In the Guardian, John Fordham enthused about progressive Swiss piano trio Vein’s ’inspired fusion of traditional jazz-trio methods and wittily deconstructivist impulses‘. They visit Watermill Jazz on a UK tour and have recently collaborated with US sax players Greg Osby and David Liebman. Expect surprising melodic, rhythmic and dynamic turns, played with the highest precision.
Michael Arbenz – piano, Thomas Lähns – double bass, Florian Arbenz – drums.
Claire Martin – ‘Lady Be Good’
Award winning vocalist and broadcaster Claire Martin, who celebrates her half century this year, remembers one of her biggest influences whose centenary year this is - Ella Fitzgerald the undisputed ‘first lady of jazz’. Claire together with Gareth Williams and Arnie Somogyi will perform their take on some of the most loved songs from Ella’s long and distinguished career including ‘Satin Doll’, ‘Cheek to Cheek’, ‘Blue Skies’, ‘Every Time We Say Goodbye’ and ‘Lady Be Good’.
Claire Martin – vocals, Gareth Williams – piano, Arnie Somogyi – double bass.
The Fishwick Brothers Quintet play the music of Cedar Walton and Duke Pearson
This band came together to perform the timeless compositions of two pianist/composers associated with the Hard Bop era of jazz and the Blue Note Record label: Cedar Walton and Duke Pearson. Although some of these tunes have become standards, like Walton’s ‘Bolivia’, there is a great wealth of material by Cedar Walton and Duke Pearson that is very rarely played. In 2007, Steve and Matt recorded ‘The Osian Roberts/Steve Fishwick Quintet meets Cedar Walton!’ with Walton himself, and Matt was mentored by Bob Cranshaw, Duke Pearson’s bass player, during the 5 years that he lived in New York, so there is a direct link from tonight’s performers to these 2 great composers.
Steve Fishwick – trumpet, James Allsop – tenor sax, Rob Barron – piano, Dario De Lecce – double bass Matt Fishwick – drums.
Barry Harris Trio
American Barry Harris is one of the primary keepers of the bebop piano flame and the primary interpreter of the music of Thelonious Monk and Bud Powell. He began studying piano at the age of 4 and sat in with Charlie Parker in Detroit as a teenager. He has played or recorded with many of the greats including Coleman Hawkins, Miles Davis, and Lee Morgan. Barry is renowned for his warm sound and legato phrasing. Expect to hear standards, tunes from the repertoire of Bud Powell, and several Monk and Bud Powell originals - all performed with Barry’s unique harmonic approach.
Barry Harris – piano, Dave Green – double bass, Steve Brown – drums.