Seven Pieces of Silver

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The Bosuns Charlestown

Date: Wednesday 3rd February 2016

Time: 20:00

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Seven Pieces of Silver

James Lancaster – Trumpet

John Mckillup – Tenor Sax

Stuart Macdonald - Alto/ Bari /Sax

Matt Ball – Trombone

Andrzej Baranek – Piano

Paul Smith – Drums

Paul Baxter - Bass

Seven Pieces Of Silver consists of a 4-piece horn section with 3 rhythm, combined with the performance of Horace Silver’s Music, one of Jazz’s finest composers, can only result in an exciting, no holds barred show.

Seven Pieces of Silver pay explicit homage to the pianist-composer Horace Silver. Although Silver lived a good long life, he will forever be associated with his landmark recordings of the early 60s.

Like many of the musicians who made their name on the Blue Note record label, his recordings have a magic combination of catchy melody and unique improvisation and he remains a by-word for a certain style of soulful jazz cool.

The septet don't try to replicate the Horace Silver recordings but instead use them as a launching off point for 'inspired by' compositions that hint at the originals. Celebrating the music of the late, great hard-bop pioneer, developing an affinity with and a passion for the music over a number of years, their viscerally tantalising stage show is not to be missed.

“This is a really swinging band, packed with great soloists...and really plays as a unit.” Alan Barnes

“Four fresh and sparkling performances in Scarborough at the festival and club.  They went down a storm.  They'll be back”  - Mike Gordon, Director Scarborough Jazz Festival

“Great arrangements, great playing, great atmosphere....Such Energy! - Grimsby Jazz, 2015.

Inner Space Music

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The Bosuns Charlestown

Date: Tuesday 8th December 2015
Time: 20:00
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  • Loz Speyer – trumpet, flugelhorn
  • Chris Biscoe - alto sax, alto clarinet
  • Rachel Musson - tenor/soprano sax
  • Olie Brice - double bass
  • Gary Willcox – drums

Following in the footsteps of the likes of Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus and Ornette Coleman, Inner Space Music takes improvisation into new territory, and frames it within a set of strongly melodic, catchy tunes with references going back into jazz history.

Compositions such as Rocket Science and From A to B to Infinity play around with a combination of fast, slow and free time, as a flexible framework for improvising, exploring the fine line between structure and freedom that is a central theme in the jazz tradition.

...and Five Animal Dances
 are musical sketches based on the Five Animals Qigong forms (Bird, Tiger, Deer, Bear and Monkey) - a Taoist practice of movement and meditation designed to connect us with the vitality and playfulness of the natural world. That vitality of spirit is essential in all good Jazz, the discipline of form and practise so well absorbed that it can be forgotten and condensed into the present moment.

"One of the happiest evenings I've heard in jazz for many a long night... Music as rare as this defies description. Go along and see them! Or get their forthcoming CD...” - Karl Dallas, the Morning Star

“Inner Space Music, led by trumpeter Loz Speyer played a cracking set showcasing the consistently good catalogue he has been building for many years. With alto saxophonist Chris Biscoe in the front line, the band carried a strong Ornette-Don Cherry spirit but there was real personality in the writing.” 
Kevin Legendre, Jazzwise

"Serious fun of the first order - highly recommended!" - Mike Butler, Metro

Loz Speyer website 

Photo credit : Stephen Cropper

Inner Space will be offering a Masterclass from 4.30pm to 6.00pm, the same day, at The Keay, Cornwall College.

 Inner Space Music - 'Supported using public funding by
the National Lottery through Arts Council England'


 

Pete Oxley & Nicholas Meier

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Date: Wednesday 18th November 2015

Time: 20:00

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Two master-guitarists -fiery interplay- jazzesque These are two masterly guitarists, although very different in style. Oxley has been playing on the British jazz scene since 1997, with everyone from Stacey Kent to Gilad Atzmon, while Meier, originally from Switzerland, has toured the world, absorbing musical idioms en route. Together the array of changing sounds, moods and textures they create is gorgeous, fascinating and apparently endless. 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. 

 

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.

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.

The Oxley-Meier
guitar duo 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 audience’s anticipations: to expect the unexpected!

Pete Oxley   website             Nicholas Meier    website

Theo Travis Double Talk

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Date: Wednesday 21st October 2015
Time: 20:00

 Theo Travis – tenor sax , flute / Mike Outram – guitar / Pete Whittaker – Hammond organ / Nic France - drums

 Tenor saxophonist and flautist Theo Travis has an international reputation as one of the brightest stars on the contemporary British jazz scene. He is also increasingly regarded as one of the foremost saxophonists and flautists in progressive music in the world.

 Described on BBC Radio 2 as “One of the very best young tenor saxophonists of this or any other jazz generation in Britain”, he has appeared on over 115 albums and played at Ronnie Scott’s in London over 75 times. Recently he has toured with John Etheridge & Soft Machine Legacy and is currently playing sax on the first part of Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour’s European tour.

 Theo on his latest album Transgression “It is an instrumental, bluesy, progressive jazz album, it reflects many of my influences and inspirations and I think it is both personal and of broad appeal – at least if you are into melody and powerful bluesy electric jazz with a strong 1970s influence.”

 “Transgression - This is a great album and an important one. It comes at a time when less and less music of real worth is hitting the mainstream and it delivers music on many, many levels so that the ride through the album leaves the listener breathless but satisfied.

I so want to see this live”.

Andy Snipper – Music News

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Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer

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Date: Friday 9th October 2015
Time: 20:00

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Internationally-acclaimed songwriters Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer’s latest album, Maritime, captures a moment in time and place from their seaside home.

Upon early release in Europe, Maritime charted at #1 on the EuroAmericana Chart for two consecutive months and ranked among the Best Albums of 2014 by The Daily Telegraph, praising it for “…soulful songs, intuitive musicianship, and fine singing.”

They live on the San Juan Islands, in the current-swept inland seas between Seattle, Washington and Victoria, British Columbia. This archipelago of serene islands, where handcrafted wooden cabins are nestled into small farms, still beyond the reach of mobile phone towers was the inspiration for this current set of songs.

Instead of travelling from their natural solitude to record an album in a bustling city, McGraw and Fer called on their producer and cohort of kindred musicians to come together from across the country to make what they were calling their "island record." Recorded live in a home, at the end of a dirt road, amidst towering evergreens, a story of a patient island is told.

Together, their exceptional vocal harmonies coupled with Fer’s pioneering electric guitar work have become a vehicle to carry them around the world. The pair has honed their skills touring extensively throughout the US and Europe, sharing stages with fellow troubadours including Iron & Wine, Glen Hansard, Gregory Alan Isakov, Kelly Joe Phelps, Birds of Chicago and many others. "On stage, McGraw and Fer’s harmonies drew the seated crowd to their feet.” ; Boise Weekly (Idaho)

“Dave and Mandy create a confluence of soulful lyrics, musical chops and harmony in their music that is as beautiful as it is thought provoking.”; Willy Porter

These guys are great live and no doubt will have entertaining stories to tell of the inspiration for their work.

 

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