Bill Laurance turns up the heat on tour

Keyboardist Bill Laurance, who rose to prominence with Grammy Award-winning groove-merchants Snarky Puppy, is set to tour the UK once again as his solo career builds momentum outside the band. Laurance hits the road just ahead of Snarky's tour in April and May, playing jazz-fuelled Afrobeat, electronica and cinematic sounding songs from his three acclaimed studio albums, Flint, Swift and Aftersun ahead of his next album, which is set to be a piano-led solo record. Kicking off in Gateshead and traversing the country down to Brighton, the tour concludes with a three-night residency at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, London.

Dates are: Sage 2, Gateshead (28 Feb); O2 ABC 2, Glasgow (1 Mar); RNCM, Manchester (4 Mar); O2 Academy 2, Liverpool (5 Mar); Howard Assembly Room, Leeds (6 Mar); Glee Club, Birmingham (7 Mar); The Lantern, Bristol (8 Mar); Old Market, Brighton (9 Mar) and Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, London (29-31 March).

– Mike Flynn
For more info visit www.billlaurance.com

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