London Jazz Festival 2014 round-up and the next few months

I had a great time in a busy and varied London Jazz Festival this year: from packed, vibey rooms like the Green Note with Rick Simpson and The Con with Mike Chillingworth (review), to the expansive and luxurious Queen Elizabeth Hall with the Royal Academy of Music Big Band with Nikki Iles (review) and the Yazz Ahmed Family Hafla (review).

The festival also saw the official album launch of the Sam Eagles Quartet debut record, which was held at the Pizza Express Jazz Club (artwork from the gig by Alban Low here). The tour with this band continues with Torfaen Jazz tonight, followed by Leeds, Newcastle, London and Southampton next week. See the gigs page for more information.

The Con Cellar Bar was sold out on Friday last week for Liam Noble and Mike Chillingworth, however Mike’s band has another gig on Monday at the Oxford, so if you didn’t hear it in the jazz festival and you want to see what you’re missing, come down!

Finally, I have some 2015 dates for my own ensembles. The collaborative trio Element, with Rod Oughton and Flo Moore, is playing at the Bull’s Head in January. Also in January, Mosaic is playing at the Oxford. We’ll be playing again in April (EDIT: actually it’s moved to March…) at LUME. Again, details on the gigs page.

London Jazz Festival 2014 gigs

Had a great time last weekend playing with Tim Richards’ Hextet and Troykestra. Tim’s album is now available on Bandcamp, with physical copies to follow next year. Troykestra’s award-winning album is also on Bandcamp.

This year’s London Jazz Festival is now underway, and my participation in it began last night at Oliver’s, with the John Martin Quintet. John’s project,  The Hidden Notes, is “a celebration of the saxophone and all the beautiful sounds that are hidden just beneath the surface.” We’re playing again today, in just a few hours, at the Forge in Camden. If you miss this, we’re also playing at King’s Place in December.

Sunday is the official album launch of Next Beginning, the debut record of the Sam Eagles Quartet. The gig is a double bill at the Pizza Express Jazz Club with Leo Appleyard, who is also launching his album.  This forms part of our tour, and still to come are gigs in Torfaen, Leeds, Newcastle, Brighton and Southampton.

On Tuesday (18/11/14) and Friday (21/11/14) are performances by two bands who both have a focus on through-composed music. Tuesday is Rick Simpson’s Klammer at the Green Note, and Friday is Mike Chillingworth’s Septet at the Con Cellar Bar.

On Saturday 22nd November, I have two gigs in the Queen Elizabeth Hall. The first is with the Royal Academy of Music Big Band, playing with (and the music of) Nikki Iles. There are some great tunes, and arrangements by Nikki and Stan Sulzmann among others. Later that day, I’m playing with Yazz Ahmed in a double bill with Regina Carter. The following day, Yazz’s band is playing again at the Vortex.

Enjoy the festival!