Late late show at Ronnie Scott's, and Cheltenham Jazz Festival

Very pleased to announce two exciting gigs – one very soon and one a couple of months away.

The first is with the Artie Zaitz Quartet tomorrow night (Monday 18th March), playing the music of Thelonius Monk at Ronnie Scott’s. As well as Artie on guitar and myself on vibes, the band features Alex Davies on bass and Shane Forbes on drums.

The second is another gig with Troyk-estra. After a very succesful first outing last year, the band is coming together again for a performance at Cheltenham Jazz Festival. You can read more about Troyk-estra, which is a big band based around the trio Troyka, here; and the Financial Times’ review of the debut gig follows:

“The headline set was a one-off collaboration between the edge-and-cut power trio Troyka and the tight-as-a-drum Royal College of Music Big Band – the evening was billed as Troyk-Estra. Now the focus was intricate loops and a serrated jigsaw of interlocking beats. Guitarist Chris Montague and keyboardist Kit Downes conjured bleak, shape-shifting, soundscapes over drummer Joshua Blackmore’s sparse, knowing and cleverly constructed rhythms. Warm-toned brass extended Troyka’s linear aesthetic with sultry veneers, well-placed stabs and their own sharp-edged lines, adding highlight solos for good measure – alto saxophonist James Gardiner-Bateman and Ralph Wyld on vibes the standouts.”

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Cardiff tomorrow night!

A reminder that tomorrow night, Element make our second Cardiff appearance, this time at Cafe Jazz.

The gig is a double bill with the Geoff Simkins quartet, and if you haven’t heard Geoff’s highly creative improvising I strongly recommend you come along and listen.