View From The Tower
30th September 2012
2.00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club
View From the Tower is a new series of performances focusing on British composition and its multiple influences. Marking the opening of the residency is a septet consisting of: Rory Simmons (trumpet), Tori Freestone (flute), Trish Clowes (tenor sax), Ivo Neame (piano), Dave Mannington (bass), Tim Giles (drums) and Dan Messore (guitar).
I am a trumpet player/ composer living in London since 2000. Have several projects on the go, 4tet (music featured on this page) feat Ivo Neame-piano, Tom Mason-bass, Dave Smith-drums. Also formed chordless quintet CURVE with trumpet, tenor/clt, bari sax/bass clt with bass drums. Quite free with loads of densely composed stuff-and odd meters. Just started a new project, large emsemble playing music influenced by Dave Douglas's Parrallel Worlds, Stravinsky, Julian Arguelles Octet, Aka Moon, Bloodcount, Messian etc. Featuring 2 strings, 3 woodwind, 3 rythm section, percussion and me. All original stuff; quite atonal in places, folky in places, heavily composed in places and free in places! CURVE and my quartet are part of the Loop collective. Currently in the middle of a world tour with singer/pianist Jamie Cullum.
I've played saxes/flutes/violins with a wide variety of bands in a variety of styles including NYJO (1990-94), the Creative Jazz Orchestra, 'Orquesta La Timbala', and country legend Lee Hazlewood. More recently I've been working with Andy Sheppard, Rory Simmons' 'Fringe Magnetic' (two albums available on the loop label), pianist and composer Naadia Sheriff, Neil Yates and the N-Circle Jazz Orchestra, the E17 Large Ensemble, the Jamil Sheriff Big Band, 'Solstice' (a sextet featuring John Turville, Brigitte Beraha, Jez Franks etc), 'Compassionate Dictatorship' and my own trio.