The new Splinter @ The Bridge Jazz session resumes this Sunday, the 1st September, and we have a great quartet to start off the new season.
We hope that our regulars continue their great support and look forward to seeing some new faces too.
Formed in late 2011 and funded by Jazz Yorkshire, the music of the Sam Gardner Quartet draws from a wide variety of influences; it is contemporary jazz with a prevalent flavor of modern groove. The music is also reflective of Gardner’s study of Indian classical music (the Tabla in particular) as well as the rhythms of South American music and there is an emphasis on strong melody and harmony (as opposed to dissonance and atonality). The quartet has been met enthusiastically by audiences across the UK and is preparing for their UK tour in September 2013.
Krzysztof Urbanski is one of the leading jazz musicians to emerge from Poland. He has been the recipient of numerous awards for Outstanding performance in many European Jazz competitions. His first album “Urbanski” was met with critical acclaim and sold over 15,000 copies in Europe and the United States. Krzysztof is currently a resident of the UK and is based in the north of England.
Jamil Sheriff is widely respected as a pianist, composer, band leader and educator, each in equal respect. He is best known as the leader of projects like the Jamil Sheriff Octet and Jamil Sheriff Big Band. Throughout his career he has worked with some of the top jazz musicians in the UK and the world, including the likes of Pete King, Dave Liebman, Tina May, Jez Franks, and Dave Newton. He is currently the head of Jazz at the Leeds College of Music.
Pete Turner is one of the most in demand bass players in the North of England. He has worked with world renowned artists such as Craig Handy, Ari Hoenig, John Taylor, Yutaka Shiina and is the regular bass player for many artists including Stuart McCallum (Cinamatic Orchestra), Jamil Sheriff, Mike Walker and many others.
“Sam Gardner leads a quartet playing sophisticated yet accessible music full of interest both in its originality and as a base for improvisation.
However, the musicians involved are so skilled and in tune with each other that they could create a worthwhile performance from Frère Jaques. Jamil Sheriff’s muscular piano playing upholds any harmonic exploration and contributes creative comping and stylish improvisations. Krzysztof Urbanski is a master in the making able to add excitement unexpectedly and lead the band down surprising avenues. Pete Turner’s accomplished bass never settles into a routine walk – as would be catastrophic if he didn’t respond as he does to the music’s transitory needs. Sam is a modest leader providing the appropriate support for every moment as the music develops. He rarely solos but when he does he reveals a truly musical approach to his craft.
It is a cliché, but true in this case, that this band is greater than the sum of its parts and must generate individual performances every time they go out – they play creative jazz which exists only in the moment of its being.”
Above detail extracted from Sam Gardner’s website
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)