From London’s Vortex:
Sunday 8 | 8.30pm | £8 | Book online
The Comets play the searing, joyous music of saxophonist Dudu Pukwana, a towering figure in township jazz and the European free scene. Featuring Pinise Saul (vocals), Chris Batchelor (trumpet), Jason Yarde (alto sax), Harry Brown (trombone), Adam Glasser (piano), Dudley Phillips (bass) and Frank Tontoh (drums).
Mon 9 | 8.30pm | £8 Book online
Dunmall / Bourne / Davis / Kane
Legendary saxophonist Paul Dunmall teams up with innovative piano trio Bourne Davis Kane for an evening of intense and powerful improvisations.
Since their first meeting in 2008, which resulted in the acclaimed ‘Moment to Moment’ CD on SLAM Records (SLAMCD 279, 2009), they have attracted rave reviews for their rare live performances – so be sure to welcome in the new year with this unmissable concert.
Sun 15 | Doors 7.00pm / 7.30pm
Mopomoso – free improvisation night
Mopomoso celebrates the start of their 21st anniversary year with an extended, all-British concert featuring some of the finest musicians playing on the scene today.
Alison Blunt / Dave Leahy / Pete Flood
With a background covering an enormous variety of musics and sharing a love of free improvisation, this trio – Alison Blunt (violin) / Dave Leahy (bass) / Pete Flood (drums, percussion) – plays a multi-faceted and engaging music. Nice to note that drummer Flood first encountered improvised music at a Mopomoso concert 16 years ago!
Caroline Kraabel / Veryan Weston
The fiery and imaginative saxophonist Caroline Kraabel joins forces with renowned pianist Veryan Weston for a lively and energetic set full of surprising twists and turns. Great to have them play in our inaugural anniversary concert!
Kay Grant / Hannah Marshall
Two wonderful musicians who have been working on this duo partnership for some time now. Marked by close interplay, developed from a shared understanding, their music mature, considered and full of much charm and warmth.
- Dudu Pukwana: Night Time Is the Right Time | Jazz review (guardian.co.uk)