AUGUST 2018
Josephine Davies New Quartet

The Shetland-born saxophonist and composer Josephine Davies is currently immersed in a diverse mixture of projects, including a music and poetry collaboration with vocalist Brigitte Beraha, a South African flavoured sextet with Adam Glasser, Pete Hurt’s award winning jazz orchestra, and her own trio ‘Satori’ with drummer James Maddren and bassist Dave Whitford. Profoundly influenced by the late, great tenorist Bobby Wellins, Josephine plays and composes with a similar sensitivity and melodic focus, and has drawn together a hugely dynamic and creative rhythm section to form her new quartet. This evening’s performance will be a mixture of original pieces and interpretations of well-loved standards by Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane.
Tickets £19/£14*

Tom Farmer Quartet

The Tom Farmer Quartet are also known as UK supergroup Empirical. In their incarnation as the Tom Farmer Quartet they are deliberately blurring influences. Their compositional inspiration varies wildly - from the cosmos to pony trekking! and their pieces are vehicles for intensive ensemble improvisation, rooted in the African-American Jazz tradition of the mid 60's. Tonight, the quartet will be playing new music that they developed at the Cheltenham jazz festival.
Tickets £20/£15*

The Buck Clayton Legacy Band

Duke Ellington is principally known for his big band compositions and performances, but he was also a master of small group jazz. To commemorate his work in this field, the Buck Clayton Legacy Band, already hailed for its "exhilarating sound" by the Observer critic Dave Gelly, presents a programme of Ducal music including a new arrangement of the Newport Suite from 1956. The band revisits early classics such as ‘Rockin’ In Rhythm’ and ‘Creole Love Call’, and delves into the small groups that featured Johnny Hodges and other members of the band on pieces such as ‘The Jeep Is Jumpin'. Back in 1934 Duke and his band presided over Buck Clayton's wedding in Hollywood, with Duke as best man, cementing a lifelong friendship between Buck and Duke, and the band will also feature the music that Duke played as a guest with Buck's All Stars.
Tickets £22/£17*


Quintet-a-Tete are an exciting new group from London, co-led by trumpeter James Davison and valve trombonist Callum Au. Inspired by the music of the classic 1960s Clark Terry/Bob Brookmeyer Quintet, the band plays a selection of hard-swinging originals, covers of some of the best of the Terry/Brookmeyer tunes, and well-known standards which have been composed, arranged and transcribed specially for the ensemble by James, Callum, and Dutch trumpeter Koen Smit. Alongside the frontline is a superb rhythm section including bassist Misha Mullov-Abbado, a BBC Radio 3 Young Generation Artist. Expect an evening of joyous, soulful, swinging music, at which you can’t help but smile!
Tickets £20/£15*