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Sunday, 3rd March

Emily Francis Trio

Hops n Scotch
Le Tambour, 2.00am

“Luma’s leap forward illustrates the ever-morphing status of the piano trio now . . . a very 1980s prog iteration, all post-Vangelis synth-scapes, jazz-funk riffs, and gated drums.” - Jazzwise

“Francis transcends her many influences to create a sound that is very much her own, skilfully blending acoustic and electric elements to create a rich tapestry.” - The Jazz Mann

The Emily Francis Trio fuses their own style of high-energy, melodically driven jazz with sounds from the worlds of progressive rock and pop, electronic music, and influences spanning the 60s, 70s, and 80s.
 
Their music was described as “a thing of rare beauty” by Jazzwise, and influences include artists from the current US electro-jazz scene, such as Donny McCaslin,  and FORQ; prog supremos Pink Floyd, Genesis, and Peter Gabriel; and jazz icons Herbie Hancock, Brad Mehldau, and Avishai Cohen.
 
Never wanting to remain still, the band continues to push sonic boundaries, delivering a high-impact show from beginning to end.
 
Marking their 10th anniversary, 2024 sees the launch of a brand new EP featuring four singles that capture EFT’s melodic, intense, genre-bending style and immersive, hard-hitting interplay.

 

The group is also celebrating their 10th year with a special vinyl remastered release of their first album, The Absent.



This show will feature material from both the new EP and The Absent, as well as music from their highly praised album, LUMA.

 


 
EMILY FRANCIS
As well as being an artist in her own right, Emily is an in-demand session musician, playing for several independent and signed artists, such as soul songstress Jo Harman, Toyah Willcox, former King Crimson founder, Robert Fripp, and Andrea Bocelli & Family.

TREVOR BOXALL

Known for his propulsive, creative, and supportive playing, solid groove, and old-school tone, Trevor performs regularly with blues superstar Connor Selby as well as collaborating with the future-nodding Origin Quartet. Heavily influenced by the songwriting style and tones and playing on the classic Motown, soul, pop, and rock records of the 60s and 70s, Trevor has a huge love for jazz, prog, and improvised music.

 

“Boxall impresses throughout the recording with his flexible grooves and melodic soloing.” - The Jazz Mann 

 

“. . . brings us squarely back into the territory of 70s jazz-funk with some interesting bass work from Trevor Boxall.” - London Jazz News

JAMIE MURRAY

Jamie is one of the great new breeds of drummers on the UK scene. A forward-thinking and conceptual player with a solid groove style, his outstanding original projects include collaborations with iconic musicians like bassist Tim Lefebvre and saxophonist Donny McCaslin, as well as appearing alongside artists such as Su Ra Arkestra, Alfa Mist, Camilla George, Golden Mean and hosting his own Late Late show at the famous Ronnie Scott's.

 

“Visceralism and virtuosity.” - All About Jazz 

 

“The shape of jazz to come.” - Jazzwise

 

“A drummer to watch out for.” - Rhythm Drummer Magazine

Emily Francis (Keyboards) Trevor Boxall (Bass Guitar) Jamie Murray (Drums)

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Sunday, 21st April

Broken Heart Blues - LIVE
Angel Of Mercy

Zoë Schwarz Blue Commotion

“A great band. Terrific musicians all four of them.” - Paul Jones, BBC Radio 2

“Unique vocals, accomplished guitar, a classic performance, and a fresh approach to 'the blues'."
– Blues in Britain, Old Bush Blues Festival

Zoë Schwarz Blue Commotion refreshes the blues genre with eclectic arrangements, virtuosic playing, and vocal prowess.

 

With an exciting live set based around rootsy original songs, strong catchy riffs, and exciting grooves, they mix old-school tradition with contemporary flare and sophistication. 

Zoë's unique, dynamic, yearning, commanding vocal delivery and her interpretive ability are complemented by Rob's ability to come up with catchy vibrant riffs and musical arrangements, which stretch the term 'blues' and keep it moving forward, so as to be relevant for our current times.


There’s no rigid musical template for Blue Commotion; the only stipulation is that it feels good, tastes good and sounds good. This is aided by the highly accomplished rhythm section of Pete Whittaker and Paul Robinson, who have the ability to push the music in unpredictable and exciting directions. The band prides itself on filling their 'live' and album sets with original music,

 

Zoë Schwarz Blue Commotion have made a considerable impact this last decade and are one of the bands that have added a fresh approach and vibrancy to the UK Blues scene, receiving many awards and nominations, including finalists in the UK Blues Awards with Female Vocalist, Band, and Album of the Year, several times.

ZOË SCHWARZ

Citing Billie Holiday, John Lee Hooker, Howlin' Wolf, Ray Charles, Etta James, Amy Winehouse and Beth Hart as influences, Zoë's musical journey started while at convent boarding school, singing sacred music in church several times a week.

 

Zoë broadened her musical intake by defying school rules and listening to John Peel late at night on a tiny transistor radio, and loving bands like the Stranglers. She was introduced to Billie Holiday by her uncle in her early teens, and this proved to be the crucial stepping stone to singing the blues.

Later, she went in search of like-minded musicians and was introduced to Rob; it proved to be the catalyst, and in January 2012 they formed Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion.


"Schwarz’s stage presence and vocal delivery is commanding  . . . She’s a lady born to sing the blues." - Blues In Britain

ROB KORAL
A self-taught musician, Rob first came to prominence with the successful band SKETCH, featuring vocalist Sue Hawker.

Citing Jan Akkerman, Joe Pass and Allan Holdsworth among his early influences, Rob has played on more than 30 albums featuring top UK musicians such as Jeremy Stacey, Laurence Cottle, Roy Babbington, Gareth Williams, Robin Aspland, Mark Fletcher, Mike Bradley, Pete Whittaker, Paul Robinson, and Andy Gangeden.


“Innovative spark, virtuoso playing and a dare-devil attitude.”

- Pete Feenstra, Get Ready To Rock

PETE WHITTAKER
Originally a piano player, Pete migrated to the organ after listening to the classic 50s/60s Jimmy Smith recordings. As a result of immersing himself in the sound world of organ greats such as the aformentioned Mr Smith, plus Larry Young, Groove Holmes, Jack McDuff, and Jimmy McGriff, he has chosen to continue his musical journey in the Hard Bop, soul jazz, funky tradition.

An in-demand musican who toured with the Wonder Stuff in the 90s, Pete is a member of John Etheridge's Blue Spirits, Theo Travis' Double Talk and The Filthy 6.
 

“With Whittaker's classic approach, set alongside Koral's guitar, you get a sound that goes back to the likes of Quatermass and Atomic Rooster, but as modern as you like."

- Andy Sniper, International Music News

PAUL ROBINSON
For nearly 20 years, Paul toured and recorded with jazz legend Nina Simone and currently plays with The Eric Bibb Band. His ability to adapt to any genre has seen him tour, work or record with a diverse range of artists, including Van Morrison, Paul McCartney, Mose Allison, Zoot Money, Dame Cleo Laine, Jan Hammer, Natalie Cole, Dianne Reeves, Liz Wright, Angelique Kidjo, and Patti Austin.

"Is there any drummer who listens more and who truly converses with the lead voice, with a projection of power without volume?" - London Jazz News


Zoë Schwarz (Vocals) Rob Koral (Guitar) Pete Whittaker (Organ) Paul Robinson (Drums)

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