Monday, 17 October 2016

FLUX - A World In London

Michael Goodey
Preetha Narayanan
Michael Goodey - piano
Preetha Narayanan - violin
Shammi Pithia - bansuri, cajon
Matthew Winter - bass

Date - 12th October 2016
Venue - A World In London, Resonance FM, London, UK

Current Album - Shadowlines (Prisms 2016)

Future performance - Flux
October 23rd 2016 - West Handyside Canopy Kings Cross, London, UK

November 4th 2016 - Kings Place, London, UK
With the recent success of their debut album ShadowLines, FLUX take this opportunity to premiere a new work created in collaboration with dancers Richard Bermange, Nandita Shankardass, Simone Muller Lotz and George Baàn. Titled In Other Words, this new piece for music and dance explores the personal search for identity — uncovering the boundaries and limits of separation that we experience but also create in our lives.

Sensational cinematic music by FLUX
Shammi Pithia

When four young friends met in London 2014 and formed a band called FLUX it proved to be extra special. Together, they embody the spirit and confidence of a new generation of intercultural music makers, that have absorbed fusions of the past and know exactly where to take things forward for the future, writing new chapters for a 21st century score uncluttered by definitions. FLUX purely & simply create a mellifluous sonic bliss of rich chords built upon a solid bed of b-lines & piano, then topped with exquisite Carnatic strings & beautiful bansuri flutes. Their melodic sea of perfection, drawn from Memphis, Mumbai, and, um...Upton Park, is all from SOMEwhere but could be about ANYwhere. FLUX’s sound is instantly appealing and compulsive with intricate hooks and harmonies proving that songs can be magnetic even without words in them.
Matthew Winter

Listen to FLUX on A World in London here

DJ Ritu
Next week (19th October 2016, 6.30pm) 
A World in London at Resonance FM
#AWorldinLondon – IN ITS TENTH YEAR! live on Wednesdays with Cultural Co-operation at 6.30pm Resonance 104.4  

Don't miss AWIL LIVE @Southbank Centre Dec 9 with Lambrego & London Lucumi Choir – FREE!


Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Samuel Eagles' SPIRIT - Inventions and Dimensions

Samuel Eagles
Samuel Eagles's SPIRIT
Samuel Eagles - alto saxophone
Duncan Eagles - tenor saxophone
Ralph Wyld - vibraphone
Sam Leak - piano
Max Luthert - bass
Dave Hamblett - drums

Ralph Wyld
Date - 6th October 2016
Venue - Inventions and Dimensions at the RamJam Club, Kingston, UK

Current Album - Next Beginning (2014)

Future performance of Samuel Eagles Spirit
The Spice of Life – Soho, London Jazz Festival - 11/11/2016
Jazz at Lescar – Sheffield - 10/05/2017
Southampton Modern Jazz Club - 4/06/2017
Kokomo – Guildford - 05/06/2017  
Jazz Co-op – Newcastle - 13/06/2017
The Sound Cellar – Poole - 15/06/2017
The Fleece – Colchester - 16/06/2017

Dave Hamblett
Future performance at Inventions and Dimensions
13th October - Partikel
20th October - Toy Rokit
27th October - Penelope Dreaming
3rd November - Andrew Bain International Quartet
10th November - Andre Canniere Sextet

London altoist Samuel Eagles grows his quartet into a sextet that is now his SPIRIT. This new host still captivates audiences with its ethereal and piercingly emotive brand of music. Dave Hamblett replaces Eric Ford on drums while Max Luthert is the new Ferg Ireland on bass. The two new instrumental and personnel additions to the band are Sam leak on piano (Aquarium) and brother Duncan Eagles playing tenor saxophone.

Max Luthert
My first return since the inaugural night of Inventions and Dimensions saw a full Ram Jam Club respond with heart and excitement to two complete sets of brand new material from Samuel Eagles. There aren't many like Eagles (S) who can cast a light so bright, such is his sensitivity that he has a warmth and brightness all of his own. His first album unveiled a Mediterranean sun, creating pools in which to dwell in, sometime to hide but mostly to think. Next Beginning was like a whole day in these stripes of light and dark, the midday bright cutting a razor sharp shadow while those of dawn and dusk were blurred, soft and inviting. There is more power in these latest tunes, a radiance that emanates from this quietly spoken champion. Samuel Eagles' SPIRIT will be releasing on Whirlwind Recordings in 2017.

Duncan Eagles
Spirit winds up the tiny toy of spring, with sun swirling a steaming dew, it is a satisfied breath. The veins spread out, flowing under the turf, pushing an intravenous kick. So much is hidden upon first listening yet we see the multitude of burrows bobbing golden hares and wild white rabbits.  Duncan Eagles doesn't forget his kicking horse roots despite being shoulder to shoulder with his Cheshire lynx brother. As always Duncan's cup runneth over, he fills his music to the brim and plays a game of spill and toss while Ralph Wyld is those fine rivulets that run down the sides.

Sam Leak
Hear His Voice is an exotic geometry, intricate circles talk in abstracts that overwhelm senses and sense. Sam Leak is an ornate spire, an ever embellishing balustrade, a kind of gormenghast of cross wires and pounding hearts. Those hearts are ours. The applause too.


Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Key Changes Music - Drop In


Key Changes
Dan Clarke (Mentor)
Nicky Winter (Key Changes Veterans Music Club)
Peter Leigh (General Manager)
Fozia Bebe
Poetic Justice
Tee Minus

Music can play a valuable role in recovery from mental illness. It can stimulate emotional and aesthetic responses, develop creative, technical, social and vocational skills, improve expression, communication, confidence and self-esteem, and facilitate positive changes in behaviour and wellbeing. Key Changes structured programme promotes recovery and encourages progression to new life opportunities through in-reach engagement in hospitals and pathways to mainstream creative and vocational music activities in the community. They work in partnership with NHS and other health and social care agencies and provide services for over 1500 people each year

The service was developed in response to concerns from mental health professionals in London hospitals about a lack of services relevant to "hard to reach" patients who may be unresponsive to conventional therapies, non-compliant with medication or experiencing difficulties engaging with other activities or services. Key Changes aim to have a positive impact on health and wellbeing through reducing symptoms and relapse rates, increasing leave privileges and contributing to discharge plans for in-patients, and creating new life opportunities for people using specialist mental health services in the community.

Every Thursday there is a weekly drop-in that promotes positive and physical wellbeing through a range of social activities including sport and music. Football starts at 3pm on the nearby courts on Central St, London. Afterwards between 4.30-6.30pm at St Luke's Centre there is a much more social air. Here you can  relax, sit, eat, drink and chat or perhaps tap into Key Changes creative juices with Open Mic (Poetry, singing etc), Snooker, Live Art, Gardening Massage, Social Media, Legal Advice. Sessions are free but you need to be using mental health services and be referred by a care coordinator.

Nicky Winter
It is a bright and vibrant community under the guiding hand of general manager Peter Leigh. Although sketching the musicians brought me to Key Changes I had the opportunity to observe first hand the diversity and ambition of the whole organisation. Becca Sturley runs the social media workshops to help get the Key Change musicians connected to their audience through the likes of Twitter and Soundcloud. They are also launching a new group for Veterans that is being ably led by ex-serviceman Nicky Winter.

Peter Leigh
If you would like to find out more information about Key Changes then visit their website at
or email

Key Changes will be performing at the launch event for the Shapes and Lines of Beauty exhibition in the Conference Centre Gallery at St Pancras Hospital on 4th November 2016, 5.30-8.30pm

Listen here to some of the musicians

Stickz - Devil Guy

Tee Minus - Social Isolation

Razi - Pretend

Poetic Justic - Gully Bop


Dan Clarke

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Graeme Taylor's FatSax

Piers Green

Andy Tolman
Graeme Taylor - piano
Sam Walker - tenor saxophone
Kelvin Christiane - tenor saxophone
Piers Green - alto saxophone
Andy Mears - alto saxophone
Ollie Weston - baritone saxophone
Andy Tolman - bass
Mike Bradley - drums

Graeme Taylor
Graeme Taylor's FatSax project tips its hat to the world's most classy tribute act of all time, Supersax. Created in 1972 to honour the iconic bebop music of saxophonist Charlie Parker it went on to feature a ever changing role call of talented musicians. Taylor has trimmed the original Supersax format for this concert at Twickenham Jazz Club by removing the trumpet/trombone element but still there was plenty of brass to go round with 2 alto saxophones, 2 tenor saxophones and baritone alongside bass, drums and of course Graeme Taylor himself on piano.

Sam Walker
It is two years since I have experienced FatSax and not much has changed apart from the personnel and why should it. If you have a winning formula then all that is needed is a gentle caress. Taylor spices up his own recipe with changes in arrangement and a subtle stir of the musicians. Fatsax is unashamedly macho in the flex of its muscle. It is fast, furious and virile.

Ollie Weston
On what would have been Bud Powell's 92nd birthday FatSax gave us the emperor's bullet of Tempus Fugit. Clashing and proud this was pectoral jazz as puffed chests smashed together. Ollie Weston was the slippery Deepthroat, he lathered himself up, writhing in his solo like a electric eeled Schwarzenegger, his baritone was a throbbing manliness. Andy Tolman's bass was the ebullient fizz as Mike Bradley popped the corks on drums. Piers Green's alto had the easy lasso of a rancher, the steer man held his reins while waving victoriously to the Twickenham Jazz Club crowd.

Mike Bardley
Moment's Notice was a rich chop, ducks all lined in a row for the audience, shooting fish in a barrel, sugar coated and cigar puffs. It was easy to lay down and let the sax wash all over us. The meat of the music was laid on a plate, full in the mouth, a gravy indulgence. With the glittering of the saxophones' golden thrusts we all became locked in FatSax's bronze cell of speed and dexterity. It was a metallic cascade which rained upon us, we were the accommodating Danae and Graeme Taylor was our Zeus.


Kelvin Christiane

Andy Mears

Monday, 12 September 2016

Hungrytown - Twickfolk

Ken Anderson
Rebecca Hall - voice, guitar
Ken Anderson - guitar, banjo, harmonica, voice

Rebecca Hall
Date - 11th September 2016
Venue - Twickfolk, Twickenham, UK

Current Album - Further West (2015)

Future performance
September 13, 2016 - Lee Rosy's Tea,
17 Broad Street, Nottingham, NTT NG1 3AJ.
September 16 & 17, 2016 - Ceòl Cholasa Festival,
Scalasaig, Isle of Colonsay, ARL PA61 7YW.
September 22, 2016 - Kirkcaldy Acoustic Music Club,
Polish Ex-servicemen's Club, Bennochy House, Forth Park Drive, Kirkcaldy, FIF KY2 5TA.
September 23, 2016 - Gala Theatre,
Millennium Place, Durham, Durham, DUR DH1 1WA.
September 26, 2016 - Barnsley Folk and Acoustic Night
Barnsley Trades Club lounge, Racecommon Road, Barnsley, SYK S70 6AA.
+ many more dates throughout the Autumn in the UK.

After more than a decade of world-wide touring and three album releases, Hungrytown's Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson have earned a reputation for the quality and authenticity of their songwriting. Hungrytown's introduction to folk music came when a close friend--who died young due to a tragic misdiagnosis--entrusted to them her collection of 1960s folk albums and her guitar. Inspired by the grit and true-to-life experiences she heard in these traditional ballads, Hall was inspired to write the lyrics that later became her first songs, aided by Anderson’s flair for musical arrangement. Soon afterwards, Hall released two solo albums, Sings! (1999) and Sunday Afternoon (2002), both produced by Anderson. In the winter of 2003, the duo quit their boring desk jobs, moved to the green hills of Vermont, and decided to pursue a full-time career as touring musicians.

Ken Anderson
We are passengers in Hungrytown's propelled narratives, look away from the duo, turn the head and you see a wall of trees ticker past. Your thousand yard stare refocuses as you pin your own hopes on the dotted lives that sit within the landscape. The tiny copse, the old shed or the lakeside ripples are all homes to house themes from past and future. Don't let me down is the mirror that reflects my fellow passenger. I catch her as she touches her hair, she is unaware of my attention and that is the frisson.

Under a Broken Sun casts the eye across a dark river, on its surface spins a leaf or a wisp of detritus. It stays afloat but the currents underneath spin the song one way and then the other. Ken Anderson fizzes in a twist only for Rebecca Hall to catch me in her eddy. Calliope is another carousel song, another deliciously dark whirl to make you heady with confusion.


Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Inventions and Dimensions at the Ram Jam Club

Duncan Eagles
Inventions & Dimensions
Duncan Eagles - tenor saxophone
Max Luthert - bass
Terence Collie - piano
Will Glasser - drums

Tony Woods
Joined by
Tony Woods (sax), Samuel Eagles (sax) and Matt Bartlett (sax), Dan Redding (guitar), George Bone (piano), Toby Nowell (trumpet), Tracey O'Connor (voice) and many others.

Date - 1st September 2016
Venue - Ram Jam Club, Kingston, 46B Richmond Rd, Kingston upon Thames KT2 5EE

Max Luthert
A return to Kingston's Grey Horse pub is long overdue for the glitterati of the current Brit Jazz scene.
A host of young musicians cut their teeth in the mid and late noughties when Partikel ran their infamous Jazz jam in the main belly of the pub. Last week we saw the launch of a new night called Inventions and Dimensions at the Ram Jam Club, a purpose built venue that sits just behind their original stomping ground.

Will Glasser
Future dates see a mix of national and international visitors to the Ram Jam stage over September, October and November 2016. Starting with Max Luthert's Orbital tomorrow night with the talented Gareth Lockrane on flute.

8th September - Max Luthert's Orbital
15th September - Preston Glasgow Lowe
22nd September - Peter Edwards Trio
29th September - Matt Chandler Quartet

6th October - Samuel Eagles' Spirit
13th October - Partikel
20th October - Toy Rokit
27th October - Penelope Dreaming

3rd November - Andrew Bain International Quartet
10th November - Andre Canniere Sextet

Terence Collie
The first night was a resounding success with some old and new faces gracing the stage. Eagles and Luthert opened with Will Glasser on drums and TW12 Jazz Festival bigwig Terence Collie on piano. They were ably supported by Tony Woods and Samuel Eagles on saxophone, both men play at the club later on in the year. Samuel Eagles will be giving us a first listen to some new tunes from his imminent second album.

Matt Bartlett
It was wonderful to see some of the original jammers coming back to the fray. Toby Nowell gave us a brief cameo before the much loved Jazz Proof (Eagles.D/Redding/Luthert/Bone) reformed in the style of Take That, without their very own Robbie Williams (Louie Palmer) of course. If this was once a springboard for young talent in the noughties then the night didn't disappoint as post-GCSE Matt Bartlett brought his alto to the party. As one of Mornington Lockett's Royal College students he has a bright future ahead of him, as does Inventions and Dimensions if this young man sticks around.


Friday, 2 September 2016

Chris Rand - Gathering - The Pheasantry

Chris Rand
Chris Rand - saxophones
Andrew Noble - keys/piano/organ
Jason Reeve - drums
Jacqui Tate - voice
Jamie McCredie - guitar

Jason Reeve
Date - 27th July 2016
Venue - Pizza Express, The Pheasantry, Chelsea
Current Album - Gathering (Dot Time Records, 2016)

Future performance
Sept 4th 2016 - Cinnamon Club, London
Sept 11th 2016 - Cinnamon Club, London
Sept 25th 2016 - Cinnamon Club, London

Jacqui Tate
Since graduating from the Guildhall School of Music Chris Rand has quickly became one of the UK’s top saxophone side men, playing and recording throughout the world with many of UK’s top Jazz and Blues artists. He has performed with the Rolling Stones Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood, and has performed as guest artist with George Porter Jr (The Meters) and Guitarists Mick Taylor and Chris Jagger to name but a few. Chris released his Debut CD “Gathering” (Dot Time Records DT9047) which features a series of original compositions influenced by all the various styles that have inspired him over the years.

Andrew Noble
Duck and swivel, sitting in a comical cockpit you push the buttons, ringing bells and whistles. We are skyborne, brushing steel as we skirt past a world of urban totems, their skeletal bodies cutting across the blue in a trigonometric craze. The tune is Sidewalk and it is a 3 card Mondrian trick. Rand strips away the city to reveal a world of animal chaos disguised as humans on the move.

Jamie McCredie
Rip tide Gathering, sliding into a pot of toffee. A zoot train shuffle sees us arrive at Nash Central Station. Heads together, eye to eye, catch the corner of a smile and it spreads across your face. Overheard calls and I rest my finger on this beast's throbbing mechanic chest, the chrome contours smear beneath me. A crash but we can rebuild him! Jumping box, Charlie chops, Linda Lovelace, Peter Piper well and truly pickled. In the frame, we sway, no prayers, just hold on.

Jacqui Tate's Black Coffee reverses the trends and slows the engines, an oil patch collects and seeps in a gradually widening stain. Once trapped we are crushed by her purpose, she is a mangle, the rollers are her attraction and her poise.

Chris Rand