Tuesday 20th November RWCMD Students Show case- 1st Set - Paul Helliwell Group - Paul (sax), Rachel Head (sax), Nathan Steel (guitar) Michael Blanchfield (piano) and Alex Burch (drums). Exploring a set of originals based on the music of Mammal Hands, Corrie Dick and The Ezra Collective 2nd Set - Hivemind - Coren Sithers (t sax), Alex Lockheart (guitar), Michael Blanchfield (keys), Ben Manning (bass) and Eddie Jones-West (drums). Music heavily inspired by Ambrose Akinmusire and Vijay Iyer, based around contemporary feels and dark harmony.
Wednesday 21st November Afuriko - Jim Funnell (piano/composer) Akiko Horii (percussion). - Following an appearance at the London Jazz Festival this great duo come to us. The African infused jazz duo from Queens are on a short UK tour for the first time since they made New York City their home. Check out www.afuriko.com
Tuesday 27th November Williams and Thorne Double Bass Duo - These two friends,and outstanding bassists, will be exploring modern music and pushing the boundaries of the double bass. Expect plenty of improvising, textures and perhaps some electronic interference. Aidan Thorne (bass), Huw V Williams (bass).
Wednesday 28th November Fini Bearman/Huw Warren Duo - Fini Bearman is a London based singer, songwriter and composer gets together with maestro pianist and composer Huw Warren to bring a unique performance to the Flute and Tankard. She is wonderful check her out at www.finibearman.com
Tuesday 4th December Raving Hush - Dave Bush (sax),Coren Sithers (t sax), Frazer McIntosh(piano),Eddie Jones West (drums) and Ben Manning (bass) Play new original compositions.
Wednesday 5th December RWCMD Showcase - 1st Set: Alex Goodyear Trio Michael Blanchfield - Piano Ben Manning - Bass Alex Goodyear - Drums Playing a set of original compositions that explore the condition of 'sleep paralysis'. 2nd Set: Quatuör Thom Voyce - Trumpet Daniel Newberry - Bass Clarinet and Tenor Sax Luke Adams - Guitar Alex Goodyear - Drums Music inspired by the works of Messiaen and Barry Guy.
Tuesday 11th December Helena Kay's KIM Trio - led by Helen (sax) (Young Scottish Jazz Musican of the year 2015, Peter Whittingham Award 2017) Ferg Ireland (Kansas Smittys) on double bass and David Ingamells (Yamaha Jazz Scholarship 2013) Playing a varied mixture of Helean's originals and tunes from the jazz canon.
Wednesday 12th December Joe Northwood - Brings his great band to give you their version of John Coltrane's Music