|September to October 2007|
Todd Gordon Band
Pete Oxley’s Curious Paradise
Richie Barshay’s Round Table
Gilad Atzmon Quartet
John Horler Quartet
Byron Wallen trio with special guest Julian Siegel
review of the new recording stated :
Collins - trumpet
CD : If Not Now – Then When
(Cadiz - SUNCD002)
(Friday 14th September 2007)
Gordon is on his second career. Having done well as a computer consultant
he became dissatisfied and decided to develop his singing talent, especially
his interpretations of the Sinatra style. By 2001 he had graduated from
Karaoke to Henry’s Cellar bar in Edinburgh. His easy personality
and impeccable crooner’s sound soon took him into great company
and by 2003 he was opening for Dionne Warwick’s concert tour of
the UK. He is now broadening his approach beyond the Sinatra repertoire
to the full range of the American Songbook.
new CD – Ballads from the Midnight Hotel – is sensual, thoughtful
and beautifully crafted. An immaculate choice of songs sung with intelligence
and conviction… this is the Todd Gordon I’ve been waiting
for”. - (Claire Martin, BBC Jazz Line-Up)
Oxley’s Curious Paradise
(Friday 21st september 2007)
This is the third incarnation of 'Curious Paradise' and Pete describes the current lineup as his “dream team”. It will be particularly good to welcome Julian Nicholas back to Wakefield after far too long an absence, but look out for the virtuosic playing of Phil Peskett. As always, the band is a showcase for Pete’s own compositions and his album title hits the nail on the head by suggesting that only an English writer could have produced the tunes. Very melodic and in a variety of styles - there is always an interesting twist to his writing and plenty for the improviser to get to grips with.
"Delightful, truly extraordinary music. Drawing from folk melodies and a clear understanding of South American idioms, CURIOUS PARADISE has successfully melded an underlying Englishness with the heat and passion that one normally associates with Brazilian music." - (Daryl Johnson in a New York review).
Oxley - acoustic, electric and synth. guitars
Barshay’s Round Table
(Friday 28th September 2007)
Richie Barshay has been Herbie Hancock’s
drummer for three years and recently toured with Kenny Werner. He moved
from Boston to New York to be where the action is and is now carving a
niche with his own band.
Barshay - drums
(Friday 5th October 2007)
Ben Crosland has been a good friend of
Jazz in West Yorkshire for years and has a knack of persuading stars from
the National Scene to play with him and interpret his music.
“As this CD shows, the players pull off the difficult trick of balancing relaxation and intensity – such a vital ingredient of successful small- group jazz. So Waterman unleashes one of his most powerful solos on Crosland’s ‘The Road Ahead’, without disturbing the basically pensive mood, while Steve Lodder’s solos are similarly fluent and full of ideas, yet slotting right into the groove.” (Dave Gelly - Observer)
concert is supported by the Arts Council’s Musicians in Residence
(Friday 12th October 2007)
Fresh from the successes of his performances
as Artie Fishel and the Promised Band, Gilad now returns to the relative
sanity of a normal appearance.
“…a master of dynamics and the slow-build, mixing lyricism with hoarse, Coltranesque squalls, a combination for which he would have a formidable international reputation as a soloist alone. But his self-appointed mission to restore to jazz a cultural-political clout it had in the first bop era and in the free-jazz of the 1960s makes him something considerably bigger.” - (John Fordham, The Guardian)
Atzmon - saxophones and clarinet
CD : Artie Fishel and the Promised Band
(Friday 19th October 2007)
For some time, John’s highest profile gig has been with 'Acoustic Triangle' but he was John Dankworth and Cleo Lane’s pianist for years. He has played with almost everyone of his generation on the UK scene and is highly sought after to accompany singers. Here he has the opportunity to stretch out into his own sophisticated music with a rhythm section of the highest quality.
Horler's playing is sparkling throughout, inventive, fluent and full of ideas - but never overpowering. His touch at the keyboard is always assured and there is a real beauty and delicacy in his handling of the more reflective material. (Ian Mann reviewing the CD - The Key to it All)
Horler - piano
CD : The Modern Jazz Trio - 'The Key To It All' (Diving Duck Records:
Wallen trio with special guest Julian Siegel
(Friday 26th October 2007)
When Rosario Giuliani pulled his tour out of its UK leg we were very lucky to get this unusual band at short notice.
Contemporary British Jazz at its finest – played by experienced and expert exponents.
2007 MOBO (best Jazz) nominated Wallen was in the
trumpet section of Guy Barker's big band when they visited Wakefield last
May and has secured a huge reputation as a composer as well as a player.
He plays piano and flute too. Julian is this year's BBC Jazz Awards 'Best
Byron Wallen - trumpet