Dave Maningtons's Riff Raff


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

Andy Sheppard's Hotel Bristol


The Bosuns Charlestown

Date: Wednesday 7th December 2016
Time: 20:00

  • Andy Sheppard (sax)
  • Denny Ilett (guitar)
  • Percy Pursglove (bass and trumpet)
  • Mark Whitlam (drums)

An ECM recording artist, bandleader and composer, Andy Sheppard is one of Europe’s leading saxophonists and one of a very few British musicians to have made a significant impact on the international jazz scene, playing and writing for settings from solo to big band and chamber orchestra. Sheppard has composed over 350 works that incorporate a strong and characteristic sense of lyricism alongside a very personal use of rhythms from Asia, Africa and South America.

Sheppard formed this band with Denny Ilett in Bristol so as to have a Bristol based band to take to the Tbilisi International Jazz Festival in Georgia as part of an exchange programme with Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival. This concert was a resounding success and the band has gone on to play many storming gigs around the UK. Hotel Bristol also headlined at London Canary Wharf Festival in the summer 2014 and Liverpool International Jazz Festival 2016.

“ a kicking groove orientated band playing all original music bursting with melody and high energy improvisations, straight out of the Scofield/Lovano legacy.”

Press quotes for Surrounded by Sea (Andy Sheppard Quartet):

“a soundtrack to getting lost in the stars” ★★★★1/2  Downbeat

”translucently beautiful” ★★★★ The Guardian

Andy Sheppard    website 
Photo credit : Sara da Costa.

Ivo Neame Quintet


The Bosuns Charlestown

Date: Wednesday 23rd November 2016
Time: 20:00


  • Ivo Neame-piano
  • Jim Hart-vibes
  • Tori Freestone-sax and flute
  • Huw Williams-bass
  • Dave Hamblett-drums

This band features some of the finest young jazz musicians from London playing melodic contemporary original music.

Influenced by musicians such as Keith Jarrett, The Claudia Quintet, Paul Hindemith and Arve Henriksen, the ethos of the band is to play music that moves seamlessly from freely improvised explorations to tightly arranged sections.
Ivo Neame is a forward thinking and innovative pianist, composer and multi-instrumentalist. As a musician of exceptional ability, Neame is developing a reputation as one of the most exciting and original pianists to emerge in some time.

Well known as the pianist with Phronesis and with Norwegian saxophonist Marius Neset, his most recent release Strata saw him reach new heights as a composer leading a quintet in a set of exuberant and creative originals. With an abundance of ideas, his career is travelling on new trajectory set to emulate the profile achieved by the likes of Django Bates.

Extensively touring with his quintet, octet and now solo piano, as well as with Phronesis and Marius Neset, Neame is destined for great things. Watch this space!

The group has performed all over the UK and Europe, receiving a standing ovation from a full house at the 2013 North Sea Jazz Festival. The most recent album Strata was released to universal critical acclaim

“Jazz composition and improv in beautiful balance” – John Fordham, The Guardian

“Shaping the future of British Jazz” - Irish Times

“One of the finest multi-instrumentalists, composers and arrangers of his generation” -
Peter Quinn, The Arts Desk

Ivo Neame    website

Sarah McQuaid


The Bosuns Charlestown

Date: Thursday 3rd November 2016
Time: 20:00
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Sarah McQuaid’s voice has been likened to malt whiskey, melted chocolate and “honey poured into wine” (Minor 7th).

Her new album Walking Into White (2015) is her most honest and adventurous work to date, with a depth and texture of soundscape that are reflected in her beautifully crafted live shows.

A captivating performer, she seduces her audience with cheeky banter and stories from the road, as well as with stunning musicianship; in her hands, the guitar becomes much more than merely an accompanying instrument.

Born in Spain, raised in Chicago and now living in rural England, Sarah refuses to be pigeonholed, segueing easily from one of her emotive originals into a 1930s Cuban jazz number, a 16th century lute piece or an unexpected contemporary cover.

Like its predecessors, her fourth solo CD has drawn international critical acclaim: The Musician (UK) called it “A work that grows with each listen,” while Germany’s Folker hailed it as “Ein mutiges Album mit einem potenziellen Pophit” (A courageous album that includes a potential pop hit). “Sending out a trembling resonance, this is a collection of songs that feel their way into your being,” wrote FolkWords (UK), where it prevailed over stiff competition to be selected as Album of the Month.

“Brilliant musicianship, a warm and welcoming stage presence and a voice as rich, matured and knowing as the finest thrice-distilled Irish malt whiskey.” – fRoots
“The songs are acutely observed and literate, almost like journal notes set to music. They’re measured and tranquil but they’re never dull because there is always a sense of restlessness and unease behind the poetry.... And it’s all lovely.” –
Ian Pickles, R2/Rock 'n' Reel

Sarah McQuaid    website

Nigel Price Quartet


Support - Demeanour

The Bosuns Charlestown

Date: Wednesday 12th October 2016
Time: 19:30

  • Nigel Price (guitar)
  • Vasilis Xenopoulos (tenor saxophone)
  • Ross Stanley (Hammond Organ)
  • Matt Home (drums)

Nigel Price  - who led his organ trio to pick up the 2010 Parliamentary Jazz Award for “best jazz ensemble” is one of the most highly regarded and in demand guitarists on the UK jazz scene today.

He spent three years with UK funk legends, the James Taylor Quartet, was placed third in the 2014 British Jazz Awards for “best guitarist” and is also a regular performer at Ronnie Scott’s, where he has played over 400 times.

His blend of flowing bebop lines, deep blues feeling and mastery of chording has made him instantly accessible and popular with jazz audiences.

asilis Xenopoulos makes a great sound on his Cannonball tenor sax and shapes every solo superbly with facility and fluency.

Matt Home is always impeccable and crisp and precise, but I don't think I've ever heard him play with the sense of adventure he had last night.

At the heart of every texture is Ross Stanley, finding the variety of a Jimmy Smith or a Joey de Francesco, but also pulling the time around with fabulous madcap inventiveness.

“There’s an exhilarating tight-loose swing and old-school honestly about Price’s brand of soul-bop that leaves you panting” – Mojo

“Very few players could manage playing as fluent, imaginative and technically impeccable guitar as Price does here” –
Evening Standard

Nigel Price   website

Demeanour - Matt Johns – Piano, Tom Dauncey - Double Bass, Tom Jackson - Drums
(will be on stage 7.30 – 8.15pm)

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