Vibrant Jazz Club night – two bands/two sets…
Tony Woods Project
Formed in the mid-90s, the Tony Woods Project has recorded four highly-acclaimed albums of original folk/jazz/rock/world-inspired compositions: High Seas (1997), Lowlands (2004) Wind Shadows (2009) and Hidden Fires (2017)Whilst happily shifting gear between jigs and reels, Balkan dances, atmospheric ballads and ambient electronics, Tony Woods jazz connections also play their part in his compositions, where Latin, African, funk and rock grooves come to the fore. The emphasis, both in the compositions and the improvisations, is always on lyrical melody. The highly distinctive sound of this long-standing band, comes courtesy of Rob Millett’s glowing, Gary Burton-esque vibraphone, Mike Outram’s superlative, angular chord work, Andy Hamill’s rock-steady bass, Milo Fell’s percussive prowess, as well as the leader’s inimitable, virtuosic and expressive musical story-telling on saxophones, alto clarinet, wood flute and whistle.
★★★★ (the Guardian)
★★★★ (The Jazzmann)
★★★★ (Jazz Journal)
“;Emotional and warmly personal music”; (the Guardian)
“powerful and affecting music”; (Chris Parker)
“Combines a jazz edge with the melodic zest of folk…delightful.” (BBC Radio 3)
“colourful, evocative music from one of the most distinctive groups on the UK Jazz
scene.” (The JazzMann)
“Definitely jazz for the 21 st century” (Jazz Journal)
“Woods is phenomenal” (BBC Music Magazine)
“European sensibility and American grooves united.” (JazzUK)
>Olly Sarkar Quartet
Sarkar Is creating a sound that blends Jazz fluidity with the crisp unshakable sound worlds of hip-hop, garage and broken beat whilst maintaining a spontaneous approach to groove and musical shape.
Sarkar has preformed at venues such as The Jazz Café, The Elgar room, XOYO, The Royal Festival Hall, The Queen Elizabeth Hall, Pizza Express Jazz Club, The 606, The Vortex, Band on the Wall and Cadogan Hall. I have recorded live radio sessions for BBC Radio 2 with Jamie Cullum, World music on BBC radio 3, BBC 6 music and pre-recorded sessions at Herts Jazz for BBC Jazz on 3. I have recorded live streams for Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club and the British Music Embassy’s SXSW showcase. The experience I gained from these shows have made me the in demand professional musician I am today.
Sarkar can be heard on recording with Daniel Casmir & Tess Hirst’s Jazz Re:Freshed release’s These Days(2019) & These Days in These Ways (2020), which features, Robert Mitchell, Tobie Carpenter& Binker Golding. 2022 releases include Flung out of Space by Jess Bullen & The Sorcerer by Franco-American Pianist Tom Sochas.
Sarkar has performed with some of the UK’s finest musicians; Cherise Adams-Burnett, Nubya Garcia, Nerija, Seed Ensemble, Reuben James, Chelsea Carmichael, Camilla George, Ruben Fox, Mark Kavuma, Jumoké Fashiola, Tom Barford, Billy Marrows and Alex Hitchcock.
As a bandleader Sarkar has lead his own group on the London scene over the last 8 years and released his first 2 EPs ‘Eyes Up’ in August 20’ and ‘Ears to the Underground’ in October 20’. He plans to record a full-length album in the coming months.
Reiss Ellis Beckles – Alto Sax
Tobie Carpenter – Guitar
Jack Polley – Bass
Olly Sarkar – drums