1st-3rd January 2018 7pm – Beats & Pieces Big Band @ Ronnie Scott’s, Soho
Three nights at the legendary Ronnie Scott’s club, playing bari with Ben Cottrell’s Beats & Pieces.
13th January 7pm – Tom Ward / Roland Ramanan @ BRÅK, waterintobeer, Brockley
Our local residency at waterintobeer continues with Roland Ramanan!
14th January 4pm – Dirk Serries Large Ensemble @ Hundred Years Gallery, Hoxton
Should be an interesting gig playing some of Dirk Serries’ graphic scores with a large ensemble of great improvisers from around the Raw Tonk records scene.
17th January 8pm – Overground Collective @ The Vortex, Dalston
Paulo Duarte’s amazing big band returns to the Vortex!!!
19th-29th January – Beats & Pieces Big Band @ UK Tour
Taking in Derby Jazz, Southampton, Jazz at the Lescar (Sheffield), More Music (Morecambe) & some private events at RNCM.
17th February 7pm – Tom Ward / Olie Brice @ BRÅK, waterintobeer, Brockley
Playing with the fantastic bassist Olie Brice.
17th March 7pm – Tom Ward / John Macedo @ BRÅK, waterintobeer, Brockley
Duo with the John Macedo and his electronics!
A very intense week in Portugal, working with all new people, trying to learn/follow Portugese on the spot & workshopping a new show! The concert was recorded, and is planned to be released by PortaJazz in 2018.
Very excited to be heading to Guimarães Jazz 2017 for a residency in November, working collaboratively with Portugese musicians, an actress and a playwright. We present the results of our residency on Sunday, 12 November at 21h30! Here’s the project description:
This year`s edition of the partnership between Guimarães Jazz and the association Porta-Jazz is based on the intersection between music and theatre: an old relationship which, although following many different paths, is essential to performative arts.
During a week of artistic residency, playwright Jorge Louraço Figueira will write a text and actress Catarina Lacerda will perform it in collaboration with a quartet led by Nuno Trocado (guitar) and featuring musicians Tom Ward (saxophones, flute, bass clarinet), Sérgio Tavares (bass) and Acácio Salero (drums). The main theme of the residency is the relation between sound and word, confronting both pre-determined as well as improvised contributions in order to collectively conjugate all the individual inputs in a coherent way. The main guideline is jazz – a style of music which, in its purer form, is nothing more than attempt to conjugate different inputs into a musically coherent way.
A new series of gigs in Brockley’s favourite DIY homebrew beer shop! Co-organised by Cath Roberts, Colin Webster and myself, each evening will feature three duos with each of us choosing a different partner each time. I’ve chosen a first outing playing with the venerable Corey Mwamba, and first duos with Alex Bonney and Alice Eldridge, both of whom have played in my Menagerie sextet. Looking forward to the music, and also the excellent beer…!
9th September 6:30pm – Tom Ward / Corey Mwamba @ BRÅK, waterintobeer, Brockley
The first of a set of three gigs in Brockley’s favourite DIY homebrew beer shop waterintobeer! This time, a first meeting playing together for myself & Corey Mwamba.
14th September – Kepler Orbit @ Plink Plonk, Norwich
The final gig of the 2017 Kepler Orbit run of gigs, back at the amazing Plink Plonk.
16th September 12:45pm – Madwort Saxophone Quartet @ Lancaster Jazz Festival, The Hall, Lancaster
Very pleased to be returning to Lancaster Jazz Festival after such a great time with Cath Robert’s project at the 2016 festival. The sax quartet are playing in The Hall in Lancaster.
28th October 6:30pm – Tom Ward / Alex Bonney @ BRÅK, waterintobeer, Brockley
At the beer shop with cornetist Alex Bonney.
4th November – Ben Owen @ IKLECTIK, Waterloo
More details tbc.
6th-12th November – Guimaraes Jazz Festival
More details tbc.
16th November – Madwort Sax Quartet @ efpi festival, Wonder Inn, Manchester
The sax quartet will be playing in Manchester alongside lots of lovely label-mates including Adam Fairhall, Beats & Pieces Big Band, Tullis Rennie, and more…
17th November – Beats & Pieces Big Band @ Rich Mix, London Jazz Festival
Beats & Pieces hit London on the way through into Europe!
18th-24th November – Beats & Pieces Big Band @ EU tour
Taking in Pappelgarten, Unterfahrt, Poznan, Bozar, Bimhuis and maybe more…
25th November – Beats & Pieces Big Band @ Cambridge
One last gig in Cambridge before we get home!
16th December 6:30pm – Tom Ward / Alice Eldridge @ BRÅK, waterintobeer, Brockley
At the beer shop with cellist Alice Eldridge.
12th January – JOT trio @ Noise Upstairs, Fuel Cafe Bar, Manchester
New improv trio with Otto Willburg & Johnny Hunter.
27th January – Kepler Orbit @ Club Integral, The Others, Stoke Newington
Another new improv trio, this time with Martin Pyne & Ed Riches.
9th February – Adam Fairhall/Tom Ward duo, Vortex, Dalston
Playing alongside Cath Roberts/Seth Bennett duo and Adam Fairhall solo, this will be a great night of improvisation back at the Vortex.
Madwort Saxophone Quartet Tour
To support the release of Live at Hundred Years Gallery on Efpi records, we’re doing some gigs around the UK, supported by Arts Council England!
- 12th February – Jazz North East / Splinter, Bridge Hotel, Newcastle
- 1st March – Plink Plonk, York Tavern, Norwich
- 2nd March – Blessington Carriage, Derby
- 5th March – IKLECTIK, London
- 6th March – The Wonder Inn, Manchester
14th February – Kepler Orbit @ Sonic Imperfections, New Cross
South London’s premier night for new music! And close enough that I can walk to the gig! Woohoo!
- 21 March @ Fizzle, Birmingham (Ti/om)
- 25 March @ 5 Years of Raw Tonk, London
- 26 March @ 5 Years of Raw Tonk, Manchester
- 27 March @ Plink Plonk, Norwich
- 29 March @ Safehouse, Brighton
- 20 May @ Non Figurative Musikk, Tønsberg, Norway
Ah yeah, two brilliant brilliant large ensemble gigs back to back!! Special times!!
LUMEkestra at IKLECTIK
Overground Collective at Vortex
Much fun to be had in Manchester, and sunnier than in London too!