June 26th FOGO - Rachel Head alto saxophone, Norman Willmore alto saxophone, Tom Newitt tenor saxophone, David Bush tenor, axophone, Frazer McIntosh piano, Ben Manning double bass, Zach Breskal drums maybe for the last time for this great band
June 27th Matt Anderson quartet - Matt Anderson Tenor and Soprano Saxophones, Peter Lee Keyboards, Will Harris Double-Bass, Jay Davis Drums and Cymbals http://www.matt-anderson.org.uk
July 3rd RWCMD showcase - Set 1 - Rachel Head Sextet. Rachel (alto sax) leads this group playing original music and arrangements with Tom Newitt (tenor sax) John Close (guitar) Frazer McIntosh (piano) Aeddan Williams (bass) and Zach Breskal (drums). Expect contemporary sounds inspired by Shai Maestro, Aaron Parks and more.
Set 2 - BMus 5 Quintet. The exciting return of graduates Megan Thomas (voice) Ayo Vincent (piano) Freddie Willetts (guitar) Matt Griffiths (drums) and Aeddan Williams (bass). Come and see what this group have been up to since graduating last year!
July 4th Group Listening - Paul Jones on Piano with Steve Black, clarinet with a collection of ambient works - from the likes of Brian Eno, Arthur Russell, Roedelius and Robert Wyatt https://grouplistening.bandcamp.com/album/clarinet-piano-selected-works-vol-1
Monday July 9th Pedro Baião’s D'Alma - playing some Brazilian music as well as some swing
July 10th The return of the RedOrDead midweek five-a-siders - “A jazz fan turns fifty-three and dreams: it is 1959, Miles Davis records Kind of Blue and Bill Shankly becomes manager of Liverpool Football Club. In the nineteen-sixties, the jazz fan is born, just as Liverpool finally win the F.A. Cup and Davis signs Wayne Shorter from the Jazz Messengers to complete the lineup of his new quintet. In a couple of years’ time, Shankly too will have to rebuild his team… When the seventies arrive, the boy turns five and enters school: both Davis and Shankly are at the peak of their powers and enjoying renewed success. And then, both men suddenly and inexplicably retire. Only Miles will come back – but by then, it is the eighties… James Clark (piano) is Kevin Keegan, the captain of the RedOrDead midweek five-a-siders, whose quick-passing exploration of the imagined and anachronistic influence of David Bowie, ABBA and Roy Harper upon the music of Miles Davis, carries supporters through a decade that stretches from the launch of Sputnik to the Moon landings, from Kind of Blue to In a Silent Way, and onwards into the barely imaginable stramash of popular music, children’s colour television and pitch invasions which was the nineteen-seventies.”
July 11th Joe Northwood’s Banshee Improvisation - expect the unexpected https://echomusicecho.com
July 17th Kumar Chopra - 1st set : Chopra/Heaton Duo, Long standing duo featuring Josh Heaton (Tenor Sax) and Kumar Chopra (Guitar) bring you some original compositions, some of their favourite tunes as well as some improvised music 2nd Set: The Ardvarks The duo will then be joined by Olive Grinter (vocals) and Alex Burch (percussion) to form the 'Ardvarks. This is a newly formed band that will be playing original songs and folk tunes