Saturday 5th November 2016
£30.00 - £50.00
TERENCE BLANCHARD’S E-COLLECTIVE will explore various areas, centered around jazz, but also including various elements of blues, R&B, funk and fusion. Taking the unusual and inno-vative approach of abandoning the traditional "soloist/accompaniment" demarcation of straight-ahead jazz and the E-COLLECTIVE will instead feature opportunities for continuous improvisation by every member of the band. The individual solos are more prominent, but never over- whelm the music's collective approach. At the onset, the band's music will feature a free, extended improvisation- al method (similar to Miles Davis's Bitches Brew-period work), but will pull itself towards the groove and pre-structured forms.
The E-COLLECTIVE will feature a tight rhythm and blues-oriented rhythm section composed of Donald Ramsey (bass) and Oscar Seaton (drums), and the music will have a relaxed, funky groove with Charles Altura (gui- tar) and Taylor Eigsti (keyboard, piano, synths) that will give the band an appeal to a far wider audience. Perhaps a defining moment of Terence Blanchard’s career, the E-COLLECTIVE will make jazz listeners out of rhythm and blues fans, and vice versa.
With more than 29 albums and multiple Grammy Awards and nominations to his credit as a musician, jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard is perhaps even more widely recognized for his work as a composer for film. Director Spike Lee first took note of his performances on the scores for Do the Right Thing and Mo' Better Blues, and subsequently hired Blanchard to compose the score for each of his films since 1991, including Jungle Fever, Malcolm X, Clockers, Summer of Sam, and Inside Man. A New Orleans native, Terence also composed the score for Lee's When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts, an HBO documentary special about Hurricane Katrina. In addition to his extensive film work, the trumpeter and bandleader has maintained a long and successful career as a live performer. When Wynton Marsalis left Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers in 1982, Blanchard succeeded him and stayed with the band until 1986. Blanchard's most popular CD is Let's Get Lost, which features his quintet along with top jazz vocalists Diana Krall, Jane Monheit, Dianne Reeves, and Cassandra Wilson.
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ASHLEY HENRY TRIO feat.
ASHLEY HENRY piano
DANIEL CASIMIR bass
SAM GARDNER drums
Ashley Henry is one of a new generation of musicians that have been raised with a wide range of influences, from such luminaries as Kirkland, Glasper Moran, Madlib and Dilla, yet also steeped in the traditional sounds of masters like Hancock and Monk.
At only 24, Ashley plays the piano with a beauty and sensitivity that usually comes from a lifetime immersed in jazz and this has been picked up on by other musicians. He has already toured the UK & internationally alongside many bands and ensembles, appearing in renowned venues such as Ronnie Scott’s, The Jazz Café and the Royal Albert Hall.
Recently made it to the finals of the Unisa International Piano Competition in South Africa and was the youngest on the bill for the 2015 International piano trio festival where performed alongside the likes of Robert Glasper and Gerald Clayton .
After graduating from Leeds College of Music in 2014 with the Yamaha Jazz Scholarship award (an award given to the best musician graduating from each music college) Ashley continued his studies with a Masters degree in Jazz piano & Performance at the Royal Academy of Music.
As well as performing regularly with some of the UK's leading jazz musicians such as Gary Crosby, Jean Toussaint, Shane Forbes, Jay Phelps, and award-winning Saxophonist Krzysztof Urbanski, Ashley has also recorded extensively with award- winning Hip- Hop Group “The Mouse Outfit” who are a collective of musicians and producers based in Manchester.
Ashley's trio are clearly influenced by hip-hop but have their roots firmly rooted in jazz – this is the next generation putting their feet down and flexing their muscles.
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