Mark GreliakPosted At 23rd September 2015
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Special Preview Concert presenting music from the forthcoming debut CD of the Dave Jones Nonet with some very special guests.
This evening explores Dave Jones’ arrangements of standards, classic jazz repertoire and his original compositions previewing the forthcoming debut CD to be released in the Summer. Tonight’s concert will evoke the energy and atmosphere of big band swing alongside Latin jazz and contemporary European jazz textures. Expect a dynamic evening with gentle and evocative moments through to blistering highs with improvising of the highest level.
Tonight he is joined by two of the finest jazz trumpet players in the UK in Mark Armstrong who is the Musical Director of The National Youth Jazz Orchestra and legendary trumpeter Henry Lowther. The saxophones draw two stalwarts from the collective Way Out West in Pete Hurt and Chris Biscoe plus rising star Tom Smith. The rhythm section is completed by John Turville on piano and Eric Ford, two of the finest and most versatile musicians on the scene.
Dave’s writing is sophisticated and nuanced. Just when you think you know where he’s going, there is a change of texture or tempo, you do find yourself in an unexpected place and …. it’s beautiful!! … “ London Jazz News’. Playing and exploring the Nonet arrangements of great American writers such as Bob Hammer, Marty Paich and Frank Griffith provided the inspiration for the band while the experience of playing with Pete Cater Big Band, BBC Big Band and in earlier days Eurojazz the European Community Youth Jazz Orchestra provided a unique perspective on writing for this the classic Nonet line up. Dave’s bass playing in recent years has included Ronnie Scott’s Soul and Jazz Orchestra, Pete Cater Big Band, Way Out West Jazz Collective and Stefanous Tsourelis Trio. He has played with some of the finest jazz musicians in the UK such as Pete Long, Jacqui Dankworth, Frank Griffith and Theo Travis and with visiting American artists such as Howard Levy. He has played alongside alongside drummers Steve Gadd and Keith Carlock and he is active in jazz education teaching regularly at Richmond Jazz School, International Summer Schools and Kingston University.
‘Dave’s writing is sophisticated and nuanced. Just when you think you know where he’s going, there is a change of texture or tempo, you do find yourself in an unexpected place and …. it’s beautiful!! …’
London Jazz News