An important new voice on New York’s groundbreaking improvised music scene, saxophonist Ben van Gelder brings his Quintet to London for the first time.

Consisting of some of the most talented young musicians from North America and Europe, the Ben van Gelder Quintet ushers in a new aesthetic with international allure. Rooted in the jazz tradition, this group creates music that is informed by the spirit of the time. As the band shapes its original compositions, it projects a robust, yet shimmering wall of sound without abandoning the folk music origins of the blues. The quintet is transparently invested in community building — in creating a strong feeling in the room for members of the audience — and their music speaks to listeners of any age and background. The luminance of vibraphone and piano, backed by an energetic, textured rhythm section, offer a platform for improvisation and experimentation.

Ben’s latest record ‘Reprise’ (Pirouet), released in September 2013, features guest performances of Mark Turner and Ben Street alongside his regular quintet.

‘It’s hard to believe that ‘Frame of Reference’ is a debut. The compositions are beguiling, spirited yet poised, and doused with the arid phrasing of a seasoned master’ – All About Jazz

Ben van Gelder – alto saxophone
Peter Schlamb – vibraphone
TBC – guitar
Rick Rosato – bass
Craig Weinrib – drums