Gig Details

Friday 27 November. 20:00 – 22:30.

At Crookes Social Club

Full £15, Concessions £13, Student with NUS card £8, 15 – 18 year olds £3, Under 15s Free.

Advance tickets available from at the same net price as on the door.

Josephine Davies: sax; Dave Whitford: bass; James Maddren: drums

A melodic and intimate (acoustic and in-the-round rather than using the stage) gig by a fine trio whose 2018 gig was extremely enjoyable. Satori is a Coltrane-inspired spiritual jazz trio led by saxophonist Josephine Davies. Their focus on melodic freedom and band interaction led to their debut album being released in 2017 to wide critical acclaim in the UK and Europe; “irrepressible tunefulness” (Downbeat); “consistently inventive” (Jazzwise); “spiritual, spiralling, slow-burning exuberance” (UK Vibe). 

Satori is a contemporary jazz trio from Perrier award winning saxophonist Josephine Davies, featuring drummer James Maddren and bassist Dave Whitford. The deliberate omission of a chordal instrument leaves a more spacious texture for the three musicians to explore the basic compositional elements Davies offers. This is a new direction for her, and one that showcases her creativity and strongly melodic improvisational approach. Although the focus of this band is on group interaction, exploration, and freedom from traditional set structures, Satori is also an accessible and hugely dynamic jazz ensemble. Their debut album was released in 2017 on Whirlwind Recordings to wide acclaim and this tour will celebrate the release of their second album in autumn 2018.

“What makes the album so striking is Davies’ refusal to abandon melody even as she lets go of defined changes. Her irrepressible tunefulness not only leads the improvisers in fruitful directions but also offers the listener an open door into the music”…Downbeat Magazine

“A truly gifted and imaginative saxophonist, Davies undoubtedly possesses the art of the improviser and has produced an album of exuberant lyricism and consistently engaging tunes.”…All About Jazz

“Satori is so full of ideas, vision, and joyful improvisation that one can only take pleasure in the listening”UK Vibe