|4th April |
Roger Beaujolais Quartet
Vibist and composer Roger Beaujolais regularly alternates between jazz, salsa and R&B. Back in the 1980s Roger was a founder member of the Chevalier Brothers and his more recent band Vibraphonic was one of the original and most successful acid jazz band. Over the years Roger has performed with the groups of Tony Remy, Tim Richards, Tommaso Starace and Jerry Dammers Spatial A.K.A Orchestra, whilst away from the jazz scene he has worked with artists as diverse as Robert Plant, Paul Weller and Kirsty MacColl. The repertoire for this concert will include a selection from Roger’s soon to be released CD ‘Mind the Gap’.
Roger Beaujolais – vibes, Craig Milverton – piano, Simon Thorpe – double bass, Coach York – drums.
Mingus Profiles Sextet
Formed in 2011 by Chris Biscoe, in response to a request by Ray Davies of the Kinks and curator of the Southbank Meltdown Festival, for a band to play Mingus material at the festival, the sextet concentrates on Charles Mingus’s musical portraits of friends, lovers, political enemies, musicians and one cat. All of the septet’s material is taken from the Mingus songbook and a selection can be heard on the CD recording by Chris released on the Trio Records label in 2010, which received high praise and was shortlisted for CD of the year by several critics, including John Fordham and Alyn Shipton. To quote Chris Biscoe ‘Mingus Ah Um was the first Mingus record I heard, the first I bought, and remains my favourite for the amazing variety of inspiring solos and arrangements it incorporates. It is inevitable that music featured on this record should be at the core of the band’s repertoire.’
Chris Biscoe – alto sax & alto clarinet, Tony Kofi – alto & tenor sax, Henry Lowther – trumpet & flugelhorn, Kate Williams – piano, Larry Bartley – double bass, Stu Butterfield – drums.
Derek Nash Acoustic Quartet
Recent past appearances here at Watermill Jazz by Derek Nash, a member of Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, have seen high energy performances by Derek’s 8-piece Sax Appeal as well the big band version of Sax Appeal. This concert will include music from his acoustic quartet’s latest CD “Joyriding”. Full of lyrical melodies and infectious rhythms, with a nod to Derek’s jazz roots - from Blue Note to Bossa to Mulliganesque counterpoint -the recording was winner in the Best CD category in the 2012 British Jazz Awards. As well as new compositions by Derek, the CD features three numbers co-composed by Derek with his father Pat Nash, arranger for over 35 years with the BBC Northern Dance Orchestra.
Derek Nash – alto sax, Dave Newton – piano, Geoff Gascoyne – double bass, Sebastiaan de Krom – drums.
Pekka Pylkkanen Superior 4
Finnish saxophonist Pekka Pylkkanen played with his quintet played at London’s Ronnie Scott’s in November last year to critical acclaim. For this concert Pekka is joined by the Mercury award nominated pianist Kit Downes and Ireland’s Ronan Guilfoyle, regarded as one of the foremost masters of the acoustic bass guitar. A graduate of the Siblieus Academy in Helsinki and also Rotterdam’s Conservatory, Pekka has subsequently toured extensively worldwide as a leader and soloist. Whilst as a sideman, those he has worked with include Vince Mendoza, Joe Henderson, McCoy Tyner and Dave Liebman.
In a change to the printed flyer Conor Guilfoyle will be the drummer.
Pekka Pylkkanen – alto & soprano sax, Kit Downes – piano, Ronan Guilfoyle – acoustic bass guitar, Conor Guilfoyle – drums.