Critically-acclaimed, London-based band the Wild Flower Sextet will be heading North from the 29th to 31st January for a short tour encompassing Durham, Cumbria and Leeds. Led by saxophonist Matt Anderson, who was until recently based in Leeds but is now studying for an MA at the Royal Academy of Music in London, the band released their debut album last year on Jellymould to widespread critical acclaim and airplay on BBC Radio 3 alongside a 13-date national tour and launch gig at Pizza Express Dean Street, with Selwyn Harris of Jazzwise writing “Their own unique stamp on Shorter’s very personal repertoire… of a quality that resonates with its inspirational source… Enjoyably un-pretentious.”
29/01/16 – Ushaw College, Durham, DH7 9RH, 7:30pm, tickets £? – see www.ushaw.org
30/01/16 – Zeffirelli’s, Ambleside, LA22 9DJ, 8:30pm, tickets free – see www.zeffirellis.com
31/01/16 – 7arts Centre, Leeds, LS7 3PD, 1pm, £10/8/5 – see www.sevenjazz.co.uk (note – for this gig, trumpeter Mark Chandler will be substituting for Laura Jurd)
“This is sophisticated stuff, with a proper handle on Shorter’s post-bop genius… Everyone plays superbly and the whole set is wholly recommended.” ***** Mark Gilbert, Jazz Journal
The sextet draws on an all-star line-up of UK jazz musicians. Laura Jurd was recently named ‘Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year’ at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards and a BBC New Generation Artist, and has recently released her second album ‘Human Spirit’. Guitarist Alex Munk is a recent graduate of the Royal Academy of Music and is currently working with a number of distinguished UK musicians/groups including Stan Sulzmann Big Band, Ivo Neame and Trish Clowes as well as his own band Flying Machines. Pianist Jamil Sheriff is the Jazz Pathway Leader at Leeds College of Music and is well known for his own projects such as his Octet, Big Band and Trio. Finally, drummer Sam Gardner and bassist Sam Vicary have built up a rapport playing together in a variety of settings, from appearing with jazz artists such as Jiannis Pavlidis, Tim Whitehead and Krzysztof Urbanski to performing and recording with ambient hip-hop band Ikestra, and the latter has recently recorded and toured across Europe with the Cinematic Orchestra.