The Blue Lamp is pleased to welcome back Brian Molley and his quartet following his last warmly received show a couple of years ago. He will be performing original compositions and re-workings of jazz standards from his recent debut album Clock. The band features the cream of UK jazz talent and long term collaborators in Tom Gibbs on piano, Mario Caribe on Bass and Stuart Brown on Drums.
“Molley is a nugget, producing beautiful improvisation” The Herald
The album ‘Burn The Boat’ (out on Two Rivers Records this Autumn) features some of London’s top musicians; Matt Robinson (keys), Nick Costley-White (guitar), Conor Chaplin (bass) and Dave Hamblett (drums), and this record is a collection of original songs melding influences as diverse as jazz, folk and contemporary music into an ‘arresting and uniquely personal sound’. Some songs are settings of poetry by the likes of E.E. Cummings and Langston Hughes, alongside self-penned lyrics and open, wordless evocations. This music explores story-telling which is honest yet witty, mixing lush harmony and orchestration with contemporary grooves.
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.
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”.
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