Wednesday 16th January - 7:30pm start (doors at 7pm)
Alto saxophonist Sam Braysher lives in London but grew up in Dereham,
Norfolk. Golden Earrings (Fresh Sound New Talent Records), his
collaborative effort with celebrated New York pianist Michael Kanan, was
released to a warm critical response in September 2017, with a number of
jazz journalists including in their ‘best of 2017’ lists. Following on from their
album release tour last year, which included a very well received performance
at Anteros Arts, Kanan makes another welcome visit to the UK.
Young London alto saxophonist Sam Braysher has recently been heard playing with
Jorge Rossy (of Brad Mehldau Trio fame), Barry Green’s Sextet, the London
Jazz Orchestra and ECM recording artist John Warren’s Nonet.
Michael Kanan is a real master with an exquisite touch, a world-class interpreter of standards who has collaborated extensively with jazz royalty including Jane Monheit, Jimmy Scott, Kurt Rosenwinkel and Peter Bernstein. Expect a fresh and swinging approach to the timeless material of the Great American Songbook from these wonderfully melodic improvisers in an intimate and conversational small group setting.
"Trying to second-guess a long-gone composer’s intention is a risky exercise,
and jazz improvisers usually exercise a free hand in interpreting the Great
American Songbook. But the warm-toned young London saxophonist Sam
Braysher is a prize-winning investigator of the early recordings and published
music of Jerome Kern, Nat King Cole, Duke Ellington and many others, and
imagines a new jazz closely attuned to an old world." John Fordham, The
"I was lucky to hear them play on the album launch tour. They performed in the
lovely Tudor recital room at the Anteros Arts Foundation in Braysher’s home
town of Norwich. It’s an intimate space with a very nice antique Steinway baby
grand, no amplification necessary, and they went down a storm. The pair
appeared completely at ease, had no fixed play list, and decided which tune
and in which key to play before each song. They performed some of the tunes
from the album, but gave the impression that their repertoire was vast. It
seemed that they could have continued with new interpretations of great tunes
by the likes of Rodgers and Hart, Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, Nat King Cole
and even Charlie Parker indefinitely." Jane Mann, London Jazz News
"delightful and surprising" Dave Gelly, The Observer
"Braysher's cool, modernist twist on old songs is just superb" Simon Adams, JazzJournal (selecting Golden Earrings as one of Critics' Poll
albums of the year 2017)
"utterly swinging, with the restraint that comes from complete self-assurance,
and hip as a New York minute" Eddie Myer, JazzViews
Wednesday 16th January - Sam Braysher/Michael Kanan Duo (Concession Ticket)
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