February, storming towards March and we have something that warm the coldest of hearts (or hands,) Gilad Atzmon with his quartet. Now, I’m not quite sure if this is actually billed as “Orient House Ensemble” or not, but I am sure that we might just get a number, or two, from his latest release, “The Whistle Blower.” With Gilad living up to his reputation of “the best musician in the world today” he will be, I’m certain, be blowing his best!
Our old friend, Frank Harrison will be doing the honours on piano just to show what a versatile and talented guy he is.
Another familiar face on bass Yaron Stavi. When not playing with Asaf Sirkis, Yaron is another of Gilad’s team. Yaron, who is classically trained, served under such luminaries as Pierre Boulez and Neville Mariner. Came to London in 2002 and was right at the start of the Orient House Ensemble.
On drums we have Eddie Hick, a graduate from the Leeds College of Music, moved to London and has played in most international styles of music known to man!
As space is limited don’t forget to book early! Tickets are £14.00 from the box office: 01242 572573 or on line: www.everymantheatre.org.uk
Tonight we have something special, a trio with four people in it. Confusing yes?
Anyway, Andrew is no stranger to us, now based in NYC he is spreading his skills even further following his rise to fame in 2007 when he burst on to the scene. With his wonderfully crafted interpretations he will be warmly welcomed.
Tonight on bass we have a new name to us, Sam Lasserson. Sam started playing bass aged 16, taking classical lessons and teaching himself jazz. He went to Trinity in 2001, where he studied both classical and jazz double bass. Whilst at college he began to perform on the British jazz scene, and since graduating he has performed with Stan Sulzmann, Martin Speake, Nikki Iles, Bobby Wellins, Jim Hart, Anita Wardell and Gilad Atzmon among many others.
On drums another new name, Chris Higginbottom, after graduating from the R. A. of Music, Chris lived in NYC for eight years where he obviously cut his teeth playing with the NY cream of the scene. Relocating to London in 2010 he has continued to expand his repertoire and contact list! The Evening Standard has compared his “smooth clarity” with that of Tony Williams.
Now, the forth man, Mark Lockheart, we can probably remember Mark from his time with Loose Tubes, after that sad demise, with Perfect House Plants and more recently with Polar Bear. That is a fine pedigree at the cutting edge of British modern jazz. In 2013 Mark released “Ellington in Anticipation,” so despite his modern credentials he does hark back to one of the masters.