottie Hodgson vocals.

     

     A welcome reappearance by Billy; who's band Nest went down a storm when they last performed at the Red Lion.

     

    www.billyweir.com

     

    £5 / Members free

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  • 2015-03-20 19:45:00

    Silverado: The Andy Hague Sextet's Tribute to Horace Silver

    20 March 2015 19:45

    Siverado was formed over ten years ago by Bristol based trumpeter Andy Hague to perform the music of Horace Silver, who passed away last June at the age of 85.  The band are delighted to have been invited to Birmingham Jazz to play some of his fantastic tunes. Silver’s music is full of blues and soul, and he wrote many tunes with funk and latin influences. Some of his tunes are really simple but always effective, some are harmonically extremely challenging for the players but still maintain that bluesy feeling. Silverado mainly plays fresh arrangements of tunes transcribed from the recordings rather than the commonly played Silver tunes available in the Real Books.

     

    The band features some of Bristol’s best known players. Andy Hague - trumpet, Kevin Figes - alto sax, Ben Waghorn - tenor sax, Jim Blomfield - piano, Riaan Vosloo - bass and Mark Whitlam - drums.

     

     "Toes were indeed tapped, and the capacity crowd were even jigging in their seats...this was a well-matched band playing intelligent & accessible jazz, and a great tribute to an under-appreciated master" - Venue Magazine.

    "The collective impact of what amounts to a South-West supergroup was close to overpowering" - The Independent On Sunday

    “Compelling Bristol-based altoist Figes mixes up old school bop with a contemporary attack and edgy harmony” Time Out

    £12/ Members £10/ Students £5

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  • 2015-03-13 19:45:00

    Tam de Villiers Quartet

    13 March 2015 19:45

    For the the best part of a decade, the quartet of British-born guitarist (living in France since 2003), Tam de Villiers, has been striving for musical authenticity, compositional originality and honest group interplay. Avoiding pastiche of the past and present, and deftly side-stepping the fleeting musical trends of the moment, the aim here is to explore a personal take on the human experience, defying genres and period.  Resolutely idiosyncratic, the music of Tam de Villiers surprises, and astonishes the listener with a melting pot of influences seamlessly combined into an original voice

    .What starts out as a jazz piece, leads us into a contrapuntal baroque fantasie, then veers off into abrasive progressive rock, skimming past rockabilly twangs before plunging into a trance inducing minimalist motif. Yet despite the apparent eclecticism, there is a carefully crafted archetypal balance underpinning the form here that brings a sense of classical coherence to the notes, both written and improvised.

    Continuing to develop musical relationships by working closely with this regular team of musicians, amongst the best of the French scene new generation (Karl Jannuska – drums, David Prez – tenor sax, Frederic Chiffoleau– double bass), de Villiers recorded the latest album,”Panacea”, in June this year. This new opus expands upon the quartet’s body of work following the critically acclaimed albums, “Alba Lux” 2008 and “Motion Unfolding” 2011. Described as “Amazing, acrobatic, mind-poetry” by the Jazz Thing magazine, song-writing was explored on this last album which featured the award winning singer David Linx. Now with “Panacea”, de Villiers pushes the poetic song writing aspect of his music even further, and this time invited Hungarian singer, Gabor Winand, whose virtuosic baritone voice and remarkable approach to scat improvisation bring an exceptional lyricism to four tracks of the album.

    “Panacea” will be released on the dynamic London based label Whirlwind Recordings in March 2015, with scheduled tours of the UK, France, Belgium and Germany throughout the beginning of 2015.

    Tam de Villiers – Guitar/Composition David Prez – Tenor Saxophone Frédéric Chiffoleau – Double Bass Karl Jannuska – Drums -

    See more at: http://www.tamdevilliers.com/projects/tam-de-villiers-quartet#sthash.qIec1GFi.dpuf

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  • 2015-03-06 19:45:00

    Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble: The Whistle Blower

    6 March 2015 19:45

     

    Gilad Atzmon is one of the greatest sax players of our era - Robert Wyatt, in The Guardian, has called him" the best musician in the world today." Atzmon and The Orient House Ensemble, renowned for their unique mix of jazz, folk and Arab music, are one of the hardest working bands on the circuit and are launching The Whistle Blower , their 8th album, with a thirty five date UK tour. The band has been touring for nearly 15 years, gaining a reputation as one of European jazz’s pre-eminent bands. Gilad has been called “a local jazz giant” (Guardian) “exhilarating” (Herald Sunday tribune), “astonishing” (Metro). You can listen to The Orient House Ensemble’s award-winning albums, but seeing the band live is an experience not to be missed.

    Despite the fact that he is  also an author and an in demand session player (selected by Pink Floyd to take the sax chair on The Endless River, their first album for 20 years, released in November 2014), Gilad keeps the jazz flame burning.  With new drummer Chris Higginbottom providing a more traditional jazz feel in the sticks department, he explores his soprano technique to particularly fine effect, demonstrating just what a sensitive touch he has and how fine an improvisor - particularly on the extended solos of the Coltranesque Let Us Pray. Gilad says this is a mellow album, but there’s muscle  too with the Orient House Ensemble driving the rhythm along in the way that only a long-running institution of this kind can do. The Whistle Blower is a great title for a horn player’s album and of course references Gilad’s political stance: surely it has nothing at all to do with the fact that For Moana is a wolf whistle in the direction of that very Italian politician Ms Pozzi...

    Gilad Atzmon, saxes; Yaron Stavi, bass; Frank Harrison, keyboards; Chris Higginbottom, drums

     

    * A hard-hitting but wide-ranging set from an admirably tight and robust band led by one of the most charismatic and focused reedsmen on the planet. Chris Parker, LondonJazz

    * Best Musician living in the world today, Robert Wyatt, The Guardian

    Gilad is the saxophonist on the new Pink Floyd album The Endless River

    Listen to a preview clip below:

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    £12/ Members£10/ Students £5

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  • 2015-02-27 19:45:00

    Wild Flower Sextet: Celebrating Wayne Shorter

    27 February 2015 19:45

    Matt Anderson – Tenor Saxophone ; Laura Jurd – Trumpet ; Jamie Taylor – Electric Guitar ; Jamil Sheriff – Piano ; Sam Vicary – Double-Bass  & Sam Gardner – Drums

     

    Wild Flower Sextet is an all-star band led by saxophonist Matt Anderson playing original  music inspired by the sound and approach of jazz legend Wayne Shorter, alongside new arrangements of classic and lesser-known Shorter compositions. They recorded  their debut album in 2014 with support from the Jazz Services Recording Support scheme, and in February 2015 they undertake a 13-date U.K. tour to promote the release of this album on the Jellymould Jazz label.

     

    Matt Anderson graduated from Leeds College of Music in 2010 with First Class Honours, also receiving the Sam Hood Rosebowl for Outstanding Performance. He has since studied with Iain Ballamy and Stan Sulzmann, and was awarded ‘Young Musician of the Year’ at the Jazz Yorkshire Awards 2010. The Matt Anderson Quartet toured nationally in 2012, with JazzUK commenting: “melodic standards and original tunes... impressive throughout,” and he has gone on to work with many of his former tutors, currently appearing in bands led by Jiannis Pavlidis, Jamil Sheriff and Jamie Taylor as well as featuring on Taylor's latest CD 'Introducing Outside Line'.

     

    Laura Jurd is an award-winning young trumpeter making waves on the UK jazz scene with the Laura Jurd Quartet (currently pairing up with the Ligeti string quartet) and the Chaos Orchestra, and also as a member of ensembles such as the London Sound Painting Orchestra and Blue-Eyed Hawk. Guitarist Alex Munk is a recent graduate of the Royal Academy of Music and is currently working with a number of distinguished UK musicians/groups including Stan Sulzmann Big Band, Ivo Neame and Trish Clowes. Pianist Jamil Sheriff is Pathway Leader for Jazz at Leeds College of Music and is well known for his own projects such as his Octet and Big Band. Finally, drummer Sam Gardner and bassist Sam Vicary have built up a rapport playing together in a variety of settings, from appearing with jazz artists such as Jiannis Pavlidis, Tim Whitehead and Krzysztof Urbanski to performing and recording with ambient hip-hop band Ikestra.

     

    Needing no introduction, Wayne Shorter is a legendary figure across the whole spectrum of jazz, from Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and his own seminal albums on Blue Note Records through the Miles Davis Second Great Quintet and Weather Report to his new Quartet.

     

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSQUtAqlY_M

     

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  • 2015-02-20 19:45:00

    Jon Lloyd Group

    20 February 2015 19:45

    "One of the most distinctive and approachable voices on the British scene... a natural communicator, Lloyd writes music that invites you in. This is highly finished and accomplished modern jazz." Brian Morton, Jazz Journal, May 2014

     

    Back by popular demand! The Birmingham Jazz musical hit of 2014.

     

    “ Intimate pastoral moods, angular rock riffs and haunting minimalist grooves... fluid and engaging with echoes of Kairos 4te and Wayne Shorter... the stylistic versatility and high quality of this recording [Vanishing Points] make it stand out in a hot month for new releases!”  ****Jazzwise, Feb 2014

     

    " The album sees Lloyd moving away from the free-impov roots for which he’s perhaps best known into more harmonically inclined territory, with superb results. There are still vestiges of his earlier style intertwined with the melodies, which provide some exhilarating moments of virtuosity, but it’s all very accessibly packaged without losing any of its force or creative drive...this is definitely a group to catch if you can." John Lyons, JazzUK, Jan 2014

     

    The personnel: Jon Lloyd, soprano saxophone; John Law, keyboards, Rob Palmer, electric guitar; Tom Farmer, double bass and Dave Hamblett, drums.

     

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  • 2015-02-06 07:45:00

    Neon Villages

    6 February 2015 07:45

    "Skilfully blended soul, jazz, pop and electro. Music to light up your world!"   Always both entertaining and original, pianist David Austin Grey , last seen at the Red Lion with the highly praised Hansu-Tori, fronts his latest quartet.

     

    Neon Villages is a vibrant and versatile group of exceptional UK based musicians: BBC Radio 3/Jazz FM featured pianist/composer David Austin Grey (Snarky Puppy, Hansu-Tori, Soweto Kinch); BBC Radio 2 featured vocalist Aisling Stephenson (Ridley Scott, Basement Jaxx, Roots Manuva, Omar); the versatile and soulful bassist Wayne Matthews (Richard Spaven, Dennis Rollins, Kaidi Tatham) and gifted drummer Euan Palmer (Young Pilgrims, Dan Nicholls).

    The band is joined on this occasion by dynamic tenor saxophonist Nick Rundle.

     

    £5 / Members free
     

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  • 2015-01-30 19:45:00

    Bryan Corbett Quartet

    30 January 2015 19:45

    We welcome Bryan to Birmingham Jazz for the first time with his regular quartet. He is a trumpeter  highly regarded in Birmingham and the Midlands,  but also nationally and internationally, regularly playing in Europe and  touring with the fabled Blue Note remixers Us3.

    " a trumpeter and flugelhornist with a warm lyrical tone, aformidable technique, and, in the higher registers a semi plastic stridency reminiscent of Freddie Hubbard"  Schloto Byrnes, The Independant

    In 2007, Bryan received the Jerwood Rising Star award (Cheltenham International Jazz Festival). He was also awarded a Fellowship at the London College of Music (jazz – trumpet), and issued an album of his own recordings under the title ‘Off The Cuff’.

    The performance of the Quartet (then with Levi French on keyboards) was reviewed at the Cheltenham Festival: "French’s lovely ballad ‘Precious’ featured an unaccompanied piano intro and Corbett’s velvety tones on flugelhorn…. ‘O.M.F.H.’ was a dedication to Freddie Hubbard. With its funk rhythms the music drew on Hubbard’s fusion period of the seventies, particularly I suspect Hubbard’s ‘Red Clay’ …. Corbett’s trumpet playing was inspired and French contributed a wonderfully funky Rhodes solo".

    The recent  years have seen Bryan venture into Europe performing at festivals and clubs. He has toured with the Polish funk unit ‘Funk de Nite’, and with Czech bass player Pavel Jacub Ryba'. He has toured throughout Europe with ‘Us3’'and is still a member.  It was playing with Us3 where he met Chris Dodd, with whom he recorded  "Green" in 2013.

     Bryan Corbett -Trumpet/Flugelhorn; Neil Bullock – Drums; Al Gurr – Keyboard; Ben Markland - Bass

    http://www.bryancorbett.co.uk/Home.html

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  • 2015-01-23 19:45:00

    Me & 3

    23 January 2015 19:45

    The original line up with some new music for the third appearance at the Red Lion of the delightful jazz saxophone quartet, Me & 3. Midlands based saxophonists Joey Walter, Tom Martin, Ben Markland and Anna Brooks will be playing compositions by Mike Mower, Jeff Driskill, Charlie Parker, Bob Mintzer and more.

    £5 / Members free

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  • 2015-01-16 19:45:00

    Ben Crosland Threeway with Lewis Wright (Empirical)

    16 January 2015 19:45

    Yorkshire bassist, bandleader and composer Ben Crosland formed the trio, with his two long-term associates trumpeter Steve Waterman and  keyboard man Steve Lodder, ten years ago, in order to explore the possibilities of a group without drums. The trio approaches improvisation in a subtle  and open manner; the interplay between the players creates a natural intensity combined with an acute sensitivity to dynamics. Three albums, 'Conversations', 2005, 'Songs of the Year', 2009, and the recent 'Looking Forward, Looking Back'  have attracted enthusiastic reviews. The latest recording included  vibraphone contributions from Jim Hart. Lewis Wright ( lauded member of Empirical) plays vibes for this gig.

    "Crosland’s compositions are often quite captivating, the reactions and interplay between [the  three musicians] as near perfection as anyone could want".  wrote Peter Vacher in Jazzwise.  "‘…a real delight…The ensemble playing has the togetherness that only comes from top musicians who know each other well and think as one". Dave Gelly, The Observer.

    A recent video sample of the four is available here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkBJ-9RdCoY

     

     

    ‘This is a surprisingly varied, and consistently accomplished, elegant and musicianly set from three polished performers’. Chris Parker www.vortexjazz.co.uk/cd-reviews.htm

     

    ‘A chamber trio that generates intimacy and heat’. Chris Ingham, Mojo.

     

    ‘….a supremely accomplished band….richly varied but consistently approachable pieces’. Chris Parker, londonjazz.blogspot.com

     

    ‘It would be hard to find a more well-matched trio. The interplay among them is unfailingly ingenious without descending into needless complexity’. ‘…a real delight…The ensemble playing has the togetherness that only comes from top musicians who know each other well and think as one’. ‘…a beautifully warm and intimate sound….there is an open air, meditative atmosphere about the whole programme. The solo playing is immaculate’. Dave Gelly, The Observer.

     

    This is a band that gives the term "chamber jazz" a good name. All three are virtuoso players who know each other so well that their improvisations just seem to fall into place. It's subtle music – warm, melodic and gently intriguing. Ben Crosland, bassist and leader, composes most of the tunes, with occasional contributions from pianist Steve Lodder and trumpeter Steve Waterman. This time, they are joined for about half the programme by vibraphonist Jim Hart, who proves to be the perfect guest. In the absence of drums, his instrument adds a gently percussive sparkle to the proceedings. Dave Gelly, The Observer (on Looking Forward Looking Back),the latest release from Threeway

     

    Ben Crosland, bass;  Steve Waterman, trumpet;  Steve Lodder, keyboards;  Lewis Wright, vibes.

     

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  • 2015-01-09 19:45:00

    Steve Tromans Axis Point

    9 January 2015 19:45

    Eight Views of a Similar Object is a new work in eight parts by Birmingham-based musician, Steve Tromans, mixing influences from rock, gospel, Indian classical, hip-hop, jazz and funk. Written specially for Tromans’ latest band project, Axis Point, each of the eight new pieces reflects aspects of each of its others, bringing a shared musical object(ive) into collective focus, not directly heard but sensed through the interconnections that resonate. Further information on Tromans’ various music-making projects to date: www.steve-tromans.co.uk.

    Axis Point: Steve Tromans: electric piano, Tymoteusz Jozwiak: drums, Lukasz Chyla: electric bass

     

    "Spearheading his Axis Point trio at The Spotted Dog, Tromans electronically emulated the sound of a crotchety Fender Rhodes, exulting in convoluted prog-fusion patterns, and dirtying them up enough to entice folks who might not normally court the concept of such a fusioneer palette. The web was complex, but still stretched to snapping point by the force of groove."

    Martin Longley
     

    "Vital, passionate, fresh... great musicianship." 
    Keith Tippett

    "One of the city's most creative and energetic musicians."
    Peter Bacon, Birmingham Post

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We are now heading into our Early 2015 season and it's another great set of bands and musicians. Get down to the Red Lion for some great jazz, food and drink!

 

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"Always great to play at Birmingham Jazz. As a musician, its wonderful to be treated with respect. It must be one of the best venues in the country for original new music."

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"To hear a wide range of some of this country's finest jazz musicians up close in a friendly atmosphere, with excellent beer and the option of a good meal, Birmingham Jazz is hard to beat."

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