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Szymon Mika Trio

Once again we welcome musicians from Poland using the connections we have forged with the great musical city of Krakow. This trio is led by multi-awarded jazz guitarist Szymon Mika with Max Mucha on double bass and internationally acknowledged drummer – Ziv Ravitz, based in New York. Beautiful, intelligent mainstream jazz guitar. Szymon Mika is one of the most talented guitarists of his generaion, prizewinner of International Jarek Śmietana Jazz Guitar Competition, Grand Prix Jazz Nad Odrą and many more.
 He is recognized for his great technique and sound and players such as Peter Bernstein, Mike Stern and John Abercrombie have expressed their admiration for his talent. Szymon has played numerous national and international festivals including Montreux Jazz Festival, Summer Jazz Festival in Krakow and shares the stage with top Polish jazz musicians on a daily basis. 
He’s also a composer and has issued two CDs with some of his original music – “Organ Spot” by Organ Spot and “Popyt” by Mateusz Pałka/Szymon Mika Quartet.

23th February, 8pm at The Blue Lamp

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

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Flying Machines

FLYING MACHINES play emotive and dramatic music, drawing upon influences as diverse as jazz, pop, progressive rock and metal to create an utterly unique and modern sound. Formed by guitarist Alex Munk in 2014, FLYING MACHINES features some of the most innovative young musicians to emerge in recent years from the UK jazz scene, Matt Robinson on piano/keyboards, Conor Chaplin on electric bass and Dave Hamblett on drums. Centred on Alex’s unique compositional approach, FLYING MACHINES fuse visceral, rock-out guitar improv with anthemic melodies and lusciously textured soundscapes. It’s a sound shot through with the here and now of London’s cutting-edge music scene, a decadent mash up of free-wheeling improvisations, prog rock energy and ambient meditations that never detracts from the emotive lyricism at the music’s core. Having spent the last year or so touring all over the UK to rave reviews, the band have now recorded their first album, a wickedly bold and uncompromising debut that promises to be one of the most hotly anticipated releases of 2016.

 

“Sweet, lyrical passages blend with impossible prog-like time signatures to create a fresh, modern sound with its own distinctive character          Peter Jones, London Jazz New

 

“Incredible musicianship, tight and crisp”       Jez Nelson, Jazz FM

 

“… alchemical infusions of jazz, prog, metal and pop make for a vibrant mix of the visceral and vertiginous, combining melody and soundscape to startling effect”                   Spencer Grady, Jazzwise

2nd March, 8pm at The Lemon Tree

Admission: £10, concession £8

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Alyn Cosker Group

The Alyn Cosker Group features the outstanding talents of pianist Steve Hamilton (Billy Cobham, Bill Bruford), guitarist Davie Dunsmuir (Maggie Reilly) and electric bass player Colin Cunningham (Hue and Cry). The band perform tracks from the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra drummers critically acclaimed album along with the debut of some new compositions. The music conveys Alyn’s love of artists such as Sting, Peter Gabriel, Steely Dan, Jaco Pastorius, celtic music star Michael McGoldrick, in a groove based electric band with challenging yet accessible time signatures.

 

“can honestly say that Alyn Cosker is one the best drummers I have ever played with. He is equally at home in a small group setting , with all of the sensitivities that go with it, and then changes gears to be the driving force behind a large ensemble. Alyn Cosker can basically do it all, adding his own style to the mix. I look forward to playing with him again in the future!”  Saxophonist Bill Evans

9th March, 8pm at The Blue Lamp

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

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Elliot Galvin Trio

The multi-award winning Elliot Galvin Trio (European Young Jazz Musicians of The Year 2014) returns to the Lamp with their second album “Punch”. This is their second album, and their debut for leading European jazz label, Edition Records and is already receiving international acclaim, with The Evening Standard calling it “Audacious and Inspired… A rising star heading for the UK Jazz A-List”. The buzz about recently graduated Trinity Laban pianist and composer Elliot Galvin (a regular sidekick of Laura Jurd) has been abundant for a year. This debut album is just as audaciously accomplished as his admirers would have predicted, and the collective vitality and contemporary-music nous of his trio (Chaos Collective members Tom McCredie and Simon Roth are on bass and drums) burst out of the speakers. Typically, Galvin begins in churchbell-like peals on a tinkling toy piano, then crisscrosses them with a hip-hop groove, and eventually a clanking, fragmentary real-piano melody. A cute take on an orthodox blues follows, but it climbs in restless modulations, occasionally punctured by fearsome low-end crashes and clunks. Danse Macabre develops amid gothic, almost Stan Tracey-like, chords, while 13 is a brilliant rhythm-pattern feature of fast contrapuntal tuggings and lashing drumwork. A Major is a reverie on exactly that, but its exercise-like opening turns into a deliciously swaying melody and Brad Mehldau-like improvisations, and Lulu (Galvin’s take on Lulu’s Back In Town) is a wild splicing of old-school stride piano and slashing abstract sounds. This set hops all over the musical landscape, but the awesome Galvin’s intelligent musicality always reminds him, and us, of the plot.

16th March, 8pm at Blue Lamp

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

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