Friday 16 November. 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 available from buy.sivtickets.com/sheffieldjazz at the same net price as on the door.
John Donaldson: piano; Jason Yarde: sax; Greg Heath: sax; Graeme Flowers: trumpet; Simon Thorpe: bass; Tristan Banks: drums
Hexagonal bring to Sheffield music based on the joyous, pulsating township-influenced jazz of the late, great South African multi-instrumentalist and composer Bheki Mseleku. Originally formed in 2016 to pay musical tribute to Meseleku (with whom pianist John Donaldson and bassist Simon Thorpe played) the band’s brief is simple: to expand its horizons while staying close to the spirit of Mseleku’s highly tuneful approach to jazz, which now means an increasing amount of compositional input from the group’s own members, as well as personal re-arrangements of works by other composers who inspired Mseleku, most notably McCoy Tyner.
Pianist and composer John Donaldson began playing jazz as part of the Cambridge Modern Jazz Club’s house rhythm section alongside Chucho Merchan and Nic France. After moving to California he worked with locals including Eddie Henderson, John Handy, Jeff Ballard, Donny McCaslin, Larry Grenadier and Red Holloway to name a few. Back in England he’s worked with Bheki Mseleku, Benn Clatworthy, Art Themen, Alan Barnes, Norma Winstone, Don Weller, Art Farmer, Steve Grossman, Eric Alexander. He’s also won ‘best pianist’ at the British Jazz Awards.
Bassist Simon Thorpe also worked in Bheki Mseleku’s band and has become one the most popular bass players in the country having worked with numerous artists including Stacey Kent, Bobby Wellins, Alan Barnes and Amy Winehouse. He leads his own 30-40’s swing band Jivin Miss Daisy and the electronic improv group Improphonics.
Jason Yarde (alto and baritone saxes) enjoys an international career both as a saxophonist and composer. He has worked with some of the great names in jazz including McCoy Tyner, Andrew Hill and Jack DeJohnette. His flugelhorn concerto All Souls Seek Joy was premiered by Hugh Masekela and the London Symphony Orchestra in 2007 and his BBC Proms compositional debut, Rhythm and Other Fascinations for piano trio and the BBC Concert Orchestra, won the inaugural BASCA award for contemporary Jazz Composition in 2009.
New Zealand born tenor saxophonist Greg Heath has been resident in the UK since 1989 and has worked with a wide range of jazz and popular musicians, including Dr John, Mica Paris, Van Morrison and Joan Armatrading. He too is a composer and has extensive experience writing for film, television and interactive media.
Graeme Flowers (trumpet) is one of the most demanded players in the country and frequently plays top tier gigs in many genres. Graeme has just finished a world tour with Kylie Minogue, works regularly works with Kyle Eastwood, and has recently performed with artists such as Charlie Hunter and Tom Scott.
Drummer Tristan Banks has become one of the most sought-after young drummers on the scene playing drum kit and percussion. He has studied Afro-Brazilian styles extensively and besides working with many top jazz players he has worked with artists covering a wide field of musical genres including Roy Ayers, Dave Valentin, Idris Mohammed, David Gilmour, Marcos Valle, Da Lata and Carleen Anderson.
“Yarde has rarely played better….his sax improvising has quietly blossomed to world class” …Guardian
“With remarkably little publicity or fuss John Donaldson has emerged as one of Britain’s most exciting jazz pianists with his own distinctive style”… The Observer