Mark Holub’s Spitalfields Summer Stew – 26/27 Sept (Free)

Mark Holub of Barclaycard Mercury-nominated band Led Bib) is curating a free mini-Festival called Spitalfields Summer Stew. It will happen on the afternoons of Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th September in Bishops Square Amphitheatre.

For me the highlight is in the finale on Sunday afternoon.

I count the opportunities to hear a giant of improvised music, the legendary trumpeter Kenny Wheeler who will be appearing in the trio Ordesa-abovewith saxophone giant Stan Sulzmann and top drawer guitarist John Parriccelli to be one of the privileges of living in London and following jazz. The kind of company Wheeler has kept- both on ECM Records and on the bandstand – kind of speaks for itself:

To get the chance to hear him FOR FREE just seems something just be thankful for, and to
put in the diary now.

That is followed by a one off collaboration called Mustard Pie, which will have kicking energy to spare.

The full details of the Festival follow. What’s in italics is from a very well produced press release.

Spitalfields Summer Stew 2009 – curated by Mark Holub

(Part of the Spitalfields Annual Free Events Programme that includes lunchtimes concerts, tango classes, tea dances, cultural festivals……)

Day 1: Saturday 26th September

12:30 – 13:30
Arun Ghosh’s Indo Jazz quintet
Conceived in Calcutta, bred in Bolton, matured in Manchester and now living in London, Arun’s musical vocabulary and vision reflects his rich geographical heritage. Using the spirit and language of jazz, with the sounds and styles of hip-hop, Indian classical and folk, western classical, rock, pop and avant-garde, Arun’s music is full of lyrical melodies and searching harmonies, down to earth directness and psychedelic ambient introspection.

13:45 – 14:30 Orphy Robinson Quartet

One of the most exciting performers (on Vibraphone / Marimba / Percussion) to have emerged on the international scene for years. Orphy has a background which ranges from the golden days of the British Jazz-Funk Scene. He is a founding member of top band Savanna through to playing and recording with Courtney Pine, Andy Sheppard, and the groundbreaking big band Jazz Warriors. This new project sees Orphy bringing together 3 musicians that he has admired and performed with in various high profile bands. With: Orphy Robinson Marimba, Ntchuks Bonga Alto Saxophone, Camelle Hinds Bass and Steve Noble Drums.

14:45 – 15:30 Chris Biscoe – Ben Davis

The duo made its debut at the Cluny Festival in 1999, and grew from workshop sessions by Ben Davis and Chris Biscoe exploring the material written for Ben Davis’ group. In 2001 it appeared at the Bath and Appleby festivals. Chris and Ben also played together during 2001 in John Donaldson’s Sextant.
Ben Davis is the founder and leader of Mercury Music Prize nominated Basquiat Strings and has toured with Julian Joseph, Django Bates and Mike Westbrook, and recorded with Jamiroquai, D-Influence, Christine Tobin and Hugh Warren.
Chris Biscoe has appeared as a soloist on more then 30 albums, including a dozen on alto clarinet. He has toured and recorded with George Russell, Mike Westbrook, Andy Sheppard, Hermeto Pascoal and l’Orchestre National de Jazz. His own projects include Full Monte, Mingus Moves and Approximate-Lee. Currently he is working with Harry Beckett and the Liam Noble Quintet.

Day 2: Sunday 27th September

12:30 – 13:30 Billy Jenkins & the Blues Collective
The master of suburban blues, guitarist and Humanist preacher Billy Jenkins leads his foot stomping, thought provoking fun for all the family Blues Collective through a secular Spitalfields Summer Stew Sunday set – a whirlwind of emotion, humour, farce and sadness that will leave one and all with a big stupid grin on your face.
Featuring Dylan Bates on violin, Thad Kelly on electric bass, Mike Pickering on drums and Richard Bolton on rhythm guitar

13:45 – 14:30 – Ordesa
(see above)

14:45 – 15:30 Mustard Pie
(One off collaboration with members of Led Bib – Polar Bear – Pinski Zoo)

The Drummer and bass team (Seb Rochford and Tom Herbert) from 2005 Mercury nominated Polar Bear and the drummer and bass team from 2009 Mercury nominated Led Bib (Mark Holub and Liran Donin) team up with a true legend in UK jazz, leader of Pinski Zoo Jan Kopinski.

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  1. I disagree – I think Saturday's line up looks pretty excellent, too! Thanks for letting us know!

    I saw Kenny Wheeler is appearing at the Vortex with Norma Winstone and also with his own band (12-13 Oct, I think).

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