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Cloudmakers Trio ‘Five’

Under the leadership of the award-winning multi-instrumentalist Jim Hart (a founding member of London’s Loop Collective), Cloudmakers Trio represents the culmination of over a decade of musical growth between three of the finest musicians currently working on the international jazz, improvised and alternative music scenes. Drummer and fellow Loop member Dave Smith is known for his experimental approach as well as a deep knowledge of West African music that has seen him work with the likes of Robert Plant and Hilmar Jensen as well as being the creative drive behind Outhouse Ruhabi and Fofoulah. Michael Janisch underpins the group with his virtuosic and driving bass playing that has led him to work with some of the world’s most notable visionaries, from co-led bands with Lee Konitz and Greg Osby to performances with Quincy Jones, Kurt Rosenwinkel and Joe Lovano to name a few.

With their uncompromising approach, Cloudmakers Trio effortlessly marry the complex with accessibility, the improvised with composed, and showcase original music that lies somewhere between New York’s downtown sound and the modern European tradition. As a result their music defies easy category yet draws influence from a diverse range of traditions, featuring the under-exploited format of the vibraphone trio. While pushing the boundaries of what can be done with this instrumentation they remain devoted to in the moment risk taking, a deep groove and strong melodies.
After a very successful North American tour taking in Rochester, Vancouver, Vitoria and Twin Cities Jazz festivals, and a very well received inaugural UK tour where they recorded live at the Vortext, Cloudmakers Trio once again open the door to collaboration. Joined by Austrian-born guitarist Hannes Riepler and French-based alto saxophonist Antonin Tri Hoang this new music exlores their renown cataclysm of exciting rhythmical interplay paired with the two front line voices in what will surely result in their strongest program of original, genre-twisting music to date.

“London-based Cloudmakers Trio shakes up everything in sight on its second release. Abstract Forces further highlights the group’s exceptional vibraphone-bass- drums telepathy… draws from such diverse musical worlds-including free-jazz, funk, electronic experimentation, pure swing and unbridled improvisation… their music is not only impossible to resist, but gets better with
repeated plays”

Downbeat Magazine

18th January, 8pm at The Blue Lamp

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Malcolm McFarlane/Gordon McNeil Quartet

Guitarist Malcolm McFarlane and tenor sax man Gordon McNeil are both godfathers of the Scottish jazz scene and have worked together for many years. They have now formed their own quartet and recorded a new CD “Silver Linings” of their own compositions that vary from dreamy to powerful but always inventive and contemporary. They are joined by other Scottish greats, Tom Gordon drums, Dave Bowden on bass and the great Chick Lyall on piano. Gordon has not played the Lamp for a number of years so we are delighted at getting the chance of seeing and listening to him once more. They will be playing some numbers from their CDs but also what Gordon calls “tasty” covers of the jazz standard repertoire.

25th January, 8pm at The Blue Lamp

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Kate Mullins/Will Bartlett Duo

Kate is one of the famous Pupini Sisters who have so far released four albums that evoke the glamour of 1940s Hollywood with their first album earning them a gold disc for album sales. They have also recorded a Christmas album with Michael Buble. Tonight she appears with with long-time collaborator Will Bartlett on piano to perform an intimate evening of well known jazz songs from the American Songbook.

Kate will also lead a workshop on Sunday afternoon (2-4 pm), 28th January. If you are interested in participating then please contact us via this website (contact form).

28th January, 8pm at The Blue Lamp

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Graham Costello’s ‘Strata’

Graham Costello is perhaps one of Glasgow’s most unique drummers. Coming from a highly varied musical background, Graham uses STRATA to combine some of his key interests – jazz, minimalism and groove focused music. His original tunes switch between layered rhythms, collective improvisations and powerful soloing, all coming together to create a satisfyingly accessible experience. Having just released their first EP, STRATA look forward to future projects, including new music and touring in 2018.

1st February, 8pm at The Blue Lamp

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Eyall Lovett Trio

Israeli born pianist-composer Eyal Lovett creates a wide range of music. Although classically trained, he is deeply immersed in the jazz tradition, as well as in the music located in Israel and the Middle East. Eyal’s latest album “Tales From a Forbidden Land” was released to acclaim on November 2016 by the London based label Two Rivers Records and features the renowned guitar player Gilad Hekselman. Much of the music references Lovett’s homeland, with nostalgia, longing, mystery. There are lovely, piquant ruminations, intimate, nuanced conversations. There is hope, there is disappointment. Lovett pens delicate, achingly beautiful melodies, and he includes some well-chosen covers—a handful of Israeli songs and the familiar Days Of Wine And Rose. Eyal studied in New York with such renowned musicians as Sam Yahel, George Cables, Hal Galper and Ari Hoening. In Israel he studied classical music with Sarah Tal and Rachel Feinstein and jazz with Amit Golan, Ofer Ganor, Omri Mor, Yuval Cohen and Alon Yavnai. Eyal is an award winning alumni of the first class of the prestigious joint program of The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and The Israeli Conservatory. He continued his education at the New School in New York, where he was awarded scholarships for outstanding performance.

Eyal has toured with his trio in Denmark, Berlin, Poland and Israel, playing in different venues, including the renowned Aarhaus International Jazz Festival. He is touring Europe frequently as a member of the Kenneth Dahl Knudsen group, the SLDK project with Tamara Soldan and the Jens Fisker Nielsen Quartet. He also performed with the Martin Seiler quartet at the Bern
International Jazz Festival.

8th February, 8pm at The Blue Lamp

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Rose Room

The hottest ticket in Scotland right now! Classy vintage swing and gypsy jazz played by a band that combines brilliant musicianship and warm personality. Fronted by fiddle player and sophisticated songstress, Seonaid Aitken, Rose Room recreate the excitement of Rive Gauche Paris of the 30’s and 40’s with Stephane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt; and Seonaid pulls the heartstrings with a host of swinging songs and ballads from the Great American Songbook. Rose Room are on a wave right now with a new CD issued, Seonid winning Best Vocalist in the Scottish Jazz Awards plus a recent appearance on BBC Jazz Line-up so get your tickets now to avoid disappointment.

 

“Stupendous gypsy jazz, and a superb singer” (The Scotsman).

15th February, 8pm at The Blue Lamp

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Under the Surface

Under the Surface is a new Dutch band formed by Dutch drummer Joost Lijbaart (known for his work with Yuri Honing), guitarist Bram Stadhouders (known from his work with the Netherlands chamber choir, Jim Black, Sidsel Endersen) and vocalist Sanne Rambags (winner conservatory talent award 2017). The trio met in 2015 as an initiative of the Dutch foundation Beaux Jazz. This foundation offers young talents artistic support. For this first edition of “Generation Next”, the young singer Sanne Rambags come up with an adventurous group together with guitarist Bram Stadhouders and drummer Joost Lijbaart. Their debut album was released in March 2017 on the Dutch label Challenge Records and got great reviews. The universal language in their music brought the group to major festivals in Mali, Mexico, China, Norway, India and the Netherlands. Drummer Joost Lijbaart (Amsterdam 1967) belongs to the top of the Dutch jazz scene, Bram Stadhouders (Tilburg 1987) is one of the most promising new young musicians in the European improvisation circuit and he received many awards and Sanne Rambags (Tilburg 1994) is one of the few singers of her generation who is able to improvise in a very open way, sometimes with self-written texts and poems, sometimes by positioning herself completely between the musicians. This gives her voice an instrumental function which is beautifully in line with the open group sound and the playing of Lijbaart and Stadhouders. Under the Surface is a unique trio of three musicians from different generations who have found each other in a common urge to search for space and silence through improvisation.

22th February, 8pm at The Blue Lamp

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Elliot Galvin Trio

The multi-award winning Elliot Galvin Trio return to the Blue Lamp following last year’s superb concert. The Trio are embarking on a UK wide tour of their latest album ‘The Influencing Machine’ and were insisting on including Scotland’s No 1 club in the tour. Being hailed as “audaciously accomplished” by John Fordham (the Guardian) and “one of the strongest debuts from a UK artist” by Jez Nelson (BBC Radio 3, Jazz on 3), this promises to be an unmissable and enchanting performance. Elliot Galvin is one of the rising stars of UK jazz. A superbly gifted composer and pianist, whose maverick imagination and magpie like ability to blend a disparate world of influences into his own unique musical vision has seen him compared to Django Bates although in truth he sounds like no one except himself. Gleefully balancing technical virtuosity, a healthy dose of fun and playfulness with moments of captivating beauty, The Elliot Galvin Trio enthusiastically explore the sonic capabilities and traditions of their instruments through Elliot’s masterful compositions. With Elliot are Corrie Dick on drums and Tom McCredie on bass.

1st March, 8pm at The Blue Lamp

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Georgina Jackson with Aberdeen Jazz Orchestra

On International Woman’s Day, The Blue Lamp is proud to present one of the UK’s top jazz women, Georgina Jackson, trumpeter and vocalist as guest with Aberdeen’s own fabulous jazz orchestra, the AJO. Having sung in and led various sized bands with miscellaneous musicians, Georgina decided to record and release her first CD. With support from Jazz FM (CD of the week) and Sir Michael Parkinson “til there was you” climbed to the dizzy heights of Number 8 in the HMV jazz charts. The critical success of her first album led to Georgina landing her dream job as resident singer with the Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra, where she performs regularly. Georgina now works internationally as a cabaret artiste performing her entertaining trumpet/vocal shows on the world’s most prestigious cruise lines. She is also to be found singing with the Echoes of Ellington Big Band and is in great demand performing up and down the country with her trio show and with guest soloist and workshop dates with Big bands both here and In Europe.

 

“A talented trumpet player and a singer with a sassy, vibrant style. Her second album, Watch What Happens, puts all of this together and it’s a winning combination”

All About Jazz

 

“That was amazing….. The real deal…..I never thought I’d fall in love with a girl from Wigan, but I did tonight!

Sir Bruce Forsyth (At Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club)

8th March, 8pm at The Blue Lamp

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