Thanks to everyone who came to The Oxford a couple of weeks ago for my sextet gig, it was great to see so many people and we really enjoyed the gig. There are a couple more coming up in the next couple of weeks:
7th of May at the Amersham Arms in New Cross
14th of May at the Shaftsbury Tavern, Archway
The line up is:
Myself on various woodwinds
Tom Challenger on tenor saxophone and clarinet
Josh Arcoleo on tenor saxophone
Lewis Wright on vibraphone
Sam Lasserson on double bass
Jon Scott on drums
I am in the middle of writing some more music for this band and I hope to have at least some of it ready for these gigs. Hope to see you there.
I am really excited about these gigs, I am looking forward to playing again with this band and getting to know the music a bit better, as well as writing and playing some more new stuff. I hope you’ll come and check it out.
Thanks to everyone who came to the Con last week, it was a great night and I was really glad to finally give the music I’ve been working on an airing. There will be a little run of gigs (hopefully) in April/May starting with The Oxford, Kentish Town on the 15th of April, playing the same music (after some extensive rehearsal!) and some more new music. So watch this space for more dates and info. I am also thinking of possibly recording one of those gigs for a little online release, currently weighing up the options.
…..But before all that…..
The very exciting and epic 27 date (so far!) Ant Law Quartet Nationwide Tour 2013 has begun, and the album (Entanglement – Ant Law with Tom Farmer, James Maddren and John Turville on some tracks – available here) has been pressed, is for sale currently from Ant on gigs and through his website and will be on full release imminently. The album sounds great and I urge you to check out a gig. If you’re in London then get down to the Jazz Nursery this Thursday the 7th of February, or to the big album launch gig at Pizza Express in Soho on the 11th of March. For numerous other dates outside of London check out the upcoming gigs page.
I just want to draw everyone’s attention to www.greenchimneys.co.uk – a new listings paper and website for musician-led grassroots creative music events in London, finally bringing listings for great nights such as the Con Cellar Bar, Jazz at the Oxford, SE Collective and many others together in one place. This should be everyone’s first port of call for finding out what’s going on in the incredibly fertile and diverse scene that is happening all over the city, right under everyone’s noses. Most gigs cost £5 or less to get in to, the venues are intimate but exciting, and the quality of music making has never been better. Thanks to Tom Challenger and Dan Nicholls for making everything a little bit more visible and accessible.
I have just added a resources page as I have made a little PDF file containing some very basic and essential information that everyone who writes for saxophones should know. It’s really fundamental stuff but is often not well understood by non saxophonists.
I have a few other ideas for other subjects that could do with some basic guidelines so there may be more on the way, watch this space…