Wednesday 31st October Rachel Head 6tet - Rachel (alto sax) leads this sextet, playing original music and arrangements inspired equally by jazz, classical and folk music. Featuring Greg Sterland (tenor sax) John Close (guitar) Frazer McIntosh (piano) Aeddan Williams (bass) and Paolo Adamo (drums)
Tuesday 6th November Norman Wilmore Quartet - Norman on alto sax, Christos Stylianides on trumpet, Sam Ingvorsen on Bass and Felix Ambach on Drums. The quartet will be playing quirky repetoire from all across the history of jazz with a focus on great melodies. Expect interesting arrangements of everything from pre-war classics to Ornette Coleman
Wednesday 7th November RWCMD Students Showcase - 2 bands Set 1 Yasmin Browne Quintet - The quintet's debut performance, exploring a variety of genres and styles Yesmin Browne (vocals), Thom Voyce (trumpet), John Close (guitar), Ben Manning (bass) and Alex Goodyear (drums) Set 2 Ben Manning Trio #1 - Playing an eclectic mix of music, to show a snapshot of the things Ben has discovered over his years at the RWCMD. Who knows where this on might go! It is bound to be exciting Michael Blanchfield (keys), Ben Manning (bass) and Eddie Jones-West (drums)
Tuesday 13th November Steps Ahead - Tomos Williams (trumpet) joins forces with young tenor sax player Adam Nolan, from Dublin, creating a Welsh/Irish Quintet to play the music of Jazz legend Miles Davis. Tomos Williams (trumpet), Adam Nolan (sax), Dave Jones (piano), Aidan Thorne(d/bass) and Mark O'Connor (drums)
Wednesday 14th November Joe Northwood Presents Banshee - This is a great opportunity to come and play with a great Trio. The floor is open to all, no organisation just get up and play when you want to join in. This is improvisation on a scale that we hope you will enjoy.
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