Wednesday, 6 June 2012


Jeff Williams – Drums
Phil Robson – Guitar
Sam Lasserson – Bass
Josh Arcoleo – Tenor Saxophone 

Next Tuesday at The Amersham the SE Collective are very excited to present US drum maestro Jeff Williams and his all star British-based quartet! After a sell-out performance at the Amersham back in January with Martin Speake’s Trio, Jeff was very keen to bring his own ensemble down to SE London, which features some of the UK’s leading improvisers, both fresh and established.

In a career spanning four decades drummer Jeff Williams' musical associates have included Stan Getz, Lee Konitz, Dave Liebman and Lookout Farm, Joe Lovano, Paul Bley, Bill McHenry, Ethan Iverson, Tony Malaby, and many more. During the 1990's Jeff performed with his own quintet and released two CDs of original compositions: Coalescence (SteepleChase) and Jazzblues (Cathexis). For the past five years he has been based both in New York and London. In the UK Jeff has performed with Kenny Wheeler, Norma Winstone, and has toured with McHenry, Konitz, the Phil Robson/Dave Liebman Quartet, and Martin Speake's Change of Heart (with Bobo Stenson). Jeff has also collaborated with The Hans Koller Quartet, Sextet and Big Band, Nikki Iles, Kit Downes, and Alex Merritt and Barry Green's Blue Note Band.

Click here to hear Jeff playing with Lovano live at Montreux in 1994:

Jeff’s NYC quartet (featuring Duane Eubanks, John O'Gallagher and John Hébert) toured the UK in May 2012 performing music form his highly acclaimed 2011 CD Another Time, which will be showcased again at the Amersham next week. The album was launched at last year's London Jazz Festival, with a lovely review of the gig found here:

Williams’ British accomplices need little introduction. Phil Robson has long been recognised as a world-class performer, forming the back-bone of the anarchic Partisans, touring with US jazz legends Dave Liebman, Billy Hart, James Genus and Mark Turner, and being featured on numerous luminous jazz recordings over the past 20 years. Sam Lasserson has become firmly established as one the UK’s finest young bassists, regularly performing with Martin Speake and Kit Downes. As well as being a featured soloist in Stan Sultzman’s big band, rising sax-star Josh Arcoleo released his debut album Beginnings earlier this year to widespread acclaim.

This promises to be an exciting evening of cutting-edge contemporary jazz, looking forward to seeing you all down at the Amersham!

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