Category Archives: Sax Quartet

Madwort Saxophone Quartet – Live at Hundred Years Gallery Reviews

Here’s a selection of nice things that people have said about the album:

John Fordham, The Guardian: “cutting-edge contemporary music, but it’s unexpectedly engaging emotionally, and deeply rooted in imaginative composition.”

Stewart Smith, The WIRE: “a distinctive response to the knotty compositional language of Coleman and Berne, combining post-bop licks with tight contrapuntal arrangements.”

Cellars and Lofts: “it’s an orgy of dogged machinery that mimics and demands the human body.”

Sandy Brown Jazz: “a most interesting and satisfying album”

Dalston Sound: “There’s a fine balance to the raw, puckish vitality of each individual performance and the combined quartet’s precision of execution. The musicians evidently know each other well, and they anticipate, shadow and trace each other’s moves with beguiling immediacy.”

Marlbank: “stimulating small group work”

LondonJazzNews: “I strongly urge you to get out and see the band live”

Madwort Saxophone Quartet – 2017 Tour round-up

Upcoming Gigs Spring 2017

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!

Ma/ti/om Tour

  • 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

Upcoming gigs Winter 2015 / spring 2016

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.

Madwort Saxophone Quartet @ MJF 2015 (updated)

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.

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UPDATE:

We had a great time (medical emergencies aside), here are some photos from the day taken by David McLenachan:

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Also, some vines from MJF!!

Upcoming gigs Spring/Summer 2015

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.