The Verdict
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Jazz programme November 2016

Friday 4th  £15/12  BOOK ONLINE

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New York winners: Jon Irabagon, George Colligan, Michael Janisch
Andrew Bain’s Embodied Hope Quartet
Jon Irabagon (saxes

Winner of the 2008 Thelonious Monk Saxophone Competition, Jon Irabagon has topped Downbeat Critics' 'Rising Star' poll for both alto and tenor, is one of Time Out New York's "25 Jazz Icons", and was the NYC Jazz Record's Musician of the Year 2012.  He plays regularly with Barry Altschul and Dave Douglas and runs his own record label Irabbagast. "Jon is a subverter of the jazz form, a revolutionary  secretly messing with the changes… There are few players who can so deftly stride from postbop to free improvisation, from avant country to doom metal, and from chaotic collage to sleek fluency." - Martin Longley NYCJ Record

George Colligan (piano

Winner of the US JazzConnect competition, George Colligan is a pianist, organist, drummer, trumpeter, teacher, bandleader, and one of the most original and compelling artists of his generation. He has worked with Cassandra Wilson, Don Byron, Lonnie Plaxico, Gary Bartz, Benny Golson, Tom Harrell, Ravi Coltrane, Lenny White, Sheila Jordan, Christian McBride, Billy Hart, Lee Konitz, and both the Breckers. He has released 24 recordings, his latest with Jack DeJohnette. "As a creative artist, he's really up there… he stole the set with a display of technique that inspired a standing ovation."- Jazz Times

Andrew Bain (drums)

Born in Edinburgh, Andrew began playing drums aged twelve, progressing to both the classical and jazz Scottish Youth Orchestras, of which he is now co-director. He made several recordings, toured Europe and played at the Royal Albert Hall, moving to London in 1997 to study at the Guildhall. He has performed with Evelyn Glennie, Gil Evans, Kenny Wheeler, Wynton Marsalis, Randy Brecker, Dave Liebman and Billy Cobham, and in 2000/1 his group played at Montreux, he won the BBC's Big Band Drummer award and then emigrated to the Manhattan School of Music. He presently commutes between Birmingham UK and New York, where he co-leads the band Confluence.  "A true standout" - Peter Erskine

Michael Janisch (bass)
Verdict regulars will need no introduction to phenomenal US/UK bassist/composer/bandleader Michael Janisch, who is also the founder/boss of Whirlwind Recordings, and whose presence is the anchor and guarantee of a very special evening.

Thursday 10th  £10/5  BOOK ONLINE
“her music has a universality that invites everyone” AllAboutJazz
Julie Sassoon Quartet
Julie Sassoon (piano, compositions) Lothar Olmeier (soprano sax, bass clarinet) Meinrad Kneer (bass) Rudi Fischerlehner (drums)

Reviews of Julie's solo CD Land of Shadows

"an unclassifiable venture... Sassoon consistently makes the piano, her voice and her deepest emotions sound awesomely and naturally inseparable." **** John Fordham, Guardian

"Land of Shadows is a wonderfully rich and beautiful record. It's also a very brave one that succeeds in taking its message beyond the personal into areas both more spiritual and profound… Simply spellbinding." ***** Duncan Heining, AllAboutJazz

"Keith Jarrett is an artist with whom Sassoon shares a language and tradition. This might be thought of as her 'Köln Concert' and deserves the same kind of recognition and adulation." - Mike Butler, Dyverse Music

Friday 11th  £13/9  BOOK ONLINE
brilliant young trumpeter’s Verdict debut
Jay Phelps Quartet
Jay Phelps (trumpet, flugelhorn) Rick Simpson (piano) Mark Lewandowski (bass) Jon Scott (drums) 

Vancouver-born Phelps was tutored by the city’s top trumpeters, achieving an instantly recognisable warm and projecting tone, and becoming the youngest bandleader in its jazz festival’s history.  Citing Louis Armstrong, Fats Navarro, Clifford Brown and Miles Davis as his early influences, in 1999 he moved to London, was invited by Gary Crosby to join Jazz Jamaica and went on to co-lead the UK sensation Empirical. He has performed with Andrew Hill, Wynton Marsalis, Ray Brown, John Hendricks, George Benson, Jamie Cullum, John Dankworth, Dennis Rollins, Jean Toussaint, Guy Barker, Amy Winehouse, Courtney Pine, Charlotte Church, Hugh Masekela and Soweto Kinch, and he featured in the band in Stephen Poliakoff's Dancing on The Edge for BBC TV, 2013. Besides appearances at Ronnie Scott's, he tours internationally with his own bandsProjections of Miles and Jay's Jitter Jive.  Currently, with trombonist/producer Courtney Brown he has formed NBOC, a group pushing the boundaries of hip-hop, and he is also recording his second solo album, due for release in 2017.

Friday 18th  £15/12  BOOK ONLINE
“visceral energy... the new British supergroup” -  AllAboutJazz
Laura Jurd’s Dinosaur
Laura Jurd (trumpet) Elliot Galvin (piano, keyboards) Conor Chaplin (bass) Corrie Dick (drums)

Reviews of Dinosaur's CD Together As One:

"Imagine the impressionistic electric-jazz moodiness and glistening keyboard textures of Miles Davis's In A Silent Way seamlessly wrapped around Celtic folk melodies, Django Batesian idiom-swaps, and interwoven with American, Scottish and north African drumming - and you might have a feel for this superb set from Laura Jurd." Guardian *****

"Dinosaur is a new British jazz supergroup… this surely ranks as one of the best debut albums for years, a remarkable fusion of thoughtful compositions, skilful musicianship and visceral energy." AllAboutJazz

"A powerful and bold album... I think Laura's developed a unique style of her own… Such a great record! Pretty much punk rock by jazz standards! This band are going to be huge! Apparently there's a jazz revival going on!" BBC radio

"Yeah, right, but whatever you do, and whatever it is, don't miss this" – Ed.

Wednesday 23rd  £16/12  BOOK ONLINE
rare club appearance of premier pianist
Jason Rebello Trio
Jason Rebello (piano) Yuri Goloubev (bass) Asaf Sirkis (drums)

Classically trained but inspired by Herbie Hancock, Jason Rebello first came to the attention of Wayne Shorter in the early 1990s and was signed to BMG records on a three-album deal, becoming one of the leaders of the jazz resurgence of that period. He produced a further two albums by the end of the decade and toured internationally with his own band before being invited by Sting, with whom he played for six years. For another six years he partnered Jeff Beck, and also worked with Chaka Khan, Mica Paris, Carleen Anderson, Phil Collins and Peter Gabriel.
The Russian virtuoso Yuri Goloubev was principal bassist with the Bolshoi Opera, then with the world-famous Moscow Soloists, before switching to a jazz career some ten years ago. He was the youngest bass player to be awarded “Honoured Artist of Russia” and has made countless recordings in the UK and Europe, over twenty of them with tonight’s spectacular Israeli drummer Asaf Sirkis who, like Yuri, has now achieved an international reputation. Both are superb composers and educators.

Friday 25th  £10/5  BOOK ONLINE 
New Generation Jazz presents
Vels Trio
Jack Stephenson-Oliver (keyboards) Cameron Dawson (bass guitar) Dougal Taylor (drums)

Three young experimental jazz musicians born out of collective obsession, emotion and improvisation to sculpt contagiously frenetic ‘Future Jazz’ compositions. Channelling ingrained deep grooves, progressive soundscapes and contemporary hip hop productions, Vels Trio synthesise their mutual passions to challenge the psyche of not only the seasoned jazzer, but also the ever-growing ‘generation now’ of curious, broadminded and savvy music lovers. They're proud to namecheck influences as diverse as Soft Machine, Caravan, Robert Glasper, Thundercat, The Doors, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and the Austin Peralta Trio, amongst many others.

Wednesday 30th  £tba INFOLINK
SafeHouse presents
Inner Space Music
Loz Speyer (trumpet, flugelhorn) Chris Biscoe (alto sax, alto clarinet)
Rachel Musson (tenor sax, soprano sax) Olie Brice (double bass)
Gary Willcox (drums)

Inner Space Music plays jazz with a rare warmth and immediacy, enriched by deep affinities with the likes of Ellington, Mingus, Ornette and beyond… The compositions combine rhythmic changes with subliminal references that synthesize trad, bebop, straight-ahead and free jazz. The music has a fiercely interactive energy and a deep sense of fun, all the stronger following the band’s recent nationwide tour, and latest recording for release on Leo Records. A unique combination of distinctive individual musicians, not to be missed!