Vein Trio + Stan Sulzmann

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Vein Trio + Stan Sulzmann

Fri 07 05 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Vein Trio + Stan Sulzmann

At Crookes Social Club, 8-11pm

Stan Sulzmann: sax
Michael Arbenz: piano
Thomas Lähns: bass
Florian Arbenz: drums

A welcome return for the dynamic and innovative Swiss piano trio Vein, together with Stan Sulzmann, veteran of the British jazz scene and one of its most admired and respected musicians, a partnership which is the latest in a series of long-term collaborations with star soloists. Vein’s music is played with drive and superb interplay which together with Stan’s wonderfully lyrical sound produces a powerful, passionate quartet. Together they blend the complexity of European classical chamber music with the thrills and energy of jazz improvisation at its most sophisticated. “One of Europe’s most exciting ensembles” – John Fordham, The Guardian.

Basel-based VEIN Trio are drummer; Florian Arbenz, arguably one of the best drummers in Europe and winner of a European Culture Award, his brother Michael Arbenz on piano and bassist Thomas Lähns who equally deserves the prodigy status. Michael who comes from a family of musicians, has been playing jazz together with his twin brother Florian since his teenage years. All three players are classically trained. The Trio was formed over a decade ago and since then they have established an enviable reputation among jazz audiences for both stylistic diversity and technical accomplishment. What they aim to achieve with their music is the greatest possible balance of their three voices – starting with the way they work out their own compositions and arrangements and going right through to the soloistic parts, fully assigned to all three of them. The result is impressive musical togetherness, packed with surprising melodic, rhythmic and dynamic turns, played with highest precision.

They have released an album nearly every year and gained recognition for long-term collaborations with star veteran soloists including trombonist Glenn Ferris and saxophonists Greg Osby, Dave Liebman and Andy Sheppard. The band are always looking for how they can break the traditional roles of a piano trio and be truly multi-dimensional. Musical leadership is equally shared, creating a fluid, cosmopolitan sound. VEIN’s music is composed by all three members of the trio. Originals are balanced with adaptations of both the classical and jazz traditions, such as the acclaimed album VEIN Plays Ravel (2017). “Vein is a collective and this is an important philosophy of the trio…We try to develop to find more possibilities and more freedom on how to play together on an equal level.” – Michael Arbenz.

“Nice work, get it! Incredibly creative piano trio” Rolling Stone

“For a demonstration of what the jazz trio has been, and can be, it’s hard to imagine anyone doing it better”Matthew Wright,


Stan Sulzmann

Without question Stan is one of the most highly respected musicians in the UK today, admired by musicians and audiences for his instantly recognisable sound and boundless creative imagination and is a source of inspiration to many of Britain’s emerging young musicians. Stan studied at the Royal Academy of Music. Since then his biography reads like a ‘Who’s Who?’ of jazz – Kenny Wheeler, Graham Collier, John Taylor, Gordon Beck and US pianist Marc Copland have all been long-term associates. His forty years in the business have seen him work with Gil Evans, Mike Gibbs, the New York Composers’ Orchestra, Michael Brecker and the NDR Big Band (alongside Chet Baker). Highly in demand as a sideman, Stan has worked with a host of musicians, including: Jim Mullen, Nikki Iles, Allan Botchinksy, David Murray, Eberhard Weber, European Jazz Ensemble, Kit Downes, Michael Brecker and Gwilym Simcock.

As well as being a wonderfully lyrical saxophonist Stan is also a much-respected composer as well as having a prolific output as bandleader. Always moving forward, like his Neon Orchestra Stan’s Neon Quartet sees him amongst some of the UKs most sought-after young musicians, and their latest album “Subjekt” explores Stan’s ever-developing musical influences. Stan is also a highly respected composer and arranger. His vibrant big band arrangements have excited and inspired people for the last 25 years and in 2013 Stan was commissioned to write an original piece for the London Jazz Festival. His duo with Nikki Iles has resulted in three highly acclaimed albums,

“But a shining light of the whole attractive enterprise is the presence of Stan Sulzmann, who seems to sound more personal and hauntingly moving than ever”’ – John Fordham, Jazz UK

‘It simply doesn’t get any better than this’ – John Kelman

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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 07 05 2021
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Event Category:


Sheffield Jazz


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