New Generation Jazz

New Generation Jazz

New Generation Jazz

New Generation Jazz in Brighton


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!!