Gigs to come ..

01 July 2022 - Jonah Evans TrioQuartet

“New Kids on the Block” Jonah Evans Quartet have made huge impressions in an alarmingly short period.
Organ-based trio who swing with an expertise belying their tender years. 
Jonah – an unbelievable drummer, period - having been discovered by LCoM’s “Generation Big Band” project (supported by Ronnie Scott’s Charitable Foundation) and graduating LCoM in June ‘21 was quickly snapped-up by RCM for his Masters. Similarly, we grabbed him quick on his vocational return to Leeds. A feast awaits followers of the hyperlink  >>
Stan Brunt - g, Tom O’Brien - keys, Kielan Sheard - db, Jonah Evans - d

** CANCELLED ** - 03 April 2020 -  Joe Webb Trio

Keyboard wizard Joe Webb is a cat on the rise, regularly to be found at Ronnie Scott’s, Kansas Smitty’s & venues across Europe. Little wonder then that Joe has attracted Empirical founding fathers Tom Farmer : db and Shaney Forbes : d to his side giving life to Joe’s hugely impressive compositions. I entreat you to follow the links herein for manifest musical delights - and then come get it “LIVE”

** CANCELLED ** - 01 May 2020 - Dual Space Quartet

Dual Space is a collaborative project between multi instrumentalist Jeremy Platt (Guitar, piano, melodica, voice) and guitarist Martin Chung (guitar and electronics). Focusing on their mutual love of improvisation and strong rhythmic grooves, the duo perform everything from Burt Bacharach tunes to influences from funk and soul. On this occasion they are joined by Clinton McFarlane : b and Geoff Hewitt : d.

** CANCELLED ** - 15 May 2020 - John Law’s Congregation

Promoting forthcoming album CONFIGURATION (Ubuntu Music : 01 May 2020), John Law’s Congregation combine intricate yet strong, highly melodic acoustic instrumental compositions accompanied by subtle, electronic ambient textures, negotiating a path between contemporary jazz, rock and John’s original classical background, to produce highly visual music, almost filmscapes, each in its own particular emotional sound world. 
Bringing together three outstanding young musicians from the world of contemporary jazz, each of them highly skilled in many musical genres. Featuring James Mainwaring, from Mercury Prize jazz winners and European Jazz Competition finalists Roller Trio, playing both saxophone and guitar, and adding occasional subtle electronic textures to the music. Philharmonic Young Composer Ashley John Long is one of the most in-demand young bass players in the UK; alongside his varied work in jazz, from mainstream to freely improvised avant-garde playing, he is also a classical virtuoso, playing in many contemporary and baroque ensembles and is widely known as a contemporary classical composer. Joining the quartet for this tour is the brilliant drummer and bandleader Dave Smith, long-time member of Robert Plant’s group. Dave is one of the most explosive drummers in the UK, working in jazz, rock and improvised music. He has made a special study of West African drumming and brings to the Congregation a wide pallet of contemporary grooves and colours.

John Law : piano, keyboards, electronics
James Mainwaring : saxophones, guitar, electronics
Ashley John Long : bass
Dave Smith : drums 

John Law remains one of the under-recognised giants of British modern jazz/new music piano Downtown Music Gallery, New York

A brilliant new group…a band heading for great things!”  John Fordham, The Guardian

When he records for ECM he’ll become a star!”    Jazzthetik, Germany

** CANCELLED ** - 05 June 2020 - Rob Luft Band

Into an already hectic schedule with Europe’s jazz glitterati occasioned by their unbelievable talents, the Rob Luft Band is in album launch tour mode. Multi-award-winning and now BBC Radio 3 New Generation artist, his debut album, “Riser”, was released to pan-European and US critical acclaim : “a very sophisticated debut, but given Luft’s old-soul achievements since his early teens, we should have heard it coming” (J. Fordham).
Rob Luft - g, Joe Wright - sax, Joe Webb - keys, 
Tom McCredie - b, Corrie Dick - d 

** CANCELLED ** - 03 July 2020 - Shirley Smart Trio

Trailblazing cellist and composer Shirley Smart's debut trio album "Long Story Short" (33

Records) showcases the vast array of Smart's musical influences, drawing on her unique background gained from ten years living in Jerusalem and working with the overlapping worlds of jazz, Arabic, Turkish and North African music, and with artists such as Avishai Cohen, Omer Avital and Yasmin Levy.
Since returning to London, Smart has established herself firmly on both the jazz and world music scenes, working with artists including Neil Cowley, Mulatu Astatke, Robert Mitchell, Misha Mullov-Abaddo, Maciek Pysz and Alice Zawadzki whilst appearing at numerous festivals in the UK and abroad.
Also a keen educator, Shirley has given numerous workshops as well as teaching Jazz and Improvisation for the RCMJD and City University.

Shirley Smart : cello, John Crawford : keys, Demi Garcia Sabat : drums,

Press :

"Shirley Smart can now be considered on of the best improvising cellists in the UK"  The Jazzmann

"...some of the most inventive use of the cello I have heard for some time.." Kind of Jazz

"Smart’s playing is particularly remarkable. She readily demonstrates a wide range of techniques incorporating an understanding of improvisation drawn from a jazz background and her extensive knowledge of Arabic maqam..." Songlines

"A fascinating melting pot of musical influences" World Music Central