In an unexpected turn of events, I had the pleasure of depping with Beats & Pieces Big Band at Scarborough Jazz Festival yesterday. There’s even photographic evidence!
— John Quinn (@Billiephons) September 27, 2015
Two bits of news about the upcoming Madwort Saxophone Quartet gig at Manchester Jazz Festival…
Firstly, it’s apparently sold out, so if you don’t already have a ticket, you’re too late!
Secondly, in very sad news, Chris Williams has fractured a bone in his hand in a freak accident, so the amazing Dee Byrne will be standing in for him on alto saxophone.
We had a great time (medical emergencies aside), here are some photos from the day taken by David McLenachan:
Also, some vines from MJF!!
“entrancing, original and unpredictable stuff” – Dan Bergsagel – LondonJazzNews.com
The forthcoming Saxoctopus album is now available to pre-order! Check it out on bandcamp here:
And in fortuitous style, Live at LUME is also released today, which features a track from AKW (the trio of myself with no-input mixer artist Richard Knight & saxophonist Sam Andreae):
It’s taken me a little bit of time to get over all the excitement (and the beer), but LUME on Tour was bloody brilliant!
“The only thing more blinding than the sun streaming through the Bridge’s huge bay window were the performances by these two outstanding bands.” – Bebop Spoken Here reviews the Newcastle gig
More live-tweeting archived on twitter hashtag LUMEonTour
This is the big one – LUME on Tour! A string of nine dates featuring the double-bill of bands from Cath Roberts & Dee Byrne around the UK, partially funded by Arts Council UK.
I’ll be one of 15 amazing improvisers putting their names into the hat for a night of unexpected & impromptu ensembles at Hundred Years Gallery in Hoxton to celebrate LUME’s second birthday!
The big band returns to the world-famous Vortex, featuring tunes by Paulo Duarte & other band members (possibly including one of mine…!)
It’s been a busy old time here at Madwort HQ, recent exciting activities have included:
This gig was amazing, the band played the **** out of my tunes, and a really appreciative audience.
— Dee Byrne (@deebyrnesax) March 13, 2015
— Cath Roberts (@cathrobots) March 25, 2015
For the first time in many years, I cracked out a big band arrangement for Paulo Duarte’s Overground Collective which we played at the Others in April. I’d forgotten quite what it’s like standing in front of such a massive powerhouse of musicians all going for it & such a privilege to have musicians of such calibre playing my music… Might have to do some more of it…
We also did another two gigs – Derby & London – playing Corey Mwamba’s New Dark Art with the Eb Sax Quartet (myself & Chris Williams on alto sax, Cath Roberts & Colin Webster on bari sax). The gigs were a bit different but equally great!
Eb sax quartet sounding amazing! pic.twitter.com/gxUBR2FnWs
— LUME (@lumemusiclondon) May 14, 2015