Described in Jazzwise Magazine as evoking a “Metheny-esque lyricism”, guitarist Steve Banks presents a quintet featuring musicians from the forefront of UK jazz.
In 2021, Steve will be releasing ‘Emboldened’, an Arts Council England supported suite of his original music alongside recording an album of compositions with the quintet. Steve’s captivating style, lyricism and versatility has also featured on recent recordings and performances across the UK with Sara Colman, Greg Cordez and We Are Leif.
The quintet presents Steve’s original compositions encompassing deep contemporary grooves, Brazilian and swing influences, lush harmonies and memorable melodic hooks. The rich and dynamic musical landscapes created by the quintet are redolent of The Impossible Gentlemen, Maria Schneider, Fred Hersch and Bill Frisell, providing a showcase for Steve’s expressive, resonant and distinctive voice.
“A remarkable guitarist” Fringe Jazz
“Steve’s melodies were accessible showcases for the band’s collective and individual talents across a range of moods” Bristol 247 (live review)
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
Mark Whitlam – drums First call jazz drummer in the South West, played and toured with many celebrated musicians including Andy Sheppard and Iain Ballamy. “Whitlam’s neatly energetic drumming is consistently bright, inventive and responsive” Ian Mann, The Jazz Mann
Steve Banks – electric guitar, Sam Crockatt – tenor sax, Rebecca Nash – keyboard, Henrik Jensen – bass, Mark Whitlam – drums