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Thu 28 April
First Set: Corrie Dick & Christos Stylianides Second set: Maridalen
Line-up: Anders Hefre - saxophone
Jonas Kilmork Vemøy - trumpet
Andreas Rødland Haga – double bass
The Norwegian jazz trio Maridalen takes its name from the scenic valley that lies just north of Oslo city center. The trio's debut album "Maridalen", released in spring 2021, has received rave reviews both nationally and internationally.
The album, among many other plaudits, was listed on the lists "Best Norwegian albums of the Year" in Aftenposten, and "Jazz albums of the Year" in British MOJO Magazine. On March 25, 2022, Maridalen release their second album «Bortenfor» on Jazzland Recordings.
Like its predecessor, this album is also recorded in the old wooden church in Maridalen, but this time the trio also moves a little beyond the valley - down to night-lit streets and old apartment buildings. With the warm and acoustic sound of double bass, trumpet and woodwind, the trio creates their own musical space that captures different moods and spins small stories. Through these moments, the listener is invited to new adventures; from a city gateway, old and forgotten places are explored: through pictures from a movie, to a ride on a moon bike in dreamland.
The moods and stories are conveyed through a strong collective where the sum is greater than the individual performances - where the space, atmosphere and excitement become an inextricable part of the whole. The soundscape is intimate, transparent, and provides great opportunity and plenty of space for the three musicians to play. The trio also rounds out the sound with contributions from piano, an old radio and kitchen utensils, with the addition of pedal steel guitarist Emil Brattested on two songs.
Corrie Dick graduated with a BMus (Hons), jazz drumkit in 2014. During his time at Trinity Laban he collaborated with many well known artists including Jacob Collier, Jasper Høiby, Ligeti Quartet, Bobby Wellins and released his own debut album “Impossible Things” on the record label Chaos Collective, which he set up with his close collaborators and fellow alumni Laura Jurd and Elliot Galvin. Corrie now performs across the world with bands including Mercury winner Dinosaur, Elliot Galvin Trio, Rob Luft Group, Blue-Eyed Hawk, indie-art-rock trio Ink Line.
He frequently gives solo drum performances where he demonstrates the rich and diverse potential of the drum kit. As well as winning a Gold Medal at Trinity Laban, Corrie also won a Scottish Jazz Award 2012 for Up and Coming Artist and BBC’s Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year 2013 and has been nominated for multiple Parliamentary Jazz Awards and Jazz FM awards.
Thu 5 May
Born and bred in East London, Meg Bird is an emerging young artist right at the cusp of an exciting musical career.
Her sound is rooted in the jazz tradition, taking inspiration from vocalists such as Betty Carter and Cecile McLorin Salvant, and she is constantly pushing songs, both old and new, to fresh boundaries.
When song writing, she fuses this sound with her love for songwriters such as Joni Mitchell and Rufus Wainwright, bringing a passion for lyric into the world of jazz. Meg has performed in venues across the UK from ‘The Blue Arrow’ in Glasgow, to some of London’s most popular Jazz clubs, such as Kansas Smitties and The Vortex.
Having graduated with a 1st from The Guildhall School of Music in 2020, Meg is now in the process of recording her debut album, due for release in September.
Thu 12 May
“I can’t remember hearing a more impressive debut. The style is hard bop, but music as good as this is beyond category." Dave Gelly, The Observer *****
"When I heard this album my immediate thought was that all bets are off regarding the CD of the Year.” Lance Liddle, Bebop Spoken Here
"I have known Leo Richardson for several years and in my view he is destined to become one of the finest jazz tenor saxophone players this country has produced. He has a rare natural talent" Alan Skidmore.
Leo is a “sax player capable of projecting to audiences in the manner of Joshua Redman” Sebastian Scotney.
Without a doubt, Leo Richardson is widely recognised to be one of the UK's leading Jazz Tenor Saxophonists, best known for his honest, straight-ahead, contemporary hard-bop style. His most significant influences include John Coltrane, Joe Henderson, Dexter Gordon, Horace Silver and Art Blakey.
Leo’s quartet consists of killer artists who are all standouts in their own right. Rick Simpson, winner of the Yamaha Scholarship Prize for Outstanding Jazz Musicians, resides on piano. Tim Thornton, one of the most sought-after young musicians of his generation, drives a hugely vibrant, powerful double bass. And, in keeping with the talent in this line-up, the exceedingly diverse Ed Richardson rounds things off on drums.
Wed 18 May
Line up: Gabriele Pribetti - saxophones & fxs
Graeme Flowers - trumpet, flugelhorn and fxs
Michele Montolli - doublebass and fxs
Jamie Murray - drums
Cenk Esen - keys, synths and piano
With a very percussive approach to his instrument and his compositions, Gabriele's music combines his love for jazz and improvisation with his classical upbringing, leaving large spaces to interplay and free instantaneous composition.
While his collaborations and his experience as a pro session musician in London bring everything to life with hip grooves and rumbling synths.
Some of his collaborations include: Stormzy, Wizkid, Bob Geldoff, Jordan Rakei, Daymé Arocena, Imelda May, Kamaal Williams, Mostack, Tiana Major9, Geko, Maleek Berry, Stefflon Don, Burna Boy, Skepta, Sasha Keable, General Levy, Zion Train, Jah9, Channel one sound system, Kiko Bun, Omar Lyefook, Congo Natty, Keith & Tex, Stylo G, The Pioneers, U-Roy, Vivian Jones, The Toasters, Guè and many others...
"The innovative Gabriele Pribetti" Tony Minvielle - JazzFM UK
"Definitely found his own voice and language" Chris Philips - JazzFM UK
"'Starts with you' ebbs and flows wonderfully throughout and is an absolute blast" Twistedsoul
"This debut album is staggeringly intelligent and amazing" Ben Lee - Jazz Revelations
"Big, big moves from Gabriele Pribetti" Tim Garcia - JazzFM UK
"Incredible sound fortress" Jay Phelps - JazzFM UK
Thu 26 May
Tony Kofi - band leader/sax
Matt Jacobs - piano
Billy Rowlatt - trumpet
Myra Brownbridge - bass
Matt Holmes - drums
British Jazz multi award winning instrumentalist saxophonist Tony Kofi brings a young quartet of musicians from the National Youth Jazz Orchestra to play the music of one of the most original voices in jazz Thelonious “Sphere” Monk.
Thu 2 June
Line Up: Marco Marconi – piano
Emma Rawicz-Szczerbo - saxophone
Jakub Cywinski – double bass
Joel Barford – drums
For tonight’s concert Marco will be joined on stage by three other incredible + very well known musicians (Emma Rawicz-Szczerbo on saxophone, Jakub Cywinski on double bass and Joel Barford on drums) – This show promises to be quite special!
“It isn’t often you discover a performer whose creative ability takes your breath away in the first 30 seconds of hearing their music... Marco is a breath of fresh air for…Jazz fans everywhere” JazzBitesRadio.com
A native Italian from Umbria, Marco Marconi initially studied classical piano before moving on to study Jazz at the Music Conservatory of Perugia. After establishing himself as one of Italy's leading jazz pianists, his subsequent highly successful appearances at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival in 2009 and the Lancaster Music Festival in 2011 prompted his decision to move to the UK permanently in 2012.
Working primarily with his own trio feat. Andrea Di Biase and Enzo Zirilli, Marco was signed to the iconic UK label 33Jazz, which released his first two albums "Nordik" (2016) and its follow up "Trialogue" (2018), both to critical acclaim. For Trialogue and his last record "New Road" Marco invited Tom Farmer and Emiliano Caroselli as well as one of Italy's best-known saxophonists the multi-Award winning Max Ionata to collaborate with him. In Marco's words this resulted in big injection of swing into both the album's original compositions as well as the standards and popular songs rearranged in a jazz style which also feature on the CD.
An inspirational feast of stylish...jazz" Stratford Jazz"
Thu 9 June
Maria Rehakova - flute, voice
Gustavo Clayton Marucci - clarinet Sam Knight - tenor saxophone
Eddie Lee - piano
Sam Ingvorsen - double bass
Floyer Sydenham - drums
Maria Rehakova is a jazz flautist, singer and composer based between London and Bratislava. She studied jazz at the Guildhall School of Music and was the flute chair for National Youth Jazz Orchestra. Combining jazz tradition with songs Maria grew up singing and dancing to in her childhood Slovak folklore group, TOPOĽANA is a jazz folk fusion sextet packed with some of the freshest young talent on the London jazz scene. Since the band formed in 2016, they have gigged extensively around the UK, Slovakia and Czech Republic, building an enthusiastic audience and even reaching the finals for “BJD 2019” Young Talents competition.
SpiceJazz will be the premiere performance of their 2022 European Tour (UK, SK, AT, CZ, PL), at the end of which they are recording their debut album.
“High quality performance full of emotions and sincere love and devotion to music”
- Dávid Oláh, jazz.sk
“It’s the blend of folklore, traditional jazz phrases and eagerness of young musicians that make Topoľana unique" - Soňa Juríková, SkJazz
Wed 15 June
Scott Cripps: Tap Dancer
Adele Joel: Tap Dancer
Gabriel Keen: Piano
Al Swainger: Bass
Shanti Paul Jayasinha: Trumpet
Ian Winter: Sax
Michèle Drees: Drums
Michele Drees Jazz Tap Project, is a spectacular mix of rhythm tap dance with Jazz and Latin music. You will witness some incredible tap dance improvisations inside some fantastic music played by an all-star band.
This project works towards helping the revival of the iconic ‘Jazz Tap’ that originated in Harlem and then became popularised on Hollywood’s silver screen.
“Everyone loves tap dance. This is visual Jazz” Michele Drees
Thu 23 June
Kalpadruma is an exciting collective exploring connection between Arabic, Turkish, Indian, Contemporary Classical and Jazz musics, led by saxophonist/ composer Asha Parkinson. The group have collaborated with SAMYO (South Asian Youth Orchestra) and the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians. In its third year, the group has played at several high-profile venues including the London Jazz Festival, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, the Jazz Seven Leeds series and the Union Chapel. Their debut album ‘Onwards’ is scheduled for release in Summer 2022.
Kalpadruma is a twelve piece ensemble fusing a range of musical genres, from jazz to contemporary classical to classical Indian, Turkish folk music, Arabic maqam, and Spanish flamenco. The unorthodox line-up (string quartet, trumpet, saxophone, bass clarinet, flute and rhythm section) goes with the group’s unusual sonic identity. It features two BBC Young Musician finalists and a semi-finalist , offering what’s been described as ‘a fiery feast of additive rhythms and Messaienesque harmonies and “feel-good” melodies’.
Band leader Asha Parkinson is a young composer and saxophonist whose work regularly crosses the boundaries between traditions, from jazz to ‘classical’ to world musics and beyond – interests reflected equally in her work with her own Kalpadruma quintet and dodectet and her compositions for professional groups like TableMusic.
She’s UK based but also internationally focused and has already received a major award for work that goes beyond music.
‘ The fiery tenor saxophonist…’
‘…quietly intense alto … wonderfully understated drama… impressive ‘
Richard Williams – The Blue Moment
Thu 30 June
In the Summer of 2021, Geoff Gascoyne began a secret songwriting club with a cohort of close friends from the British jazz scene.
Each week a theme is chosen and songs are presented at the following week's zoom meeting. 9 months later, the club is still meeting weekly with well over 200 songs written between them! For one night only, Geoff and friends present the best of "Geoff Gascoyne's Songwriting Club" at SpiceJazz Soho.
Swingers, bossa nova, sea shanties, Bond themes, songs of love and protest, comedy and poetry - it's all there, presented by the best and brightest of British Jazz including: Tara Minton, Anita Wardell, Theo Travis, Malcolm Macfarlane, Imogen Ryall, Domonic Ashworth, Jacqui Hicks and more!
This promises to be a night to remember!