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!
Last week I was very fortunate to be part of a quartet of saxophones interpreting Corey Mwamba’s MRes project “New Dark Art”, alongside Chris Williams, Colin Webster & Cath Roberts. Corey videoed the day’s workshop as part of his study, and you can watch the day’s final performances here:
A varied month of music – a few gigs in the west country with the Philip Clouts quartet, an unexpected last-minute call to play bass clarinet in a rehearsal for the e17 large ensemble which turned out to be a video shoot(!), playing cuban songs with a voice/alto sax/congas trio, playing with Chris Dowding at John Hegley’s night at the Betsey Trotwood and going to see lots of gigs – the highlight of which was clearly Loose Tubes at Ronnie Scott’s, but Louis Moholo-Moholo at Cafe Oto wasn’t far behind!
On the playing side, Cath Roberts‘ Quadraceratops had a brilliant gig at Lume back at its old home Hundred Crows Rising opposite Dee Byrne‘s Entropi. There was a really good audience and the band continues to go from strength to strength. Despite being a South London resident these days, I also depped on bass clarinet & bari sax with the e17 large ensemble, which was a good chance to dust off the bass clarinet and get stuck in…
On the listening side, Wadada Leo Smith at Cafe Oto was immense. Incredibly powerful, expansive, engaging music, although the night that we were there the string quartet didn’t play a very large role. The visuals at that gig were also brilliant, it really felt like another member of the ensemble adding an extra dimension to the experience. Troykestra seemed like a great idea in principle, but was hampered by pretty poor sound in the Purcell Room.
Playing John Eacott’s Floodtide Open to the Thames.
Wicked fun depping on tenor with Paulo Duarte’s Overground Collective….
Photo courtesy of Lume