Tina May is one of the UK’s finest jazz singers. Recognised as a musician as much as she is for being an outstanding interpreter of lyrics, she is completely in command of her material. Her relationship with pianist Nikki Iles is particularly special, and has created an understanding which is much more than that of singer and accompanist: they’re a team who respond to each spontaneously and create magic in the moment. The songs they present range widely from afterhours intimacy to uptempo swingers, from the Great American Songbook to the chanson of Edith Piaf (May is a fluent French speaker) to blues and bossa nova and into the pop-rock-soul canon of Earth Wind & Fire and Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen. Add to their musicianship a natural and completely engaging onstage personality and May’s knowledgeable and witty between song chat, and you have an evening of jazz that’s superbly satisfying and thoroughly entertaining.
Glasgow bassist Jay Kilbride leads his trio featuring Fat-Suit’s Scott Murphy (sax – and whistle), Chris Whitehouse (drums) and joining them is long-time Scottish jazz hero Chick Lyall on piano. They will play original compositions in the ECM Records European jazz tradition. The band name, from the Sanskrit meaning ‘by, with or from 4’, reflects the collaborative nature of the music. Expect strong melodies energetic with dynamic group interplay.
The multi-award winning Elliot Galvin Trio are embarking on a UK wide tour of their debut album ‘Dreamland’, off the back of being named European Young Jazz Musicians of The Year 2014. 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. 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.