Arnie Somogyi has brought some great jazz to the British scene, with a wide variety of bands. He calls this “A repertoire, rather than a tribute band”. The talents of some of the UK's leading jazz musicians combine to draw from the music of the great jazz composer and bassist, Charles Mingus. The band embodies the freedom of interpretation and drive that characterise the music of one of the most important and colourful figures in jazz. Lesser known Mingus tunes feature alongside familiar favourites.
Initially wary of taking on Mingus' music, Arnie eventually bit the bullet as a special fundraiser for Sheffield Jazz. The musicians and audience enjoyed it so much that he decided to extend the band beyond a one-off gig.
17th September 2010
‘Orient House Ensemble’
Gilad Atzmon – tenor sax
Frank Harrison – piano
Yaron Stavi - bass
Eddie Hick – drums
Return of one of the greats : "a jazz giant steadily
drawing himself up to his full height..."-John Fordham –
generations. As the house pianist at Ronnie Scott’s
in the 1960’s he played with all the visiting American jazz greats – Sonny Rollins said “Does anybody here know how good he really is?” His capricious piano playing combines the percussive melody of Monk with the robust lyricism of Ellington resulting in a brilliantly idiosyncratic style. For tonight’s concert, a fantastic octet comprising the cream of British jazz talent perform two of Stan’s commissioned suites: The Hong Kong Suite was commissioned by Governor Lord Pattern to mark the British handover back to China in 1997 and the Amandla Suite in 1993 by the Trade Unions that merged to become UNISON - “Amandla” is a Zulu word that became associated with the anti-apartheid struggle. This latest Octet line-up have just released a new double CD recording of the two suites, titled “Later Works” to rave critical reviews.
John Etheridge - guitar
Christian Garrick – violin
Dave Kelbie – rhythm guitar
Pete Kubryk-Townsend – bass
Etheridge would have achieved lifelong fame for his 70s
work with Soft Machine and others, but he went on to
spend 5 years touring the world with, Stephane Grappelli. Christian Garrick joins him to pay tribute to that experience.
"... the Etheridge-Garrick partnership is one of the most
fertile in jazz today..." Charles Alexander - Jazzwise "...Garrick's ideas are in the tradition but arrestingly
modern in their incisiveness." John Fordham - The
Mike Walker Sextet
Mike Walker – guitar
Iain Dixon – saxes
James Maddren – drums
Les Chisnall – piano
Malcolm Edmonstone – keys
Steve Watts - bass
Don't miss this: “one of the greatest joys of British jazz...
in the league of John Scofield or Mick Goodrick ... an
astonishing range of colour...he never disappoints." -
Walker has recorded with Peter Erskine,
Steve Swallow, Kenny Wheeler and John Taylor and
performed with Dave Holland, Anthony Braxton and
Bill Frisell! In the last decade he's worked in the States,
and Europe as George Russell's guitarist.
“one of the most powerful jazz guitarists in Europe, …