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The Duvall ProjectEvent: The Duvall Project
Date: 4th February 2016
Venue: Jazz@FutureInn
Time: From 8.30pm onwards
Ticket Price:£5 (Adults) £3 (Students)

Ahead of the gig at the Future Inns, February 4th, Gary Alesbrook talks to us about the Duval Project, the new line-up and future releases.
Future inns: Who Is The Duval Project?

Gary Alesbrook: Myself: flugelhorn/synth, Marie Lister: vocals, Arj Magee:
drums, Andy Nowak: keys, Richie Blake: bass, Dan Waldman:guitar
FI: How long has The Duval Project been going and tell me about the new line-up?

GA: It started off as an instrumental project in early 2010 and Danny cox, Richie and Andy have been with me from the beginning. Danny is now pushing his awesome solo project, OSMO. it’s a massive undertaking requiring 100% commitment and so in order to keep the momentum going with Duval we decided to ask Arj Magee to join us on drums. i also took the opportunity to augment the fresh sound with the addition of Dan Waldman on guitar. Dan has lots of experience in the world of neo-soul and i’ve wanted him in the band for a while now. we found a gem of a vocalist years ago and Marie has been with us ever since. She gives us a perfect balance between jazz and soul.

FI: What’s your background and where do you come from?

GA: I’m a jazz trumpet player hailing from sunny Plymouth. Up until studying jazz at Leeds College of Music, I primarily had a classical background. I started playing on the session circuit straight after college and I’d say this gave me quite a broad taste in music.

FI: Who are your main influences?

GA: I mainly play flugelhorn in the project and love players like Clark Terry, Chet Baker, Gerard Precencer and Till Bronner. However, musically i listen to everything from Count Basie to Warren Zevon to Busta Rhymes. The Duval Project is heavily influenced by my time playing with the late Lynden David Hall and Raphael Saadiq. It’s music based in jazz but with a heavy neo-soul influence.

FI: What have been some of your favourite moments for the band over the last few years?

GA: we supported Roy Ayers at the Jazz Café, we were so excited to be supporting such a legend! We’ve been invited over to New York so, fingers crossed we can get some funds together to do it all again! we supported Go Go Penguin last year and got to play to a new set of fans. This year will be the third time playing the Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival and our slot keeps getting better and better, we love this one. When our E.P was released we somehow we managed to catch the ears of Grammy Winning recording engineer Russell Elevado in New York. Russell mixes artists such as Roy Hargrove and D’angelo so i was very excited he was interested in mixing and producing our debut E.P.

FI: Are you looking forward to your gig at Future inns?

GA: We’re definitely looking forward to coming back to Future Inns as I’m so proud of this band and can’t wait to play there. We always have an appreciative crowd and with our new songs and new line-up, I can’t wait to get stuck in. we’re planning an album for later in the year and this is the perfect opportunity to debut some new material…

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Event:John Pearce
Date: 11th February 2016
Venue: Jazz@FutureInn
Time: From 8.30pm onwards
Ticket Price:£5 (Adults) £3 (Students)

Born in Bristol, John Pearce began learning the violin at the age of seven and has since performed in Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark and Japan as well as at venues in London including the Royal Albert Hall, St. Martin in the Fields and St. Johnís, Smith Square.

He has performed live as a soloist on BBC radio and television and has given world premieres of works by composers such as Sir Richard Rodney Bennett. He regularly appears as a soloist, most recently performing the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the Stroud Symphony Orchestra and gives duo recitals with pianist and composer Motoki Hirai. Festival performances have included the Cheltenham Music Festival, the Bath Festival and the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival.

John had the honour of receiving an award from the Former Parliamentary under Secretary of State for an outstanding contribution to music and was awarded a scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music where he studied with Gyorgy Pauk, later continuing his studies privately with Bela Katona.

He was also part of the Live Music Now scheme that was developed by Yehudi Menuhin as a musical outreach organisation and John continues to give masterclasses and music workshops throughout the country.
His own work as a jazz musician has led him to collaborate with Pete Judge, James Morton, Ian Matthews, Gary Alesbrook and David Newton and he is also looking forward to developing a future duo project with guitarist Alex Hutchings.

Event:Edward Leaker
Date: 18th February 2016
Venue: Jazz@FutureInn
Time: From 8.30pm onwards
Ticket Price:£5 (Adults) £3 (Students)

Edward Leaker is a saxophonist based in the South West of England. Having gained formal training at London’s prestigious Royal Academy of Music and a wealth of performing experience as a freelance saxophonist he is always in demand for his smooth style and sound. Edward is best known for his own musical projects including the successful big band ‘Swing Machine Jazz Orchestra’ and saxophone and strings group ‘Blaze’, who have have commissioned new music from the likes of jazz star Iain Ballamy and will be performing the premiere of a new work by composer/saxophonist Barbara Thompson in late 2015.

The Edward Leaker Band was formed as an instrumental group that would appeal to new and traditional audiences alike. Definitely a jazz group but also accessible to non jazz listeners. In 2013, the band released their first album ‘Portrait’. The album is the culmination of many years playing a diverse range of musical styles and in a variety of musical settings. Edward’s original compositions represent the wide range of influences that are always present in his saxophone playing. The style is rooted in groove with a strong emphasis on melody. The music takes the listener on a journey through a kaleidoscope of musical sounds with influences from contemporary smooth jazz, soul and funk. For this project, Edward digs deep in to his pool of influences including David Sanborn, Kirk Whalum and Gerald Albright among others.

Edward’s band features some of the most dynamic and versatile musicians around, each of them well known on the Bristol music scene and nationally. Their individual skills perfectly complement the music and they each bring a different quality to the group. For this gig the band will feature Jerry Crozier-Cole – Guitar, Andy Nowak – Keyboards/Piano, Mike Isaac – Electric Bass, Andy Tween – Drums


“…There is nothing but good music on this CD.”
Brian Inglis

“”Great album. Sounds flawless…”
John Stromberg – Spinnup Records

“…Absolutely wonderful. You really know how to play!”
Niklas Hansson – Producer

“His tone, especially on alto, is warm and distinctive…”
Richard Niles
“…Combining a successful freelance and teaching career, this prodifious sax talent also leads various jazz outfits. This solo album carries a wonderfully smooth tone and features his takes on material by Mike Mainieri amongst others…”
Keith Ames – ‘The Musician’

Date: 25th February 2016
Venue: Jazz@FutureInn
Time: From 8.30pm onwards
Ticket Price:£5 (Adults) £3 (Students)

“Fabulously unique, and uniquely fabulous” (Venue)

“An amazingly intricate machine, a great world-travelling vehicle: a sight to behold and a sound to be heard” (Listomania)

“A powerhouse. Talent, instinct and creativity make them a real force to be reckoned with” (Sound on Sound)

Original music combining evocative harmonies, intricate rhythms, absorbing soundscapes; from one extraordinary drummer and four top-of-their-game horn-players. You won’t have heard anything quite like Bristol-based quintet Dakhla Brass.

Since forming in 2011, Dakhla Brass has:
- recorded 2 albums of completely original music;

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