Barnes is the most reliably entertaining, multi-skilled reed virtuoso
on the UK scene” - John Fordham, Guardian. Alan has enjoyed a prolific
career, playing and recording for many bands. He has dominated the
British Jazz Awards over the years, having won the alto sax section in
1993, 95, 97 & 99, the clarinet award for 94, 96 & 98
and being voted the top baritone player in 98, 2000 & 2002. In
2001 and 2006 Alan received the prestigious BBC Jazz Instrumentalist of
the Year award and in November 2003 was made a fellow of the Leeds
College of Music. 2003 also saw the inception of Alan’s own record label
Woodville Records. Alan is joined by the co-leader of his award-winning
quintet - trumpeter par excellence Bruce Adams, himself a previous
winner of the top trumpet prize at the British Jazz Awards.
Glasgow born Jim Mullen is possibly best known for his long association with the legendary sax player Dick Morrisey. Their popular group Morrisey Mullen was at the forefront of the jazz-funk movement in the UK, producing seven albums. Jim has also gained acclaim backing vocalist Claire Martin on three albums. As a sideman he has been in demand by visiting U.S. stars like Gene Harris, Mose Allison, Jimmy Smith, Percy Sledge, Plas Johnson, Jimmy Witherspoon and Terry Callier. A dynamic and forceful player, his deep affinity with the blues gives his music a quality of earthy excitement. Stan Sulzmann’s career stretches back to the 60’s, when as part of a uniquely talented crop of British musicians, he played with Graham Collier, John Taylor, Kenny Wheeler and Gordon Beck as well as leading his own groups.
Simon won the Daily Telegraph Jazz Musician of the year at the tender age of 16. He was lead alto in the Pendulum Jazz Orchestra, before moving to London in 1998, playing tenor and alto in the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and leading his own quartet. Simon studied at the London College of Music and then at the Royal Academy. He has appeared with Colin Towns' Mask Orchestra, for the Birmingham Royal Ballet, the Matthew Herbert Big Band, the BBC Big Band, Clark Tracey's Quintet and the late Stan Tracey’s various groups. Other musicians he's worked with include Kenny Wheeler, Iain Ballamy, Django Bates, Wynton Marsalis, Alan Barnes, Art Themen, Don Weller, Julian Joseph, Jim Mullen and Tina May. “He knows how to produce a luminous, floating tone on alto sax, has an impressive technique, and constructs his solos with maturity and confidence” - Sholto Byrnes, The Independent
Steve Waterman began his career while studying at Trinity College of Music. He is professor of jazz trumpet at The Royal Academy of Music and Trinity College. Steve has his own quintet and in 2003 formed an 18-piece jazz orchestra playing his original compositions. As well as 8 notable albums under his own leadership, he has recorded with the likes of Carla Bley, Mike Garrick, Graham Collier and Alan Barnes. Steve’s most recent album ‘Buddy Bolden Blew It’ is described as a history of jazz through tunes written by trumpet players, inspired by the legendary Buddy Bolden, acknowledged as the first major figure of this music form in New Orleans at the start of the 20th century.
we get in the Cuban groove with our good friend Omar Puente and I defy
anyone to sit still for long. The infectious cross rhythms from this
authentic combo are guaranteed to get the club cooking. Omar began
serious music studies at the age of 8. At 12 he left his family to take
up a place at the prestigious Escuela Nacional de Arte in Havana. His
education was furthered by playing with fellow students and visiting
tutors such as Paquito d’Rivera and Dizzy Gillespie. In 1998 he formed
the group Raices Cubanas (Cuban Roots). Since arriving in England, Omar
has maintained an international profile, playing all over Europe, USA
and Africa with such musicians as Tito Puente, Kirsty MacColl, Jools
Holland, Courtney Pine and recently Nigel Kennedy 's new,
three-electric-violin "Chilling-est Violinists". Omar teaches jazz
violin at Leeds College of Music and conducts workshops in schools on
the cultural and musical development of Cuba.
Directed by Malcolm Earl-Smith, performing a selection of swinging material by the likes of Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington.
Senior lecturer in jazz at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and
Dance and professor of jazz trombone at the Guildhall School of Music
and Drama, Malcolm Earle-Smith has been a well established name on the London Jazz scene for over 20 years. After graduating from the Guildhall School of Music in 1989, he joined the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, later becoming lead trombone. Since then, he has gone on to work with a variety of jazz and pop artists including Kenny Baker, Jack Parnell, Digby Fairweather, Henry Lowther, Frank Griffith, Martin Speake, Martha Reeves and Ronnie Spector.
Steve Rubie has run the 606 Jazz Club since 1976.. "I first set foot in the 606 Club in the late 60’s after a gig with my friend, singer/guitarist Dave Lipson.. Situated at 606 Kings Road it was a unique venue which boasted 7 tables and a log fire, the only heating during the winter months. I was then still at school, although already playing venues, and it was a year later when I started at University in London that I became a regular visitor to the Club. Whilst the rest of my friends were going to parties every weekend, I was off to do gigs! And inevitably, afterwards we would end up at the “6”. It had been taken over in 1969 by an ex-actor and remarkable character called Steve Cartwright who did much to establish the 606 Club as a jazz venue. In those days it was very informal with no booked artists, just musicians dropping in for a play. Five years on I left college and needed a job while I continued to study and practice my music, at which point Steve told me that he was looking for a cook and did I know anyone. I immediately said “Sure I can do that” and overnight became the cook at the 606 Club. I wasn’t exactly Jamie Oliver but I managed to not poison anyone and worked for Steve for almost 18 months. A year on and it’s 1976. I’ve just come back from a tour in Italy and Steve (who sadly died in 2007) approached me and said that he was moving to France and would I like to take over running the Club. I immediately said “Not a chance!” And the rest, as they say, is history.”
Citing Lee Konitz, Charlie Parker, Warne Marsh, Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett, Ornette Coleman, Steve Coleman, Rabi Abou Khalil and Paul Motian as major influences, Martin has developed a personal musical voice that expresses a deep understanding of the history and language of jazz with individuality as an improviser that is intelligent, melodic, cool, complex, direct, beautiful and profound. "Known for his collaborations with legendary US drummer Paul Motian and The Bad Plus pianist Ethan Iverson, Speake has for a long time now been quietly building up a unique body of work that puts him in the top flight of British contemporary jazz. With a sound steeped in the tradition of fifties cool jazz" - BBC Jazz on 3. "A saxophonist with an unusual turn of phrase, a persuasively gentle sound and jazz allegiances that don't follow the usual Coltranesque paths but veer instead toward the fifties Cool School. Martin Speake is not just a distinctive improviser but a striking composer too." - John Fordham, The Guardian. "Martin Speake is one of the most interesting and rewarding alto saxophonists now playing jazz on any continent." - Thomas Conrad, Jazz Times.
Byron began playing jazz around Brighton, then came to London at
the beginning of the 1990s to play with Jazz Warriors singer Cleveland
Watkiss and to work in the quartet of jazz drummer John Stevens. Later
he joined Gary Crosby’s band Nu-Troop and in 1995 formed his own band,
Sound Advice. Byron won the 2003 BBC prize for "Innovation in Jazz".
He's played trumpet in a huge variety of musical settings including The
Style Council, Charles Earland, Courtney Pine and Jean Toussaint. He has
also worked with Andrew Hill, Lonnie Liston Smith, Ronnie Laws and
Chaka Khan. "..one of the most innovative, exciting and original trumpet
players alive" - Jazzwise Magazine.
Tonight the phenomenal, exciting, unpredictable musical genius that is Gilad Atzmon.
the political rhetoric, Atzmon now lets the music do the talking,
relaxing into a skilful and witty dialogue with his versatile bandmates.
Together they breathe new harmonic and rhythmic life into every
composition they perform, transforming even the most well-worn jazz
standards into scintillating originals - the true essence of real live
jazz." "You get an awful lot of music with Gilad Atzmon: quotes from
jazz standards, torch songs, ideas playfully purloined from
Mediterranean or Middle Eastern sources, sultry Paris-cabaret smooches,
New Orleans clarinet swing and bebop in hyperdrive. The Israeli reed
virtuoso is acclaimed as one of the most original world-jazz
specialists..” - John Fordham, The Guardian. "Atzmon is an astonishing
musician with a seemingly effortless ability to demolish and rebuild any
old tune he chooses to play" - John Lewis, Time Out.
Tonight we are proud to present pianist and composer Simon Purcell along with most of the line-up from his recent album Red Circle, with the addition of bassist Amy Baldwin.
"Red Circle is the debut Whirlwind Recordings release from international acclaimed pianist and educator Simon Purcell, currently the Head of Jazz at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Dance and Music in London. Purcell originally came to prominence during the UK jazz boom of the 1980s through his band “Jazz Train” (with Martin Speake, Cleveland Watkiss, Dale Barlow et al), a quartet with Julian Arguelles (Loose Tubes), numerous appearances with or opposite visiting American artists at London’s Bass Clef Club and occasional weeks at Ronnie Scott’s. As a passionate educator and thinker about music, Simon’s musicianship increasingly served educational ends, contributing to the development of jazz education in the UK (awarded Jazz Educator of the Year by the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group). Now after nearly three decades of teaching in London’s top conservatoires, this long overdue album marks Simon’s return to a more active performing career. Purcell’s band is comprised of some of the most important contributors to the UK’s creative music scene during the last two decades. They’re also a bunch of old friends with years of playing experience, and in this spirit the music was recorded in one room with no real isolation between instruments, giving the album a ‘live date’ feeling.. Gene Calderazzo (Partisans, Pharoah Sanders, Joey Calderazzo, Zoe Rahman), Julian Siegel (Partisans, Joey Barron, Kenny Wheeler, Django Bates, John Taylor) and Chris Batchelor (Big Air, Loose Tubes, Brotherhood of Breath, Hermeto Pascoal) are robust and individual musical personalities providing conceptual counterpoint that ensures the music-making is always more than the sum of the parts. As a result, the intention behind the material (all by Purcell) is less about complex themes, instead providing attractive contexts for improvisation where these artists can masterfully stretch out." - whirlwindrecordings.com
trumpets: Quentin Collins, Mike Lovatt, Enrico Tomasso & Steve Waterman
trombones:Robbie Harvey, Sarah Williams, Andy Wood & Ray Wordsworth
saxes: Jay Craig, Robert Fowler, Jimmy Hastings, Bob Sydor & Martin Williams
tuba: Graham Read
guitar: Rob Luft
piano: Mike Gorman
bass: Andy Cleyndert
drums: Pete Cater
In early 1985 John Altman was asked to arrange an obscure Billie Holiday song for the young pop star Alison Moyet. It was her parents' favourite record and she'd grown up singing it. It was duly recorded as an album track, but then issued as a single and shot to the top of the charts within a week of release. Coincidentally at the same time John had to have a minor operation that put him at home for six weeks. He decided to use the time by creating a big band library for a one off gig at his local jazz club. Over thirty years later he's at his local jazz club playing a one off gig with the big band! Members of the original band will be here tonight with John plus an astounding roster of the top UK jazz musicians for the 31st anniversary concert of the band that the Daily Telegraph called “the best big band in Europe”. With all material written and/or arranged by John and showcasing the star studded line up of great jazz soloists this should be as memorable a night as were all the previous sold out performances at the East Side. John's long playing career has seen him perform with jazz giants Al Cohn, Jimmy Heath, Chet Baker, Bud Freeman and Joe Newman to name but a few.
"This quintet is one of the liveliest and most creative groups of young musicians that Clark Tracey has led. The album nonetheless puts the drums in the forefront, opening with a forceful account of Tony Williams' "Lawra".. The personnel includes several alumni of Birmingham Conservatoire, where Clark has taught for some time, and the result is a shared sense of purpose, but also conveying the feeling that these are musicians with a point to prove.. On piano, Harry Bolt, back from leading the band on the Queen Mary 2, also makes his mark, notably on Cedar Walton's composition "Ojos De Rojo", where he nods in the composer's direction but remains his own man.. The outstanding soloist however is Henry Armburg Jennings, who is as at home on a poised flugelhorn ballad as he is playing more fiery trumpet excursions. His playing on "What's New" is the highlight of a very accomplished disc. The record has brought off that rare double - enticing a listener to want to hear the band live, and providing a perfect memento of how it sounds to those who have experienced it in concert." - Peter Vacher, Jazzwise Magazine. Tonight's line-up departs from the album with the superb Mornington Lockett on tenor sax and Mark Lewandowski on bass.
Chris Biscoe is self taught, starting on alto sax then tenor, soprano, baritone, flute and alto clarinet. He started working with Mike Westbrook in 1979 and has played in many of Mike’s projects. He has also toured and recorded with George Russell, Andy Sheppard, Grand Union, Chris McGregor, Didier Levallet and worked with Hermeto Pascoal, Dewey Redman, Kenny Wheeler and the New York Composers Orchestra. A recent venture for Chris (on baritone & alto saxes) along with Allison Neale on alto has been a new band 'Two of a Mind' “Exploring afresh the freewheeling, wonderfully melodic interpretations of standard material recorded 50 years ago by Gerry Mulligan and Paul Desmond on Blues in Time and Two of a Mind, this new band promises to evoke the spirit of these classic recordings while giving free reign to the personalities of the five musicians.”
Born in Gloucester and spending her student days in Paris, award winning jazz vocalist Tina has recorded numerous CDs both as a leader and a guest. In 2004 Tina completed recording with legendry pianist Ray Bryant and a host of New York jazz players. These sessions at the Rudy Van Gelder studio's were released on 'Tina May sings the Ray Bryant Song Book'. “For musical taste, delicacy of interpretation and presentational flair Tina May has always been a hard act to follow. She is also completely at home in jazz, which isn't as common among high-profile singers as you might think” - Dave Gelly, Observer
“More than any other British jazz trumpeter, Pearce probably deserves the mantle of heir to Jimmy Deuchar, offering a style that contains a fractured lyricism reminiscent of his forebear...He has a sophisticated command of harmonic improvising, although, as with his self-confessed (and disparate) trumpet heroes - Chet Baker, Art Farmer and Don Cherry - his playing comes across as anything but contrived. Pearce had a lengthy association with Ronnie Scott which lasted from the 1970s until Scott's health forced him to abandon performing in the mid-1990s, and some of his best recorded work can be found on the CD Never Pat A Burning Dog (Jazz House, 1990), where his solos contrast admirably with Scott's more forthright contributions, and contain a heat and urgency never far beneath the cool surface" - Simon Spillett.
Tonight we proudly present the one man institution that is Peter King. In the words of one critic, "the finest alto saxophonist that Britain has ever produced, and one of the finest in the world today" - Dave Gelly. Peter King has been a major influence on the British jazz scene ever since he played, at the age of eighteen, the opening night of the original Ronnie Scott’s in 1959. He’s worked with such legends as Bud Powell, Elvin Jones, Max Roach, Milt Jackson, Lalo Schifrin, George Coleman and the Ray Charles Orchestra. "A wonderful musician, Peter King, of course, is a master of his instrument. People are aware of that here in America as well as in England" - Elvin Jones. "World’s great Altoist...My Man!" - Nat Adderley. "Peter King is one of the best musicians in the world" - Lalo Schifrin.
vibrant and charismatic performer on all 4 saxes from soprano to
baritone, Derek Nash is of course best known as leader and arranger,
since its inception almost 30 years ago, of the award winning ensemble
‘Sax Appeal’. His playing credits include David Sanborn, Mavis Staples,
Eric Clapton, Tom Jones and the late Spike Robinson with whom he
recorded an award winning CD 'Young Lions Old Tigers'.
Etheridge weren’t so brilliant he might be more famous. His versatility
is confusing. What other guitarist could have begun his career as a
member of Soft Machine and the Stephan Grappelli Quintet?” - Dave Gelly,
Observer. John left Grappelli’s group in the early 80s. For the last
twenty years he has pursued a career involving associations with many of
the great players - he has appeared with: Barney Kessel, Herb Ellis,
Dizzy Gillespie, Tony Williams, Yehudi Menuhin, Pat Metheny and Nigel
Kennedy. “I never wanted to be a star, just a highly respected musician
like John Etheridge” - Sting, The Guardian. “One of the best
guitarists in the world” - Pat Metheny.
John Horler is a highly respected pianist and composer who has earned a formidable reputation on the British jazz scene over many years. His credentials as a musician are as impeccable as they are diverse. The route to success was through pub gigs and appearances on BBC’s Jazz Club, funded by work as a successful session musician. As his reputation grew he found himself increasingly supporting American jazz stars such as Bob Brookmeyer, Clark Terry, Zoot Sims, Al Cohn, Art Farmer, Pepper Adams, Bud Shank, and Shorty Rodgers. One of the most memorable of these events was working with Chet Baker for a week at The Canteen in Great Queen Street. He worked closely with Pete King, Tommy Whittle, Tony Coe and the late great Ronnie Ross for many years, playing regularly in their groups and recording with them. For over twenty years he was first pianist to Sir John Dankworth and Dame Cleo Laine. "Musicians know John Horler as one of the finest jazz pianists that Britain has ever produced, but his name is rarely banded about by the fans" - Dave Gelly, The Observer. Saxman Sam Mayne can boast a CV with work credits including Billy Cobham, Amy Winehouse, BBC Big Band & Concert Orchestra, Joe Locke, Victor Bailey, Django Bates, Tim Garland, Stan Tracey, Joe Lovano, Bud Shank, Patti Austin and Gladys Knight.
Stepney born, raised on the Isle of Wight, tenor saxophonist
Mornington Lockett returned to London to attend the Guildhall School of
Music. As a member of the Ronnie Scott Sextet, Mornington worked
extensively in Britain and abroad. He has recorded albums with Ronnie
Scott, guitarist Jim Mullen, drummer Martin Drew, jazz singers Sarah
Jane Morris, Claire Martin and Ian Shaw and the rock band Oasis. In 2001
Mornington and the late Martin Drew formed the group 'Celebrating The
Jazz Couriers', recreating the classic 1950s group which featured Tubby
Hayes and Ronnie Scott. In 2004 the group disbanded, and reformed as the
'New Couriers' taking in the Tubby Hayes Quartet repertoire and also
the compositions of the great British pianist and vibraphone player,
Victor Feldman. "Saxophonist Mornington Lockett must be one of the most
complete masters of the instrument alive today" - Dave Gelly, The
Don Weller was due to appear but is unwell. We wish Don a speedy recovery.
A real favourite of the club, Quentin Collins, born locally in Forest Gate, is an outstanding trumpeter who graduated from the Guildhall School of Music by winning the 'Best Finals' prize. Already with a wealth of experience, he has worked with the likes of Jean Toussaint, Stan Tracey, Norma Winstone, Roy Ayers, John Surman, Roy Hargrove, Tim Garland and Ray Gelato. In 2007 Quentin released his debut solo album "If Not Now, Then When?" on SunlightSquare Records to much critical acclaim. He is now the regular trumpet player for the Kyle Eastwood band, with whom he tours extensively. Quentin's latest CD “Beauty in Quiet Places” where he pairs with sax player Brandon Allen as QCBA, has already attracted rave reviews. "A Trumpeter whose style is a sizzling update of the Morgan/Hubbard approach" - MOJO Magazine.
Tim Whitehead was born in Liverpool, the son of one of the original writers of Dennis the Menace in the Beano. His first public performance was as solo clarinettist in his school orchestra’s rendition of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, conducted by his fellow pupil, the now knighted, Sir Simon Rattle. From this promising musical beginning, Tim decided to follow a career in Law, but was pulled back to music, and more specifically jazz, soon after qualifying. In the 70s he toured with Ian Carr’s Nucleus and Graham Collier Music and won the Young Jazz Musicians of the Year Award with his own band South of the Border in 1977. In the 80’s he was a member of the big band Loose Tubes. In 2009 Tim was the first ever musician Artist in Residence at Tate Britain, to research and compose music in response to the work of JMW Turner. During the residency he wrote 'Colour Beginnings' which was performed at Tate Britain in November 2009 following a series of lecture demonstrations in October.
Guildford born, Chris began playing the violin at the age of 5. At home, his father Michael, the jazz pianist and composer of international renown, taught him jazz tunes, introducing the colours, flavours and rudiments of the great improvising music. He has worked with many artists including Julian Joseph, Dolly Parton and Brian Ferry and made tours of the Far East and Australia with guitarist John Etheridge in a tribute to Stephane Grappelli. Chris has fronted the The Budapest Cafe Orchestra, the gypsy-beat specialists from Harringay, since 2009. His recording ‘Different Strokes’ was called “The outstanding British album of the year” in the Sunday Times. “His violin playing was a stunning display of musicianship, whether lightly dancing, delicately teasing or producing pyrotechnics that scorched the very timbers of the building” - Jazz Journal.
This evening we are privileged to introduce three talented young musicians from the Tomorrow’s Warriors organisation, playing alongside two experienced and accomplished players. A big thank you to our good friend, founder (way back in 1991) and Artistic Director of the Warriors, Gary Crosby OBE, for his assistance in putting tonight’s gig together. Nathaniel Facey is of course known to us all as a very fine performer, composer and a founding member of the award winning and widely acclaimed band Empirical.
As a saxophonist and composer, Mark Lockheart's work often defies categorisation and crosses the boundaries of the jazz, new music and folk worlds. Mark came to prominence in the mid 1980s with the influential and radical big band Loose Tubes, which he toured with throughout the USA and Europe and recorded with until its demise in 1989. In the mid-nineties Mark toured extensively with Django Bates' Delightful Precipice. Subsequent projects include Mark Lockheart's In Deep, Seb Rochford's Polar Bear, Perfect Houseplants, Disassembler and Robert Wyatt’s Soup Songs. Voted ‘Parliamentary Jazz Musician of the Year’ for 2010, Mark's CD 'Days Like These' features seven original compositions played by Mark with the NDR Big Band. In 2013 Mark released ‘Ellington In Anticipation’ a radical reworking of Ellington tunes with an all star line up. The CD had many 4 and 5 star reviews and was MOJO magazine's Jazz Album of 2013.
Woodstock survivor Henry Lowther has had a varied career since the 60’s working with both the Gil Evans and George Russell Orchestras, John Dankworth, Peter King, Kenny Wheeler, Charlie Watts, Loose Tubes and John Surman on the jazz scene, to Manfred Mann, Buzzcocks, John Mayall and Keef Hartley at the legendary Woodstock Festival in August 1969. On the classical side, Henry is an accomplished composer, as well as being a featured member of the London Brass Virtuosi. Pete Hurt has quietly been part of the London jazz scene for almost four decades and has developed one of the most uniquely distinguishable sounds and styles. Apart from his great saxophone playing he has also been recognised for his compositional and arranging skills.
"Simon Spillett is the kind of big toned wailing tenor player that I like. The influences of Tubby Hayes and Johnny Griffin are clearly discernible in his sound, harmonic thinking and in his direct no-nonsense determination in getting things swinging. This refreshing attitude is also in evidence in his composing. He has written a whole raft of catchy hard bop tunes which are great launching pads for the soloist and that never fall into the trap of complexity for complexity's sake. A great player" - Alan Barnes. "Those of us who have heard him...have been left blinking in disbelief. It's not just his mastery of the tenor saxophone, phenomenal though that is, but the absolute conviction of his playing that is so impressive" - Dave Gelly, Sunday Observer. "The world's leading Tubbiologist" - Jack Massarik, Jazzwise.
Nottingham born, Tony Kofi studied at the Berklee College of
Music in Boston. Back in the UK he played with The Jazz Warriors and
Gary Crosby's Nu Troop. His subsequent playing credits include Billy
Higgins, Branford Marsalis, Byron Wallen, Claude Deppa, Donald Byrd,
Lonnie Smith, Eddie Henderson, Jazz Jamaica All Stars and the big bands
of Jean Toussaint and Julian Joseph. Tony's quartet was voted best
ensemble at the 2005 Parliamentary Jazz Awards; their CD ‘Plays Monk -
All Is Know’, was awarded ‘BBC Jazz Line-up Album of the Year 2005’. "If
the parameters, as on Kofi's previous albums, are mostly retro, the
impact of the music is again wholly of today. Kofi deals not so much
with the past as with the eternal truths of jazz music - swing,
in-the-moment lyricism, the lust for life - and he continues to find
compelling ways to express them. His albums are heartfelt, unpretentious
explosions of joy, and precisely what the doctor ordered" - Chris May,
It's time for our annual fix of the world-class Liane Carroll. Born in London and raised in Hastings, where she currently lives with her husband, bassist Roger Carey, East Side favourite Liane has been playing the piano since she was three and performing professionally since the age of fifteen. She has toured and recorded with artists such as Gerry Rafferty, Long John Baldry and Paul McCartney. Liane enjoyed success as double winner in the 2005 BBC Jazz Awards and 'Best female jazz vocalist' at the first Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Awards. Liane went on to pick up the 2008 Parliamentary Jazz Award for 'Musician Of The Year.' Later that year Liane formed an exciting new collaboration with the acclaimed Scottish jazz pianist Brian Kellock, and in November the pair toured throughout Scotland, at which The Herald declared, "This may well be British jazz's greatest double act." In 2009 Liane and her trio went stateside for the first time and performed to rapturous audiences at Dizzy's Jazz Club at the Lincoln Centre and the Rochester Jazz Festival. "No one who hears Liane Carroll in person is likely to forget the experience. It's not just that she's a brilliant pianist and a mesmerising singer, but that, like Stevie Wonder, she seems in some magical way to be made out of music. No recording has managed to capture this quality until now, but this one comes close" - Dave Gelly, The Observer (reviewing Liane's CD 'Up and Down'). "This is a wonderful album by one of our greatest jazz talents so full of quality and diversity. I doubt if there will be a better vocal based recording issued anywhere this year" - Jazz Views (reviewing Liane's latest CD 'Seaside').
Born in Vancouver, Canada 1982, Jay took up the trumpet at 11 years of age. At 15 he became the youngest artist to lead his own band at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival. Keen to develop his career further, Jay moved to London at the age of 17 where he immediately attracted the attention of Gary Crosby who engaged him as a dep for Jazz Jamaica All Stars and Nu Troop. In 2002 Gary offered him a place in the core band of Tomorrow's Warriors. Formerly co-frontman of the much admired band Empirical, Jay is a featured member of Dennis Rollins’ Badbone & Co and has performed with Andrew Hill, Wynton Marsalis, Ray Brown, George Benson and Hugh Masakela.