The Ralph Freeman Quartet


The Bosun's Charlestown

Date: Wednesday 13th May 2015
Time: 20:00

Ralph Freeman Quartet featuring Chris Biscoe
performing an exciting programme of new original compositions and arrangements.

  • Chris Biscoe – saxophones
  • Ralph Freeman – piano
  • Marcus Vergette – bass
  • Andrea Trillo - drums

Chris Biscoe - A saxophone virtuoso of great lyricism, passion and versatility, steeped in the Jazz tradition, his conception embraces everything from Blues & Gospel to free improvisation and Jazz Rock. He has worked with leading international composers such as George Russell, Hermeto Pascall, Chris McGregor and Mike Westbrook and has appeared as a soloist on more than 40 albums including New York Composers Orchestra and David Murray.

Ralph Freeman - Pianist, composer, artist. Founder of St Ives Jazz Club, now shortlisted
Jazz Venue of the Year 2015
in the All Parliamentary Jazz Awards. As well as performing with his own ensembles and various original projects, he has worked with many of Britain's leading jazz musicians both at the Club and in London.

Marcus Vergette
- A Bass player, composer and artist whose work includes Jazz, classical, improv and pop. Present projects include London Sinfonietta; performances for the South Bank Centre and touring his Marsyas Suite.

Andrea Trillo - A drummer, originally from Rome, who has performed with many British Jazz icons including Don Weller, Jim Mullen, Tony Kofi and Julian Segal and has toured with the legendary Herbie Hancock.

“ An exceptional evening of vibrant, energising, music, with compositions spanning from bluesy to bossa-esque and all with beboppy brio….” Dan Matlin 2014

Ralph Freeman   website

Chris Biscoe   website

Photo credit : Dragan Tasic  website


Dave O'Higgins Quartet


The Bosun's Charlestown

Date: Wednesday 8th April 2015
Time: 20:00



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

Dave is a popular & well known figure on the international jazz scene, having recorded 14 albums as leader with various line-ups. He cut his teeth with NYJO, Cleo Laine, Roadside Picnic and Mezzoforte and went on to work with Jim Mullen, Ray Charles, Martin Taylor, Itchy Fingers, Frank Sinatra, Salif Keita, Jimmy Smith, Joe Locke, Kyle Eastwood, Jamie Cullum, Stan Tracey, Matthew Herbert, Chico Chagas and the BBC Big Band to name only a few.
2013’s critically acclaimed CD release, Got The Real Note (Jazzizit) by the Gascoyne/O’Higgins Quartet with Sebastiaan de Krom on drums, Graham Harvey on piano and co-led with bassist, Geoff Gascoyne comprises a selection of “contrafacts” (new tunes written to changes of favourite standards) and the CD was recorded, mixed and mastered at Dave’s new specialist jazz recording studio (JVG). “Real Note Vol 2” is due out March 2014 and the band will be on tour in April and May.
 “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 skillfully controlled energy.”
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”                     


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Marcus Vergette


The Marsyas Suite

The Bosuns Charlestown

Date:  Wednesday 11th March 2015

Time:  20.00

Roz Harding - alto sax  / Janna Bulmer - cello / Lucy Welsman – cello / Tom Unwin – piano /

 Marcus Vergette - bass

Marcus Vergette is a sculptor, film-maker, composer and working musician and a much sought after double bass player.


Inspired by the painting by Titian "The Flaying Of Marsyas". The music tells the story of the Greek myth behind the painting; a shepherd boy who finds a flute thrown away by Athena, is challenged to a musical dual with Apollo that and ends in the usual way of a Greek tragedy. This piece was first premiered on Radio 3 in the 90's.


This is a unique piece with many facets, chamber jazz with a kaleidoscopic story. The suite is performed by some of the South West’s leading jazz musicians.



Andy Sheppard Trio


The Bosun's Charlestown

Date:  Wednesday 18th February 2015

Time:   20.00

  • Andy Sheppard – saxophones
  • Dan Moore – Hammond Organ
  • Tony Orrell – drums

One of the UK’s most compelling and charismatic saxophonists, Andy Sheppard, has been a mainstay of the European jazz scene for over twenty years.

A powerful soloist with a distinctive glowing tone he has illuminated the bands of post-war jazz greats George Russell, Gil Evans and Carla Bley as well as recording a series of brilliant albums for Blue Note, Island Records and most recently ECM.

Andy Sheppard bought his first saxophone at the age of nineteen after being introduced to the jazz music of John Coltrane. He has since established himself as one of Britain’s foremost tenor and soprano saxophonists.

During the late eighties, the British Jazz Awards awarded him not only Best Newcomer but Best Instrumentalist, Best Album and Best Big Band.

Known as a serial collaborator, Andy Sheppard has worked with some of the biggest names in jazz and is in huge demand for both his composing and arranging skills and for his legendary live performances.

Andy Sheppard has composed over 300 works that incorporate a strong and characteristic sense of lyricism alongside a very personal use of rhythms from Asia, Africa and South America.

Dan Moore - Known primarily for playing piano and Hammond organ, Dan is also a composer/producer/arranger.

Tony Orrell - has a long history of collaborations most recently with conductor Charles Hazelwood.

‘Romanticism, carefully managed anarchy and accessibility subtle, elegant jazz…’ The Guardian

“Sheppard's wholly distinctive saxophone playing, which combines considerable subtlety with immediate accessibility, has never sounded better.” The Times

‘Sheppard is always a compelling voice...’ Time Out

Andy Sheppard Website


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