Tom Green Septet

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The Bosuns Charlestown

Date: Wednesday 9th March 2016
Time: 20:00

Tom Green Septet

  • Tom Green - Trombone/Compositions
  • James Davison - Trumpet/Flugelhorn
  • Tommy Andrews - Alto/Soprano Saxophones
  • Sam Miles - Tenor Saxophone
  • Sam James – Piano
  • Misha Mullov-Abbado - Double Bass
  • Scott Chapman - Drums

Winner of the 2013 Dankworth Prize for Jazz Composition, Tom Green is a trombonist, composer and arranger described as "a new rising star in the British jazz scene" by Nigel Williams (Jazz FM).

The Tom Green Septet is an outlet for Tom's original compositions: elegant and lively contemporary chamber jazz tunes with rich harmony, propulsive grooves, and memorable melodies at their heart.

The Septet was formed in November 2012, bringing together seven in-demand young musicians who are all prize-winning bandleaders, composers and performers in their own right. Together, they create a warm and distinct sound world, using the unique range of textures available in the seven-piece ensemble.

Their debut album "Skyline" was released in February 2015 to unanimous critical acclaim. Dave Gelly in the Observer (4*) described it as "a kaleidoscope of harmony that is not only phenomenally skilful, but absorbing and endlessly entertaining, too."

The CD was recorded at Real World Studios and released on Tom's own Spark label. It was described in Jazzwise as "startlingly good and a delight to hear" (4*), and according to Peter Bacon of the Jazz Breakfast blog, "there's little point in picking out highlights - the whole album is a highlight."

"I've been involved in jazz for more than 60 years and this is some of the most exciting original new music I have heard for a long time. Tom's writing has complexity, depth and intensity but above all a strong melodic thread… played with fantastic energy and a true band sound"; Dame Cleo Laine, June 2013

A band with big sound, and big prospects"; John Fordham, The Guardian, Feb 2015

"Mighty impressive... this band is one to look out for"; Ivan Hewett, The DailyTelegraph, Feb 2015

Heads South

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Date: Thursday 25th February 2016

Time: 20:00

  • Steve Waterman – trumpet
  • John Harriman - bandleader, composer, keyboards
  • Buster Birch - drumkit, timbale, frame drum, castanets
  • Chino Martell Morgan, Cuban percussionist - congas, bongos, cajon, guiro
  • Adolfredo Pulido - Venezuelan bass player.

Heads South combines Afro-Cuban and other Latin influenced rhythms with tuneful melodies in an enthralling repertoire of original compositions and arrangements of classic tunes.  Following their sell-out show at The Bosuns last year – Heads South return for their only date in Cornwall !

For newcomers to this music, think Buena Vista Social Club in a smaller package, add the excitement of Jazz, and imbibe the warmth of a Latin evening

Latin Jazz Quintet Heads South combines Cuban and other Latin rhythms with distinctive melodies in a dynamic repertoire of original and classic tunes. The band features top UK trumpeter Steve Waterman trumpet,  Cuban percussionist Chino Martell Morgan on congas, bongos, cajon, guiro,  Buster Birch on drums, timbale, castanets, frame drum, Venezuelan bassist Adolfredo Pulido, and leader/composer John Harriman on piano and organ. 

The band has released two albums to critical acclaim, it was chosen to perform a national tour of Wales sponsored by the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and Arts Council of Wales, and was selected from more than 75 bands nationwide as a winner of the UK Jazz Services/National Touring Forum award for 2014/5.

"The compositions and keyboard playing of leader John Harriman and the trumpet of Steve Waterman combine to create a spare, crisp, invigorating set of Latin jazz…Waterman’s mastery of this idiom suits Harriman’s deceptively simple compositions to perfection"  Dave Gelly, The Observer. 

“Cool, cultured and exhilarating” Keith Ames, The Musician.

"Very talented..dazzling solos....a Band that is well worth seeing" The Jazzmann

"Brimming with infectious high-energy grooves" JazzUK

“Superb”  Latin Jazz Network (USA)

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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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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The Bosuns Charlestown

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

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