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Pixel

Norwegian jazz has been enjoying success for some time now with music that allows plenty of room for improvisation. Pixel is an excellent example: a young quartet who play with the drive of indie rockers but still make sure the music is jazz. They improvise with two horns (sax and trumpet) and drums, and bassist Ellen Andrea Wang doubles on vocals. The four sometimes sound restrained and refined, but more often Pixel is driven by an energetic pulse. They are not afraid to combine pop structures with clear melodies and adventurous rhythms. Pixel can be seen as part of the movement in which jazz is given a contemporary twist – music that appeals to a young audience.

The group stands at the forefront of a rising generation of jazz players who are remaking jazz in their own image, and doing so for an audience that is hungry for something new and reflects modern day sounds in creative music.

Fronted by Ellen Andrea Wang (bass, vocals), with Jonas Vemoy (trumpet), Harald Lassen (saxophone) and Jon Audun Baar (drums).

8th September, 8pm at The Blue Lamp

Admission: £15, concession £12, students £8

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Nigel Price Organ Trio

Nigel Price Organ Trio is a perfect example of this exciting format, guitar (Nigel), Hammond organ (Ross Stanley playing a REAL Hammond) and drums (Matt Home), so much so that he led his organ trio to pick up the 2010 Parliamentary Jazz Award for “best jazz ensemble. For this tour he is joined by sax man Vasilis Xenopoulos to add even more soul to the mix.

Nigel is one of the most highly regarded and in demand guitarists on the UK jazz scene today. He spent three years with UK funk legends – the James Taylor Quartet, placed third in the 2014 British Jazz Awards for “best guitarist” and is also a regular performer at Ronnie Scott’s, where he has played over 400 times. His blend of flowing bebop lines, deep blues feeling and mastery of chording has made him instantly accessible and popular with jazz audiences.
“Very few players could manage playing as fluent, imaginative and technically impeccable guitar as Price does here” Evening Standard
“Nigel Price is a blazing guitar player. He has serious chops and is able to demonstrate them wonderfully in the context of the standard repertoire.” Just Jazz Guitar

15th Sept, 8pm at The Blue Lamp

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

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Lauren Kinsella Ensemble

Lauren Kinsella is an Irish vocalist and composer based in London. Awarded UK Vocalist of the year at the Jazz FM Awards (2016), she is known as one of London cities most adventurous artists performing throughout the UK and Europe as a soloist, a bandleader, and within several cross-arts projects. In the past she has been awarded the Young Musicwide Performance Award (2010), the Kenny Wheeler Prize (2013), the THSH Birmingham Jazzlines Fellowship (2015) and she was a participant on the Take 5 10th Edition with Serious. She has received commissions from BBC Radio 3 and from Marsden Jazz Festival.
Kinsella’s performance and music are reviewed worldwide and she regularly features on several radio stations including BBC Radio 3 and Radio 6, RTE Lyric FM, Jazz FM, BBC Radio Scotland, Le Bande Passante, Sverigesradio and ORF Radio. To date, she has released critically acclaimed albums on Edition Records, WideEarRecords, Diatribe and Two Rivers Records. Her Ensemble features the following acclaimed young musicians:

 

Tom Challenger   sax
Dan Nicholls          piano
Conor Chaplin      bass
Simon Roth           drums

22nd Sept, 8pm at The Blue Lamp

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

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Kevin McKenzie Trio

Kevin McKenzie returns to the Blue Lamp with Mario Caribe on bass and the fabulous Alyn Cosker on drums to promote his brand new album including his own compositions plus a few standards given a KM workover.

Kevin is one of Scotland’s hardest working guitarists playing with numerous projects including Trio AAB, Jazz/folk group Vital Signs, Indian Carnatic music ay Celtic Connections and the John Colliani Quartet. He brings this multi-genre cross over approach to his concerts so don’t miss it.

6th October, 4pm at The Blue Lamp

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

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Pericopes

The bass-less trio of Pericopes brings a 21st-century influence to their album These Human Beings. It’s modern jazz that’s heavy on intelligent melody and spirited improvisation. All the songs exhibit power and intention. Pericopes also demonstrates a mastery of dynamics, creating steady climaxes that climb logically forward. The trio is a combination of Italian and American jazz musicians pianist Alessandro Sgobbio and saxophonist Emiliano Vernizzi with American drummer Nick Wight.

The group’s most impressive feat is that its ambitions don’t get in the way of the music’s accessibility. They play with intelligence and heart throughout, yet for all the complexity, the group is capable of communicating emotional depth through relatively structures.

13th October, 8pm at The Blue Lamp

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

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Martin Kershaw Quintet

Blue Lamp favourite Martin Kershaw leads an all star Scottish quartet to showcase the music of alto sax star Art Pepper. Art was the quintessential post-bop saxophonist, marrying impeccable technique with an amazing expressive range. Don’t miss this joyous celebration of one of the greats, performed by the following great musicians:

Martin Kershaw – Alto Sax
Tom MacNiven – Trumpet
Euan Stevenson – Piano
Andy Sharkey – Bass
Doug Hough – Drums

20th October, 8pm at The Blue Lamp

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

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Laura Jurd Dinosaur

The Blue Lamp is delighted to welcome back Laura Jurd following her acclaimed concerts in 2013 and 2015. Formerly known as the Laura Jurd Quartet, a new band awakens from the jaws of extinction. Formed in 2010, Dinosaur have performed extensively in the UK and beyond, having recently appeared at the Berlin Jazz Festival, Jazz Sur Son 31 in Toulouse and 12 Points Festival 2015.

Led by multi-award-winning, BBC New Generation Artist trumpeter and composer Laura Jurd, the band plays music influenced by a wealth of musical traditions including folk, minimalism and rock music. These four powerhouse musicians of their generation never fail to create seismic shifts with the perfect blend of groove, melody and abandon.

‘Jurd stretched critics and musicians’ repertoire of superlatives with this sophisticated and technically awesome session – on memorable originals with folk and contemporary-classical connections, delivered with the assurance of a budding trumpet-improv original.’

★★★★ – John Fordham, The Guardian

27th October, 8pm at Blue Lamp

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

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