David Ferris Septet with Maria Vali


Lovedays, Quay Road, Charlestown

Date: Wednesday 28th February 2018
Time: 20:00

David Ferris Septet + special guest-Maria Vali

Maria Vali - vocals

David Ferris – piano, composition / Hugh Pascall – trumpet / Richard Foote – trombone Vittorio Mura – tenor & baritone sax / Chris Young  alto and soprano sax / Nick Jurd – bass / Euan Palmer – drums

 This band was originally formed in October 2016 by Birmingham-based pianist and

composer David Ferris, featuring some of the Midlands’ best musicians. The music written for this band draws from his experience of playing in large fully-orchestrated groups, and smaller more improvised settings, and focuses on melody and warmth, with influences ranging from John Scofield to Fred Hersch to The Beatles.

 For their debut album recording, the band was joined by special guest singer Maria Väli, a graduate of the renowned Trondheim Conservatory and member of the multi-award winning Estonian Voices.  The new music for the project includes settings of poems by WB Yeats, Seamus Heaney, WH Auden and Ted Hughes.

 “One to watch.” - Helen Mayhew, Jazz FM

 “A young musician of great promise.” - Ian Mann, thejazzmann.com

 “It was the writing that impressed with nicely balanced use of the various textures the

instrumentation of the group provided.” - Tony Dudley-Evans



Josephine Davis/Satori


Lovedays, Quay Road, Charlestown

Date: Wednesday 7th February 2018
Time: 20:00

Josephine Davies – saxophone / Oli Hayhurst – bass / Paul Clarvis – drums/percussion

Satori is a new trio from Perrier award winning saxophonist Josephine Davies, featuring drummer Paul Clarvis and bassist Oli Hayhurst. 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.

Their debut album was released earlier this year on Whirlwind Recordings  https://whirlwindrecordings.bandcamp.com/album/satori

to rave reviews:

“A truly gifted and imaginative saxophonist, Davies undoubtedly possesses the art of the improviser and has produced an album of exuberant lyricism and consistently engaging tunes.” (All About Jazz)


“Satori is so full of ideas, vision, and joyful improvisation that one can only take pleasure in the listening” (UK Vibe)


“What makes the album so striking is Davies' refusal to abandon melody even as she lets go of defined changes. Her irrepressible tunefulness not only leads the improvisers in fruitful directions but also offers the listener an open door into the music”

(Downbeat Magazine)

 Satori (album trailer) https://youtu.be/liX102p5pzo


Dave O'Higgins Quartet


Heligan Kitchen

Lost Gardens of Heligan          

Date: Wednesday 6th December 2017
Time: 20:00

Dave O’Higgins - tenor and soprano saxes / Graham Harvey - piano / Geoff Gascoyne – bass /
Sebastiaan de Krom - drums

Dave’s saxophone sound is highly personal and recognisable, with a clear sense of melodic development and adventure.

He has a wide palette from Charlie Parker, Dexter Gordon, John Coltrane and Joe Henderson through to Stanley Turrentine and Michael Brecker.

He has relentlessly pursued artistic and sonic exploration, and enjoys the learning process which is a constant advancing flow.

The Dave O’Higgins Quartet has been together for 5 years now with Sebastiaan de Krom (drums), Geoff Gascoyne (bass) and Graham Harvey (piano) - a band that is unashamed to swing and draw on blues and functional harmonies and the great tome of jazz vocabulary, eschewing fads and fusions.

“One of the most vigorously compelling tenor players on the UK scene, and on this wholly enjoyable, powerful album, he nods to the great saxophonists – Charlie Parker, Coltrane, Dexter Gordon chief among them – who so clearly influenced him, without unduly compromising his individuality; In the Zone  is archetypal O'Higgins: unpretentious, accessible, no-nonsense acoustic jazz addressed with skilfully controlled energy.”
Chris Parker reviewing In the Zone (Jazzizit)

“A stunning player in the neo-bop vein, with an apparently effortless flow of coherent ideas, beautiful time and a highly developed harmonic sense.” Jazz Guide

'Dazzling post-bop tenorist with a magnificent range and a dramatic turn of phrase'. The Guardian.


Alison Rayner Quintet


Lovedays, Quay Road, Charlestown

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

Alison Rayner - double bass/composer / Deirdre Cartwright - guitar /
Steve Lodder - piano / Diane McLoughlin - saxophone / Buster Birch - drums.

‘The quintet’s multi-faceted pieces are full of delightful colour and detail – but for all their sophistication remain wholly accessible and unfailingly melodic.’

‘Rayner’s consistently melodic brand of contemporary jazz combines melody, texture and rhythm, skilfully blending the components together in a way that Pat Metheny might be proud of.

Indeed, Rayner’s writing frequently exhibits a similar gift for melody and her tuneful compositions are given an impressive breadth and colour by a gifted and well drilled band’.

‘There’s a joyousness about much of Rayner’s writing, the majority of which has its roots in personal experiences… there are moments of poignancy, nostalgia and regret but in the main Rayner’s music is a celebration, “A Magic Life” indeed’.  thejazzmann.com

“A gorgeous album synthesising mood, melody and the interplay between musicians totally at home with each other.” Jazzwise ★★★★

“…infused with the kind of heady imagination that transforms their resonances into a series of vivacious musical adventures.”
BBC Music Magazine ★★★★★

'Highly intelligible music, characterized by individuality, spirit and a sense of freedom.’ Val Wilmer.


Tina May and Craig Milverton Trio


Chycara, Carnon Downs, TR3 6LN

Date: Saturday 4th November
Time: 20:00 (doors open for supper at 18:30)

'The most expressive and technically gifted jazz singer on the UK scene'. Scotsman.

  • Tina May – vocals
  • Craig Milverton – keyboards
  • Ashley John Long – bass
  • Nick Millward – 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’s new album ‘Café Paranoia’ - Tina May with the Andy Lutter Trio Sings Mark Murphy.

The album is collaboration between Tina the UKs premier jazz vocalist and leading German pianist Andy Lutter.

"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
"Superb tonal range, elastic phrasing, faultless diction and barrelfuls of individual style."
The Herald


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