15 October @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
At Crookes Social Club, 8-11 pm
John Donaldson: piano
Jason Yarde: alto/baritone sax
Greg Heath: tenor sax
Graeme Flowers: trumpet
Simon Thorpe: bass
Tristan Banks: drums
A welcome return for this sextet whose exciting, high energy music with African and Jazz influences makes for a joyous, uplifting live experience. Formed in 2016 to perform the music of two titans of jazz piano – 1980s South African multi-instrumentalist and composer Bheki Mseleku and 1960s American jazz icon McCoy Tyner – it was an ambition born of love and experience; Simon and John toured with Bheki while Jason worked with McCoy. These associations bring an authority and authenticity to the group’s music and a strong influence on their original material. Expect a variety of rich melodies, vibrant harmonies and infectious grooves reflecting Mseleku’s lyricism and Tyner’s blues sensibility. www.hexagonal.org.uk/
Since Hexagonal’s inception the band has released the critically acclaimed debut album ‘McCoy and Mseleku’ and has played to enthusiastic audiences at clubs and festivals including Love Supreme, Scarborough and Herts festivals, as well as concert recordings for BBC Radio 3’s Jazz Now and in-session for Radio 3’s J-Z. “The band is impressively hip…with a variety of rich melodies, vibrant harmonies and infectious grooves… The optimism of the music shines through like a shaft of sunlight on a winter’s day.” – London Jazz News
Pianist and composer John Donaldson began playing jazz as part of the Cambridge Modern Jazz Club’s house rhythm section alongside Chucho Merchan and Nic France. After moving to California he worked with locals including Eddie Henderson, John Handy, Jeff Ballard, Donny McCaslin, Larry Grenadier and Red Holloway to name a few. Back in England he’s worked with Bheki Mseleku, Benn Clatworthy, Art Themen, Alan Barnes, Norma Winstone, Don Weller, Art Farmer, Steve Grossman, Eric Alexander. He’s also won ‘Best Pianist’ at the British Jazz Awards. “With remarkably little publicity or fuss John Donaldson has emerged as one of Britain’s most exciting jazz pianists with his own distinctive style” – The Observer
Bassist Simon Thorpe also worked in Bheki Mseleku’s band and has become one the most popular bass players in the country having worked with numerous artists including Stacey Kent, Bobby Wellins, Alan Barnes and Amy Winehouse. He leads his own 30-40’s swing band Jivin’ Miss Daisy and the electronic improv group Improphonics.
Jason Yarde (alto and baritone saxes) enjoys an international career both as a saxophonist and composer. He has worked with some of the great names in jazz, including McCoy Tyner, Andrew Hill and Jack DeJohnette. His flugelhorn concerto ‘All Souls Seek Joy’ was premiered by Hugh Masekela and the London Symphony Orchestra in 2007 and his BBC Proms compositional debut, ‘Rhythm and Other Fascinations’ for piano trio and the BBC Concert Orchestra, won the inaugural BASCA award for contemporary Jazz Composition in 2009. “Yarde has rarely played better….his sax improvising has quietly blossomed to world class” – The Guardian
A graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music under the tutorage of Australian woodwind legend Don Burrows and brass virtuoso James Morrision, New Zealand born tenor saxophonist Greg Heath has been resident in the UK since 1986 and has worked with a wide range of jazz and popular musicians, including Dr John, Jimmy Cliff, Omar Hakim, Rachael Z, Nile Rogers, Mica Paris, Maceo Parker, Van Morrison and Joan Armatrading. He too is a composer and has extensive experience writing for film, television and interactive media as well as leading his own quartet with an album release ‘Fact & Fiction’.
Graeme Flowers (trumpet) is one of the most in demand players in the country and frequently plays top tier gigs in many genres. He has performed with artists such as Charlie Hunter, Tom Scott, Manu Katche, Jamie Cullum and Quincy Jones, works regularly with Kyle Eastwood and has completed a world tour with Kylie Minogue. In addition, Graeme is a member of the funk/soul band Down To The Bone, latin/funk/soul band Saravah Soul, Funk band Most Wanted, the freelance horn section The London Horns and the musical project Motimba.
Drummer Tristan Banks has become one of the most sought-after drummers on the scene playing drum kit and percussion. He has studied Afro-Brazilian styles extensively and besides working with many top jazz players Tristan has worked with artists covering a wide field of musical genres including Roy Ayers, Dave Valentin, Idris Mohammed, David Gilmour, Marcos Valle, Da Lata and Carleen Anderson.
Full – £16
Over 60s, disabled, unemployed – £14
Student with NUS card – £9
15 – 17 year olds – £4
Under 15s – Free
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