The Mark Williams Group at Splinter @ The Bridge – “Snova”

The Mark Williams Group Plays The Music Of Pat Metheny

This number is called “Snova”

Recorded at Jazz Night at Splinter @ The Bridge on Sunday, April 28, 2013

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Mark Williams — guitar
Richard Brown — drums
Mark Jackson — keyboards
Paul Susans — bass

S.C.O – The Mark Williams Group Plays The Music Of Pat Metheny

The Mark Williams Group Plays The Music Of Pat Metheny

Recorded at Jazz Night at Splinter @ The Bridge on Sunday, April 28, 2013

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Mark Williams – guitar
Richard Brown – drums
Mark Jackson – keyboards
Paul Susans – bass

“Are You Going With Me” – The Mark Williams Group Plays The Music Of Pat Metheny.

The Mark Williams Group Plays The Music Of Pat Metheny

Recorded at Jazz Night at Splinter @ The Bridge on Sunday, April 28, 2013

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I can’t do anything about the person eating crisps next to one of the mics – throughout the whole performance.

As you can see, we aren’t lighting experts either.

Great night at The Bridge, and great playing as usual from Mark Williams and his group.

Mark Williams – guitar
Richard Brown – drums
Mark Jackson – keyboards
Paul Susans – bass
with guest vocalist Lindsay Hannon

Otriad – Sunday 26th May 2013 – Jazz at Splinter @ The Bridge

Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE1 1RQ
0191 232 6400

Doors 7.30pm : performance 8pm’ish : Entry £6 (Sorry, no wheel chair access)

With an ear for the cutting edge and a technique to match, Alex Roth’s music can be considered at the forefront of London’s newest art music.

- Edge Music show, Shoreditch Radio

Alex Roth’s guitar playing involves the fascinating creation of texture. He has absorbed the colours and vocabulary and trick-box of guitarists as diverse as Bill Frisell and Fred Frith, and can take the listener on a journey in every tune.”

- Sebastian Scotney, London Jazz News

Nick Roth – Saxophones
Joe Wright – Saxophones, Electronics
Alex Roth – Guitar, Effects
James Opstad – Bass
Simon Roth – Drums, Percussion

Websites for the band members can be seen by clicking on the name(s) above

alex-rothAs a guitarist, composer, improviser, bandleader, interdisciplinary artist and creative producer Alex
Roth is carving out a unique place for himself within the UK’s contemporary music scene. Drawing
inspiration from dance, flm, literature and visual art as well as a wide range of musical traditions,
Alex works across the jazz, improv, contemporary classical, alternative folk and electronic music
communities with some of the leading artists of his generation.
Alex has played at many of the UK’s top venues including Wigmore Hall, King’s Place, The Forge,
The Vortex, the 606 Club, the Spice of Life, Pizza Express Jazz Club (Soho), the Wardrobe (Leeds)
and the Jazz Bar (Edinburgh), and has performed internationally in the US, Ireland (including at the
Dublin Electronic Arts Festival), France and Hungary. Upcoming performances include the 2012
London Jazz Festival, the Sephardic Music Festival (Brooklyn, NY) and the Festival au Desert (Mali).
Winner of the 2011 Dankworth Prize for Jazz Composition for his nonet piece November’s Song,
Alex has been commissioned by Rise Saxophone Quartet and the Dublin-based ensemble Yurodny,
who recorded his piece Mahazor for their second album Evenset (produced by Gilad Atzmon). He
has also had pieces performed and recorded by the London Sinfonietta and Chaos Orchestra.
Premieres have taken place at venues including the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Ronnie Scott’s. Alex’s
music has featured on Mike Chadwick’s Jazz Jury and he has also made live appearances on
Resonance FM, Hoxton FM and RTE Television’s One Show (Ireland). His piece “The Charm of
Impossibilities” for jazz orchestra was recently shortlisted for a BASCA British Composer Award.
Alex’s undergraduate studies were in composition under Frank Denyer at Dartington College of
Arts, where he worked with Fred Frith, Eddie Prevost and Lou Gare and members of Icebreaker
ensemble. His dissertation examined the integration of improvisation as a compositional tool with
reference to the work of Tim Berne, Anthony Braxton and Charles Mingus among others. After
graduating from Dartington, Alex set off on a UK tour (funded by Jazz Services) with his frst band
Elastic Axis, playing music that had developed out of his research into meeting points between
composition and improvisation. The band was hailed by Jazzwise as “one to watch out for” and also
played several gigs in Hungary. Alex then traveled to Brooklyn (NYC) to undertake further studies at
the Center for Improvisational Music with Vijay Iyer, Tim Berne, Steve Coleman, Jim Black, Ravi
Coltrane among others.
In 2010 Alex was the only guitarist admitted onto the jazz MA at the Royal Academy of Music, and
he graduated in 2012 with 1st class distinction, receiving a mark of 95% for his fnal recital (in
which his band Otriad premiered a 45-minute suite based on the story of the Bielski brothers).
During his time at the Academy, Alex took guitar lessons with Phil Robson, Mike Walker and John
Parricelli alongside composition studies with Pete Churchill and Partick Nunn and rhythm studies
with Barak Schmool. He performed with some of the UK’s most celebrated musicians such as
Norma Winstone, Julian Siegel and Stan Tracey, as well as such inspirational international fgures as
Dave Douglas. In the fnal year of his Masters Alex was singled out by Jazzwise magazine as one of
the “hot young players rising through the Royal Academy who look set to fre up the jazz scene in
the future”. He has gone on to work with many more outstanding artists such as Mark Lockheart,
Kit Downes and Oren Marshall

 

The Allsorts – Jazz at Splinter @ The Bridge

Video from Katie Patterson and her band from their session on Feb 24th 2013. (Yes, I’m WAY behind with some of the Splinter recordings, but they will be completed soon).

You can check out The Allsorts HERE for present and future happenings.

“Daily Bulls” written and recorded in 1978 by Steve Khan – son of lyricist Sammy Cahn!
For players, the lead sheet (and others) can be found HERE – some great chords.
http://www.stevekhan.com/bulls1.htm

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You can find more of The Allsorts and other Splinter videos on our youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNNctRaOXEh9y7SJE3XBKeQ

Jam Session at Splinter @ The Bridge – Sunday 19th May 2013

Tonight there will be a jam session.

The last two were very successful, and we would encourage anyone that doesn’t have a gig to come to The Bridge Hotel, preferably with your instrument to have a blow, to sing, or even just to enjoy the music and atmosphere.

If it continues to be a success, we might make it a more regular thing.

Alan Law on piano, John Pope on bass and Mark Robertson on drums, Zoe Gilby will be singing to get get the night started – so come on down!

Doors 7.30

Entry FREE (donations are most welcome of course)

The Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle upon Tyne

Watson, Walker & Edis – GIJF at The Sage

Watson, Walker and Edis

I don’t often cast opinion about a band or musician, as everyone has different tastes and preferences. But this session from the Gateshead International Jazz Festival by 3 of our superb local musicians is magnificent and has something for everyone. Classical overtones, swing, straight ahead jazz with some freeform in places, and superb individual and collective playing.

This trio first performed a one-off set as part of the ‘Jazzathon’ at the Lit and Phil in 2011 to great acclaim, and indeed it was later voted ‘best gig of the year’ by local jazz blog Bebop Spoken Here. All three musicians were keen to continue collaborating and to explore the many possibilities this new ‘bass-less trio’.

With an ever expanding portfolio of compositions, an abundance of technique, innate sensitivity and interaction, the trio draw upon a wealth of experience and influences to perform original and moving music with improvisation and expression at its heart.

Paul Edis – Piano
Rob Walker – Drums
Lewis Watson – Saxophone

1. Opening – Transition to Oh Nothing (Watson/Walker/Edis)
2. Oh Nothing (Rob Walker)
3. In the Ether (Paul Edis)
4. Crushed (Lewis Watson)
5. Carried on the wind (Paul Edis)
6. Rumbles (Paul Edis)
7. Albert (Lewis Watson)
8. Sixes and Sevens (Paul Edis)

9. Truth Be Told (Lewis Watson)

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“In Flight” – The Slowlight Quartet – Jazz at Splinter @ The Bridge – 31st March 2013

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“In Flight” by the Slowlight Quartet from Newcastle upon Tyne at the Splinter Jazz night.

The Slowlight Quartet are – Tom Quilliam (ten/sop); Paul Lorraine (keys); Ian Paterson (bs); Jonathon Marriott (dms).

The Splinter @ The Bridge Hotel sessions are on most Sundays (you can check our listings every Friday for that weekend by visiting our blog HERE

The Slowlight Quartet are great new band with well written original material. Check them out HERE and HERE for gig listings and info.