Jazz @ Green Note presents…
RUPERT COX TRIO:
Rupert Cox, 24 year old pianist and recent graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, is one of London’s most in demand musicians both as a soloist and a sideman.
Rupert has recently completed a UK album tour for Tom Barford’s Edition record release “Bloomer” performing at venues such as King’s Place, Turner Sims Concert Hall and Pizza Express Jazz Soho. He has toured Europe with Multi instrumentalist Quinn Oulton and was a chair holder with the NYJO for 2 years and plays piano on the critically acclaimed NYJO 50 album.
Rupert has also played with the celebrated Kansas Smitty’s House Band, with Robin Eubanks and the Human Revolution Orchestra, in addition to recording with producer multi/instrumentalist Dave De Rose, Quinn Oulton, Lilli Unwin.
He performs regularly around London with his trio and his solo piano project. Rupert looks forward to presenting some of his favourite compositions as well as some of his own original material. He will be joined by bassist Calum Gourlay (Kit Downes Trio/SNJO) and Jay Davis (Big Bad Wolf/Alex Hitchcock) – (Lunch) and Will Glaser (Snack Family/Sam Rapley’s Fabled).
Rupert Cox – Piano
Calum Gourlay – Bass
Will Glaser – Drums
This new trio led by Guitarist Mike De Souza, perform all new original music, that seeks to take the typical ‘Guitar-led Jazz Trio’, and infuse innovative concepts of sound and structure, from bands such as Radiohead and Deerhoof, to name but a few influences. Having self-released their debut EP ‘Road Fork’ in December 2018, they have already had multiple plays on Jazz FM’s ‘Somethin Else’, being described as ‘Magnificent’ by Chris Philips, and Jez Nelson using ‘Fusionesque Pyrotechnics’ to sum up a live performance at Jazz In The Round.
This Trio also features two of the most exciting and distinctive rising stars from London’s vibrant jazz scene, drummer Jay Davis, and bassist Huw V Williams. Jay and Mike first met as students at Leeds College of Music in 2009, but their musical alliance only began to take shape when they took their studies further on the Masters course at Royal Academy of Music in 2012. After graduating they helped co-found the band ‘Big Bad Wolf’, with whom they released the debut album ‘Pond Life’ to critical acclaim in 2017, ‘One of the best albums I’ve heard this year’ – Mike Flynn (Jazzwise).
Huw and Jay first played together as Yamaha Jazz Scholars in 2012, and since then have gone on to play together as a rhythm section in many different projects. This Trio plays extensive and intricate compositions, that are bolstered by energetic improvisations, empathic interactions and daring explorations.
‘Fusionesque Pyrotechnics’ – Jez Nelson (Jazz FM)
‘Magnificent’ – Chris Philips (Jazz FM)
Mike De Souza – Guitar/compositions
Huw V Williams – Double bass/Electric bass
Will Glaser – Drums
HUW V WILLIAMS TRIO: Bass player Huw V Williams, a Londoner by way of Bangor, North Wales is one of the most exciting new arrivals on the jazz and improvised music scene in the last five years. Huw has been associated with the best practitioners of the international avant-garde music scene including Jim Black, Huw Warren, Jeff Williams, Peter Van Huffel and Ivo Neame. He has also collaborated with the contemporary generation including Devin Gray, George Crowley, Laura Jurd and Elliot Galvin.Huw brings his own compositions this evening in a trio setting with the scenes most exciting players. The music is composed specifically for the saxophone trio line up using varied compositional techniques beyond the jazz world.
Huw V Williams – Bass/Tunes
George Crowley – Tenor Saxophone/Clarinet
Devin Gray – Drums