Gig Details

Friday 8 March. 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 at the same net price as on the door.

Julian Arguelles: tenor and soprano sax; Robbie Robson: trumpet; John Turville: piano; Dave Whitford: bass; James Maddren: drums

This all-star group, led by the award-winning pianist John Turville and featuring a frontline of the lyrical and multi-faceted trumpeter Robbie Robson and the world-renowned composer and saxophonist Julian Arguelles has been assembled to explore a wide ranging set of new music composed by John as well as compositions from Julian and new arrangements from the jazz, tango and latin worlds.

Taking inspiration from British jazz legends John Taylor and Kenny Wheeler, the Argentine composer Diego Schissi, and imbued with a deep love of the jazz and classical tradition, John’s writing is refined and wide-ranging, from lyrical ballads and spiky rhythmic compositions to reflective classical vignettes and free jazz.

John Turville is one of the leading jazz pianists in the UK (Ian Mann) and his music has been described as world class… exquisite… constantly inventive (***** Jazz Journal) and mining as deep a seam of musical ideas as Brad Mehldau (John Fordham, Guardian) He has won multiple awards for his trio albums, including ‘Best Album’ in the Parliamentary Awards for his debut ‘Midas’ and won ‘Best Instrumentalist’ in the London Jazz Awards 2011. He is one of the busiest sidemen in the UK, and has recorded over 30 albums with some of the leading artists in Europe, including Tim Garland, Asaf Sirkis, Ant Law, the Matt Ridley Quartet, Yuri Goloubev, Gilad Atzmon, Solstice, Brigitte Beraha, Tony Kofi/Alan Barnes ‘Aggregation’ and many other groups.

Julian Arguelles needs no introduction, as ‘one of the very finest saxophonists in modern jazz in this or for that matter in any country’. He has always spoken with a unique voice and is hugely influential to a new generation of British and European jazz musicians, with his writing described as “supremely lyrical, with beautiful melodies whilst staying cliché free”. He has recorded 15 CDs as a leader including ‘Circularity’ with Dave Holland and the late John Taylor. Julian was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by Royal Birmingham Conservatoire for services to music in 2017. He also won ‘Best Album’ in the 2016 Parliamentary Awards for his South African Tribute ‘Let It Be Told’ and has worked extensively with the Frankfurt Radio Big Band and the legendary Loose Tubes.

 The new album from the quintet, Head First was recorded at the legendary Artesuono Studio in Udine, Italy in 2017 and is released on Whirlwind Records accompanied by a 16-date national tour, supported generously by Arts Council England.