Olivier Le Goas & Reciprocity feat. John Escreet

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Olivier Le Goas & Reciprocity feat. John Escreet

10 June @ 8:00 pm - 10:45 pm

Olivier Le Goas & Reciprocity
feat. John Escreet

At Crookes Social Club, 8-10.45 pm

Olivier Le Goas: drums
John Escreet: piano
Nir Felder: guitar
Chris Tordini: bass

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A special one-off gig by an all-star international band featuring a rare UK appearance by Doncaster-born pianist John Escreet. French drummer and bandleader Olivier Le Goas makes his Sheffield debut with a band of top New York-based musicians, showcasing the cascading piano playing of John Escreet, one of the most innovative musicians and composers working in jazz and improvised music, alongside rising star American guitarist Nir Felder, whose warm tone and fluid lines are a key component of their sound. The group has been compared to Pat Metheny’s Unity Group and Olivier readily acknowledges the Metheny influence in the band’s music.

“… Le Goas has a distinctive, full-of-surprises, off-kilter drumming style, one that enhances and punctuates with exclamation points the lubricious flow of this unfailingly engaging music.”– AllAboutJazz.com

A graduate of the Agostini Drums School Paris, drummer Olivier Le Goas is also an accomplished composer. He has released six albums as a leader and has recorded with among others, Kenny Wheeler, John Abrecrombie, Ralph Alessi, Grew Gress and Larry Grenadier. His 2016’s album ‘Reciprocity’ earned a 4.5 star review from Downbeat for its “Great writing, superb execution and inspired soloing make this one highly recommend”. Olivier’s 2020 album, ‘On Ramp Of Heaven Dreams,’ was inspired by the Pat Metheny album ‘Off Ramp’ while the composition, “Light Size Dreams” is a reference to Metheny’s debut album ‘Bright Size Life’. Their sound has a clean, sharp-edged fusion atmosphere which is rhythmically and harmonically adventurous, with guitarist Nir Felder’s expansive, glowing sustain, pianist John Escreet’s eloquence and Le Goas’ irrepressible presence behind the kit.

…’ Le Goas’ most dynamic, consummately crafted and rewarding offering to date’… an outstanding offering from a talent truly deserving of wider recognition’ – Bill Milkowski, Downbeat review of ‘On Ramp of Heaven Dreams’

Pianist John Escreet has released eight diverse and critically acclaimed albums – the most recent being his 2018 release Learn To Live – a wide-ranging program of electronic and acoustic music. His music is often described as eclectic and John continues to forge ahead with multiple projects ranging from his Trio, to his Quintet (The John Escreet Project), to collaborative work, the most recent with free-jazz icon Evan Parker, as well as his recent forays into writing extended works for strings. John is also a much sought after sideman. In recent years he has been mostly associated with the Grammy award-winning drummer Antonio Sanchez Over the years, he has worked with other international artists such as Ambrose Akinmusire, Chris Potter, David, Wayne Krantz, Eric Harland  and Greg Osby. In 2015 he was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.

“Escreet …embraces aspects of contemporary classical music, Frank Zappa, dance music, electronica and a wide swath of jazz, from bop to avant-garde. What comes out is uniquely personal – some of the most inventive and distinct jazz around today.”– New York City Jazz record

“Transatlantic Jazz Genius”  – Time Out

Guitarist Nir Felder, a rising guitar star, moved to New York after graduating from the Berklee School of Music in Boston where he was awarded the Jimi Hendrix Award. He soon became one of the most sought-after musicians in the city. Dubbed a “whiz kid” by The New York Times and “the next big jazz guitarist” by National Public Radio, he was heard with the likes of Greg Osby, Esperanza Spalding Diana Krall, Brad Mehldau, Erykah Badu, Terri Lyne Carrington, Jack DeJohnette, John Mayer, Chaka Khan and Dave Matthews Band. In 2010, he formed his own quartet and in 2014 released ‘Golden Age’, which was praised as “mesmerizing” (Boston Globe), “lofty and lyrical” (The New York Times) and as an Editor’s Pick, a “great record” (DownBeat). His ambitious second album, II, was released in 2020.

Bassist Chris Tordini is an in-demand bassist on the New York City music scene. A graduate of the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, Chris has played and recorded in bands led by artists such as Greg Osby, Jeremy Pelt and Ari Hoening and is also a collaborator in projects led by drummer/composer Tyshawn Sorey and trombonist/composer Michael Dessen. Recently Tordini has performed and recorded with prominent bandleaders such as Chris Speed, John Hollenbeck, Steve Lehman and Tigran Hamasyan.

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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

We encourage you to book tickets online in advance, to avoid missing out and to make life easier and safer for our Door Team.  It will be possible to pay for entry at the door (preferably by contactless payment) if seats are available.

Advance tickets available from www.ticketsource.co.uk/sheffield-jazz


10 June
8:00 pm - 10:45 pm
Event Category:


Sheffield Jazz


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