The Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts, has some terrific jazz coming up over the next couple of months.
Friday, 7 February, sees the Xhosa Cole Quartet perform.
Xhosa Cole – saxophone, Jay Phelps – trumpet, James Owston – bass, Jim Bashford – drums.
Winner of the 2018 BBC Young Jazz Musician of the year, Xhosa Cole brings together an all-star quartet featuring some of finest talent based in the UK. Embodying the spirit of the Bebop and Hard bop greats, with a repertoire inspired by the great music of Sonny Rollins, Clifford Brown and Gigi Gryce this band lights up the stage with charisma, passion, edge, chemistry and spontaneity.
Friday, 21 February it will be the turn of Sarah Moule and the Simon Wallace Trio
Sarah Moule – voice, Simon Wallace – piano, Mick Hutton – bass and Paul Robinson – drums
Sarah is a massively talented and sophisticated singer who has appeared at most major London jazz rooms and leading UK clubs.
Sarah and Simon’s Trio present a programme of new arrangements of Duke Ellington and Bill Strayhorn songs, with a selection of songs by Simon and the legendary American lyricist Fran Landesman, with whom Simon wrote many songs. He has also worked worldwide as pianist and MD for Ian Shaw, Imelda Staunton, Clare Teal, among other well-known artists.
Then we head in to March with the Zoe Rahman Quartet Friday, 6 March
Zoe Rahman (piano), Idris Rahman (clarinet, tenor sax), Gene Calderazzo (drums), Alec Dankworth (double bass)
A MOBO Award winner and Mercury Prize nominee, Zoe has established herself as a unique presence in the British music industry. A vibrant and highly individual pianist and composer, Zoe’s style is deeply rooted in jazz yet reflects her classical background, British/Bengali heritage and her very broad musical taste. Zoe also performs with others, most recently Courtney Pine, George Mraz and Jerry Dammers’ Spatial AKA Orchestra.
Guitarist Rob Luft leads the line on Friday 20 March with his Quintet
Rob Luft guitar, Joe Wright saxophone, Joe Webb piano, Tom McCredie bass guitar, Corrie Dick drums
Rob Luft’s guitar playing incorporates echoes of West African high-life, English folk music and indie rock, and his joyously original sound impressed us so much when he appeared last spring with Adam Glasser that we had to get him back with his own band of exceptional young musicians. Rob was nominated as British Jazz Musician of the Year in the 2018 Parliamentary Jazz Awards in his mid-twenties and BBC New Generation Artist in 2019 and was picked by Jamie Cullum to play in his BBC Prom Concert last Year.
Friday, 27 March, it will be the turn of Camilla George to entertain
Camilla George – saxophones, Sarah Tandy – piano/keyboards, Daniel Casimir – bass, Winston Clifford – drums.
One of the UK’s brightest young saxophonists, Camilla sold out Lighthouse in autumn 2018. In partnership with Serious, we’ve booked her again to present material from her album ‘The People Could Fly’ Dubbed ‘the Golden Girl of Jazz’ by the Evening Standard, Camilla and her band showcase some of London’s finest young players, including award-winning pianist Sarah Tandy.
For full details, and to book tickets go to https://www.lighthousepoole.co.uk/whats-on/
The gigs that I am able to get to will be reviewed on SimplyJazzTalk.blog