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Jazz: Steve Banks Quintet
January 18 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pmFrom £13
Guitarist Steve Banks released his critically acclaimed debut album Emboldened in May 2023 on Stoney Lane Records followed by a UK tour. Emboldened presents a compelling, distinctive, and personal sound, immediately recognisable as the guitarist and composer’s own work. Powerful modern jazz, deep contemporary grooves, lush harmonies, and memorable melodies amongst expressive, rich, and dynamic improvisation from a quintet comprising celebrated UK musicians and bandleaders.
“All the compositions are heartfelt and honest, as are the performances. A chronicle of hard-won optimism and hope. An elegant response to troubled times” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – Jazz album of the month, BBC Music Magazine
Rebecca Nash – piano Highly respected and in-demand UK pianist and composer. Rebecca’s recent album ‘Peaceful King’ on Whirlwind records was received with enthusiastic acclaim in both UK and US. “One of the freshest most creative talents in the UK at this present time” UK Vibe
Sam Crockatt – saxophone Royal Academy graduate, Whirlwind recording artist including three critically acclaimed albums as leader and Parliamentary Jazz Award winner. “’Mells Bells’ further burnishes Crockatt’s substantial reputation” John Fordham, The Guardian
Henrik Jensen – bass Royal Academy graduate, Babel recording artist including three critically acclaimed albums as leader. “Jensen is thoughtful, richly chordal and attractively Charlie Haden-like on the bass” John Fordham, The Guardian
Jonathan Silk – drums Originally from Scotland, Jonathan is a drummer, composer and bandleader based in Birmingham. He has released two albums with his own big band and string orchestra to critical acclaim and worked with world-renowned composers Vince Mendoza and Maria Schneider as well as a host of other nationally and internationally renowned musicians. Awards include BBC Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year in 2014 and the Yamaha Jazz Scholar Award 2011. Jonathan has been collaborating with Steve to arrange the music from Emboldened for full jazz orchestra.