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Friday 5 February 2021. 20:00 – 22:30.

At Crookes Social Club

Full £16, Over 60s, disabled and unemployed £14, Student with NUS card £9, 15 – 17 year olds £4, Under 15s Free. ADVANCE BOOKINGS ONLY

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Ant Law: guitar; Michael Chillingworth: alto sax; Ivo Neame: piano; Tom Farmer: bass; James Maddren: drums

A welcome return to Sheffield by Ant Law and this very talented guitar-led band. Described as “an innovator” and “a game changer” by The Guardian, Ant Law started this band around 2010 and the line-up has remained pretty constant since then. They will be performing music from their third album ‘Life I Know’, released to 5 star reviews in 2018 and their 2020 digital-only release ‘The Sleeper Wakes’, an album of infectious rhythmic hooks, lyrical flowing lines and progressive improvisation, infused with energy and accessibility. “By turns intricate and complex or stripped-back and gentle, there is a warmth to his tunes and guitar work” – London Jazz News. 

The band’s debut album ‘Entanglement’ was released in 2013, followed by ‘Zero Sum World’ in 2015. They have toured extensively and their third album ‘Life I Know’ was very warmly received by the press. It received 5 star reviews, made numerous “best of 2018″ lists, received airplay in the UK, Europe, Australia, and hundreds of thousands of plays (and counting) on Spotify. It is being described as “career-defining”. In July 2020 they followed this with their fourth album, ‘The Sleeper Wakes’, a digital-only release.

Ant has previously appeared at Crookes with Tim Garland’s band with Jason Rebello and Asaf Sirkis, featuring on albums ‘Songs To The North Sky‘, ‘Return To The Fire‘ and ‘ONE‘ which was shortlisted for a Grammy and won the Jazzwise Best Album award. He is a member of Trio HLK who record/tour with Dame Evelyn Glennie and he has also worked with Cory Henry, Thomas Gould and is frequently featured in “Total Guitar” and “Guitar Techniques” magazines, in which he was recently listed as an “Astounding Virtuoso”. Ant has an interest in Physics, which he read as a scholar at Edinburgh University.

Ant was born in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where he lived until the age of 16. From a young age he was exposed to early blues and rock ‘n’ roll, as well as Arabic music. He began playing piano and guitar around the age of 8. Throughout his teens he gravitated towards the guitar. A history teacher gave him a video of Stevie Ray Vaughan playing live at the El Mocambo, which was a huge influence, along with videos of Guns ‘n’ Roses, Queen, and later on Joe Satriani and Steve Vai. Other than the classical piano training, his only formal schooling in music was a scholarship at Berklee College Of Music, Boston. This he says was crucial because he heard gospel music and gospel drummers for the first time, and lots of Latin American music. The scholarship was completed in the middle of a Physics degree he was reading at Edinburgh University. It was whilst studying the degree that he became obsessed with jazz and played his first jazz gigs. By this point he had discovered and started to use Perfect 4ths tuning for the guitar. In a case of convergent evolution however, other players (like Stanley Jordan and Tom Quayle) had also discovered and were using this same tuning. Allan Holdsworth has said that if he could start again, he would tune this way. Ant wrote a book introducing the tuning entitled “3rd Millennium Guitar” which is published by Mel Bay.

After completing the degree he concentrated on make a living playing guitar, eventually moving to London and immersing himself in the scene there. He also lived in NYC for a season to study with his heroes Ari Hoenig, Ben Monder, Adam Rogers, Lage Lund, Gilad Hekselman, Johannes Weidenmueller, Tim Miller and others.

“This British guitarist challenges his listeners. And he succeeds. The album is required listening for connoisseurs.”…Jazz Special (Denmark)

Law is one of the UK’s most distinctive guitarists and this album will further enhance his reputation as both a musician and a composer”…The Jazz Mann

“Scarily proficient. A voice to heed”…Jazzwise

Terrific and highly accomplished.”…The Jazz Breakfast

Saxophonist and clarinetist Michael Chillingworth leads his own quartet featuring pianist Ivo Neame and in addition to his long established role in Ant Laws quartete Michael has worked with many of the top UK jazz musicians including Kit Downes, Jim Hart, Stan Sulzmann, Gareth Lockrane, Julian Siegel, John Taylor.

Ivo Neame is a leading British jazz pianist and composer. In addition to leading his own bands he is a member of several European jazz groups including Phronesis and the Marius Neset Quintet. He is a Professor of Jazz Piano at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Tom Farmer is best known as the bass player in the award-winning quartet Empirical but has also recorded and toured with many UK and international musicians including Anoushka Shankar, Andre Canniere and Reinier Baas

 James Maddren studied jazz percussion at the Royal Academy of Music, with Trevor Tomkins and Martin France as his drum tutors, graduating in 2009 with a 1st class degree. Today he is one of the most in-demand drummers on the jazz scene playing with many artists and ensembles, including the Gwilym Simcock Trio, Kit Downes Trio, Marc Copland/Stan Sulzman quartet, Julian Arguelles quartet, Ivo Neame quartet, Martin Speake quartet and Phronesis

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