We’re very excited to be kicking off an Autumn season – packed full of amazing musical treats – in just under a week, and what better way to do it than with a top young band, lead by leading young saxophonist and composer Michael Chillingworth?!
Michael Chillingworth Septet:
Michael Chillingworth – alto sax / clarinet
Josh Arcoleo – tenor sax
Tom Challenger – tenor sax / clarinet
George Crowley – bass clarinet / clarinet
Lewis Wright – vibes
Sam Lasserson – double bass
Jon Scott – drums
Mike Chillingworth has been active on the London jazz scene for over a decade and has a formidable reputation as a saxophonist and improviser. His CV is impressive, working with many of the leading figures in British and European jazz including Kit Downes, Jim Hart, Stan Sulzmann, Jeff Williams, Gareth Lockrane, James Maddren, Ivo Neame, Julian Siegel, John Taylor, Calum Gourlay, Tom Farmer and Ant Law. He has performed throughout the UK and abroad with many groups, including Round Trip, Troykestra, Stan Sulzmann’s Neon Orchestra, Ant Law Quintet, James Maddren Quartet, Jack Davies Big Band, Andrea DiBiase’s Oltremare Quartet, Rick Simpson’s Klammer, Noise Union and Dan Nicholls’ Money Jungle and has featured on numerous recordings.
This Septet – his most recent project as a leader, formed in November 2014 – boasts a line-up which allows for structured and disciplined fully composed music, as well as real risk-taking improvisation, comprised as it is of seven of the UK’s most exciting and fearless improvisers. The heady blend of four reeds and a highly assertive and interactive rhythm section gives the group a distinctive and unique sound, and the music, inspired by such topics as arcade gaming, social media anxiety and Korean confectionary, is full of humour, colour and personality.
This band will be heading into the studio the day after this gig, to record what will be Michael’s debut album as a leader, to be released on Two Rivers Records in April 2016 – we can only recommend, in the strongest possible terms, that you come and join us on Monday so you don’t have to wait that long!
“Really special … Very complicated but full of wit and melody too. Clever Sod.” Liam Noble
“Chillingworth is emblematic of this generation of jazz musician: a sculptor and architect with a keen sense of form, flow, colour and texture” cellarsandlofts.blogspot.co.uk
As ever, doors open at 8:30pm; music from 9pm. Entry £10 (£5 students).
See you there!