Tuesday 28th May 2019
£10.00 - £10.00
As one of the most in demand bassists in the UK, Joe is often recognised as a side man in some of the country’s most exciting emerging Jazz acts. However, Joe’s eagerly anticipated debut record focuses on his ability as a composer, featuring a band made up of some of the best young improvisers the UK and Europe have to offer. This project created by Joe explores his recent interest in Japanese literature, taking influence from the writings of Jun'ichirō Tanizaki and his book ‘Seven Japanese Tales’. The short stories that were featured in this book helped to inspire the compositional process and thus cemented the concept that he wanted for this project. Both the album and the live aspect of this band features seven compositions, all named after each of the seven short stories. The group features six of the finest musicians in London and Europe, each wholly virtuosic in their own right as composers and improvisers. Joe does away with a traditional line-up for a sextet and has introduced the idea of two pianos, which widely opens up the textural capabilities and allows for more free and unsolicited improvisations. Having two horn instruments in the front line brings a degree of punctuality to Joe’s compositions while the intense relationship between drums and bass keeps the music full of momentum. This as a concept means that each performance of the seven compositions has the chance to be completely different.
Joe Downard – Bass
Alex Hitchcock – Saxophone
James Copus - Trumpet
Rupert Cox –Fender Rhodes
Will Barry – Piano
Marc Michel – Drums
“We haven't had anything like this in New York for over twenty years". Wynton Marsalis
Each night Monday to Saturday, after the main act, RonnieScott’s presents the Late Late Show, where some of the UK’s finest jazz talents take to the stage for a late night blowing session.
MONDAY - THURSDAY 11pm-3am
FRIDAY - SATURDAY 1am-3am
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£10 in advance, £12 on the door, £6 Students (with ID), FREE entry to MU, Club members and main show ticket holders.
In 1959, saxophonist Ronnie Scott opened the door to a small basement club in London’s west end where local musicians could jam. Today, it is one of the world’s most famous jazz clubs attracting packed houses and the biggest names in jazz and popular music and Ronnie Scott’s welcoming, stylish setting is also home to London’s coolestlate night hang.
Tell us what you think of SEVEN JAPANESE TALES by Joe Downard Sextet, presented by Alex Garnett below..