An evening inspired by the music of American jazz guitarist Pat Metheny.
Nicolas Meier – acoustic and steel string acoustic guitar.
Alex Hutton – piano and keyboards
Bass - Tom Mason
Eric Ford – Drums
UK-based guitarist Nicolas Meier has carved a reputation out as one of the world's most original and uniquely talented guitarists.
Drawing from a love of Turkish, Eastern and Middle Eastern music, Flamenco, Tango and other genres, all mixed with jazz , Meier's versatility and musical fluency extends well beyond that.
Nic’s considerable talents drew the attention of rock guitar legend, Jeff Beck, who made Nicolas a mainstay in The Jeff Beck Group carrying him on two world tours during the course of the last several years.
Meier originally hails from Switzerland; born in 1973, to parents who are great lovers of the arts. Never short on ambition, Meier founded his own record label, MGP Records, in 2009. To date, he's produced twelve albums: as a solo artist; in various group formats (The Nicolas Meier Group; Nicolas Meier Trio; Eclectica!; Nicolas Meier World Group); with his heavy metal band, Seven7, and; in a duo format, with long-time partner, fellow guitarist and collaborator, the fabulous UK master, Pete Oxley. (Their 2015 release, "Chasing Tales," was a masterful, benchmark album, in the dual-guitar format.)
Meier’s sound is rooted in his love of playing jazz on acoustic guitar, especially his Godin nylon-string guitar. It’s a sound that lends itself especially well to flamenco and middle-eastern music.
These influences, and more, are brilliantly fused in his unique multi-lingual style. He also plays fretless acoustic guitar, the Saz (a traditional Turkish stringed instrument), electric guitar, steel-string acoustic guitar, glissentar (an 11-stringed fretless insturment) and a baglama. By 2022 a new World Group studio album called "Magnificent" came out. A 3 CD package including "Live" and "Stories" to promote this release, lots of UK concerts and a European tour of 11 dates opening for rock guitar legend Steve Vai.
This show will be a nod towards the influence of Pat Metheny and will be a colourful blend of jazz; rock and European folk influenced Jazz.
Vocalist Hattie brings a Joni Mitchell inspired evening.
Hattie Whitehead (vocals and guitar)
Tim Whitehead (sax)
Alex Hutton (piano)
Darren McCarthy (bass)
Tom Hooper (drums)
Hattie Whitehead does not pull her punches. Think Liz Lawrence meets Joni Mitchell. Her smart lyrics and powerful, outspoken female voice blend folk sensibilities with an undeniably modern sound.
Performing and writing since a young age and born into an artistic family Hattie has won the Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition in 2016 and her self released EPs have over 200k streams.
The self-produced video for Hattie Whiteheads 2018 single "Up's and Downs" clocked over 50k views on Youtube. It is no surprise that with her uncanny ability to graft complex narratives to memorable melodies that Hattie has also seen success with sync work.
She was hand picked by Guy Garvey to write for and perform on soundtrack for the hit Apple+ TV show for "Trying Season 1". On the first single from the campaign “No Man's Land” (released 30th September 22) she dives into the experience of loss that permeates much of her material to date. Written in direct response to the loss of her mother, the song describes an experience that is all the more relevant in the post-pandemic world we live in today where loss is all around us.
The outcome is a body of work that takes Hattie's unflinching honesty when discussing the industry and it’s troubled relationship to women or un-earthing with eye-widening vulnerability her own personal experiences and places the sound squarely in 2023.
From Ian Car’s Nucleus in the 70’s to the iconic 80’s allstar Loose Tubes collaboration, Tim Whitehead has been a central role in British Jazz for many decades. Co-founding ‘Jazz Umbrella’ in the 80’s and ‘Way out West in the 90’s, He has also helped provide a network and platform for other musicians.
This show will centre around Hattie’s love of Joni Mitchell. – The more jazzier side of Joni Mitchell. It will also feature the world class saxophone of Tim Whitehead.
‘It’s not just his mastery of the tenor saxophone, phenominal though it is, but the absolute conviction of his playing that is so impressive.’ Dave Gelly - Observer
‘The song Ups and Downs highlights Whitehead’s rich, honeyed vocals as well as her talent for writing enthralling melodies and soul-baringly honest lyrics.’ The Telegraph
'The singer-writer from Richmond in London, wears her heart and her accomplished song craft on her sleeve with the self-released single More Than That. It’s an appealingly open faced love song.’ Prog Magazine
‘Hattie's got the sort of talent that means in a couple of years time we'll all be boasting about being here tonight.’ For Folk's Sake
When the Horn Blows – ‘There’s something incredibly wholesome about Hattie Whitehead’s folk-tinged vocal, her delivery is tender and matter of fact, pure and warm despite some of the melancholia in the lyrical theme.’ PressPlay Ok
The five-piece band take well known songs from the 70s and 80s, transforming them with a mix of jazz, bossa and samba!
Their unique set of exuberant, original contemporary jazz arrangements includes hits by Dolly Parton, Madonna, U2, The Police, A-ha and Britney Spears.
Fronted by world class vocalist Lucy Randell, Jazz Dynamos have performed sold out shows at the legendary Ronnie Scott’s and Pizza Express Jazz Clubs in London, festivals in UK, Italy, Sweden, France, Norway and Bulgaria, and at private events for British and Hollywood Royalty.
Jazz Dynamos are Lucy Randell (vocals, percussion), Mark Adelman (keyboard), Anders Janes (double bass), Dominique Metz (drums, backing vocals) and Stewart Curtis (saxes, flute and piccolo).
In a change to previously advertised, this event is on Wednesday 5 April at 8pm
Art Themen played tenor saxophone with a university jazz band while studying medicine at Cambridge.
After qualifying as a doctor, he moved to London and in the early 60s played in several blues and R&B bands. During this period he worked with Alexis Korner, Phil Seamen, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Rod Stewart, Joe Cocker and Long John Baldry. In the late 60s and early 70s his musical direction shifted towards jazz and he played with Barbara Thompson, Michael Garrick, Henry Lowther and Graham Collier.
In 1974 he began a long and particularly fruitful association with Stan Tracey, which continued into the 90s. He has also accompanied numerous visiting US jazzmen, including Al Haig, Red Rodney, George Coleman and Nat Adderley. A highly individual playing style marks Themen’s performances.