See the North Devon Jazz Club page for the 2019 programme arranged so far. Details will appear here as they become available.
Monday, 11th February, Beaver Inn, Appledore: Andy Hague Quintet
This Bristol-based band, led by trumpeter Andy Hague is always a treat, playing great unpretentious hard bop with gusto, enjoyment and loads of style. Line-up tbc but is likely to feature Jim Blomfeld on piano and Ben Waghorn on tenor sax, both regular members and both pretty wonderful. One to look forward to. Updated info: Bristol-based trumpeter Andy Hague brings his quintet to North Devon Jazz Club at The Beaver, Appledore on 11 February. Rated as one of the best hard bop bands in the UK the quintet will include numbers at the gig from their recent album Coming of Age.
Reviewing the album The Jazz Mann wrote: ‘the long wait for Hague’s new album has been well worth it. The writing this time around is both more personal and more wide ranging and the playing from all five musicians excellent.” Joining Andy will be fiery saxophonist Ben Waghorn, pianist Jim Blomfield (praised as ‘an absolute marvel’ by The Independent on Sunday), bassist Chris Jones and drummer Toby Perrett.
Julian Siegel: tenor and soprano saxes, bass clarinet, compositions; Liam Noble: piano; Oli Hayhurst: double bass; Gene Calderazzo: drums
With the Julian Siegel Quartet, the BBC Jazz Award winning saxophonist and composer Julian Siegel has chosen to work with some of this generation's most distinctive voices to create an in-demand Quartet on the UK and European Jazz scene. The band features inspirational pianist Liam Noble, his fluid touch and dazzling imagination perfectly complementing Siegel's music and playing, and providing a perfect foil for the many directions the music can turn. With the creative spark of dynamic drummer Gene Calderazzo and the deep groove of bassist Oli Hayhurst dove-tailing perfectly with Siegel and Noble this is unquestionably one of the UK's most exciting and powerful quartets. Following up from their London Jazz Award winning album 'Urban Theme Park' (Basho 2011) the band released their second album 'VISTA' in February 2018 on Whirlwind Recordings. Recorded at Livingston Studios, London it features ten of Julian's compositions plus an arrangement of Bud Powell's 'Un Poco Loco'. This new acoustic set of music moves freely through varied sound worlds and colours, from undercurrents of bop to searching ballads and joyful melodies. "When the Julian Siegel Quartet perform live it's a fantastic ride" — Jez Nelson, BBC Radio Jazz on 3 "Expressive direct music.... tightly wound post-bop, pensive improv and more" — John Fordham, The Guardian
Recognised by Jazzwise Magazine as ‘one of the most exciting players emerging on the UK jazz scene’ Duncan performs regularly at major venues and festivals all over the world. His String Theory album performed by his band Partikel was named as the Daily Telegraph's best album of 2015 and in 2017 the band was nominated for a Parliamentary Jazz award in the category of Best Jazz Ensemble.
To quote the BBC Music Magazine:’ Eagle’s tone on his various horns achieves an impressive blend of colours and dynamics. His compositions and arrangements, embracing sinuous, sinewy elegance, spiky funk and languid ballads, repay close attention’ while The Guardian praised Duncan’s ‘attractively dry tone, sharpness and…urgent ferocity of his tenor improvisation.’.