Friday 25 January. 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. CASH ONLY on door.
Advance tickets available from buy.sivtickets.com/sheffieldjazz at the same net price as on the door.
John Law: piano; Sam Crockatt: sax; James Agg: bass; Billy Weir: drums
Re-Creations is John Law’s latest project, featuring well-known tunes from the worlds of jazz and pop. It features Parliamentary Jazz Award winner saxophonist Sam Crockatt and two great younger musicians. Alongside classic jazz standards the quartet plays unique and interesting arrangements of tunes by the Beatles, Sting, Radiohead, Adele and Daft Punk. There’s a baroque version of ‘Summertime’ next to a funky version of ‘In The Summertime’!
In a move away from electronics to this purely acoustic group, Re-Creations present music not just from the standard jazz repertoire but also from pop and indie, a band which manages to play highly accessible melodic music and recognised tunes in extremely creative and interactive arrangements, simple and complex, with an emphasis on spontaneous interaction in a group of highly versatile young musicians.
John Law, a prize-winning classical prodigy on piano, turned away from classical piano studies to pursue jazz and improvised music when he was 23 and has been involved in, and acclaimed for, a wide variety of contemporary jazz and classical projects: from solo piano concerts and albums through trio and quartet tours and recordings, right through to large scale works for his semi-classical ensemble Cornucopia.
He has played at over fifty festivals worldwide and recorded over thirty albums, working with musicians as diverse as Gwilym Simcock, Andy Sheppard, Jason Rebello, Tim Garland and Evan Parker. John’s main projects currently are his acclaimed quartet Congregation, which has toured all over Europe and beyond, appearing to stunning audience acclaim in concert halls, clubs and at festivals such as the North Sea Jazz Festival (Rotterdam) or the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London (London Jazz Festival); his quartet Re-Creations, featuring Parliamentary Jazz Award winner Sam Crockatt, playing versions of tunes from jazz/pop/classical; his electric project Boink! which combines electric keyboards, guitar, saxophone and drums with electronic music soundscapes and live, interactive visual backdrops; as well as solo piano concerts including his project Goldberg (playing Bach’s Goldberg Variations with live accompanying visuals) and Sacre, his two piano project with David Gordon, playing Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring.
Sam Crockatt, saxophones, is a UK Parliamentary Jazz Award winner and himself a bandleader and composer who has performed and recorded with Gwilym Simcock and Kit Downes. Above all a really melodic improviser.
James Agg, one of the best-kept secrets of the UK jazz world, one already full to the brim with amazing young talent! With perfect ears and a brilliant double bass technique, James is also one of the most important melodic voices in the group, while simultaneously holding down much of the rhythm.
Billy Weir is one of the new breed of drummers, at home in all the intricate rhythmic complexities of contemporary jazz, who also take pleasure in the joy and function of a simple, driving and wonderfully supportive groove!
“Striking arrangements and great skill and invention in the solos”
“I can’t remember a better jazz gig! Breathtaking!”
“One of the UK’s most imaginative and versatile jazz pianists”…International Piano Magazine
“An interesting and highly gifted maverick musician”… ALFRED BRENDEL
“One of this country’s most imaginative young pianists”… THE TIMES
“…technical bravura with crystal clear, fast passagework coupled with a sovereign command over everything that is pianistically possible. You wonder if there is actually anything that this pianist cannot do”…. JAZZ PODIUM, GERMANY 1997