Im very excited to announce that I’ll be recording with my nonet at the start of April . I’ve been working on the material for a few years now, so I’m really ha...ppy to have this opportunity to finally get it recorded, and to do so with such an amazing team. Jim Hart will be producing, and Alex Bonney will be engineering the session. Both are exceptional musicians who I’m really looking forward to working with.
The band features Gareth Lockrane, Mike Chillingworth, George Crowley, Kieran McLeod, Ray Hearne, Ralph Wyld, Conor Chaplin, and Dave Hamblett. All are virtuosic instrumentalists and some of London’s most exciting jazz musicians who compose for and lead their own projects. If you’re not aware of them I strongly recommend you check them out!
Finally, I’d like to mention that this recording wouldn’t have been possible without the help of City Music Foundation. Check out their website to read more about how they’ve been helping musicians develop their careers.
I’ll post updates on the album soon!
Jazz Nursery may have ended but our involvement in the scene hasn't! Our Dave is bringing two incredible guitarists, Jonathan Kreisberg and Nelson Veras, to the UK this week. They're playing at Spicejazz Soho tomorrow.
Leading guitarists Jonathan Kreisberg and Nelson Veras bring their new duo project to the UK for the first time.
This is their only London performance on a shor...t European tour and a rare opportunity to hear these world-renowned musicians perform in an intimate setting.
Tickets are £15 in advance from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/431723
Any remaining tickets will be £20 on the door.
For guitar fans, there will be a workshop with Kreisberg and Veras the following day, 12pm to 2pm. See meetup.com/londonjazzguitarsociety for details.
KREISBERG meets VERAS
The greatest collaborations often are built upon two unique personalities that combine to create something beyond and outside of what the two had achieved individually. When those two musical individuals are like minded, yet possess their own specific sounds and approaches, the results can challenge the two to reach new heights and bring exhilarated audiences along for the ride.
Such is the musical friendship of guitarists Jonathan Kreisberg and Nelson Veras, and their upcoming recording and tours will introduce audiences to a new sound in the world of guitar.
Combining timeless melodicism and american swing with forward–thinking lines and textures, the music of Jonathan Kreisberg continues to attract a growing international fan base. The guitarist has performed 20th century works with the New World Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas; led his own groups and recorded several critically acclaimed cd's, and played and recorded with Dr. Lonnie Smith, Joe Locke, Lee Konitz, Bill Stewart and Larry Grenadier among others.
Nelson Veras has long been one of the Guitar world's great secrets, possessing a unique style based on a mixture of classical guitar techniques, modern jazz and classical harmony, and his Brazilian roots. He was "discovered" by Pat Metheny at age 14 and went on to win numerous awards before he was even 19. He has performed/recorded with Steve Coleman, Michel Petrucciani, Tomasz Stanko, and Manu Kaché among others.
Nick spoke to Sebastian Scotney for LondonJazz about the life of Jazz Nursery, personal highlights and the London scene.
ANNOUNCEMENT: LAST EVER JN/FREE ENTRY/JAM SESSION/CHAMPAGNE
Our gig this month is on Thursday 22nd February. However, we're sad to announce that this will be the last ever Jazz Nursery, at least in its current format. All good things must come to an end, but we hope you'll agree that we've seen some amazing nights at the three Southbank venues we've inhabited since we began in 2012. We started in the Nursery Theatre (hence the name) in the arches underneath Waterloo Bridge. T...hen we had a stint on board the Golden Hinde II, the boat on the Thames for which JN will perhaps best be remembered, before moving to our current home at I'Klectik, but various circumstances point towards now being a good time to wind things down.
Anyway, we're going out with a big one: two amazing bands plus free entry, a late license and a free glass of champagne on arrival, so we hope you'll join us to hear some great music and raise a glass to all the good times and great musicians we've had at JN. Sincere thanks to you, our audience, for all your support over the years.
It is worth mentioning that there could possibly be some scope for a new person or team to get involved in taking over the night, but it would require quite a bit of work and a lot of enthusiasm, and a new venue would have to be found. Drop us a line on email@example.com if you have any thoughts.
All the best, the Jazz Nursery team
Mike Chillingworth Quartet
Mike Chillingworth - alto saxophone
Nick Costley-White - guitar
Conor Chaplin - double bass
James Maddren - drums
Dave Manington's Riff Raff
Dave Manington - double bass
Brigitte Beraha - vocals
Tom Challenger - tenor
Ivo Neame - piano
Rob Updegraff - guitar
Tim Giles - drums
Doors at 8pm, music from 8.30
We start out 2018 with another strong double-bill, presenting two young bands who are making waves on the UK's burgeoning contemporary jazz scene:
Tobie Carpenter Trio
Tobie's group presents a modern twist on this classic jazz combo. The Organ Trio’s debut EP DEAD PAN PARTY was released March 2017 on Turquoise Coconut Records, reaching No.1 in the iTunes Jazz Album Chart. The release was marked with a five date UK tour including a sold out launch gig at Kansas Smitty’s (Londo...n) and Birmingham Symphony Hall.
“A very exciting group – a retro feel with a modern twist.” (Tony Dudley-Evans – Cheltenham Jazz Festival)
Tobie Carpenter - guitar
Jamie Safir - organ
David Ingamells - drums
Samuel Eagles Band
Samuel Eagles received critical acclaim for his recent album Ask, Seek, Knock (Whirlwind Recordings, 2017). We're delighted to welcome Samuel for his Jazz Nursery debut, where his all-star quintet will present his much-hyped brand of intense and exciting contemporary jazz.
“A work, then, that pulses with meaning, taking the active listener deeper and higher…”
– The London Evening Standard ★★★★ UK
Samuel Eagles - alto saxophone
Duncan Eagles - tenor saxophone
Ralph Wyld - vibraphone
Sam Leak - piano
Max Luthert - double bass
David Ingamells - drums
Doors open at 8pm, with music from 8.30pm.
Tickets are £10 (£6 concessions) from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/413220 with limited tickets available on the door.
Coming up this Thursday 16th, an incredible cast of musicians playing exciting, intricate, forward-thinking music! Featuring Miguel Gorodi Gareth Lockrane Kieran Stickle McLeod Michael Chillingworth George Crowley Music Jonny Mansfield Ray Hn Conor Chaplin, Dave Hamblett . At I K L E C T I K, close to Waterloo Station
Flashback Friday. Enjoy Charlotte Storer and Ofer Landsberg's beautiful performance of 'Corner to Corner' (written by Robert Marcus and Harold Mott). Recorded at Jazz Nursery on 16 October 2017.
Join us for a London Jazz Festival special as we present Miguel Gorodi's forward-thinking Nonet, featuring the cream of the London scene.
Please note that, to coincide with the London Jazz Festival, this gig is on Thursday 16th November, rather than our usual final Thursday of the month....
Gareth Lockrane - Flutes
Mike Chillingworth - Alto Sax / Clarinet
George Crowley - Tenor Sax / Bass Clarinet
Miguel Gorodi - Trumpet
Kieran McLeod - Trombone
Ray Hearn - Tuba
Jonny Mansfield - Vibraphone
Conor Chaplin - Double Bass
Dave Hamblett - Drums
Miguel Gorodi is a London based composer, teacher and trumpet player performing across a broad spectrum of jazz and improvised music. Born in Spain in 1990, Miguel also grew up in Saudi Arabia and Thailand before moving to the south west of England in 2006. Miguel moved to London in 2008 to study Jazz Trumpet at The Guildhall School of Music & Drama, graduating in 2012. He has since become one of the city’s leading young jazz trumpet players, performing in Spain, France, Italy, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Norway, Hungary, Ireland, Russia, and across the UK.
The Nonet is an ensemble Miguel uses to explore various compositional techniques with specific focus on texture, non-tonal melodic structures, polyrhythms, and the relationships between them all. Influences include Steve Coleman, Steve Lehman, Louis Andriessen, Gerard Grisey, Thelonious Monk and Stravinsky amongst many others. The band features many of London’s leading jazz musicians who bring their own personalities to the sound through improvisation.
Doops open at 8pm. Music from 8.30pm.
£10 / £6 concs
Door tickets subject to availability
Old Paradise Yard · 20 Carlisle Lane · Royal Street corner next to Archbishop’s Park · SE1 7LG
Flashback Friday: Here's Rick Simpson with George Crowley Music, Michael Chillingworth, Tom Farmer and Ralph Wyld. Playing Rick's tune 'Beware of Gabriel Garrick Imitators'. Recorded at Jazz Nursery in 2015.
Our friend Sam Rapley Music, is prepared to record his group Fabled's debut album. Please enjoy this video of their performance at Jazz Nursery earlier this year and consider supporting the project. Sam is offering some very cool rewards! All details below.
4 days to go on Kickstarter - just under £200 left to raise, thanks so much to everyone who's pledged already and as always, any help to reach our target is hug...ely appreciated.
Here's a video that was recorded at one of Fabled's gig earlier in the year at The Jazz Nursery. Thanks to Fergus Marr for the video! Hope you enjoy and if you like what you see then check out our Kickstarter - http://kck.st/2yNHHES
Flashback Friday: Here's Will Arnold-Forster with Sam Braysher, Dario Di Lecce and David Ingamells, playing the Stan Getz/Jimmy Raney classic, 'Hershey Bar'. Recorded at Jazz Nursery in 2015.