Henry Spencer and his entire band joined forces in their workshop, giving the lucky participants feedback from five different, highly talented sources at once – fortunately no disputes broke out! This was our last New Generation show of the year and it was a corker in every way. Henry brought a superb band, featuring pianist Sam Leak plus Nick Costley-White (guitar) Andrew Robb (bass) and David Ingamells (drums), and they gave a truly riveting performance that had the crowd shouting out for more.
We hope that Henry returns with his band when they’re touring their upcoming release on Whirlwind records later in 2106. Catch up with them here;
Jamie Leeming teamed up with Emily Dankworth and cellist Sophie English to lead a workshop focussing on improvisation techniques and making the instrument sing. A range of students from different colleges across town made it down to participate in a breakdown and performance of ‘Afro-Blue’ and to marvel at Jamie’s pedalboard.
Jamie’s gig used the unique qualities of the Verdict to the full by starting as a hushed, totally acoustic affair for guitar, cello and voice, then gradually adding more and more band members til they achieved full jazz-rock magnificence! Honourable mention must go to Liam Dunachie on piano/keyboards, Nic Breakspear on bass and Gaspar Sena on drumsThey really created a special, intimate atmosphere and made a lot of new friends. Watch out for the upcoming album release later in the year, and check Jamie’s new page for updates on this unique project.
The New Generation experience kicked off on October 30th when Gary Crosby and Nathaniel Facey dropped into BIMM to deliver an amazing workshop to a crowd of BA students. They dazzled them with a sax/bass duet before Nathaniel gave an inspirational account of what playing jazz is all about, before getting everyone involved in a multi-layered jam session, while Gary shared his insights with the many bassists who’s turned out to see him.
Later they joined Shirley Tetteh and Moses Boyd for a killer sell-out show at the Verdict. You can read the Jazzwise review here;
Expect more from New Generation hook-ups from Tomorrow’s Warriors in 2016!
New Generation Jazz kicked off with an action packed workshop and a sold-out crowd at an explosive evening and performance by Gary Crosby’s Groundation.
Bassist, Gary Crosby and saxophonist, Nathaniel Facey led a hands on workshop for the students at BIMM. It was a very interactive and informative experience which left the students and all who attended inspired and wanting more! Many who attended the workshop couldn’t help but want to see more from the guys, and who’d blame them. (Check out our twitter @newgenjazz to see a short clip of Nathaniel going at it post Workshop)
Later that evening Groundation gave an incredible performance at the Verdict Jazz Club to a packed out audience. The band, led by the eminent Gary Crosby, featured award winning saxophonist, Nathaniel Facey, Mobo award winning drummer, Moses boyd and one of the most exciting and creative young female guitarist to ever come out of the UK Jazz scene, Shirley Tetteh.
A gig which had a jubilated crowd up in arms and cheering at every note, New Generation Jazz couldn’t have hoped for a better launch.
Big thanks to Groundation, Tomorrow’s warrior’s, BIMM, The Verdict and all who came and made it such an incredible launch.
Jamie Leeming Project featuring Emily Dankworth.