Wednesday, 13 November 2013

19th-21st November: SECollective London Jazz Festival 3-Day Marathon

The EFG London Jazz Festival is finally here and boy are we excited! Following on from the success of the SECollective’s three-day-Amersham-takeover last year we’re set for a repeat next week – with tantalizing double-bill’s on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights.

Featuring a roster of the SECollective’s finest bands, along with a few guests it is surely not to be missed! Tickets are just £5 on-the-door and we’ll be opening up the backroom at 8.30 each night; with a fine selection of beers to tuck into it should be a whole lot of fun!

But wait, there’s more: following the gig on Thursday the 21st we’ll be decamping to the front bar to host a Late ‘n’ Live Jam Session from 11pm into the wee small hours! It’s free-entry so even if you can’t make the gig be sure to bring your horns and axes so you can come and join us for a play!

***** 3-day SECollective Jazz Festival Special: All 3 Gigs for £10 *****

You can’t say fairer than that, all you have to do is come and enjoy the music! Here’s what’s going on…

Tuesday 19th November: People & Places + Wandering Stories

Sam Bullard's People & Places


Sam Bullard - Saxophones/Bass Clarinet

Dave Manington - Bass

John Blease - Drums

Mick Foster - Saxophones/Clarinet/Flute

George Hogg - Trumpet/Flugelhorn

Tom White - Trombone

Sam Bullard’s flexible ensemble morphs from classical quartet to improvising jazz trio and sextet with consummate ease. Chorales contrast with free improvisations, Latin grooves contrast with driving swing and brooding ballads.

Arthur Lea's Wandering Stories

Arthur Lea - Piano/Vocals

Alam Nathoo - Saxophone

Henrik Jensen - Bass

John Blease - Drums

Arthur Lea has been hammering honky tonks since his hands could first reach the keys. He sings a retro brand of rhythm n blues, irregular riffs, and southern soul. Think Professor Longhair with Blue Note oil - songs that travel from New Orleans to Nashville to New York to New Cross Gate.

Wednesday 20th November: Acrobat + Dice Factory


Kristian Borring - Guitar

Will Bartlett - Organ

Pat Davey - Drums

+ Tomas Challenger - Tenor Saxophone

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.

For this performance Acrobat are very excited to be joined on stage by guest artist Tomas Challenger on tenor saxophone.

Dice Factory

Tomas Challenger - Saxophone

Dan Nicholls - Piano

Tom Farmer - Bass

Jon Scott - Drums

Musical decisions made by rolling dice to determine structural events, then lived through for periods of time. Digitally-inspired sparse grooves of prepared piano, staccato sax overtones, broken beats, and tricky meters create a charismatic shifting, polyrhythmic pulse.

Thursday 21st November: Draw By Four + Pickpocket + Late Jam Session

Draw By Four

Jon Shenoy - Saxophones

Kristian Borring - Guitar

Will Bartlett - Organ

Dave Hamblett - Drums

With a line-up steeped in tradition, Draw By Four take the classic 60s organ quartet into brand 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 (Cliff Richard) 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.


Ian Bumstead - Tenor Saxophone

Tom White - Trombone

Steve Pringle - Fender Rhodes

Spencer Brown - Double Bass

Jon Scott  - Drums

Surreptitiously pilfering through the musical baggage, the fast-fingered SE-London quintet Pickpocket combine edgy grooves and sinuous lines amid sonorous free-improv with an almost criminal abandon. More artful than the Artful Dodger, structured simplicity brushes against anarchic freedom, where dissonant vamps casually disappear into distant harmonious sequences. With a veiled nod in the directions of Dave Holland, Mark Turner and David Binney, dexterous misdirection is the name of the game, no matter how deep the pocket.

Late 'n' Live Jam Session (free entry)

Hosted by Arthur Lea, you're invited to come and join us for a play late into the night. Bring your horns and axes, or recline at the bar and let the good times roll!

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