Gig Details

Friday 9 October. 20:00 – 22:30.

At Crookes Social Club

Full £15, Over 60s, disabled and unemployed £13, Student with NUS card £8, 15 – 17 year olds £3, Under 15s Free. CASH ONLY on door.

A 13-piece ensemble exploring and celebrating the musical ideas of Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker hot foot from their dates at Pizza Express. Bird Migration is an innovative, cross-genre project from critically acclaimed composer and multi-instrumentalist Hans Koller, Head of Jazz at Trinity Laban Conservatoire and featuring a stellar group of top jazz musicians. Expect a rich soundscape reflecting Parker’s revolutionary jazz innovations as well as his interest in contemporary classical composers.  the most expansive, expressive and exciting new jazz orchestral sound to have emerged in this country since the late-lamented Loose Tubes” John Fordham, The Guardian. 

This project is a development of Hans’ critically acclaimed 2016 JazzLines commission Twelve Re-inventions for George Russell premiered at the CBSO in Birmingham and recorded for Radio 3. Bird Migration further develops the compositional methods used that helped bring together the different worlds of contemporary jazz and contemporary classical music inspired by Parker’s interest in Stravinsky, Varèse and others. The central theme is one of connection with the jazz tradition and a musical re-imagination of Parker’s close relationships with his peers; Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Tadd Dameron, Fats Navarro and others.

Hans Koller came to England to Middlesex University where he majored in composition. He started playing in bands with Stan Sulzmann and Chris Cheek and went on to form his own group, ‘Neverland’ with Dave Whitford, Rob Townsend and Stuart Laurence. The group was augmented into a nine-piece for his début album ‘Magic Mountain(1997) which established him as one of the leading new UK jazz composers. He won awards for compositions, commissions by major festivals and in 2001 released ‘Lovers and Strangers’, an album featuring harpist Helen Tunstall, singer Christine Tobin and percussionist Corrina Sylvester. His next album ‘New Memorie was hailed as “the most expansive, expressive and exciting new jazz orchestral sound to have emerged in this country since the late-lamented Loose Tubes” by John Fordham, The Guardian.

Hans has written for Steve Lacy (‘London Ear’); worked in large groups with Evan Parker, Kenny Wheeler and Bob Brookmeyer; performed and recorded with the NDR Big Band (‘Scenic Routes’); played in groups led by Mike Gibbs, with Steve Swallow, Bill Frisell and Adam Nussbaum; with Phil Woods, Dave Liebman, and the HR and WDR Big Bands. He also started a small band with Jeff Williams and Percy Pursglove, recorded with saxophonists François Théberge and Gerd Dudek and started a formidable creative partnership with NYC altoist John O’Gallagher. Koller’s most ambitious work, his 2016 triple vinyl release ‘Retrospection’ brought together over 30 of the world’s leading jazz musicians, including Steve Swallow, Jakob Bro, and the NDR Bigband.

“An exuberant and remarkable talent, Koller’s music is full of surprises.”  Ian Carr, Rough Guide to Jazz, 3rd ed.

“A force to be reckoned with on the British scene … his approach to the interplay of the historical and the contemporary is as open-minded as it is creative…” Michael Tucker, Jazz Journal

 John O’Gallagher; a graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston, New Yorker John O’Gallagher is one of the most compelling alto saxophonists and composers at work today, known for an innovative style which pushes the boundaries of jazz while rooted in its tradition. John is known for his projects as a leader and as a sought-after sideman having worked with artist such as Joe Henderson, Maria Schnieder, Kenny Wheeler, Billy Hart, Tony Malaby, Jeff Williams, Tom Rainey, Chris Cheek, Ralph Alessi and numerous others.

a player with crisp articulation and intriguing ideas“- Jazz Times, “convincingly ferocious”Downbeat

Alex Garnett has been one of the leading saxophonists in the UK and Europe for over two decades, being instantly recognizable by his dark, husky sound. A versatile musician and first call sideman, Alex has enjoyed success as both a performer, composer, arranger and session saxophonist. He’s a regular sideman of choice for many visiting bands and musicians when touring in Europe and has performed with varied and diverse artists across the spectrum such as Sir John Dankworth, Wynton Marsalis, Pete King, Van Morrison, Evan Parker and The Rolling Stones, as well as with his contemporaries, Gareth Lockrane, Seamus Blake, Phil Robson, Michael Janisch and more.

A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, Russian-born alto saxophonist Zhenya Strigalev has always been known for his intense and memorable playing with a unique sound on his saxophone. He has worked with musicians such as Eric Harland, Ambrose Akinmusire, Tim Lefebvre, Aaron Parks, Larry Grenadier and Liam Noble. Zhenya has released several albums on the Whirlwind label with an impressive cast of international musicians while his 2019 album featured a partnership with Argentinian guitarist Frederico Dannemann.

Saxophonist Josephine Davies is currently best known for her highly-rated trio Satori whose appearance at the end of this season is much anticipated following their 2018 performance and their two acclaimed albums. Winner of the Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year in the 2019 Parliamentary Jazz Awards her most recent appearance at Crookes was as a member of the Whirlwind Jazz Orchestra whose gig in Autumn 2019 was a highlight of that season and featured one of Josephine’s compositions.

Trumpeter and composer Byron Wallen studied trumpet with Donald Byrd, Jimmy Owens and Jon Faddis in New York and has since played in performance and recorded with many jazz and pop artists including, George Benson, Charles Earland, Chaka Khan, Ronnie Laws, Hugh Masekela, Courtney Pine, Lonnie Liston Smith, Jean Toussaint, and Cleveland Watkiss. His most recent appearance at Sheffield Jazz was a memorable gig with his own quartet ‘Four Corners’ in Spring 2019. “Byron Wallen sometimes suggests an absorbing fusion of the fragmentary lyricism of late period Miles Davis and the spiky euphoria of Don Cherry” – John Fordham, The Guardian

Percy Pursglove is a multi-instrumentalist trumpeter, double bassist, educator, improviser and composer, working internationally across a broad spectrum of jazz, contemporary classical and creative musical settings. He is a graduate of the Birmingham Conservatoire after which he spent some time playing and studying and playing in New York. He has played with a wide range of jazz musicians including Bill Frissell, Michael Gibbs, Evan Parker, Peter Erskine, Django Bates, Steve Swallow, Chris Potter, Dave Liebman, Dave Holland and Norma Winstone. In 2020 he was appointed to the world famous NDR Big Band.

Robbie Robson studied Jazz at Leeds College of Music, the Guildhall School of Music and was runner up in the Perrier Young Jazz Musician 2000. He is a member of the London Jazz Orchestra, The Loop Collective, Gareth Lockrane Big Band and Frank Griffith’s Nonet. His own band ‘Dog Soup’ has released an album on Loop records and Robbie has formed a trio ‘Clamour’ with fellow Loop members Dave Manington and Paul Clarvis. He has recorded with Julian Arguelles and Bill Frisell and has worked with Tony Bennett, Jamie Cullum, Phil Woods and JTQ.

Trombonist Trevor Mires has performed and recorded with, among others, George Benson, James Morrison, Sam Rivers Big Band, Michel Le Grand, Pat Metheny, Toots Theilmans and David Sanborn. Trevor was a member of jazz-funk band Jamiroquai and of Incognito, recording and touring with both for a number of years. He is currently trombonist/arranger for Sir Tom Jones and recently toured with Randy Brecker’s European Big Band, as well as recording with Radiohead and performing with the likes of Alicia Keys, Beyonce and Mark Ronson.

 Trombonist Winston Rollins began playing the trombone at the age of ten and later trained at the Trinity College Of Music in London. His background is steeped in music having been in bands such as The Brand New Heavies, Incognito, Aswad, Jamiroquai and Courtney Pine. He is one of four trombonists in the Brass section of Jool Holland’s Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, having been a member of the band since 1994.

Richard Henry is a specialist bass trombonist and multi-instrumentalist. He is a much in-demand player for live and recorded projects in pop, jazz, theatre, film, classical and contemporary music having worked with artists including; Joni Mitchell, Peter Gabriel, Hermeto Pascoal, Carla Bley, Stephen Warbeck, George Michael, Little Mix and Shirley Bassey. He is Professor of Trombone at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, Bass Trombone in the London Jazz Orchestra, Musician at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and Member of the Chineke! Orchestra.