JazzUP! presents…ROB LUFT - as part of his Riser Tour
Rob Luft is an award-winning young guitarist from London whose virtuosity has been compared to
that of six-string legends John McLaughlin, Al Di Meola & Paco De Lucia. Praised by The Times
for his performances with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, who said he was destined ‘to achieve
great things in the future’, Rob was subsequently the recipient of the 2016 Kenny Wheeler Prize
from The Royal Academy of Music, and he also received the 2nd Prize in The 2016 Montreux Jazz
Guitar Competition at the Montreux Jazz Festival. His debut album, “Riser”, was released on
Edition Records in 2017 to widespread critical acclaim from the European jazz media. John
Fordham wrote in The Guardian that it’s a “very sophisticated debut, but given Luft’s old-soul
achievements since his early teens, we should have heard it coming”.
Concert highlights for Rob include performances with artists including Django Bates’ Saluting Sgt
Pepper, Loose Tubes, Laura Jurd’s “Dinosaur” and Tommy Smith’s Scottish National Jazz
Orchestra (SNJO). As well as leading his own project, Rob is a regular member of a multitude of
some of London’s finest modern jazz groups, such as Byron Wallen’s “Four Corners”, Eddie
Parker’s “Airborn”, The Alice Zawadzki Group and Iain Ballamy’s “Mole catchers”. Additionally, he
appears on Liane Carroll’s last album on Linn Records (‘Seaside’), two albums from Italian
drummer Enzo Zirilli on Milanese label UR Records (‘Zirobop’ & ‘Ten to Late’) and the last release
from Misha Mullov-Abbado on Edition Records (‘Cross-Platform Interchange’). Finally, he was the
recipient of the 2015 Peter Whittingham Award as part of two collective ensembles: Patchwork
Jazz Orchestra and jazz-rock quartet Big Bad Wolf.
"Guitar virtuoso makes enticingly vivacious debut" THE GUARDIAN (UK)
"...a singular talent, a fluent improviser and a composer of catchy, earthy, infectiously upbeat tunes.
There are echoes of west African high-life, English folk, indie rock and various strands of
contemporary jazz, but Luft’s sound is joyously original, robust and in-your-face..." THE IRISH
“So young and so talented!” Jamie Cullum, BBC RADIO 2 (UK)
“With Riser, Luft has produced a debut album of remarkable originality, strong compositions and
he’s assisted by a formidable quartet of musicians whose natural sensibilities and talents only
serve to enhance the project.” ALL ABOUT JAZZ (USA)
…and some words from Rob:
In September 2017 I launched “Riser”, my first album as a composer and band-leader, at King’s
Place in London, and I’m delighted to have the opportunity now to tour the music country-wide and
to the continent. This gig is part of that tour, showcasing “Riser” along with new compositions, and
delivering my own mix of jazz, African beats and Celtic folk. I will be joined by top class musicians
Corrie Dick, Tom McCredie, Joe Webb and Joe Wright, and I’m excited to be taking the music
outside of London and hopefully to new audiences as well as old friends around the country! Rob x
Thanks to Arts Council England for supporting this tour & to JazzUp for promoting the jazz nights
at Club 85.
Support comes from The Gabriel Taylor Quartet
As part of our JazzUp initiative to give young, local jazz talent the stage: The Gabriel Taylor Trio.
Herbie Underwood - Drums
Ed Bell - Bass
Gabriel Taylor – Piano
All pupils of Knight’s Templar School in Baldock.
Followed by the JazzUP! After Party with The Deadbeats DJs
Entry £12 (£10 with Loyalty Card)
Advance tickets will be available by Saturday May 12th from the usual outlets:
- Jolly Brown
- Bar 85
- Davids Music (Letchworth)
- Unikorn (Stevenage)
Online tickets are available from:
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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