Tony Kofi Quartet, The Grainstore Brewery, September 16

It is a sunny Sunday afternoon in the recently-bypassed Rutland market town of Oakham. An ideal time for tidying the garden before the onslaught of autumn, perhaps, but the place to be is the Grainstore Brewery. The hoppy home of Davis'es Brewing Co Ltd, it is host to live jazz sessions on the third Sunday of the month.

Stuart McCallum: Chamber Pot St Ann’s Church - Manchester Jazz Festival 26/07/2007

Guitarist Stuart McCallum’s compositions are exemplary of everything that is exciting about new British jazz.  Like so many other young players that are fighting to be heard, he is producing dynamically emotive music that is both fresh and relevant to enthusiasts of improvised music.  If his recent Manchester Jazz Festival commissioned score is anything to go by, McCallum’s participation in the Take 5 Artist Development Scheme this year has sharpened his already well honed compositional capabilities. 

Partisans at The Vortex, London, March 30th, 2007

Jazz-Rock group the Partisans are celebrating ten years together with a monthly residency at the Vortex and their opening March performance featured special guest Jim Watson on Hammond Organ. This group has led the way for the new generation of jazz artists in the UK with their combination of the energy of a rock band with the subtlety and improvisational brilliance of world-class jazz musicians.

Led Bib Live At The Vortex 10/04/07

Representatives of the very latest wave of the ever-more-exciting British Jazz scene, Led Bib made an appearance at the Vortex in London last night, promoting the release of their new album Sizewell Tea. Led Bib may not attract the traditional “jazz” audience but the young audience in the Vortex was captive to the strangely catchy style of the group that contrasts freewheeling improvisation with tightly controlled grooves.

Troy Miller Live With Jason Rebello At Pizza Express

The promise was made by the fantastic venue and the exciting line-up of musicians which included Sting and Jeff Beck sideman Jason Rebello on piano and a pair of Berklee-educated US musicians in Jean Toussaint on saxophones and Mike Janisch on bass, but did Troy Miller’s concert at Pizza Express Jazz Club fulfill its promise? Opener 40 Days more or less set the pace for the rest of the evening: an angular melody with lots of rhythmic interplay, a powerful groove set up by the group and then a series of highly competent but somehow un-magical solos.

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