Gig Details

Friday 16 February. 20:00 – 22:30.

At Crookes Social Club

Full £15, Concessions £12, Student with NUS card £8, 15 – 18 year olds £3, Under 15s Free. Advance tickets from 


Gilad Atzmon: saxophone; Frank Harrison: piano; Yaron Stavi: bass; Enzo Zirilli: drums

Don’t miss seeing this band live! Gilad’s fiery, impassioned style and brilliant musicianship regularly attracts packed houses in Sheffield. Touring for over 17 years, the band have gained a reputation as one of European jazz’s pre-eminent bands. For this gig they pay tribute to the music and spirit of John Coltrane.


Marking fifty years without John Coltrane, Gilad Atzmon and The Orient House Ensemble attempt to reflect upon the beauty of the man’s music. John Coltrane was the most influential tenor saxophonist in jazz history. Whether it is his patented sheets of sound, his rapid-fire improvisations, the advanced harmonic progressions, the sonic impact of the best jazz quartet ever, or his lush interpretations of the most beautiful ballads, no aspiring music lover can afford to neglect the music of Trane. But Coltrane is far greater than the sum of his outstanding musical achievements. He was a voice of a generation, an artistic revolutionary spirit, a man who transformed anger into love and plight into a humanist message. Coltrane for this band is jazz at its best: an authentic creative wave of constant transformation and innovation.

Gilad Atzmon was born in Israel in 1963 and had his musical training at the Rubin Academy of Music, Jerusalem. As a multi-instrumentalist he plays Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Baritone Saxes, Clarinet and Flutes. His albums often explore political themes and the music of the Middle East.. Coming to the UK in 1994, Atzmon revived an interest in playing the music of the Middle East, North Africa and Eastern Europe that had been in the back of his mind for years. In 2000 he founded the Orient House Ensemble in London and started re-defining his own roots in the light of his emerging political awareness. Since then the Orient House Ensemble has toured all over the world.

Over the years Gilad Atzmon’s music has moved more and more towards a cultural hybrid. As a bandleader and reed player he has been amazing his listeners with a powerful personal style that combines great bebop artistry and Middle-Eastern roots in a sophisticated, sometimes ironical, manner. Influenced by Coltrane’s powerful approach on the sax, Gilad’s live performances are simply breathtaking and overwhelming. He has been described by the Guardian as the “hardest-gigging man in British jazz”.

Gilad’s album, “The Whistle Blower”, released in 2015 had great reviews, an example of which is Bruce Lindsay’s from All About Jazz:

Saxophonist Gilad Atzmon is a giant of jazz—an imposing physical presence, a huge personality, technically masterful and emotionally committed to every note.


Gilad’s previous album ‘In Loving Memory of America’ also was highly praised by the British music press. Here are just a few quotes:

  • “Atzmon’s fluid lyricism is in full flow on songbook classics and worldly originals. But as sweet romance morphs to modernist uncertainty, the bittersweet balance and rich emotional palette equally impress.”… Financial Times ***** March 2009
  • “Gilad Atzmon, the expat Israeli saxophonist/clarinetist, combines thrilling jazz musicianship with a maverick political intelligence”… Guardian ****
  • “Atzmon always manages to tell a story”… Uncut **** March 2009
  • “One of the finest alto players around, Gilad pays his respects to Bird …It’s striking how similar Gilad’s sweet, open-throated sound is to Parker’s, but as you’d expect from the fiery philosopher-turned-Blockhead, this is no tribute album.”… BBC Music Magazine March 2009


As a member of the Blockheads, Gilad has recorded and performed with Ian Dury, Robbie Williams, Sinead O’Connor and Paul McCartney. Gilad has also recorded with Pink Floyd, Robert Wyatt, the Water Boys and many others.