Monday April 23rd, Beaver Inn, Appledore: Alex Hitchcock Quintet
Much-praised saxophonist Alex Hitchcock will lead his powerhouse quintet. It’s a band that combines a compelling, adventurous ear for melody with virtuosic improvising. Glassy saxophone and trumpet unison blends with rhythmic fireworks created between piano and drums, alternating distinctive angularity and muted warmth.
To quote The Jazzman, the band "... reminded me of Miles Davis’s classic quintet with Wayne Shorter…. It’s tightly disciplined, in the best sense of the word…but with a sense of space that allows soloists to explore the themes in any direction they choose."
Joining Alex will be some of the most creative rising stars of the UK jazz scene: trumpeter James Copus, pianist Will Barry, bassist Joe Downard and drummer Jay Davis.
Monday May 7th, Beaver Inn, Appledore: Lee Gibson Top jazz singer Lee Gibson was hailed by The Independent as a ‘jazz vocal sensation’ and by Time Out as ‘that rarity, a swinging singer who has also reached the highest standards of musicianship’ . Lee is a regular performer with the BBC Big Band and at Ronnie Scott’s, Pizza on the Park and other jazz venues and festivals in the UK and abroad. She has also featured in film and on TV, including Privates on Parade and seven Royal Variety Shows. To quote The Observer ‘there can never be too much Lee Gibson…she lights up any song with her musicality.’
At the gig Lee will be backed by the superb saxophonist Martin Dale and his quartet.