Current projects include:
Piano/Keyboards Yazz Ahmed’s Polyhymnia and Hafla Bands
Through her music, British-Bahraini trumpet player, Yazz Ahmed, seeks to blur the lines between jazz and electronic sound design, bringing together the sounds of her mixed heritage in what has been described as ‘psychedelic Arabic jazz, intoxicating and compelling’.
Yazz has led her ensembles in performances across the UK & Europe, and further afield including Russia, Ukraine, Turkey, Tunisia, Algeria, Bahrain, Kuwait, USA & Canada. She has also enchanted audiences at major festivals such as WOMAD, Love Supreme, NYC Winter Jazz Fest & Pori Jazz.
Piano/Keyboards for ISQ
ISQ are Irene Serra on vocals and Richard Sadler on double bass. With Chris Nickolls on drums and Naadia Sheriff on piano, this quartet takes the conventional jazz line-up as a mere starting point. Their second studio album “Too” was a Time Out London Critics Choice in 2015 and has seen them firmly establish a reputation as an emerging force in both creativity and performance. Their latest release “Requiem For The Faithful” marked their first ever UK tour in 2019 with 16 dates across the country. The highly anticipated upcoming album “Requiem For The Faithful 2.0: The Remixes”, a compilation of remixed songs released on the original LP, is due to be released on 21st May 2021.
Piano/Accordion for Lara Eidi
Athens born to Lebanese-Canadian parents, is an established singer-songwriter, recording artist and jazz vocalist based in London and Athens. Her music has gained her critical acclaim as a genre-bending artist (BBC Artist, 2020), described as “a singer with true gift of a voice, a kind soul, and a captivating presence.” (JazzUK). At the heart of her being as a multi-disciplinary artist, she is sought after as a composer for vocal film scores, writes as a freelance music journalist, and is in demand as a creative workshop leader.
Piano Dave Manington’s Mingus Ah Um project
A founder member of the Loop Collective, he has played with many of the pre-eminent jazz musicians in the UK and Europe. He’s also in demand for a broad range of different ensembles, playing with musicians from everywhere from South America to the Balkans.
His debut quartet album “Headrush” was released on Loop Records in 2008 to critical acclaim. He followed this up with the 2013 Riff Raff album release “Hullabaloo” which was described as “Inventive, forward looking jazz that subtly pushes the envelope whilst remaining thoroughly accessible to the listener.” An even more ambitious Riff Raff album “Challenger Deep” came out in 2018 after an extensive Arts Council funded UK tour. He is also a founder member of the much respected e17 jazz collective.
Piano Juliet Kelly trio
Becoming a performer seemed an unlikely path for Juliet who discovered her natural talent for singing at a local music workshop whilst studying for a degree in economics. She had never sung in public before but it wasn’t long before she was completely hooked. She has since recorded 4 albums, appeared live on radio and television and performed many sell-out shows around the UK, Europe and beyond. She has opened for such jazz legends as Ron Carter, Ahmad Jamal and Hugh Masekela and worked as a guest artist with local bands around the world.