Named after a Freddie Hubbard tune they played during their first performance, Skydive were brought together for the Chatham Jazz Festival as an all star band. Run as a cooperative, the quintet’s musical roots stem from mid1960s Hubbard and Hancock, through Brazilian music of the 1970s, and into their own contemporary compositions. Rowland Sutherland making a first time appearance at the club, has worked with Courtney Pine, Zoe Rahman, George Benson and is equally at home in the field of classical, music. Geoff Mason is currently with Ronnie Scott’s Big Band, whilst Jonathan Gee has recently been working with Pharoah Saunders and Cleveland Watkiss. Larry Bartley and the popular Winston Clifford complete the quintet line-up.
Rowland Sutherland – flute, Geoff Mason – trombone, Jonathan Gee – piano, Larry Bartley – double bass, Winston Clifford – drums.
Magnus Öström Quartet
Magnus and his band will be playing music from their new album Searching for Jupiter on the ACT label. Jupiter was the Roman King of the Gods and was invoked when fate had unexpectedly intervened in your life. So it was with the Swedish drummer Magnus Öström, who was dealt a stroke of fate almost five years ago when his close friend, the pianist Esbjörn Svensson, was killed in an accident. They had revolutionised the jazz world since 1993 with e.s.t. - the Esbjörn Svensson Trio. It took two years for Öström to find his way back to music after that tragic event. We are delighted to welcome Magnus and his quartet to the intimate setting here at Watermill Jazz, as part of an exclusive UK tour, one of only three appearances in the UK, the other concerts taking place at the Aberdeen Jazz festival and London’s King’s Place.
Andreas Hourdakis – guitar, Daniel Karlsson – piano, Thobias Gabrielsson – bass guitar, Magnus Öström – drums.
Watermill Jazz 20th Anniversary Concert
Sax Appeal- premiere of The Phoenix Suite by Derek Nash
Derek Nash, a member of Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, brings his eight piece ensemble for this our 20th anniversary concert. The suite was commissioned by Watermill Jazz and celebrates the 20 year history of the club through classic big-band swing, lyrical ballads, Latin and Cuban rhythms and funk grooves, reflecting influences as diverse as Count Basie, Gil Evans and Weather Report. A special evening not to be missed!
Derek Nash, Bob McKay, Scott Garland, Brandon Allen, Simon Allen – saxes, Pete Adams – piano, Phil Scragg – bass guitar, Mike Bradley – drums.
Sarah Jane Morris and Antonio Forcione
Sarah Jane Morris straddles jazz, rock, blues and soul with a goosebump-raising four octave range. She is well known for her association with the ‘Communards’ in the mid-1980s and infamous for a banned rendition of the classic ‘Me and Mrs Jones!. Hailed as the 'Jimi Hendrix of the acoustic guitar', award-winning Antonoi Forcione is one of the most charismatic and inventive performers to come out of Europe in recent years, enrapturing Watermill Jazz last time he visited the club with Brandon Allen. He breaks the mould of most conventional guitar sounds, be it in the field of jazz, Spanish, African or Brazilian music.
Sarah Jane Morris – vocals, Antonio Forcione – guitar.