As part of the MJF listings announced today, is this lovely event / lecture / gig thing that I’m doing. Graeme Wilson will be doing the talking, and Adam Fairhall and me will be doing improvising! Should be a really interesting afternoon!
3pm Friday 29th July at the Portico Library, Manchester. More details on the Manchester Jazz Festival website.
Now available to pre-order from Raw Tonk Records!
Ma/ti/om is the trio of Matilda Rolfsson (percussion), Tim Fairhall (double bass) and myself (bass clarinet & flute). We did some gigs in early 2015, and the trio immediately worked really well, so very pleased to be able to make available this recording of the group!
Many thanks to everyone that came down to the sax quartet’s live recording session at Hundred Years Gallery, it was such a special night! Really excited about how the results are shaping up!
Here’s what it looked like mid-flow…
This was really fun (and a little bit of a roast)!
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).
Sunday March 13th, 4pm – LJO @ the Vortex, Dalston
Back at the Vortex again with the LJO!
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
We’re recording the first MSQ album at this very hip basement venue in Hoxton, presented by LUME.
April 23rd – Yazz Ahmed’s Family Hafla @ Bournemouth Jazz Festival
I’ll be depping on bass clarinet playing some of Yazz’s lovely Arabic-influenced music. And maybe we’ll see the sea…! More details at Bournemouth Jazz Festival‘s website.
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!!