Jazz at Future Inns

Jerry Crozier-Cole Quartet
Date: 25th September 2014
Time: 8.30pm onwards
Where: Jazz@FutureInn
Tickets: £5.00/ £3.00 (Students)

Jerry Crozier-Cole (guitar) brings his quartet to Future Inn featuring John Paul Gard on piano, Will Harris on bass and Eddie Johns on drums. The group will focus on classic standards and blue note era jazz and blues. Expect fine solos and grooves from these well established Bristol players.

Jerry is a live performer with a wealth of experience, playing guitar with a number of different acts such as Portishead’s Geoff Barrow, Ruby Turner, Ronan Keating, Georgie Fame, Pee Wee Ellis, Fred Wesley and Elliott Randall, who describes Jerry as a “superb guitarist.” His touring work include West End star Lee Mead’s Love tour in Dec 2011, Still Black, Still Proud tour with Pee Wee Ellis and Fred Wesley in 2008 and with Geoffrey Oryema to promote the album “Words” in 2004.

Jerry started his musical career playing flute, and as a teenager was seduced by the sounds of Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Eric Clapton. By the time Jerry went to university, he was a proficient rock and blues player with an incredible grasp of music theory. As part of his degree, Jerry spent tine in South Carolina which is where he was introduced to jazz.

He has a variety of recording credits to his name in radio, film, television and with well known artists including The Proclaimers and Ronan Keating.

He also provided Guitar to The BBC Natural History live showing of Nature’s Great Events with David Attenborough narrating.

Jerry’s most recent film work found him working with Geoff Barrow on the Banksy film (‘Exit Through the Gift Shop’)

Festival appearances include Glastonbury Festival, The Montreaux Jazz Festival, Edinburgh Festival and many others.

Andy & Jane Christie
Date: 2nd October 2014
Time: 8.30pm onwards
Where: Jazz@FutureInn
Tickets: £5.00/ £3.00 (Students)
Jane was born in Bristol UK (where she now resides) into a family of musicians. Her late father John Christie was a professional pianist and songwriter who instilled within her a love of music, and in particular jazz. Then there were her musician brothers Andy Christie (drums & piano) and John Christie Jnr (bass) to keep her firmly on the musical straight and narrow.

Jane’s early musical experiences were fronting the family band, and her brothers both perform on her brand new CD On Reflection (arranged and produced by Andy), along with saxophonist, Andy Kinsman and drummer, Andy Tween (apparently it is preferable to be named Andy to gain admittance to this superb outfit!).

As well as being featured on Michael Parkinson’s BBC radio program, Jane has been a firm favourite on other BBC programs, including Humphrey Littleton’s Monday Night Jazz Programme on Radio 2. This is not surprising as Jane is no stranger to recording – during the London-based part of her career she did numerous BBC Radio 2 sessions with the Radio 2 Big Band conducted by Barry Forgey, the Midland Radio Orchestra, the Brian Lemon Trio and the John Pearce Quartet . These recordings were featured on programs like You, The Night and The Music, the John Dunn Show and the Ray Moore Early Morning Show. During this period Jane was also regularly gigging in London jazz venues like Pizza on the Park with musicians such as Brian Lemon.

Jane has been no stranger to film and TV either, singing the title theme to the film version of the hit TV series Man About the House as well as making many regional television appearances. Musicians are drawn to the affecting sounds she makes, and in her earlier years she was nurtured by and performed with jazz guitar legend Ike Isaacs and was more recently featured on a new CD by guitarist, Roy Sainsbury.

‘Here is a singer whose flute-like vocal quality is applied with musicianship and style to the Great American Songbook; a singer who is not afraid to simply sing the songs, all the while putting her own mark on some of the great melodies and lyrics of all time’ …Anthony Cherry, producer of Parkinson’s Sunday Supplement on BBC Radio 2.

‘Jane has a directness and honesty in her singing that casts away all pretence and offers the listener (and for that matter the writers of the classic songs she interprets) a precious gift in her telling readings of the material she chooses. Although, like many other great jazz singers, she eschews “scatting”, her interpretations are unmistakably the work of a real jazz artist by virtue of her highly inventive jazz phrasing, melodic shaping and her wonderful feeling for fluid yet uncompromised rhythm.’

‘Above all the clarity of her vocal sound and impeccable intonation ensure there is no disturbance to the melodic thread, which she delivers untarnished and enhanced by the personal touch she brings to everything she does.’

Andy started on the jazz circuit at the age of 16 when he joined the family band as a drummer. By twenty he was making a name for himself as a pianist, earning his spurs as a soloist with a residency at the Grand Hotel, Bristol. Since then he has been a session musician for the BBC, supported Chet Atkins and worked with a host of fantastic players from the UK jazz scene. Andy is currently in the final throes of producing his latest album, Imaginary Friends; a collection of original compositions influenced by his passion for Latin jazz, funk rhythms and filmic imagery.

Andy’s improvisational technique and supportive accompaniment style have earned him a well-deserved reputation as a respected pianist.

Andy Nowak
Date: 9th October 2014
Time: 8.30pm onwards
Where: Jazz@FutureInn
Tickets: £5.00/ £3.00 (Students)
Andy has played with such artists as Jocelyn Brown, Pee Wee Ellis, Fred Wesley and Art Themen to name a few. Drawing on influences ranging from the hard swinging Oscar Peterson trio through the pseudo classical inventions of Brad Melhldau to the melodic and atmospheric ideas of e.s.t., the Andy Nowak trio play original compositions and interpretations of standards with effervescence and flair. With an emphasis on joy and risk taking, the trio weave a compelling tapestry of soundscapes and melodies at once fresh and familiar…

Andy is joined by Andy Tween on drums and Spencer Brown on bass…

The Ivy Benson 100th Birthday- “Degrees of Jazz”
Date: 16th October 2014
Time: 8.30pm onwards
Where: Jazz@FutureInn
Tickets: £5.00/ £3.00 (Students)
Ok, so we’re 1 year out! Ivy Benson was born in November 1913 and this year would have been 101 years old. Why a celebration? Well Ivy Benson was not only an incredibly important figure in the world of female jazz, she was an icon of jazz generally. Tonight, surviving members of the band who represent just a few of the hundreds of girls who played under the Ivy Benson name, will be joining us to provide a special evening of music. We are honoured to have them with us and we hope you will join us to celebrate this wonderful occasion…

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