2023/2024 Season 

Artist 

Mario Bakuna & Uccio Geata

Previous events

Feb2

Mario Bakuna and Uccio Gaeta

Duo performance in which Mario Bakuna invites Uccio Gaeta to present the repertoire of the album 'Where Rio de Janeiro Meets Bahia', recorded in Paris, which brings together the Afro-Brazilian rhythms of the Recôncavo Baiano and the charm and subtlety of Bossa Nova. The show is a trip to Rio de Janeiro, cradle of Bossa Nova, and to Bahia, the city that best represents the powerful African influence in Brazilian music. The concert integrates the rhythmic roots of Brazilian music and its sophisticated harmonies in a beautiful duo show that celebrates great Brazilian composers such as Dorival Caymmi and Tom Jobim. Mario and Uccio promise to transport the audience to a place where the real and the imaginary are experienced and enhanced by poetry and music.

Eddie Gripper

Mar1

Eddie has established himself as a prominent pianist/improviser, composer, and educator in the Southwest region, expressing a broad interest in musical styles, including jazz, folk and electronic music. Home, Eddie’s debut album, consists of a traditional trio format and exhibits a keen rhythmic focus. The development of this vocabulary is evident from beginning to end; metrically challenging grooves are paired with rich, elegant harmonies, culminating in an outcome that is both provocative and gratifying.

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Alex Clarke

Apr5

As a finalist in the BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year 2020, winner of the Rising Star category in the 2019 British Jazz Awards and nominee in the Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2021 & ‘22, Alex is known to be one of the most in-demand and versatile saxophonists to have emerged on the British jazz scene.

In summer 2022, Alex released her latest quartet album “Only A Year” featuring some of the UK’s finest musicians, namely David Newton, Dave Green and Clark Tracey. This led to a sell-out album tour in January/February 2023 across renowned UK jazz clubs and festivals. "One of the UK’s finest young jazz talents" – The Jazz Rag "Clarke is a rising star...and here is the evidence" - Jazzwise

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REDUX Trio

May3

Kidderminster Jazz Club

Redux .....a Latin verb meaning to bring back, to restore, to revisit. These definitions best summarise perhaps the Redux musical offer which is to provide new, respectful approaches to the great jazz standards of Porter, Gershwin, Ellington, Waller, Gillespie et al which have over the years, by repetition and familiarity perhaps, lost a little of their freshness and impact. Melody is at the heart of what we do.

Redux will also intersperse the music with short anecdotes and stories providing a background and context for the songs performed. Stories that have emerged from the research conducted into their origins. Our overarching aim however is to entertain.... and if we do provide (just a little) food for thought we see that as a bonus.

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Dean Stockdale Quartet