June 14th – Pyne/Riches/Ward @ Arch One
First outing of a new collaborative project with Martin Pyne (vibes) and Ed Riches (guitar), alongside Deemer and Cath Roberts.
June 26th – Article XI @ LUME Fest, IKLEKTIK Art Lab, Waterloo
I’ll be playing tenor sax with Anton Hunter’s awesome Article XI project.
June 28th – Beats & Pieces Big Band @ Watermill Jazz, Dorking
July 7th – Bennett/Hunter/Ward @ Brighton Alt Jazz Festival fundraiser, Verdict Jazz Club, Brighton
Another new collaborative trio, this time with Seth Bennett (double bass) and Anton Hunter (guitar) organised especially in support of the awesome Brighton Alternative Jazz Festival. Also on the bill are some very exciting things, including a set from improvising guitarist Ian Brighton.
July 29th – “What happens in our brain when we improvise” @ Manchester Jazz Festival
Dr Graeme Wilson lectures, hopefully illuminated with musical creations in duo with Adam Fairhall (piano).
August 5th – Ti/om @ V22, Forest Hill
A duo set with Tim Fairhall (double bass) as part of a Raw Tonk showcase night in our current homeland of South-East London
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.
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.
A few nice concerts in the coming months:
Sunday Jan 25th – Madwort Sax Quartet @ Jazz at the Salisbury, Green Lanes
This band’s first gig was at Jazz at the Salisbury way back in Sept 2012, I think the acoustic really suits this line-up so it should be a great gig.
Thursday Feb 26th – Ti/om @ LUME, Long White Cloud, Hoxton
A return to LUME for Ti/om featuring Tim Fairhall on double bass and myself on bass clarinet, this time possibly with a special guest.
Friday March 13th – Madwort’s Menagerie @ St Paul’s Sessions, Rossmore Road, London, NW1 6NJ
Part of a series of gigs Chris Dowding is putting on at St Paul’s church near Marylebone, I’m really excited to progress the menagerie band & compositions here and not at all phased that it’s on Friday the 13th… Oooo-eerrrr….
Wednesday March 25th – Anton Hunter’s Article XI @ Family Album, Derby
I’ll be substituting for the amazing Simon Prince in Anton Hunter’s large ensemble project Article XI.
Thursday March 26th – Andreae/Knight/Ward @ LUME, Long White Cloud, Hoxton
A brand-new trio project for 2015, featuring Sam Andreae on tenor saxophone, Richard Knight on no-input mixer & myself on alto saxophone, this unique line-up provides a fascinating palette for improvisation.
Thursday April 9th – Fairhall/Rolfsson/Ward @ Foley Street
Another new trio featuring Matilda Rolfsson playing a unique bass drum & percussion setup, alongside Tim Fairhall on double bass & myself on bass clarinet/flute. This group builds on and extends the sonic palette that Tim & I have been working on as Ti/om.
Sunday October 5th – Quadraceratops @ The Vortex, Dalston
After a lot of hard work by bandleader Cath Roberts, we’re very pleased to present the first Quadraceratops album at the London launch party!
Tuesday October 7th – Quadraceratops @ Freedom Principle, Manchester
The Northern leg of the album launch!
October 31st to November 7th – Philip Clouts tour @ Various places in Scotland
I’m again replacing Carlos Lopez-Real for a tour around Scotland with Philip Clouts.
London Jazz Festival
Tuesday November 18th – Paulo Duarte @ Charlie Wright’s, Hoxton
I’ll be depping for Chris Williams on alto with Paulo Duarte’s band.
Thursday November 20th – Quadraceratops @ LUME, London White Cloud, Hoxton
The first of two LJF shows by the Quadraceratops
Sunday November 23rd – Quadraceratops @ Jazz in the Round
We’re very happy to be playing on the Jazz in the Round stage at the South Bank centre. Timings TBC!
Thursday Sept 25th – Madwort Saxophone Quartet @ Lume, Long White Cloud, Hoxton
A rare London date for the sax quartet!
Sunday October 5th – Quadraceratops @ The Vortex, Dalston
The London launch party for the Quadraceratops album!
Sunday Aug 3rd – Madwort’s Menagerie @ The Vortex, Dalston
The first outing of a brand new line-up comprising flute, cornet, trombone, bass clarinet, cello & double bass! More details to follow…
Sunday March 2nd – Madwort’s Mechanical Mindset @ Jazz at the Salisbury, 8:30pm
The Mechanical Mindset featuring Dave O’Brien will be hitting North London’s Salisbury Hotel on Green Lanes, alongside the Josef Stout Sextet.
8:30pm at The Salisbury Hotel, 1 Grand Parade, Green Lanes, London N4 1JX
Monday March 24th – Trio Riot featuring the Saxoctopus @ Vortex, 8:30pm
A new collaboration has its first outing at Trio Riot‘s Vortex gig. After Trio Riot’s set, they will be augmented by a further six saxophone players (including myself) for a total of eight saxophones. Chaos ensues.
Tuesday April 22nd – Ti/om @ Servant Jazz Quarters, Dalston
Ti/om will be playing at Dalston’s Servant Jazz Quarters as one of three Brockley-centric improvising duos. With the other duos Ripsaw Catfish (feat. Anton Hunter & Cath Roberts) & the duo of Colin Webster with Graham Dunning it promises to be a great night!
Thursday April 24th – Ti/om @ LUME at the Long White Cloud, Hackney
Playing at the lovely Long White Cloud cafe in Hoxton alongside Molino de Otoño, featuring John Garcia Rueda, Gabriella Swallow and Visa Kuoppala.
May – Philip Clouts Quartet
I’ll be taking the place of Carlos Lopez-Real for a few dates of the Philip Clouts Quartet. More details to follow…
- Fri 2 May @ Honiton, east Devon
- Sat 3 May @ Stogumber, north Somerset
- Wed 21 May @ Pembrokeshire
Wednesday Jan 8th – Madwort’s Mechanical Mindset @ the Vortex, 8:30pm
We’re very lucky to have the next outing of the Mechanical Mindset at the Vortex alongside Chris Dowding’s Atrocity.
Sunday Feb 2nd – Quadraceratops @ The Salisbury (Green Lanes), 8:30pm
Warm-up gig for the February Quadraceratops recording session, hosted by Jazz at the Salisbury. Should be a good one!
Here’s what I’m up to in the near future:
Sept 4th – Madwort Sax Quartet @ Vortex Downstairs (early set 7-8pm)
A short after-work gig at the Vortex, curated by Chris Dowding.
Sept 12th – Jeff Chambers Variable n-tet @ Lume (Venue: 100 Crows Rising, Angel)
The n-tet has been rehearsing for a while, this is the gig!
Sept 17th – Quadraceratops @ Vortex (supporting ReDiviDeR)
Including a one-off collaboration between the two bands…
Sept 26th – Madwort Sax Quartet @ Lume (Venue: TBC!)
October 6th – Quadraceratops @ Union Chapel (afternoon: 3pm)