Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Juan Maria Solares & Selma Hande Gade – Four hands piano

Juan Maria Solare
Selma Hande Gade

Date - 18th September 2017
Venue - The Church of St Martin within Ludgate, London

Current Album
Juan Maria Solare -  Sn: Electronic Miniatures (Janus Music & Sound)

Future Performance
31 OCT 2017 - Universität Bremen
1 NOV 2017 - Bremen, Johanniterhaus, Seiffertstr. 95, Bremen
2 NOV 2017 - Kulturkirche St. Stephani Bremen. Stephanikirchhof 8,
28195 Bremen

Face in the crowd
Piano from Lands of Passion
Selma and Juan play music from their natives cultures: Argentina (traditional tango, Astor Piazzolla) and Turkey (Fazil Say), plus Enrique Granados (from Spain).

Astor Piazzolla: Chiquilín de Bachín
Juan María Solare: Tengo un tango
Juan María Solare: Vendetta
Horacio Salgán: La llamo silbando
Fazil Say: Wintermorgen in Istanbul (Opus 51b)
Enrique Granados: Andaluza
Astor Piazzolla: Calambre
Juan María Solare: Reencuentro
Gerardo Matos Rodríguez: La Cumparsita
Saúl Cosentino: Tangomanía
Astor Piazzolla: Libertango
Face in the crowd - Bill Mudge

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Josh Wheatley - Shiver - Half Moon Putney

Josh Wheatley
Josh Wheatley

Date - 11th September 2017
Venue - Half Moon, Putney
Latest Single - Shiver 

A singer-songwriter from Nottingham, writing striking alternative pop.

Having already caught the attention of Janice Long at Radio 2 and a host of producers lining up to work with Josh. This brooding musician is writing with a knowing empathy, rarely found in someone so young.

His influences are cited as being locked firmly around artists like Dan Croll, Death Cab For Cutie, Haim and David Gray....

One Man Plan - Ben Hills

One Man Plan
Ben Hills

Date - 11th September 2017
Venue - Half Moon, Putney Current release - New EP 'Become' released 11/11/2017

Acoustic Soul with roots in the West Country and growing in London, Ben Hills is OneManPlan.
Smooth vocal tones, percussive guitar & songs from the heart.

Ukebox - Half Moon Putney

James - Ukulele/Vocalele
Danny - Ukulele/Vocalele
Mikey - Banjolele/Vocals
Scott - Kazookelele/Vocals
Steve - U-Bass/Vocals

Date - 11th September 2017
Venue - Half Moon, Putney
Current release - Ukebox CD Volume 2

Future Performance
11th November 2017 - Matt & Phred's, Manchester

Ukebox formed in 2012 essentially for a joke at an open mic night at a Liverpool University which all five members happened to be attending. To the surprise of... these five four-string champions, they proved an instant hit, and spent the next six months honing their craft at open mic nights around Liverpool before exploding onto the local music scene with the force of an atom bomb, showering other performers with brightly-coloured radioactive ukulele debris. This came together in 2013, when the lads won local talent competition and performed at Aintree Racetrack for the famous 'Ladies Day' of the Grand National, and then went on to play to the biggest crowd yet at the main stage for a festival in Liverpool, and then again at an even bigger one of around 40,000 people at Goodison Park football stadium in February 2014. Since then they have been perfecting their craft to result in the polished performances you see today, winning over audiences around the world. Fresh from a show at The London Palladium they are taking entertainment to new heights. Whether honing their craft in their secret 'ukule-lairs' in Liverpool, driving to shows in the legendary 'ukemobile' or winning over hoards of new followers at one of their explosive shows, the only way from here is up!

Friday, 18 August 2017

Kansas Smitty's House Band - Party Party Party

Kansas Smitty's House Band
Adrian Cox - clarinet
Giacomo Smith - alto sax
Joe Webb - piano
David Archer - guitar
Ferg Ireland - bass
drums (?)

Date - 16th August 2017
Venue - Kansas Smitty's
Current release - PARTY PARTY PARTY

Future Performance
August 20th- Snape Maltings Proms
September 15th/16th- The Goodlife Experience
October 20th/21st- Guildford Jazz Festival
November 17th/18th- Shoreditch Town Hall

Leave all your preconceptions at the door this is Kansas Smitty's House Band. Since their last studio album, the band have headlined and sold out shows at Ronnie Scott's, the Jazz Cafe, and the Shoreditch Town Hall and became proprietors of their own bar.

Kansas Smitty’s House Band’s music is not without influence. Imagine a head-on collision of the sonic worlds of Louis Armstrong, Charles Mingus, Curtis Mayfield, Brad Mehldau, and Willie Nelson. Don't get ideas though, this sour mash of jazz genres is steeped to perfection, making the the KSHB's music very much their own.

‘Party Party Party’ is the next track to be taken from the band’s forthcoming new album ‘Movin On’ due later this year and is an infectious summer anthem-in-waiting. Opening with raucous crowd noise and with a gang crowd vocal main hook, the track sums up the band’s incredible flair and taste for live performance with a tropical feel that invites a vibin’ party atmosphere that could potentially be heralded as an instrumental on par with Average White Band’s ‘Pick Up The Pieces’.
Kansas Smitty’s House Band loves company and has inducted a host of performers into their scene down at their East End London bar. The band features leader Giacomo Smith with the KSHB steadfast lineup of Pete Horsfall, Adrian Cox, Theon Cross, Pedro Segundo, Joe Webb, Ferg Ireland and Dave Archer while the shortlist of internationally recognised musicians who've been down to the bar to play or just to dig what the KSHB do include: Louis Cole, Nitin Sawhney, Kit Downes, Nick Mulvey, Laura Marling, Beth Rowley, Michael Janisch, and Shingai Shoniwa to name a few.
The eclecticism in the KSHB's sound is rooted in this diverse buzz around Smitty's Bar. It's the constant flow of people through their home that makes collaborating with artists ranging from Curtis Stigers to Kitty, Daisy And Lewis easy for the band to flit to and from. 

Smitty's have also taken the show on the road. When they can, the band likes to bring their bar along with them. Takeovers at the Peckham Liberal Club, Stamford Works, The Vault Festival, four nights at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival and for an entire month at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival - where they programmed a series of concerts in their pop-up venue featuring Sons of Kemet, Swindle and Ska-legends Bad Manners alongside themselves.

The band continue their exciting touring schedule following a main stage shows at Love Supreme and Cornbury Festival with appearances at Boomtown, Goodlife Experience and a return to Shoreditch Town hall as part of London Jazz Festival.

Friday, 7 July 2017

Poetry on a Summer's Afternoon

Benjamin Cusden
Poets Anonymous

Date - 2nd July 2017
Venue - The Bandstand, Wandle Park, Croydon CR0 4XT

Future performance
7th July 2017 - Poets Anonymous at Ruskin House
8th July 2017 - Poets Anonymous at the URC, East Croydon United Reform Church

On one of the most perfectly light and dazzling Summer days of 2017 a group of poets gathered in the Victorian Bandstand in Wandle Park. Each poet read 3 or 4 poems, with a range of styles and rhythms. The poems darted between themes, those that caught the ear were entertaining, perceptive, political, humorous, vengeful and proud, to name just a few. Each passing stranger dipped in for a few minutes, joined the throng underneath the bandstand's canopy, and then moved on into the park. There the ice cream seller pushed his cart from one spot to another in the hope of catching the sunbathers' attention. 

Andy Frost
As you listened to the poems you could see the characters come alive in front of your eyes. Beyond the bandstand there were the lovers, the children frolicking beside the Wandle, the homeless man sleeping in the afternoon heat. Nature played its role too as the light danced through the trees. It was a day to remember.

Monday, 26 June 2017

Julian Costello Quartet - Early Transitions

Julian Costello
Julian Costello Quartet
Julian Costello - saxophones
Maciek Pysz - guitar
Yuri Goloubev - bass
Adam Teixeira - drums

Date - 10th June 2017
Venue - Café Posk, Hammersmith, UK
BUY - Tea and Scandal (576675 Records DK)

Adam Teixeira
Future performance
Wednesday 19th July - The Bulls Head 373 Lonsdale Road Barnes SW13 9PY
Friday 21st July - The Agile Rabbit  Brixton Market SW9 8PR
Saturday 22nd July - The Agile Rabbit  Brixton Market SW9 8PR
Sunday 10th September 12pm - Herne Hill Festival Bandstand.
Friday 6th October - JATP Jazz Glydegate, Little Horton Rd, Bradford BD5 OBQ
Saturday 7th October - Jazz Coop Newcastle
Sunday 8th October - Spring Bank Arts Centre, New Mills, High Peak SK22 4BH
Tuesday 10th October - Pizza Express  CD Launch Transitions on 33 Jazz Records 10 Dean St  W1D 3RW
​Friday 13th October - Bridport Arts centre, 9 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NR
Sunday 22nd October - 1pm The Oval, Oval road Croydon CRO 6BR 1pm
Sunday 29th October Black - Mountain Jazz, Melville Theatre Abergavenny NP7 5UD
Wednesday 8th Nov SUJC - 275 Christchurch Rd, West Parley, Ferndown, BH22 8SQ
​Friday 10th November - Birmingham Jazz

Yuri Goloubev
Julian Costello is a London-based musician, composer and teacher. He got a scholarship from Trinity College of Music where he took a Postgraduate Certificate of Performance in the Saxophone. Julian writes the music for the Julian Costello Quartet, plays in a number of jazz big Bands, in a vocal/cello and guitar trio and in a world music trio that uses tabla, guitar/loops and soprano saxophone.

 Transitions, the latest album by the Julian Costello Quartet, will be released in September 2017 on 33 Jazz Records. It was recorded at Artesuono Studio in Udine, Italy and mixed and mastered by ECM engineer Stefano Amerio.

Maciek Pysz
This new Quartet features Maciek Pysz on guitar, Yuri Goloubev/Michele Tacchi on bass  and Adam Teixeira on drums. They have been playing venues in London and the UK to sell out crowds.

This quirky quartet loves to jam, is full of humour and has been playing concerts as a segue, a continuous unbroken set. By the end of the first set, so much tension has built up that the release of pent-up applause by the audience is fantastic. We love jamming!

The critic Ian Mann wrote:

"The combination of soprano saxophone and guitar was highly effective and Costello adopted a warm, clarinet like tone on his soprano ... on an episodic piece that also featured some exquisite interplay between Pysz and Costello."

Julian Costello