Friday 17th November. 20:00 – 22:30.
At Crookes Social Club
Full £14, Concessions £11, Students with NUS card £7, 15 – 17 year olds £3, Under 15s FREE. Advance tickets available from www.sivtickets.com/event/sheffieldjazz at the same net price as on the door.
Jason Palmer: trumpet; Rez Abbasi: guitar; John O’Gallagher: alto sax; Michael Janisch bass; Clarence Penn: drums
For this European tour Michael Janisch has assembled a stellar new quintet comprising some of the United States’ most exciting performers/improvisers: with the Pakistani/ American guitarist Rez Abbasi – rapidly emerging as one of today’s major new voices on his instrument – alongside Grammy-winning alto saxophonist John O’Gallagher (Joe Henderson, Maria Schneider), trumpeter Jason Palmer (Herbie Hancock, Kurt Rosenwinkel), and the brilliant drummer Clarence Penn (Michael Brecker, Stanley Clarke). This is a project not to be missed; artists of this calibre are usually only seen in the largest concert halls in the UK or at major festivals.
Michael Janisch (nominated in the UK for a MOBO Award for Best Jazz Act 2016 for his electro-acoustic project Paradigm Shift) has established himself as a tireless creative force across the developing international spheres of contemporary improvised and experimental music. Based in London (originally from the USA), he successfully traverses this creative topography as a virtuosic electric and double bassist, composer, bandleader, producer, session musician and record label owner.
As a bassist he is known for his versatility, full-toned sounds and passion for playing time and groove with authenticity and dedication, no matter the context. A keen improviser, he has been described as “virtuosic and emphatic” (The Guardian) and Bass Musician Magazine asserts “Janisch is one of the few bass players out there who plays both electric and upright with equal facility, passion and musicality.”
As a composer and bandleader he has released five critically acclaimed albums to date. In addition to performing Michael is an adjunct Professor of Double Bass at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire and the Royal Academy of Music in London, and regularly gives masterclasses and group workshops at universities and festivals around the world.
“Awesomely virtuosic double bass”…The Guardian
“A commanding bassist, who brings a sinewy thrust to the ensemble with masterful agility.”…Downbeat Magazine
Jason Palmer is becoming one of the most in-demand musicians of his generation. He has performed with Roy Haynes, Herbie Hancock, Jimmy Smith (the organist), Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Kurt Rosenwinkel (first trumpeter to ever be hired by this highly acclaimed guitarist), Ravi Coltrane, Mark Turner, Jeff Ballard, Lee Konitz, Phil Woods, Common, Roy Hargrove, Lewis Nash, etc. Jason took 1st Place in the 2009 Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition and the June 2007 issue of Downbeat Magazine cited Jason as one of the “Top 25 trumpeters of the Future”. In addition to performing on over a forty albums as a sideman, Jason has recorded eight albums under his own name and is currently a Steeplechase Records Recording artist (three of his recordings receiving 4 stars or better in Downbeat Magazine). Jason has toured over 30 countries with saxophonists Greg Osby, Grace Kelly, Matana Roberts, as well as being a featured guest artists on multiple projects.
Jason’s quintet has been leading the house band every weekend at Boston’s historical Wally’s Jazz Café for the past twelve years. In addition to a heavy performing schedule, he continues to maintain a busy schedule as an educator. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Ensembles and Brass at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and a visiting Assistant Professor at Harvard University. He also served on the faculty at the New School of Jazz and Contemporary Music, the Preparatory Division and the School for Continuing Education at the New England Conservatory of Music.
Jason Palmer is an “intelligent, highly adept improviser,” and among “a new breed of 21st century jazz musicians…who set their egos aside and take a thoughtful, intellectual, and technically adept approach to the music.”…AllMusic
“Palmer is a focused player, with a burnished tone that takes on a beautiful, dark glow in his mid-range. What’s more, his solos, while punctuated with spontaneous leaps to the high end and explosive runs of fast notes, are shaped for narrative effect. Playing chord changes, he’s always aware of overall melodic shape. Every note, while not fussy, is delivered with clear intent.”… Fuse Jazz Review
Rez Abbasi. Voted #1 Rising Star Guitarist in the 2013 DownBeat Critics Poll and placed in the “top-ten Guitarists” in 2016’s poll, Rez Abbasi continues to push boundaries.
Born in Karachi, Pakistan, removed at the age of four to the vastness of Southern California, schooled at the University of Southern California and the Manhattan School of Music in jazz and classical music, along with a pilgrimage in India under the tutelage of master percussionist, Ustad Alla Rakha, Rez Abbasi is a vivid synthesis of all the above stated influences and genres. Making New York home for the past 25 years, Abbasi has developed a unique sound both as a composer and an instrumentalist and is considered by many to be one of the foremost modern jazz guitar players the world over. He has honed his skills with performances throughout Europe, Canada, the U.S., Mexico and India. He has performed and recorded with many jazz greats including, Grammy winner Ruth Brown, Vijay Iyer, Peter Erskine, Kenny Werner, Barre Phillips, Tim Berne, Michael Formanek, Billy Hart, Marvin ‘Smitty’ Smith, Gary Thomas, Dave Douglas, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Mike Clark, Tony Malaby, George Brooks, Ronu Majumdar, Kadri Gopalnath, Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Marilyn Crispell, Greg Osby, Howard Levy and a host of others
In the summer of 2016 Abbasi released an album with his new group, Junction. Behind the Vibration (Cuneiform), is a full-blown electric album of all originals. With Mark Shim on tenor sax and midi wind-controller, Ben Stivers on keyboards, B3 & Rhodes, Kenny Growhowski on drums and Rez employing overdrive and effects, the music moves in very unpredictable ways.
“An amazing guitarist… unique and beautiful music – and best of all – very original….I’m really impressed.”… Pat Metheny
“Stimulating new music. Is this soul-jazz, post-bop, fusion, Indian music, or world fusion? The answer has to be: All of them and none of them.” … All Music Guide
John O’Gallagher is considered one of the most compelling alto saxophonists and composers at work today on the New York jazz scene. He is known for an innovative style which pushes the boundaries of jazz while rooted in its tradition.
Born in Anaheim Califorina in 1964 he began playing alto saxophone in grade school after his family moved to Spokane, Washington. Upon graduating high school he studied briefly at Eastern Washington University before moving to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music. There he studied with legendary saxophone gurus Joe Viola, Jerry Bergonzi and George Garzone.
During the past 25 years living in New York he has become known for his projects as a leader, and as a sought-after sideman, working with artist such as Joe Henderson, Maria Schnieder, Kenny Wheeler, Billy Hart, Tony Malaby, Jeff Williams, Tom Rainey, Chris Cheek, Ralph Alessi, Rudresh Manhathappa, Mike Formanek, Ben Monder and numerous others.
“an alto saxophonist of dry tone and daring temperament” … The New York Times
“a player with crisp articulation and intriguing ideas” …JazzTimes
“John’s music is a very hip classical music…. The whole conception of his composing is very special.” …Lee Konitz
Clarence Penn is one of the busiest jazz drummers in the world, a leader of multiple bands, a composer, a prolific producer, and an educator.
Since 1991, when he arrived in New York City, Penn has placed his unique blend of mega-chops, keen intellect, and heady musicianship at the service of a staggering array of A-list artists-a chronological short-list includes Ellis and Wynton Marsalis, Betty Carter, Stanley Clarke, Steps Ahead, Makoto Ozone, Michael Brecker, Dave Douglas, Maria Schneider, Luciana Souza, Richard Galliano, and Fourplay. Penn’s impressive discography includes several hundred studio albums (including the Grammy-winning recordings 34th and Lex by Randy Brecker and Concert in the Garden and Sky Blue by Maria Schneider) representing a 360-spectrum of jazz expression, and he’s toured extensively throughout the world. He’s composed music for films and commercials, and produced tracks for numerous singers in the pop and alternative arenas. He earned a “Ten Best of 1997” accolade from the New York Times for his first leader recording, “Penn’s Landing”.
He currently leads several ensembles. His most recent “rhythmically intoxicating” recording is 2014’s “Monk The Lost Files”, arrangements of the music of Thelonious Monk. Whether he is leading his own band or performing as a sideman, he brings to the table unfailing versatility and professionalism, an ability to find creative ways to interpret a global array of styles and idioms, and a stated intention “to play music that’s warm and organic for the people and for myself.” His motto is: “When people hear my name, I want them to think, ‘I don’t know what band he’s playing with tonight or what he’ll be doing, but it’s going to be good, it’s going to be musical.”
“Clarence is a charismatic player, with great dynamic range and drama and musicality. He’s an intricate and heady drummer who thinks compositionally, but uses his gut and instincts towards the end result of making something exciting, that feels alive, and is full of energy and passion”…Maria Schneider