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EFG London Jazz Fest - Alex Bryson Piano Trio

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Door: 12pm
Show: 1-3pm
Room: The Jazz Club
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£20 On the Door
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Only Bar food will be served in the Jazz Club.

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TYPE OF EVENT : Bebop Jazz / BopFest / London Jazz Festival 2018


EFG LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL & BOPFEST
presents…

Alex Bryson’s fresh approach to 1950s BeBop Jazz


Rounding off the piano trio thread running through BopFest, Alex Bryson is a dynamic young pianist and rising star on the UK jazz scene who has spent several years living in NYC and thriving as a musician on the scene there. He has recently returned to his native UK to establish himself as one of the leading lights of his generation, attracting attention for his uncompromising approach, creating fresh interest in the 1950s school of swinging bop piano, and becoming particularly noted for his command of the block-chord style of playing.

Alex Bryson – Piano
Darren McCarthy – Double Bass
Matt Fishwick – Drums

His trio is rooted in the tradition, playing Bryson's own originals, arrangements of standards and reviving compositions from the books of Tommy Flanagan, Walter Davis, and Ray Bryant. They have recently recorded their first album, which is due to be released later this year. The lineup features young, up and coming Irish bassist Darren McCarthy and the highly acclaimed Matt Fishwick on drums whose credits include recording dates with the great Cedar Walton and bassist George Mraz.




Alex has a strong background as a classical pianist, studying with Yonty Solomon and Philip Fowke. While living in New York he attended Mannes College, The New School (Nina Svetlanova), the Aaron Copeland School of Music (Mory Ritt), and studied with Barry Harris, Jeb Patton, Michael Weiss, Antonio Hart and Dennis Mackrel. He worked with Grant Stewart and Chris Cheek, and as a member of the Marie-Claire Giraud Quintet alongside Dwayne Clemons, Murray Wall and Luke Decker. In his career to date in the US he has appeared at Arturo’s, The Metropolitan Room, The Garage, Cleopatra’s Needle, The Shrine, The Cotton Club, The Flatiron Room and at Blues Alley in Washington DC.



EFG London Jazz Fest - Michael Weiss Piano & Improvisation Masterclass

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Door: 3:30pm
Show: 4-6pm
Room: The Jazz Club
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£25 On the Door
Online Tickets from £20

Only Bar food will be served in the Jazz Club.

To dine from the á la carte menu before the show
Please call 020 7582 6800 or Book Online
Please allow 60-90 minutes for dinner reservations.


TYPE OF EVENT : Bebop Jazz / BopFest / London Jazz Festival 2018


EFG LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL & BOPFEST
presents…

Michael Weiss’ first UK Piano Masterclass


Giving his first ever masterclass in the UK, New York pianist Michael Weiss will lead a workshop aimed at all levels from beginner to professional and covering all aspects of comping, soloing and improvisation techniques, arranging, trio playing, and much more. This is aimed at both pianists and other instrumentalists, as well as vocalists.

"Warmth, integrity and above all, originality."
Jazz Times

Michael's commitment to jazz education is extensive. In addition to faculty positions at Queens College, Juilliard and the Hartt School of Music, Weiss' educational activities include serving as artist in residence in universities and secondary schools, presenting jazz workshops and master classes, at Jamey Aebersold and as an invited artist at IAJE conferences.




Since arriving in New York in 1982, pianist, composer, and arranger Michael Weiss has forged a formidable career working in the bands of jazz legends Johnny Griffin, Art Farmer, Benny Golson and the Jazztet, Slide Hampton, the Heath Brothers, Frank Wess, Charles McPherson, Jon Hendricks, Lou Donaldson, as well as the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and Mingus Epitaph Orchestra. Weiss’ fifteen-year association with Griffin yielded four recordings and annual tours in the USA and around the world. He has also performed with Joe Henderson, George Coleman, Woody Shaw, Clark Terry, Clifford Jordan, Gary Bartz, Phil Woods, Pepper Adams, Joe Lovano, Ron Carter, David Newman, Gerry Mulligan, Randy Brecker, Tom Harrell, Wynton Marsalis, and other high profile jazz recording artists.

As a band leader, Weiss has headlined at the Village Vanguard, Detroit Jazz Festival, Detroit Symphony Hall, Smithsonian Institution, and major New York venues such as the Blue Note, JALC, Jazz Standard, Birdland, Bradley’s, Village Gate, Iridium and Sweet Basil. Reviewing his Vanguard debut, the New York Times wrote that Weiss "demonstrated a strong sense of leadership and organization" exhibiting "sensitivity and logic, along with crisp control." Television appearances include CBS-TV’s Nightwatch with Charlie Rose and PBS’ Live From Lincoln Center: The City of Jazz. NPR radio appearances include PianoJazz with Marion McPartland and Making the Music with Wynton Marsalis. Weiss has won the Thelonious Monk Institute's International Piano Competition.

As a composer Weiss is a two-time Doris Duke/Chamber Music America New Works grant recipient and was the grand prize winner of the 2000 BMI/Thelonious Monk Institute's Composition Competition presented to him by Wayne Shorter.



EFG London Jazz Fest - Matt Skelton Quintet

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Door: 7:00pm
Show: 8:00pm
Room: The Jazz Club
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£20 On the Door
Online Tickets from £15

Only Bar food will be served in the Jazz Club.

To dine from the á la carte menu before the show
Please call 020 7582 6800 or Book Online
Please allow 60-90 minutes for dinner reservations.


TYPE OF EVENT : Bebop Jazz / BopFest / London Jazz Festival 2018


EFG LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL & BOPFEST
presents…

Matt Skelton Quintet on
Shelly Manne's "Live At The Blackhawk"


Bringing BopFest '19 to a swinging conclusion, UK drummer Matt Skelton's latest ensemble brings together a dynamic quintet of leading London jazz instrumentalists, energised by the inspiration of master jazz drummer Shelly Manne's quintet recordings from the 1950s and 60s.

Skelton's project celebrates in particular the 5 volumes of “Live At The Blackhawk” recorded in San Francisco in 1959. Leading from the drums, Shelly's stellar quintet originally featured Richie Kamuca, Joe Gordon, Victor Feldman and Monty Budwig. Often touring, recording and appearing on televised concerts, this group helped to ensure that the West Coast jazz scene retained a strong post-bop identity strongly linked to the East Coast quintets of yore led by Parker and Gillespie in Shelly's hometown of New York.

James Davidson – Trumpet
Mark Crooks – Tenor Saxophone
Leon Greening – Piano
Conor Chaplin – Double Bass
Matt Skelton – Drums

A truly original musician and drummer, Shelly Manne's mastery of his craft are immediately recognisable. In bringing together this new group, the objective is to share the legacy of these remarkable live recordings with fresh energy; each of the players here are chosen not for the purpose of emulation but to express their own identities as informed by the original recordings.




Matt Skelton has long been known as one of the foremost drummers on the UK jazz scene, having accompanied many leading internationally known figures such as Harry ''Sweets'' Edison, Conte Candoli, Bucky Pizzarelli, John Pizzarelli, Warren Vache and Scott Hamilton. Most recently he has appeared with Steve Grossman, John Hendricks, Curtis Stigers and with Kurt Elling as part of Guy Barker's latest large-scale commission for the BBC.



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