Friday 9 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. Advance tickets from www.sivtickets.com/event/sheffieldjazz
Rob Luft: guitar; Joe Wright: tenor sax; Joe Webb: keyboards; Tom McCredie: bass; Corrie Dick: drums
The word is out on Rob Luft: hotly tipped by The Times to “achieve great things”, the award-winning guitarist brings to Crookes the great young band with whom he made his debut CD “Riser”. A winner of the prestigious Kenny Wheeler Music Prize as well as placing second in the 2016 Montreux Jazz Guitar Competition he was identified as having ‘boundless technique’ by Lee Ritenour.
A musician of incredible talent, depth and maturity, Rob Luft is set to become a name to remember. At only 23 years of age his proficiency as a guitarist and composer embodies a level of musicianship and vision well beyond his years. A winner of the prestigious Kenny Wheeler Music Prize as well as placing second in The 2016 Montreux Jazz Guitar Competition, Rob is already garnering praise from critics across Europe. His debut album, “Riser”, was released in July 2017, to widespread critical acclaim from the European jazz media. The UK’s Jazzwise Magazine has highlighted his “obvious star quality” and Riser is an album that stands up to scrutiny as one of the finest debut records in many years in the burgeoning creative current UK Jazz scene. John Fordham wrote in The Guardian that it’s a “very sophisticated debut, but given Luft’s old-soul achievements since his early teens, we should have heard it coming”.
“23-year-old Londoner Rob Luft has delivered the most fully-realized and rewarding debut album from a guitarist-composer since Julian Lage’s 2009 outing, Sounding Point…he has concocted a remarkably original statement that highlights his prodigious chops and his singular gifts as a composer-arranger and sonic provocateur.”… DOWNBEAT magazine, 4.5 stars
‘A debut album of remarkable originality’ ★★★★ All About Jazz
‘Luft’s music has an easeful joy that is never smug or facile but simply rich with the joy of making music with others, for others.’ ★★★★ Jazzwise
‘Guitar virtuoso makes enticingly vivacious debut’ ★★★★ Guardian
‘Brilliant writing, fabulous individual and collective performances’ ★★★★★ UK Vibe
‘Fizzing with vitality and stuffed full of quirky and original musical ideas.’… London Jazz News
“Not only is he a great improvising guitarist, but his written material, arrangements and leadership seem to inspire the other members of his group to play their best.”… Evan Parker
“An original guitarist to be prized.” … The Irish Times
“Luft wears his ‘manifold’ influences lightly and has come up with a startlingly original sound inspired by contemporary music from all over the globe.” … Jazzmann