Dave Maningtons's Riff Raff

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Heligan Kitchen, Lost Gardens of Heligan, Pentewan, PL26 6EN

Date: Wednesday 22nd February 2017
Time: 20:00

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  • Brigitte Bereha - vocals 
  • Ivo Neame - piano, accordion
  • Tomas Challenger - tenor saxophone
  • Rob Updegraff - guitar
  • Dave Manington - double bass
  • Tim Giles - drums

Riff Raff is an innovative group featuring some of the UK’s finest artists working in contemporary jazz - Brigitte Beraha (Kenny Wheeler, London Jazz Orch.), Ivo Neame (Phronesis, Marius Neset), Tomas Challenger (Foufolah/Red Snapper), Rob Updegraff (Alani, Beth Rowley/Zigaboo Modeliste) and Tim Giles (Iain Ballamy/Art Farmer).

The music is sophisticated and full of virtuoso playing, sometimes freely improvised with an exciting element of risk, but the song forms, melodic nature and the empathy and great ensemble playing of the group make it highly accessible.

The starting point for the music is collective improvisation but compositionally it draws on as wide a range of styles as possible. Folk, electronic music and contemporary classical influences are added to the mix with complex jazz harmonies and rhythms.

“It also grooves like hell, with some thick mercurial riffs – full of stops, starts, and turns yet rocking in the grip of a savage momentum.”  Jazzwise

"Inventive, forward looking jazz that subtly pushes the envelope whilst remaining thoroughly accessible to the listener." jazzmann.com



Dave Manington    website

Oxley-Meier guitar project

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Two master-guitarists -fiery interplay- jazzesque

 
Date: Wednesday 22nd March 2017
Time: 20:00

“Don’t fall into the trap of assuming that this is something exclusively for guitar buffs, or even jazz buffs. If you love music of any kind you’ll probably fall for this”. ~ The Observer ★★★★ March 2015

The above review was one of many 4-star reviews for their 2015 release, ‘Chasing Tales’. (MGPCD016).

Following the album’s February release, the duo toured the UK extensively in 2015 (60+ dates),  plus a further 25-date tour in the spring of 2016 - consistently garnering more-than-generous reviews from the national and specialist press!

Oxley & Meier
were invited by Jazzwise to be the first ever featured artists to have a covermount CD attached to the magazine (December/January edition)!

The duo will be releasing their new album ‘The Colours of Time’ in February 2017, to coincide with another major UK spring tour (35 dates). This is their most ambitious album to date, in that it is a ‘double: one disc in duo format, the second in quartet with bass and drums.

Expect a dazzling display of contemporary fare, ranging from Turkish panache to soundscapes of latin America to English pastoralism. Hear this played on nylon string, steel string, electric, 12 string, fretless, slide, guitar-synth, glissentar guitars and more!

For their live gigs, the Oxley-Meier Guitar Project aim to entertain by playing with a spontaneity and an intuitive interplay between them that keeps them fresh and fired up from gig to gig. The duo therefore comes to the performance with what they hope are the audiences anticipations: to expect the unexpected!

‘A fascinating fusion opulent with evocative splendour’:  MOJO  ★★★★
(Listed as No. 3 in the top 10 jazz albums of 2015)

‘CD of the week’: The London Evening Standard ★★★★

‘Top ten CDs of the year’: The Telegraph ★★★★   

‘’This album captures the lightning in a bottle effect created by the union of two perfectly matched artists and is already the front runner for my album of the year.’:  Jazz Views ★★★★

Pete Oxley  ~ Guitar 
Pete began his musical career in Paris before relocating to the UK in 1997. Shortly afterwards he opened The Spin jazz club in Oxford which has now been shortlisted 4 times by a Parliamentary group as ‘The Best Jazz Venue In The UK’. Pete regularly performs with some of the world’s leading jazz artists including Chris Garrick, Gilad Atzmon, Tim Whitehead, Dave O’Higgins, Bobby Wellins, John Etheridge and his own band Curious Paradise. He has now released 10 critically acclaimed CDs featuring his original compositions.  www.peteoxley.com

Nicolas Meier
  ~ Guitar
With his unique style that is a blend of Metheny-esque jazz and Turkish inspired world music, Nic has toured extensively around the world with his band the Meier Group, sharing the bill with some of the biggest names in jazz including Bill Evans and Brad Mehldau. This wonderful band (featuring sax maestro Gilad Atzmon) won the overall prize for ‘best band’ at the Juan-les-Pins jazz festival! He also tours with Jeff Beck.

Pete Oxley   website             Nicholas Meier    website  

Please note that this event is being held in 'Heligan Kitchen' at the Lost Gardens of Heligan

Good quality Bar Meals are served from from 7.00pm until 9.00pm.
Tickets:
Standard: £11 in advance (£13 on the door)
Students: £6 in advance (£7 on the door)

BOX OFFICE - Cornish Riviera Box Office, St Austell 01726 879500 No booking fee.
(Local box offices at Tourist Information in St Ives, Penzance, Falmouth, St Mawes, Truro, St Austell, Bodmin, Liskeard and Launceston plus 'Bookends' in Fowey)

Tina May and Craig Milverton Trio

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The Bosun's, Quay Road, Charlestown, St Austell, PL25 3NX

Date: Wednesday 19th April 2017
Time: 20:00

  • Tina May – vocals
     
  • Craig Milverton – keyboards
  • Kevin Sanders– bass
  • Coach York – drums

Now considered “ the finest jazz vocalist ever produced by Britain " (Chris Allen), Tina was born in Gloucestershire, where she was influenced greatly by her parents jazz record collection, containing such illustrious composers and artistes as Duke Ellington and Fats Waller.

Tina has also recorded and performed Ellington's 'Sacred Music' with the Stan Tracey Orchestra and been a featured guest on many other recordings from jazz and soul to fusion.

"Britain does harbour a young female performer who, at the moment, is achieving impressive maturity, and evidencing genuine empathy and understanding for the timeless and indefinable beauty of the artful popular song. She is Tina May".

Indeed, the London Observer's jazz critic, Dave Gelly, in reviewing her ever lengthening number of CD's has long considered  "Tina May has an unerring instinct for how to treat a song ", and is "that great rarity, a singer who enhances a song."

Tina's musical heart may well be rooted in the music of Waller, Ellington, Gershwin, and Monk, and the jazz tradition. However, she is not a performer, who remains musically static, as she is a thoroughly modern twenty-first century artiste.

For this concert Tina May is supported by one of the South West’s outstanding trios led by pianist Craig Milverton - voted Jazz Pianist of the Year 2010

“Considered as one of the finest jazz vocalist's the UK has ever produced."  All Music Guide

"Handles the classics as the gems they still are"  The Guardian

Good quality Bar Meals are served from from 7.00pm until 9.00pm.
Tickets:
Standard: £11 in advance (£13 on the door)
Students: £6 in advance (£7 on the door)

BOX OFFICE - Cornish Riviera Box Office, St Austell 01726 879500 No booking fee.
(Local box offices at Tourist Information in St Ives, Penzance, Falmouth, St Mawes, Truro, St Austell, Bodmin, Liskeard and Launceston plus 'Bookends' in Fowey)

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