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!!