See the North Devon Jazz Club page for the 2019 programme arranged so far. Details will appear here as they become available.
Monday, 8th July, Beaver Inn, Appledore: Tony Woods Project
Contemporary jazz with a folk flavour, led by top alto saxophonist Tony Woods. The Tony Woods Project features melodic, folk-inspired, uplifting compositions as the basis for individual and collective improvisation from the five musicians. The band was formed in the mid 90’s and has recorded three highly acclaimed albums of original compositions
Producing music described by The Guardian as ‘understatedly emotional and warmly personal’ the band also includes Mike Outram (rated as one of the UK’s foremost guitarists), vibraphone player Robert Millett, Scottish bass player Andy Hamill and drummer Milo Fell.
His first acclaimed album, Time Capsule, released in 1996, is a sprawling trip through funk and latin-infused jazz, a core quartet (sax, keys, bass and drums) augmented with strings, percussion and wordless backing vocals. His follow-up album Slightly Askew was nominated for the BBC Jazz Awards.
Chris Bowden will bring his many influences as well as originality to The Beaver gig and will be joined by Rebecca Nash on keyboard, Chris Mapp on bass and Neil Bullock on drums.
On a personal note, I'd just add: don't miss this! I've been a fan of Chris for around 20 years now and, though you may not have heard his name, he's one of the best around. Great band too, with one of my favourite drummers and a bass player who, last time I saw him a while back, combined playing with quite an "out there" jazz band with his other incarnation as "the Jive Lobster", jumping off speaker stacks into the crowd while playing slap bass with the Dr. Teeth Big Band. I presume he won't be doing that here.