Adam Glasser Quintet

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Adam Glasser Quintet

Fri 28 01 2022 @ 8:00 pm - 10:45 pm

Adam Glasser Quintet

At Crookes Social Club, 8-10.45 pm

Adam Glasser: harmonica, piano
George Crowley: sax
Ant Law: guitar
Steve Watts: bass
Corrie Dick: drums

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South African musician and composer Adam Glasser returns after a highly successful gig at Crookes in 2018 with a great band of leading British jazz musicians to play his trademark township jazz. A fluent and impressive jazz pianist, Adam has also established himself as one of Europe’s leading jazz chromatic harmonica players. A virtuoso on the instrument his playing is eloquent, subtle and constantly inventive. His unique sound combines his South African roots with many years immersed in the UK jazz scene, working with SA legends such as Dudu Pukwana and Hugh Masekela and performing internationally with the likes of Sting, Joe Zawinul and the Eurythmics.

Born in Cambridge while his father South African composer Stanley ‘Spike’ Glasser was studying music at Kings’ College, Adam Glasser’s family returned to South Africa where he grew up influenced by his father’s involvement in music which featured many key SA jazz musicians. He began to study jazz piano seriously on his own while gigging in restaurants and after a semester at Berklee College in 1981 he returned to London and began a long apprenticeship developing his jazz playing with his own trio. By the mid-eighties he was working regularly with legendary alto player Dudu Pukwana. He toured the UK with Martha Reeves and the Vandellas (1991) and Jimmy Witherspoon (1993) as well as developing his compositional skills, winning the Peter Whittingham Award in 1996 and now leads his own bands working as a freelance keyboard player. Adam has released two critically acclaimed albums of his own – ‘Free at First’ (2010) and ‘Mzansi’ (2012).

“[Adam Glasser]… has brought a truly unique voice and idiom to the constantly evolving language of jazz… a challenge to equal for sheer scope of virtuosity, musicality and surprise” – AllAboutJazz 

“…lucid harmonica…equally lucid piano” Glasgow Herald

Guitarist Ant Law began gravitated towards playing the guitar in his teens but his only formal schooling was a scholarship at Berklee College and at this time that he became obsessed with jazz and played his first jazz gigs. Ant has previously appeared at Crookes with his own band and has released three albums ‘Entanglement’, ‘Zero Sum World’ and ‘Life I Know’. In 2020 they followed this with their fourth album, ‘The Sleeper Wakes’, a digital-only release. “Law is one of the UK’s most distinctive guitarists and this album will further enhance his reputation as both a musician and a composer” – The Jazz Mann “Terrific and highly accomplished.” – The Jazz Breakfast

Saxophonist George Crowley has established himself as a key player within London’s creative jazz and improv scene and is increasingly well-known further afield, performing across the UK and Europe. As a performer George’s energy and expressive, warm saxophone sound mark him out as a musician who demands attention as his performance with his trio at Crookes in October 2021 amply demonstrated “Crowley’s strongly melodic themes provide the jumping off point for vigorous group interaction and the balance between the written and the improvised and between the accessible and the abstract is excellent throughout.”★★★★ – The Jazz Mann

While Steve Watts was studying classical Double Bass at the Guildhall School of Music he discovered jazz and left immediately. He has been playing jazz on the British scene for over 25 years, during which time he has worked with many musicians of international stature, including, Kenny Wheeler, Stan Sulzman, Joe Lovano and Kirk Lightsey. Steve is a member of the influential Loose Tubes jazz orchestra and ‘The Printmakers’- a band featuring Norma Winstone, Nikki Iles and Mike Walker.

Recognised for his fluency and euphoric abandon on the drum kit Corrie Dick, a previous winner of BBC Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year prize, is an essential component of any project lead by Laura Jurd, including Mercury Prize shortlisted band Dinosaur and is also a key member of the Elliot Galvin Trio and Jasper Høiby’s Fellow Creatures. Corrie also leads his own group, releasing his debut album ‘Impossible Things’ in 2015 featuring nine young stars of the British jazz scene.

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Ticket Prices

Full – £16
Over 60s, disabled, unemployed – £14
Student with NUS card – £9
15 – 17 year olds – £4
Under 15s – Free

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Fri 28 01 2022
8:00 pm - 10:45 pm
Event Category:


Sheffield Jazz


Crookes Social Club
Mulehouse Road, Sheffield, S10 1TD + Google Map
0114 266 0114