Jazz at Future Inns

Emily Saunders
Date: Thursday,5th March 2015
Time: From 8.30pm onwards
Venue: Jazz@FutureInn
Tickets: Adults:£5.00. Students: £3.00

★★★★ ‘Saunders is the real deal – a vocalist with a big future’ The Guardian

‘Emily Saunders is the superb new talent everyone’s talking about’ JazzFm

‘her originals make a deep impression… an overwhelming feeling of effervescence…’ Jazzwise

“Emily Saunders…the next big thing, you just mark my words” Stephen Duffy BBC Radio Scotland

Brazilian tunes with a London twist: Emily Saunders, marked as ‘one to look out for’ by Guardian Jazz critic John Fordham, first came to attention with her debut album ‘Cotton Skies’, gaining her four star reviews, extensive press coverage, and her music broadcast on BBC Radio 1, 3 & 4, XFM, Jazz FM. Exuberant, hip swaying grooves and romantic melodic songs wrapped around Brazilian rhythms alongside musicianship of the highest order established her not only as a rhythmically-inventive jazz vocalist, but a supremely talented composer, songwriter and lyricist. Emily releases ‘Outsiders Insiders’ March 2015 – remarkably assured, polished and accomplished. Influences include Chick Corea, Airto Moreira and Portishead.

The band highlights international trumpeter Shanti Jayasinha “A fiery high note hitter” Jack Massarick, Evening Standard (Brand New Heavies), Steve Pringle, piano (worked with Joss Stone, Michael Kiwanuka, Abram Wilson, Denys Baptiste), Paul Michael, bass (Julian Joseph and Liane Carroll), George Hart, drums (Swing Out Sister, Ivo Neame)

Cotton Skies focuses on Brazilian rhythms – her take on songs from iconic composers Pascoal and Moreira were stunning. Outsiders Insiders confirms her as a true talent in the genre – two of her very own Brazilian tunes place a London twist on an upbeat samba and Baião tune; both Brazilian pop standards in the making. Outsiders Insiders brims with potential radio hits. Emily presents dazzling originals and Brazilian Jazz that combine spirited grooves, driving basslines, sultry jazz ballads, reflections of 60’s soul jazz and playful textures that together reflect her love of rhythm.

Dominic Marshall Trio
Date: Thursday,12th March2015
Time: From 8.30pm onwards
Venue: Jazz@FutureInn
Tickets: Adults:£5.00. Students: £3.00

“He brings together a great heritage of the past, but also something very fresh and new.” (Jamie Cullum)

“proud of his influences but never overwhelmed by them: the result is refreshing and innovative.” (Bruce Lindsay – AllAboutJazz)

“not only a piano virtuoso, he also has an impeccable sense of timing, melodic elaboration and musicality.” (Luc van Gaans – HiFi)

“a soloist with a complete mastery of his instrument, as well as an overflowing imagination which creates a musical world both fascinating and surprising” (Mathilde Löffler – Jazzenzo)

“Dominic J Marshall trio has found both its own energy and its own authentic acoustic sound, and is an asset to the European jazz scene.” (Johan Bakker – Nederlands Dagblad)

“Marshall is a huge talent to watch out for” (Ian Mann – TheJazzMann)

“A musician with an unprecedented level of artistry which is full of influences” (Serge Juilen – Cultuurpodium)

“A prodigious pianist and composer” (Sean Smith – TokyoJazzNotes)

“a new piano star” (Hessel Fluitman – Jazzflits)

“Think J-Dilla or The Roots and you’re probably hitting the mark.” (JJ Wheeler – JazzBreakfast)

Dominic J Marshall – Pianist/composer, born Bannockburn, Scotland, 1989. Raised in Salisbury, in the rural county of Wiltshire, southwest England. After studying classical piano for 10 years under the tuition of his father, Dominic was awarded the Alan Hawkshaw scholarship to study jazz at Leeds College of Music. By summer 2010 his graduation recital had won him the LCM Piano Prize.

After being accepted on to the Masters course at Conservatorium van Amsterdam in autumn of the same year, Dominic was lucky enough to receive guidance from the likes of Kurt Rosenwinkel, Aaron Parks, Dave Douglas, Gerald Clayton, Brad Mehldau and Ambrose Akinmusire. His first trio CD ‘The Oneness’ was recorded, self-produced and released in this time, Chris Parker of LondonJazz calling it ‘a striking debut’.

In April 2011 Dominic received The Countess of Munster Musical Trust Award for young British musicians of exceptional ability, which financed the final year of his postgrad. After graduating ‘Cum Laude’ in May 2012 with a 10, his second trio CD ‘Icaros’ was released on the F-IRE Label (‘…certainly on a par with any other piano trio I’ve heard this year, if not better. A five-star offering if ever there was one.’ – JJ Wheeler) and went on to win Best International Jazz Album 2012 on TokyoJazzNotes.

In March 2013 Dominic was awarded a full grant from Help Musicians UK’s Emerging Excellence Award with which to record a new album. In summer of that year he was selected unanimously by a jury of Jamie Cullum, Gilles Peterson and Jez Nelson to perform at the ‘BBC Introduces’ showcase at Band on the Wall, as part of Manchester Jazz Festival. The live recording was broadcast in August for BBC Radio 3.

Dominic’s latest CD ‘Spirit Speech’ was released through Origin Arts in Spring 2014. It has been called ‘an excellent, imaginative and distinctive album that repays repeated listens’ by LondonJazzNews, and ‘Already an undoubted jazz highlight of 2014. Masterful!’ by CultuurPodium. It was on the basis of this recording that his trio was selected to play at the Dutch Jazz Competition 2014, from which Dominic took home the ‘Best soloist’ award.

Parallel to his piano career, Dominic has been making electronic beats since his teenage years. Under the name 〄 DJM 〄 he has built up a following outside the jazz-world with several EPs of his self-produced projects, BExperimental blog declaring him ‘a rare find who will be a formidable force in years to come.’ This has culminated most recently in the release of his first cassette ‘Foreground Music’ through Patient Sounds. On the horizon: a live tape featuring beats by several of his favourite producers coming soon to the notorious Paxico Records label.

Nicholas Dover’s Fault Lines
Date: Thursday,19th March2015
Time: From 8.30pm onwards
Venue: Jazz@FutureInn
Tickets: Adults:£5.00. Students: £3.00

After growing up in Scotland, Nicholas moved to London to study jazz at the Royal Academy of Music for 4 years with teachers including Martin Speake, Julian Arguelles and Mark Lockheart. Being around these deeply thoughtful, melodic and intelligent improvisors inspired him to adopt a similar set of values and the music he now plays is rooted in respect for songbook jazz tradition and a passion for melody and harmony.

In this band the music is mainly drawn from the great jazz composers of the last century, but with drummer Matt Brown and bassist Dave Guy onboard there’s always plenty rhythmic fire, pocket and drive happening.

Nicholas and pianist George Cooper share a lot of harmonic language and the beauty of the songs being played is never sacrificed for the sake of cheap tricks and showmanship. There’s energy and passion through everything along with a deep understanding of what made these songs so great in the first place. The idea to play arrangements as opposed to originals was inspired by New York tenor player Rich Perry who has recorded many albums of beautiful standards without any of his own compositions, but he always sounds entirely like himself because his interpretations are so strong. Nicholas co-led the band “Within These Vessels” (who also played at Future Inns in 2014) which also had bassist Dave Guy and George Cooper in its line up. That band was a wonderful outlet for his own tunes but for Fault Lines it was refreshing to only play the music of others, injecting some new ideas to personalise them. Sometimes these are harmonic shifts and twists, sometimes the form has been extended or altered and other times there will be a big coda that takes the tune into new territory that wouldn’t happen spontaneously but casts new light on an old song. Their idea is not to be nostalgic or retrospective – just to be respectfully inventive with them and to keep these wonderful compositions alive by giving them fresh treatment.

Date: Thursday,26th March2015
Time: From 8.30pm onwards
Venue: Jazz@FutureInn
Tickets: Adults:£5.00. Students: £3.00

Freight — Craig Crofton, tenor and soprano saxes, Martin Jenkins, piano, Greg Cordez, double bass, and Rich Laws, drums

‘Freight is that rare thing, a jazz band with a group identity. One might see it as retro, but that would only be a part of it, one dimension. True, there are plentiful elements of 50s jazz: propulsive walking bass, hi-hat timekeeping on drums, a swing groove from all four that just won’t quit, but it is not a self-conscious appeal to old folks who pine for the good old days of jazz. This is jazz by four highly skilled young-ish players who have been through it all, from Free to Electronica, World to Hip Hop; 50s jazz is just a part of the panoply of music laid out before us in this Age of Information.

The diamond at the core of Freight is Martin Jenkins’ writing. His tunes are certainly informed by the greats, particularly Thelonious Monk, but they easily stand on their own. They are melodic, thematic, memorable and clearly jazz tunes with complex harmony, rich inspiration for improvisation. There is no easy way to explain why one person’s tunes are superior, they just carry an authority and integrity that sets them apart, that makes them seem like they must have been written before. Martin Jenkins’ tunes have that quality. His playing is unique as well, big chords reminiscent of Errol Garner, Shearing-like soft touch, and a Monkishness not just in chords but in playing with rhythm.

We have been watching Craig Crofton play for 15 years and he has always stood out because of his intensity, his big tone (no Wayne Shorter acolyte here) and his willingness to push boundaries. The passing years have added a maturity that does not detract from the other qualities, but gives them perspective. He has few equals in the ability to structure a solo, create a dramatic arc from start to finish. He also has few equals in the rhythm of his playing: his notes cascade out with great attention to their placement in time – and not always in the same rhythm. His technical chops are awesome. His lyricism has grown, too, a reminder of what a great ballad player John Coltrane was. Craig is unique, a passionate player in a cerebral world.

Bassist Greg Cordez plays on the same exalted level with deep, rich tone, and contributed one composition, Camilla Rose, Mingus-like and lovely; it wouldn’t be a bad thing to hear more. Rich Laws immersed himself in a style of drumming that existed before Tony Williams, and was terrific in it. How many times have we heard a drum solo on cymbals? It is a style that he showed has plenty of life and plenty of swing in it.’

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