Friday 20 November. 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. ADVANCE BOOKINGS ONLY
Advance tickets available from www.ticketsource.co.uk/sheffield-jazz
George Crowley: sax; Rob Luft: guitar; Tim Giles: drums
George Crowley has established himself as a key player within London’s burgeoning creative jazz and improv scene. His energy and expressive, warm saxophone sound mark him out as a musician to watch. He is accompanied here by Sheffield favourite Rob Luft, a tremendously fluent and innovative guitarist and the versatile Tim Giles on drums. A fine trio playing George’s original music and covering a diverse territory, with the music predominantly being driven by very strong melody, from lyrical folk to more contemporary electronic textures. “a fine young composer/player who knows where the music has been and where he’s headed with it.” – John Fordham, The Guardian.
George Crowley is a saxophonist, clarinettist and composer based in London. Since his arrival in the capital in 2007, George has steadily established himself as a key player within the city’s burgeoning creative jazz and improv scene and increasingly well known further afield, performing across the UK and Europe. As a performer he is active across a range of styles; whether infusing melodic through-composed writing with open, searching improv in his own Can of Worms, channelling fiery avant-parade ghosts in Brass Mask, weaving through the polyrhythmic Ghanaian trance of Vula Viel or exploring more traditional repertoire, Crowley’s energy and expressive, warm saxophone sound mark him out as a musician who demands attention. He can also be found playing with bands and musicians such as Melt Yourself Down, Julian Argüelles’ Septet, Yazz Ahmed, Red Snapper, the Michael Chillingworth Septet, Rick Simpson’s Klämmer and the Olie Brice Quartet featuring Jeff Williams. Outside of the world of jazz and improvised music he has worked with artists such as Boy George and Culture Club and Mount Kimbie.
“Rarely does a player so young debut with such a fully rounded tone and range of writing skills, so keep a keen ear out for Crowley: the future could yet be his” – Jazzwise
“Crowley’s strongly melodic themes provide the jumping off point for vigorous group interaction and the balance between the written and the improvised and between the accessible and the abstract is excellent throughout.”
★★★★ The Jazz Mann
Rob Luft is an award-winning young jazz guitarist from London whose virtuosity has been compared to that of six-string legends John McLaughlin, Al Di Meola & Paco De Lucia. Rob was the recipient of the 2016 Kenny Wheeler Prize from The Royal Academy of Music and also of second prize in the 2016 Jazz Guitar Competition at the Montreux Jazz Festival. His debut album, ‘Riser’, was released on Edition Records in 2017 to widespread critical acclaim from the European jazz media. John Fordham wrote in The Guardian that it’s a “very sophisticated debut, but given Luft’s old-soul achievements since his early teens, we should have heard it coming”. Following the success of his first album Rob was nominated for a string of awards in the Jazz FM Awards and the Parliamentary Jazz Awards. His latest album ‘Life Is The Dancer’ was released in April 2020.
As well as leading his own quintet, Rob collaboratively runs several other projects including; a duo with the Albanian jazz/folk singer and ECM recording artist Elina Duni; a mainstream jazz quartet with Dave O’Higgins – their album ‘O’Higgins & Luft Play Monk & Trane’ was a highlight of the Sheffield Jazz Autumn 2019 season; and the nuevo tango quintet Deco Ensemble. Rob is also a regular member of some of London’s finest modern jazz groups, such as Byron Wallen’s “Four Corners”, Eddie Parker’s “Airborn”, and the Chris Batchelor/Steve Buckley quintet. He was the recipient of the 2015 Peter Whittingham Award as part of two collective ensembles: Patchwork Jazz Orchestra and jazz-rock quartet Big Bad Wolf. In May 2019 Rob was selected as BBC New Generation Jazz Artist 2019-2021, an accolade granted to “some of the world’s most exceptional young musicians” (Emma Bloxham, Editor, BBC Radio 3).
“With Riser Luft has produced a debut album of remarkable originality, strong compositions and he’s assisted by a formidable quartet of musicians whose natural sensibilities and talents only serve to enhance the project.” – All About Jazz (UK)
“…an extraordinary talent!” – Julian Joseph, BBC Radio 3
Whilst still in his teens Tim Giles was performing internationally with saxophonists Iain Ballamy and Stan Sulzmann at events such as the Copenhagen Jazz Festival and St Louis Jazz Festival, Senegal (providing support for the late Joe Zawinul). He moved to London to be a full-time musician and whilst studying at the Royal Academy of Music Tim met saxophonist James Allsopp. The two musicians connected in their aims to blend improvisation with composed music and in they formed Fraud. Their breakthrough gig at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival was voted Best Gig 2006 by Jazzwise magazine. They received the award for ‘Best New Act’ at the 2007 Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Awards and in 2008 Fraud won the BBC Jazz Award for Innovation. Tim has played with many top musicians ranging from American greats such as Art Farmer and Charles McPhearson to international improvising musicians such as Peter Brotzmann, Ingrid Jensen, Myra Melford and Ben Goldberg. He has worked with many celebrated players of the UK jazz scene such as Kenny Wheeler, Norma Winstone and Bobby Wellins. His current regular projects include Stan Sulzmann’s Neon Orchestra, Iain Ballamy’s Constellation, The Ed Jones Quartet, Sara Mitra Band and the Tori Freestone Trio. He also co-leads experimental electronics trio Leverton Fox, improv/folk-influenced Twelves, Impermanence Trio and Gameshow with Matthew Bourne. Tim was also included in the Royal Academy of Music honours list 2016 being made Associate of the Academy for his work in the field of jazz drumming.
“Cutting edge jazz drummer” www.telegraph.co.uk
“high energy and powerful… In fact, across the album as a whole it’s Giles who impresses most—he’s always empathic, never overwhelming and plays with obvious enthusiasm” – Bruce Lindsay, All About Jazz