In a long and distinguished career, Phil Bancroft has been a key innovator and composer for bands such as the John Rae Collective, Trio AAB, and his own Trios and Quartets. After a decade where his unmistakeable saxophone voice mostly shone in projects led by Graeme Stephen and Paul Harrison, Phil is on the move again as a serious creative leader. This autumn he launches his take on an artist-led record label in the age of Spotify. His web portal Myriad Streams will release 8 albums over the next two years, including a debut album from his brand new trio- Beautiful Storm.
The Storm features two of Phil’s long-time collaborators, master musicians both- Scottish Guitarist Graeme Stephen and Indian Tabla maestro Gyan Singh- exploring the confluence of two great improvisational traditions - Indian classical and contemporary jazz.
One of the UK’s most exciting bands, Fat-Suit are forward thinking and nostalgic at the same time. Influences of the modern jazz greats combine with noughties indie guitar riffs, 90s dance sounds, and timeless groove and funk while their softer side opens up to folk melodies with Celtic roots.
Equally at home on a late night festival slot, jazz club, or concert hall, some recent performance highlights include Love Supreme Jazz Festival, Boomtown, Vsetin Jazz Festival (CZ), Budapest Jazz Club, and Jazzdock (Prague). Hailed as ‘One’s to Watch’ by Jazzwise magazine, and winners of ‘Best Band’ & ‘Best Album’ at the Scottish Jazz Awards, they embrace a seamless mix of musical styles in a 'showcase of sonic domination’.
With Loïc Guenneguez on trumpet, Mateusz Sobieski on tenor saxophone, Dorian Cloudsley and Fraser Jackson on guitars, Craig McMahon and Alan Benzie on keyboards, Gus Stirrat on bass and Mark Scobbie on drums.
A special occasion for Aberdeen jazz fans as we welcome the debut of a world class sextet led by saxophone star Matt Carmichael. “Compelling”, “striking” and “uplifting” are just some of the press accolades for Matt's irresistible blend of lyrical jazz and lilting folk melodies. The saxophonist’s star is rising with a new album 'Marram' set to be released this autumn on Edition Records. Matt showcases a new, international sextet who will create a suite of music for this world premiere. Matt is joined by Norwegian pianist Liv Hauge, Rose Logan on fiddle, James Mackay on guitar, Mark Hendry on bass and Corrie Dick on drums.
A warm Blue Lamp welcome this week to outstanding saxophonist/composer Trish Clowes and her band MY IRIS promoting their new album ‘A View with a Room’. This is the fourth release by Trish and her acclaimed band, an intense and thrilling quartet that represents the front rank of the contemporary UK jazz scene. Lauded for her imaginative approach to improvisation and composition, Clowes provides her bandmates Ross Stanley (piano/Hammond organ), Chris Montague (guitar) and David Hamblett (drums) with a unique platform for individual expression, delivering driving grooves and lingering melodic lines, seamlessly morphing between earthy restlessness and futuristic dreamscapes.
This concert is organised in association with Sound Festival.
BRBQ unites three distinctive voices in Scottish jazz, James Brady (trumpet/flugelhorn), Mario Caribé (bass) and Stu Brown (drums/percussion), with one of the UK’s leading interpreters of Bossa Nova and Brazilian jazz, Ed Rice (piano). Brazilian-born Caribé has long been a leading light in the Scottish jazz and needs no introduction to the Blue Lamp audience while prolific performer Stu Brown spent 3 weeks on a British Council-funded residency in Brazil followed by a UK tour with cultural exchange project Orquestra Scotland Brasil. Although new to Scotland, Brady has already made an impact on the Scottish jazz scene and has been studying and playing the music of Brazil for over 10 years. Together, they bring a freshness and authenticity to playing the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim, Hermeto Pascoal, João Bosco and other giants of Brazilian jazz, combining flowing melody, rhythmic grace and open, breathing improvisation.
The Espen Eriksen Trio are well known to Aberdeen jazz fans from two standout performances during previous visits to The Blue Lamp. This autumn, they make a very welcome return together with British saxophone star Andy Sheppard. The quartet is now touring with their live record 'In The Mountains' which was selected Editor’s Choice by Jazzwise describing it as “an album of classy, inventive jazz improvisation that's pretty near perfect". With Andy Sheppard on tenor saxophone, Espen Eriksen on piano, Lars Tormod Jenset on double bass and Andreas Bye on drums.
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