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Graeme Stephen Trio

We always look forward to Aberdeen’s own Graeme Stephen arriving at the Lamp. His peerless improvisational skills and talent for composition make him one of Scotland’s most exciting and prodigious musical talents. His trio adds two of Scotland’s most acclaimed jazz musicians, Mario Caribé on bass and Tom Bancroft on drums. The Graeme Stephen Trio is “a beacon of original, ambitious and brilliantly realised music” (The Herald). Expect beautiful melodies, rhythms full of surprises, evocative soundscapes, hard edged grittiness and creative flights.

27th April, 8pm at The Blue Lamp

Admission: £12, concession £10, students £5

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Draw by Four

Draw by Four are Jon Shenoy (tenor saxophone), Will Bartlett (organ), Sam Dunn (guitar) and Chris Draper on drums.

With a line-up steeped in tradition, Draw By Four take the classic 60s organ quartet into brand new territory where the compositions from leader Jon Shenoy (Ivo Neame Large Ensemble) mix contrapuntal bass lines and rhythmic hooks with thoughtful lyricism. Mixing stark ethereal voices with gritty Hammond boogaloo, organist Will Bartlett (Jim Mullen, Salena Jones) draws on a wide palette of sounds that build the foundation for an infectious mix of groove-based original compositions, enchanting ballads and unique arrangements of avant-pop songs.

 

“Dynamic and evocative adventures from soulful and skillful players…a refreshing and groovy band”.

 

Chris Cheek (Rudder)

4th May, 8pm at The Blue Lamp

Admission: £12, concession £10, students £5

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Ali Afleck’s Copper Cats

Ali possesses a beautiful, and hugely powerful voice with the vocal styling of a young Billie Holliday she constantly draws comparisons to the Jazz divas from the halcyon days of the 20s and 30s when style and elegance mattered as much as the music. Ali loves to share the stage and revels in the artistry of her band, however it is Alison’s sensitive and passionate handling of the lyrics that really makes her stand out from other vocalists today .

 

 

“stunningly expressive”     San Diego Union Tribune

 

“Her voice was deep and smooth and I wanted to just wrap myself up in it”,    Edinburgh 49

11th May, 8pm at The Blue Lamp

Admission: £12, concession £10, students £5

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Gus Stirrat Band

Gus Stirrat Band is a five piece, jazz fusion line up, lead by bassist and composer, Gus Stirrat. The band consists of some of Scotland’s finest musicians: tenor saxophonist Mikey Butcher (Fat-Suit), pianist Alan Benzie (Alan Benzie Trio), drummer Mark Scobbie (Manran) and guitarist Ben MacDonald (Elusive Tree).

Having grabbed the attention of Jazz Scotland, GSB has performed at festivals as the Islay Jazz Festival, the Fife Jazz festival and the Restless Natives Festival. The band supported the Stan Sulzmann Quartet live on Radio 3’s Jazz Line Up as part of an international jazz day 2016 celebration. The band has plans to record their debut album in 2017.

 

With support from local jazz ensemble Hamlet

18th May, 8pm at The Lemon Tree

Admission: £13.20 inc bf concessions available

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Jay Phelps Quartet

Led by co-founder of Empirical Jay Phelps – JPQ is a group of young musicians dedicated to contemporary jazz music. Jay Phelps’ music is a journey through an array of many styles and temperaments, with a strong sense of what is contemporary in Jazz today. Trumpeter Phelps has spent the last 2 years travelling the world, writing, and has been on a spiritual journey that incorporates these influences along with the new addition of his vocals, into the music. ‘Free as the Birds’-Phelps’ new album (due for release, June 2017) uses this theme of travel as a main reference point.

Jay Phelps: Trumpet, Rick Simpson: Piano, Mark Lewandowski: Bass, Moses Boyd: Drums

 

“Phelps exhibits much of Wynton Marsalis’ fluency and vocalised tone”- John Fordam: The Guardian

25th May, 8pm at The Blue Lamp

Admission: £12, concession £10, students £5

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