We were honoured to welcome Trish Clowes’ new project as part of our summer season – her fresh
take on the classic organ trio-plus- horn, MY IRIS, was a standout gig and a great addition to the
rather jazz-free May Festival – Ross Stanley, Chris Montague and James Maddren make a real all-
star band, so the players who turned up for the workshop at the Verdict couldn’t believe their luck!
Local boy Dave Drake came back from his studies at the New School in Manhattan to bring us a
preview of some of his new compositions with an amazing trio performance, ably supported by
Tim Thornton on bass and fellow Brighton homeboy Peter Adam Hill on drums. Dave has quite a
reputation already around these parts, so a packed house was guaranteed. Earlier in the day,
Dave dropped into his old school, BHASVIC, to give a workshop on aspects of jazz theory and
practice to a room full of students – and his old music teacher!
Sumo Chief broke the mould with this one – Joe Armon Jones and Oscar Jerome led their band of
hip-hop/jazz fusioneers and brought the house down with their heavy heavy beats. The workshop
at the Verdict was a blast as well – the links from jazz to hip hop and back again are alive and well
in the hands of these monsters of groove! We were stoked to be able to feature them on the Arena
stage at Love Supreme Festival as well!
Ashley Henry is a hotly tipped star in the making and we were lucky to book him for this exclusive
trio show. The two Sams – Vicari and Gardner on bass and drums respectively – also turned up for
a super-relaxed workshop session discussing all aspects of trio playing and jazz practice in
general, before the trio blew everyone away with their sheer intensity!
Tom Green brought his whole septet down for this one – an amazing mix of tight arrangements and
inspired blowing that brought in influences from New Orleans right up to the hip edge of things.
Earlier in the day, the whole band took a trip up to Sussex University campus to meet up with the
Sussex University Big Band and put them through their paces! Plenty of input for everyone, from
the horns to the rhythm team, as Tom brought some arrangements for them to play and the band
ate them up!
Vels Trio are local Brighton favourites so we were really pleased to be able to invite them to rock
their beat-heavy fusion sounds for us. Plenty of broken rhythms, gnarly effects and killer grooves
and a packed house made this a great homecoming for the band after recording their debut EP.
Nigel Hitchcock’s performance was simply stunning, and his band shone out even with the very
high level of all our previous artists! James Copus (tpt), Will Barry (pno), local boy Joe Downard
on bass and Jay Davis on drums are all names to be reckoned with! Earlier he’d brought his whole
band for another meet with the Sussex Uni Big Band for a repeat dose of musical inspiration. A
fitting way to round off our first season on New Generation Jazz – and forward to 2017!!
Ant Law brought his entire band down for the free masterclass workshop at the Verdict on April 29th – an amazing array of top-flight talent including Mike Chillingworth on reeds, Tom Hewson on piano, Matt Ridley on bass and Asaf Sirkis on drums offered the benefits of their collective expertise to some very lucky attendees. They spent their afternoon explaining the mysteries of time signatures, making it all seem very natural as only true masters can, and were having so much fun that they were only just left enough time to set up the Verdict Club for the evening’s gig. The show was a complete sell-out and the band sounded truly amazing – Thanks for Sara Oschlag for acting as facilitator, compere and all-round star!
New Generation Jazz were utterly stoked to present a show by the awesome Ezra Collective. The Ezras are the third band from the Tomorrow’s Warriors organisation a New Generation to play a show this year, following in the footsteps of Nerija and Moses Boyd’s Exodus. The bar was set high, but the band didn’t disappoint, thrilling the biggest sell-out crowd yet.
You can read the Jazzwise review here;
Thanks again, and good luck with the upcoming album release!
Moses came down to Brighton as New Generation Jazz’s latest guest, fresh from his triumph at this year’s MOBO.
First stop was the drum room at BIMM Brighton, where Moses gave a clinic, hosted by BIMM tutor Preston Prince and New Gen’s own Jack Kendon, to a packed room of BIMM degree students. Moses gave a rundown on his musical philosophy, some dazzling musical moves, and some practical tips for survival in the music biz, as well as fielding questions from the students.
The it was off to the Verdict for a gig with his genre-busting Exodus project. Tickets were sold out well in advance; Moses was joined by Artie Zaitz, Binker Golding and the awesome Theon Cross on tuba to deliver two spectacular sets of forward-looking musical mash-ups that dazzled and delighted and left the crowd yelling out for more.
New Generation Jazz were delighted to kick off 2016 in fine style with the second of their collaborations with the Tomorrow’s Warriors group; the hotly-tipped Nerija.
In the afternoon, altoist Cassie Kinochi and bassist Inge Eichler, accompanied by piano star and Zara MacFarlane collaborator Peter Edwards, paid a visit to Dorothy Stringer Secondary School to present a workshop to 30 extremely excited students. Thanks are due to Mr Andy Barbour and Mr Pete Davison for co-ordinating this event so successfully with the Stringer music department – the gospel of jazz was spread to some very promising young players.
Expectations were high for the evening show and Nerija more than fulfilled them. Playing a selection of material from their upcoming EP release, the girls showed why they’re making waves across the jazz community with their free-flowing soulful sound, with Nubya Garcia especially impressing on tenor sax.
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!