A couple of gigs that got missed:
December 17th – LUME: The Hat Speaks @ Hundred Years Gallery, Hoxton
The return of the hat jam, where improvisers submit to the will of a die and a hat full of names!
Sunday January 10th, 4pm – LJO @ the Vortex, Dalston
An enjoyable sunday afternoon big band gig depping on bari sax & bass clarinet & getting properly stuck into the LJO’s charts.
And some that are still to come:
Sunday February 7th 2016, 9pm – Overground Collective @ Jazz at the Salisbury, Green Lanes
Paulo Duarte’s big band roars in the Salisbury Pub on Green Lanes, with special guests Dave O’Brien & Jason Simpson aka the Quadraceratops rhythm section!
Sunday March 6th 2016, 8pm – Tom Ward / Adam Fairhall / Olie Brice / Andrew Lisle @ LUME at the Vortex, Dalston
A brand new collaborative quartet featuring myself alongside master improvisers Adam Fairhall (piano), Olie Brice (double bass) and Andrew Lisle (drums).
March 23rd-30th 2016 – Beats & Pieces Big Band @ Germany
I’m depping again on baritone sax with Beats & Pieces for their trip to Germany, Austria and possibly some other surrounding countries. Hopefully I will be able to renew my passport before I have to catch the ferry…
April 16th – Madwort Sax Quartet live album recording @ Hundred Years Gallery, Hoxton
More info to come soon!
LUME at the Barbican freestage for the London Jazz Festival was a brilliant day! Our set went well, and looked like this:
And here’s Adam Spiers holding Gina Southgate’s painting of us:
Had a nice time playing with the Philip Clouts Quartet at the Birmingham Symphony Hall:
And later in the month #4Jazz festival in Coventry was good:
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!
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
…was great! The dice & hat randomly selected some really nice groups, and I particularly enjoyed playing duo with Joe Wright:
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
May 26th to June 16th – LUME (Quadraceratops/Entropi) on UK tour!
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.
- 26th May – Jazz At The Spotted Dog, Birmingham
- 27th May – Jazz At The Lescar, Sheffield
- 29th May – Fusebox, Leeds
- 31st May – Splinter Jazz, Newcastle
- 1st June – Freedom Principle, Manchester
- 5th June – The Bebop Club, Bristol
- 7th June – ‘LUME Presents…’, The Vortex, London
- 15th June – Friends Meeting House, Derby
- 16th June – Dempsey’s, Cardiff
Thursday July 9th, 7pm – LUME 2nd birthday party – Hat Jam!
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!
Tuesday July 14th, 9pm – Overground Collective @ Vortex Jazz, Dalston
The big band returns to the world-famous Vortex, featuring tunes by Paulo Duarte & other band members (possibly including one of mine…!)
Wednesday August 5th, 2.30pm – Madwort Sax Quartet @ Portico Library, Manchester Jazz Festival
We’ve very pleased to announce that the sax quartet will be playing a lunchtime gig in the beautiful surroundings of the Portico Library during the Manchester Jazz Festival.