Rory Ingham-James Davison Sextet play Art Blakey

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Rory Ingham-James Davison Sextet play Art Blakey

Fri 02 12 2022 @ 8:00 pm - 10:45 pm

Rory Ingham-James Davison Sextet
play Art Blakey

2 December at Crookes Social Club
8.00 – 10.45 pm, doors open 7.20 pm

Rory Ingham: trombone
James Davison: trumpet

Nadim Teimoori: saxophone
Nikki Iles: piano
Sam Quintana: bass
Sebastiaan De Krom: drums

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This is an exciting new band, also known as ‘Wakey Blakey’, led jointly by Rory Ingham and James Davison celebrating the music of the legendary Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. Their focus is specifically on the early 1960s Riverside and Blue Note recordings by the lesser-known sextet line up exemplified by the stellar front-line of Freddie Hubbard, Curtis Fuller and Wayne Shorter plus the powerhouse of pianist Cedar Walton. Featuring some of finest talent on the British Jazz scene this project demonstrates hard bop with a frighteningly fresh feel. Expect music that is wildly high-energy and unbelievably swinging.

“Art Blakey’s message is in safe hands. Wakey Blakey should be prescribed by the NHS as a tonic for all ailments affecting humankind” – Trevor Bannister,, 5* review of live gig

Trombonist Rory Ingham won Rising Star in the 2017 British Jazz Awards and was chosen as ‘One To Watch’ by Jazzwise in 2018. A graduate from Royal Academy of Music, Rory has played with musicians such as Chris Potter, Dave Holland, Ingrid Jensen, Dennis Rollins, Dave Douglas, Evan Parker and Dave Liebman and in many ensembles including BBC Big Band, Mike Gibbs Big Band, and the Whirlwind Recordings Jazz Orchestra as well as his own quartet.

“Trombonist Rory Ingham is a young man on the way up – excellent musicianship, swagger and a winning ‘can-do’ attitude…” – Paul Pace, Jazzwise

“Be sure to check him out!” –  Dennis Rollins

James Davison, undertook the task of transcribing the sextet arrangements from the original Riverside and Blue Note albums. Also a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, he was winner of both the Smith-Watkins Trumpet Award 2016 and of the Musicians’ Company Young Jazz Musicians Award 2018. James is a member of Misha Mullov-Abaddo’s group, Jonny Mansfield’s Elftet, and The London Jazz Orchestra as well as his own band, co-led with Callum Au, playing the music of Clark Terry and Bob Brookmeyer.

Originally from Doncaster saxophonist Nadim Teimoori studied at Leeds College and graduated from the Royal College of Music. A former member of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, Nadim won the Humphrey Lyttleton Royal Academy Jazz Award and performed alongside the Humphrey Lyttleton group at Ronnie Scoot’s.  He has performed with the likes of Stan Tracey, Julian Joseph, Jamie Cullum and Iain Bellamy.

“Nadim’s voice on the tenor is thoughtful, melodic harmonically advanced and creative. Beautiful…” – Chris Potter

Nikki Iles needs no introduction. Winner of the John Dankworth Special Award at the British Jazz Awards Nikki has recorded albums with the likes of Stan Sulzmann, Tina May and Martin Speake, with whom she has had important musical relationships over many years. She has had numerous commissions as a composer, developed a parallel career as a widely respected teacher and tutor and has published several books of jazz piano music. Playing highlights in recent years have included a trio with Jeff Williams and Rufus Reid that released several acclaimed albums, Stan Sulzmann’s Big Band and her own Jazz Orchestra.

“Nikki Iles is a pianist of extraordinary imagination who thrives on fugitive melodies”… – The Observer

Bassist and composer Sam Quintana is a graduate of Leeds College of Music and has become an active part of the city’s thriving music scene. He leads his own group Wandering Monster whose debut album was given a 4 star rating by the Jazz Mann and are signed to Ubuntu Music. Sam also plays bass with Newcastle based bluegrass band The Often Herd and electric bass with the power trio Robots As Menace.

In 1995 Sebastiaan De Krom won the prestigious Buddy Rich Award and from 1997/9 was the drummer for the renowned Thelonious Monk Institute Jazz Performance programme.  He has performed with artists such as Herbie Hancock and John Scofield, and from 2001 to 2008 played drums in Jamie Cullum’s regular touring and recording rhythm section. Currently Seb is the drummer of choice for a wide variety of top UK jazz musicians and groups.

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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.

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Fri 02 12 2022
8:00 pm - 10:45 pm
Event Category:


Sheffield Jazz


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