Jazz at Future Inns

Ivy BensonThe 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…


Rob Barren
Date: 23rd October 2014
Time: 8.30pm onwards
Where: Jazz@FutureInn
Tickets: £5.00/ £3.00 (Students)

Rob started playing the piano at the age of 7. After leaving Leeds College of Music with a BA Hons degree in Jazz studies and the College award for Outstanding Performance, Rob moved to London where he completed his MMus in Music Performance with Distinction from The Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

With regular appearances at the Ronnie Scott’s Late Late Show and at venues such as the 606 clubs, the band has developed a close musical rapport around a shared passion for music from the hardpop era.

Drawing influences from the classic groups of the period such as the Wes Montgomery and George Shearing Quartets and more modern groups such as the Peter Bernstein/Mike Ledonne Quartet, the band plays new exciting arrangements of timeless popular songs from Rodgers and Hart to Stevie Wonder as well as original compositions.

Rob has worked for the following artists…

Bryan Adams, Damon Albarn, The BBC Big Band, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra, Vanessa Mae, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Roisin Murphy, Paloma Faith, The Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera, The English National Ballet, Jamelia, Mr. Hudson, Clare Maguire (MD), Marina Laslo (MD), Marisa Turner (MD), Serpentine Fire, David Essex, Bryn Terfel, Helena Blackman, Joe Longthorne, Brenda Edwards, Tommy Blaize, Louise Clare Marshall,

Jazz artists Rob has worked with include Bob Mintzer, Phil Woods, Kairos 4tet, Benny Golson, Curtis Fuller, Tina May, Anita Wardell, Tim Garland, Soweto Kinch, Nigel Hitchcock, Jean Toussaint, Alan Barnes, Mark Nightingale, Gareth Lockrane, Tam de Villiers, Art Theman,The Syd Lawrence Orchestra and spent 4 years with The National Youth Jazz Orchestra.

“Truly a World Class Musician” – Jacqui Dankworth
“Man, you can really swing, I love the way you connect your sound” – Benny Green

“Pianist Rob Barron was particularly impressive, his spidery, Horace Silver-like runs carving out their own space amongst the rest of the band.” – John Fordham (The Guardian)


Dominic Marshall Trio
Date: 23rd October 2014
Time: 8.30pm onwards
Where: Jazz@FutureInn
Tickets: £5.00/ £3.00 (Students)

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 lab“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) el.

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