Gig Details

Thursday 27 February. 19:30 – 21:30.

At Firth Hall. In partnership with University of Sheffield Concerts

Full £15, Over 60s, disabled and unemployed £12, Student with NUS card £8, 15 – 17 year olds £3, Under 15s Free. CASH ONLY on door.

Advance tickets available from at the same net price as on the door.

Barry Green: piano; Oli Hayhurst: bass; Boz Martin-Jones: drums

A welcome return of one of the best pianists to play in Sheffield in recent years. Barry Green’s 2017 gig at the Crucible Studio was a particular success. He has played in jazz clubs and festivals across the UK and internationally for the last twenty years, touring and recording with artists such as Ian Shaw, Charles MacPherson, Drew Gress, Tom Rainey, Chris Cheek, Gerald Cleaver and Bobby Wellins. Two more albums recorded in New York are planned for 2020. This trio gig explores some new original compositions that will feature in this recording.

Barry Green is one of the UK’s best jazz pianists and accompanists who has recently been touring with Ian Shaw and Charles McPherson in the UK and Europe whilst leading and collaborating with a whole host of musicians in London. He studied classical and jazz piano at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and is now a professor of jazz piano there. He has been touring extensively the UK with (among many others) Ian Shaw, Elaine Delmar, Jim Mullen and Henry Lowther. He plays regularly in jazz venues across the UK, and has also played internationally in clubs and festivals in the USA, Germany, Ireland, Spain, Slovenia, Sweden, Norway, Croatia, Turkey, Italy and France.

Barry’s regular collaborations with leading US jazz musicians are testament to the high esteem in which he is held by them. Some musicians with whom he has performed and recorded with include: Dave Friesen, Bobby Watson, Perico Sambeat, Charles McPherson, Deborah Brown, Ben Street, Drew Gress, Chris Cheek, Martin Speake, Bobby Wellins, Ian Shaw, Anita Wardell, Tina May, Jean Toussaint, Tom Rainey, Christine Tobin, Adam Kolker, Marc Miralta, Gerald Cleaver, Anders Christiansson, Ingrid Laubrock, Richie Cole, Jim Snidero, Jeff Williams, Stan Sulzmann, Us3, Henry Lowther, Julian Arguelles and Bill McHenry. Oli Hayhurst (Pharaoh Saunders, Julian Siegel) has played with Green in many contexts over the years, and Boz Martin Jones is an exciting new talent.

Moletone records is Barry’s record label. The first release was the trio record “The Music of Chance” featuring Ben Street and Jeff Williams, which received glowing reviews. This was followed by a duo record with the great bass player Dave Green, “Turn Left at Monday”. In January 2014 Barry recorded two trio albums in Systems Two studios, Brooklyn. One with Chris Cheek and Gerald Cleaver (called “Great News”) and the other with Drew Gress and Tom Rainey (called “Almost There”) with whom he played in Sheffield in 2017. He recently toured the UK (including Sheffield) as part of Henry Lowther’s “Still Waters”.

“The young pianist Barry Green has been a well-kept secret on the British jazz scene for the past five years. Classy musicians such as the saxophonists Martin Speake and Ingrid Laubrock, or the singers Ian Shaw and Anita Wardell, could vouch for the erudite Green’s knack for generating the deftly apposite phrases that make their work sound even better… The classic I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face was a confirmation of Barry Green’s fast-moving imagination, in its evolution from revealingly fresh harmonies to a garrulous collective improvisation. His is music for close listening – the closer you get, the more you hear in it.”…John Fordham, The Guardian

 “…the trio tracks show off Green’s virtuosity. His work can be both intricate and assertive, and is constantly inventive.”…Pete Martin, Jazz UK

“…the one who really shone was pianist Barry Green. Watching his imagination unfurl, was an engaging experience and turned out to be the keenest musical pleasure of the evening”…Ivan Hewett, Daily Telegraph


Oli Hayhurst

Oli Hayhurst has been one of the busiest bass players on the London jazz scene since graduating from the Royal Academy of Music in 2000 playing with a wide range of stars of jazz, classical and world musics and has been featured on over 60 albums. Oli has had long associations with UK artists including Zoe Rahman, Julian Siegel, Tim Whitehad and Sam Crockatt and with international artists including Ray Gelato and Pharoah Sanders.

Boz Martin-Jones

Boz Martin-Jones is a drummer based in London. He graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with a first class honours degree in 2018. He has performed at extensively at venues around the U.K. including Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, Pizza Express Dean St, The 606 Club, Oval Space, The Vortex, Kansas Smitty’s and Love Supreme Festival and has performed with Marvin Stamm, Gareth Lockrane, Ian Shaw, Barry Green and more’