LIVE STREAM: Empirical

Sunday 2nd May 2021
Date: Sunday 2nd May
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Sunday 2nd May 2021


LIVE STREAM: Empirical

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Presenting the #lockdownsessions: live streaming at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club!


Our doors are still closed to live audiences but we can still give you some live music.  The show will be at 8pm BST.  The live stream will appear live here so simply bookmark this page. It is also available directly from our Facebook and our YouTube channel.

Donations: it is important in these uncertain times that these sessions remain free for all to view for now, so we are funding these entirely through donations - please make a donation so we can keep producing these for you, support our artists and live music - thank you! 

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Line-up: NATHANIEL FACEY alto sax; TOM FARMER double bass; LEWIS WRIGHT vibraphone; SHANEY FORBES drums


For their livestream, Empirical will perform a collection of new quartet pieces created over the past year, in virtual artistic solitary confinement. The show will celebrate the opportunity to re-connect as musicians, as all of us can finally begin to look forward to connecting again with each other.

The multi award-winning quartet Empirical have been one of the UK’s most exciting jazz ensembles since their formation in 2007. Featuring Nathaniel Facey (alto sax), Tom Farmer (double bass), Lewis Wright (vibraphone) and Shaney Forbes (drums). Empirical’s music is “flirting with nostalgia while living on the edge of experimentation” (Jazzwise).


The band’s ethos is defined by a deep commitment to risk-taking improvisation and collective music-making. In the recent past, the quartet has become known for its ‘now legendary Pop-up Jazz Lounge’ (Time Out London) - a daring exercise in audience outreach which has seen the band turn disused shops in train stations and shopping malls in London, Berlin, Birmingham and Cheltenham into jazz clubs, for a week at a time. Since 2016, the band has played to more than 10,000 appreciative commuters and shoppers, racking up over 150 live sets in the process.

For Empirical, this kind of gigging marathon is also a much-relished opportunity to develop new musical ideas during live performance and to hone the exhilarating intensity and exceptional virtuosity that Empirical’s performances have become known for.

‘’London’s quartet Empirical delivered it all… This was the height of contemporary jazz from risk-taking players with real commitment.’’ (Calgary Herald)

Empirical are exactly what top-class modern jazz should be – trailblazing yet wholly respectful of tradition.” (Time Out London)

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Date: Sunday 2nd May
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