Monday, 15 October 2012

London Jazz Festival Preview 13th/14th/15th November

 SECollective @ The Amersham Arms (In association with London Jazz Festival) presents a 3-night, 8-band, 2 DJ + Jam Session special!

Each night is still only £5 and includes entry to all the live music, late night DJs and jam session!


MAP + Rory Simmons

Alam Nathoo (tenor & alto saxophones) • Marcus Penrose (double bass)
Peter Ibbetson  (drums) • Rory Simmons (trumpet)

MAP are a SE Collective band and have recently released their debut self titled album. They are joined tonight by trumpeter Rory Simmons who as well as being part of the SE Collective, is a founder member of the Loop Collective.

Combining elements of the 'New York downtown' and 'European free improv' scenes, MAP blur the lines between composition and improvisation. 


Trish Clowes (tenor sax) • Andrea Di Biase (double bass) • Pat Davey (drums)

Redshift are a new collaborative venture coming out of the SE Collective. Expect playful grooves & interaction, experimenting with role-playing, compositions from all three members.

Bill Mudge Quartet

Bill Mudge (organ) • Piers Green (saxophones)
Chris Nickolls (drums) • Nick Costley-White (guitar)

This quartet's sound has been described as 'thoughtful and evocative'. Melodic themes are juxtaposed with elements of free improvisation revealing the sonic possibilities of the Organ and its role in the contemporary quartet setting. Performing compositions from all of it's members, with an emphasis on new material for this evening's gig. 

+ opening night jam session



Patrick Davey (drums) • Will Bartlett (organ) • Kristian Borring (guitar)

Acrobat is a London-based Jazz organ trio, founded in 2008 by its three members. The warmth and presence of the classic organ/guitar groups are heard alongside new textures and stylish improvising. Compelling grooves and melodic clarity invite the listener inside one of the most exciting sounds in Jazz today.

Collective effort is the key in Acrobat. All members contribute compositions, before spending time arranging and work-shopping the material together to create a sound that is original to Acrobat. This subtle, supportive interaction allows the music to grow from sparse colours and intimate dialgoues to rugged sounds with electrifying solos: an evolving and involving experience.

The Way That You Do It with Pete Wareham

Arthur Lea (piano) • Henrik Jensen (bass) • Pete Ibbetson (drums) • Pete Wareham (saxophone)

Described by The Guardian as a '21st century Thelonious Monk', pianist Arthur Lea leads a trio playing a collection of quirky London riffs, elegant Danish ballads and burning northern bop.

Originals also hailing from 'absorbing and inventive' bassist Henrik Jensen (, the trio includes Jazzwise magazine's 'drummer for the future' Pete Ibbetson, and features special guest saxophonist Pete Wareham of Acoustic Ladyland.

+ DJ Coxy spinning hot Brazilian vibes and cool Blue Note hits


Identity Parade

Alam Nathoo (tenor sax) • Tom Hewson (keyboards) 
Peter Ibbetson (drums & electronics)

This new SE Collective trio was formed as a natural extension/synthesis of three projects, a duo between Nathoo and Hewson, a duo between Ibbetson and Nathoo, and a trio involving Hewson and Ibbetson. New material has been written by all three musicians drawing influence from artists such as John Taylor, Paul Motion, Tom Rainey and Tim Berne.

‘Blending improvisation with the heavily scripted, and lush harmony with manic atonality, they fuse thrashy grooves with introspective soundscapes’

Monocled Man

Rory Simmons (trumpet) Chris Montague (guitar) • Jon Scott (drums)

Monocled Man-Fronted by trumpeter Rory Simmons, (Jamie Cullum, Friendly Fires), Monocled Man also feature Troyka's Chris Montague and Jon Scott of Kairos 4Tet.

Draw By Four

Jon Shenoy (tenor sax) • Kristian Borring (guitar) 
Will Bartlett (organ) • Dave Hamblett (drums)

 This group take the classic 60s organ quartet, a line-up steeped in tradition, into new territory where the compositions from leader Jon Shenoy (Ivo Neame Large Ensemble) mix contrapuntal bass lines and rhythmic hooks with thoughtful lyricism.

Mixing stark ethereal voices with gritty Hammond boogaloo, organist Will Bartlett (veteran NYJO pianist) draws on a wide palette of sounds that build the foundation for an infectious mix of groove-based original compositions, enchanting ballads and unique arrangements of avant-pop songs.

+ DJ Dave De Rose

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