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David Lyttle

Described by Rolling Stone as ‘one of the best, robust listening experiences you’re likely to have all year’, genre hopping, MOBO Award nominated Irish musician David Lyttle shifts seamlessly between the personas of jazz drummer, recording artist, composer and producer.. His latest album “Faces” features his diverse collaborations with jazz icon Joe Lovano, hip hop visionary Talib Kweli and Irish music star Duke Special. His concert will include music from this album and some of his other compositions. With Tom Harrison on saxophone and Conor Chaplin on bass.

“…ambitious in its distillation of folk and urban, acoustic and electric, pop, jazz and rap sources…huge variety in sound and tone…Lyttle achieves musical coherence all the same—an impressive achievement…”- JAZZWISE

29th September, 8pm at The Blue Lamp

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

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Kevin McKenzie

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, 8pm 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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