JazzUP! presents... BIG BAD WOLF!
London-based Big Bad Wolf have developed a unique way to bridge the gap between improvised music and contemporary pop/rock styles. The band strives to constantly push the boundaries and blur the edges of the genre through a wealth of inﬂuences, from Bjork to Derek Bailey, brought to the table by each member to the group. From the band’s ﬁrst experimentations in late 2014 there has always been a primary focus on the instrumental blend within the unconventional line up (trombone, guitar, bass VI and drums) and how to work that into forging an individual, contemporary sound whilst still honouring the improvisational element of the jazz tradition. Club85 is proud to host this gig as part of the band’s Pond Life album launch tour.
"Sun drenched blissed out optimism" - Marlbank
MICHAEL DE SOUZA- Fender Bass VI.
Michael De Souza is a versatile and in-demand electric guitarist, as well as a prominent ﬁgure amongst the current wave of improvisers and jazz musicians emerging from the London scene. Having attended both Leeds College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music, Michael has learnt from some of the best musicians in the UK and beyond. He is also an active composer, writing for his own London based quintet, infusing Jazz Harmonies, Rock Riffs, Brazilian inspired Grooves and Free Improv. As both a leader and a side-man, Michael has performed at some of the countries top Jazz venues, as well as London, Manchester and Herts Jazz festivals
JAY DAVIS- Drums.
As a drummer and composer, Jay has been presented with several awards including a Yamaha Jazz Scholarship, John Scheerer Prize for Drum kit and the Sir Elton John Prize to name just a few. Educated at Leeds college of Music and the Royal Academy of Music, he has performed all over the world in a wide variety of settings and with artists such as Ian Shaw and Rachel Sermanni. Jay has had his own compositions featured on BBC radio and has also recorded music for television. Jay currently resides in London and is busy performing throughout the UK and Europe.
"I thought, is this some Zappa I've never heard? And then it kept going beyond that..." - BBC Radio 3 listener
OWEN DAWSON- Trombone.
Trombonist Owen Dawson is a London based musician with a career including highlights such as performances with the John Wilson Orchestra, Hermeto Pascoal, the BBC Big Band and on the West End run of Sinatra: the Man and His Music. Educated on the prestigious Royal Academy of Music Jazz programme, Owen is also an active composer and exponent of the electric trombone in situations ranging from free, improvised music to his role in Big Bad Wolf.
ROB LUFT- Guitar.
Rob Luft is an award winning musician from London, and has often been described as one of the UK's most prominent and talented contemporary young jazz guitarists. Praised by The Times for a recent run of performances at Ronnie Scott's, Rob has been tipped to "achieve great things in the future". Having joined the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Great Britain at 15, Rob then went on to study on the Jazz programme at the Royal Academy of Music. Subsequently, he co-founded the internationally acclaimed tango quintet The Deco Ensemble alongside regularly performing with Martin Speake's "Mafarowi", Enzo Zirilli's "Zirobop" and Byron Wallen's "Four Corners" to name a few.
"I really like the kind of combination of lazy trombone and darting guitar riffs" - Jez Nelson, BBC Radio 3 (Jazz On 3)
Entry £8 in advance, £10 on the door.
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Printed advance tickets available from the usual outlets:
Jolly Brown (Hitchin)
Gatefold Record Lounge (Hitchin)
Bar 85 (Hitchin)
David's Music (Letchworth)
16+ with photo ID - younger patrons can be signed in at the door by a responsible adult and earplugs are available upon request.
Downstairs bar open until 1am.
Like all our gigs this show finishes well in time for the last
trains North and South to Cambridge/Peterborough and London and we are just a 5 minute stroll from the station.
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