Collins & Co Crushes It at Pizza Express!

The FT’s Mike Hobart writes, “This sparkling launch of Quentin Collins’ album Road Warrior delivered the twisty narrative themes, harmonic subtleties and focused solos of small-group modern jazz with a rhythmic drive that was compelling.”

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Around the LJF World in +10 Days —Gonzo Journalism from a Diehard Jazz Fan

Preface: This pastiche is decidedly biased, as it is written by someone in the business—as a manager, record label owner, agent and talent spotter—whose love for jazz exceeds all in his life, other than his love for his family. I’ve chosen to highlight my relationships with each artist/band, along with a sound bite performance rating, to protect the innocent. Otherwise, I’ll simply take the 5th Amendment.

Matt Roberts conducts his BigISH Band

Matt Roberts conducts his BigISH Band

Martin Hummel, George Millard

Martin Hummel, George Millard

James Copus, Martin Hummel

James Copus, Martin Hummel

Matt Roberts, Martin Hummel

Matt Roberts, Martin Hummel

James Copus lets it rip

James Copus lets it rip

Martin Hummel with the legendary Alex Garnett

Martin Hummel with the legendary Alex Garnett

Martin Hummel, Josh Arcoleo

Martin Hummel, Josh Arcoleo

Leo Richardson roars on bari

Leo Richardson roars on bari

Monday, 13th November

Matt Roberts BigISH Band (Sold Out)

Spice of Life

Taking in Matt’s monologue alone is worth more than the price of admission. As a tribute to Wayne Shorter, this group consisted of some of the best musicians on the scene, with the likes of Leo Richardson/Bari, Josh Arcoleo/tenor, Alex Garnett/alto, George Millard/saxes, Conor Chaplin/bass, Dave Hamblett/drums and, the man who stole the show, James Copus/trumpet. Thoroughly entertaining. Why don’t these guys play live more often?!?

Relationship: Yes

Performance: Muscular