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Thanks to all from the hotel, committee, friends and helpers, and not
least the wonderful musicians for a stunning 25th anniversary gig on
Sunday 4 March. Pictures on our Gallery Page.
Please read this Cry for Help.
David Gordon ~ Piano, Oli Hayhurst ~ Bass, Paul Cavaciuti ~ Drums
David Gordon: He is a master of the Piano and Harpsichord, and of the Jazz and Baroque idioms; with a Bristol degree in mathematics and logic.
"A richly gifted player with a sparkling style and boundless imagination" - Phil Johnson, the Independent
Oli Hayhurst:. “A really positive, pro-active bassist, with super-human control of time and tuning” Sebastian Scotney, London Jazz News.
Paul Cavaciuti: A graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston in 1986, Paul is a frequent performer for us, most recently with Meier and Oxley.
In February 2016 David brought us music from his new CD “Alexander Scriabin’s Ragtime Band” - neither the early 20th century music of Russian Алекса́ндр Скря́бин, nor the New Orleans ragtime of the same era, but 21st century jazz inspired in David by both. This time, David revisits some of that music, but he also brings us new work destined for his next CD “Appartimento”. David takes his cue from the great 18th-century Italian masters, and the “Partimenti” (base lines they wrote for their students to practice on), to create super-hip jazz melodies and improvisations. Alongside them he puts some 20th century Latin American hits that share some of the same characteristics and history.
AND COMING NEXT
Brandon Allen ~ Tenor Sax, Quentin Collins ~ Trumpet, Ross Stanley ~ Organ, Lloyd Haines Drums
QCBA is the brainchild of Quentin Collins on trumpet & Brandon Allen on sax. They are an organ driven quartet of virtuosos playing smart, sassy, contemporary original music, influenced by the great Blue Note era of the 1960s. Since their inception in 2008, QCBA have taken the contemporary jazz scene by storm, having performed across the UK and Europe at many top venues and festivals. They are noted for collaborating with a broad range of artists, including Liane Carroll, Natalie Williams, Dennis Rollins and Antonio Forcione. Quentin and Brandon are also the front line for the Kyle Eastwood band.
For two decades, Quentin Collins has established himself as one of Europe’s top trumpeters, having worked with a wide range of internationally renowned artists across many genres including Gregory Porter, Roy Hargrove and Tim Garland. Originally from Perth, Western Australia, Brandon Allen relocated to London in 2000. Since arriving in the UK, he has worked with many varied artists and groups/ensembles including Eric Clapton, Jools Holland, Carleen Anderson, Stan Tracey, Pete King, Darius Brubeck and others.
The new quartet line-up is completed by the masterful Ross Stanley on Hammond organ and the exciting young drummer, Lloyd Haines. Any time Ross Stanley can bring the B3 Hammond to us is a joy. Ross is in high demand, having worked with Dennis Rollins, Guy Barker, Joel Frahm, Liane Carroll, Stan Sulzman, Steve Arguelles, John Paracelli, Bobby Wellins, Clark Tracey, Jacqui Dankworth, Simply Red, Goldie… too many to name here. Award winning drummer Lloyd Haines is fresh. The terms ‘rising star’, ‘name to watch out for’ and ‘new kid on the block’ would be equally appropriate but are becoming well-worn. Lloyd is not.
"It's so damn infectious, it's almost impossible to resist" - Blues & Soul Magazine