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Partikel String Theory

String Theory is the ambitious third release from Partikel (Duncan Eagles, Max Luthert and Eric Ford), a band that’s been performing non-stop the last few years and is largely heralded in the UK as one of the most exciting new groups working in improvised-based music. This latest project sees the band pushing their own sonic and compositional boundaries by teaming up with four of the most in-demand string players on the UK scene, fusing their love of jazz, rock and world music with the sounds and textures of a string quartet to create a high energy album that merges a bewildering array of unique soundscapes. The string quartet have been integrated seamlessly into Partikel’s trademark style of raw emotion and fiercely interactive improvisations, striking an intriguing balance between intensity and rich harmony. It’s an excellent example of a band not content with resting on their laurels.

28th April, 8pm at The Blue Lamp

Admission: £12, concession £10

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BBC3 ‘Jazz Line up’ International Jazz Day Special

Stan Sulzmann Quartet

Gus Stirrat Band

Radio BBC3 is coming to the Blue Lamp!


Celebrate International Jazz Day with a special edition of Jazz Line-Up presented by jazz journalist Kevin Le Gendre, live from the Blue Lamp in Aberdeen. Headlining will be legendary British saxophonist Stan Sulzmann and his quartet, featuring special guest Kit Downes on piano.


Also on the bill, emerging Scottish jazz talent Gus Stirrat Band, featuring former winner of the Young Scottish Jazz Musician Award, pianist Alan Benzie.

30th April, 4pm at The Blue Lamp

Tickets on request from BBC, follow link below

BBC Website

Simone Gubbiotti Trio

Jazz guitarist Simone Gubbiotti  is a musician with a strong presence in both the USA and Europe. Based in Umbria (Italy), Simone frequents the US regularly where he performs with musicians including Peter Erskine, Joe La Barbera, Sid Jacobs, Arthur Blythe, Joe Diorio, Darek Oles, Adam Nussbaum and Jay Anderson. Music was not Simone’s first passion though, he began his career in the world of sport where he played professionally for a number of top Italian soccer clubs including AC Milan. After sustaining a serious knee injury at the age of 24 Simone took the decision to refocus and pursue a career in music. Simone initially studied jazz guitar locally in his native Italy and later furthered his studies at the Berklee college of Music and the G.I.T in Los Angeles. Simone has performed throughout Europe and the United States, both as a sideman and leader, however it is since his signing with New York-based label Dot Time records that Simone has started to gain the attention he deserves. Simone’s first releases as a leader “Tracce di Eoni” (feat. Joe La Barbera and Darek Oles) and “The Hammon Trio” (with Joe La Barbera and Joe Bagg) were well recieved both by the public and press. Simone’s latest release “Promise to a Friend” (2012) on Dot Time records is a set of 10 original compositions and features Peter Erskine on drums and Darek Oles on double bass. He participated in many workshops with for example, Jim Hall, Scott Henderson, Gabriele Mirabassi, Bennie Maupin, Jonathan Kreisberg, Tomaso Lama, Siena Jazz, Joe Lovano, John Abercrombie. As educator Simone assisted Joe Diorio,Sid Jacobs and he preformed clinics internationally in Argentina, Holland and the USA.


Quote: “Gubbiotti doesn’t play like a guitarist that needs to make his way in the world. He plays like a guitarist that has already made it and is able to reflect on the world through his music” Jakob Baekgaard – All About Jazz

5th May, 8pm at The Blue Lamp

Admission: £12, concession £10

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Trio Red

Trio Red features 3 innovators from 3 of the most vital jazz scenes in Europe. Tom Bancroft on drums, Brodie Jarvis on bass and Tom Cawley on piano. Between them they have played a key role in some of the most groundbreaking signature groupings in their home scenes over the last 15 years. Live performances feature the musical approach presented on the new CD, material like a mash up of Joan Armatrading and Ornette Coleman, a Jeff Buckley cover and some of Tom Bancroft’s original compositions plus some very accessible melodic and rhythmic improvised pieces where the focus is on interaction, empathy and compelling collective musical storytelling.

12th May, 8pm at The Blue Lamp

Admission: £12, concession £10

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Claire Martin & Ray Gelato

Friends for 30-years, multi award-winning vocalist Claire Martin OBE and legendary saxophonist and vocalist Ray Gelato have combined their love of all things ‘Swing’ and joined forces for their first show together, ‘A Swinging Affair’. These much celebrated and respected musicians share the stage with a world-class trio led by renowned-pianist Dave Newton to explore the Great American Songbook – including classics such as; ‘Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off’, ‘They Can’t Take That Away from Me’. ‘They all Laughed’ and ‘Can’t We Be Friends’. If you like your music sassy, sharp and swinging – this is the show for you. A swinging affair indeed! Claire and Ray’s new album is due for release on Linn Records in Spring 2016.

19th May, 8pm at  The Lemon Tree

Admission: £12, concession £10

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