The picture above of the SF Jazz Collective is a complete red herring. It’s just that the names (SE Collective, SF Jazz Collective are so similar, the one brought back a fond memory of the other. The much-missed Richard Turner did get SF Jazz Collective member Matt Penman down to the Con Cellar Bar.
Tangent over. , Here’s wishing all the best to SE Collective, whose opening gigs at the Amersham Arms on New Cross Road, look well worth checking out. The venture starts tomorrow night with a double bill featuring the bands of BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist Shabaka Hutchings and of Alum Nathoo.
Here’s a copy/paste of the first two months’ programming.
6th – SHABAKA AND THE SONS OF KEMET FEAT. SEB ROCHFORD AND OREN MARSHALL
Dynamic street music. New Orleans meets African drumming with Caribbean flavours.
MAP TRIO ‘MAP TRIO brings together three of London’s most promising improvising musicians. Alam Nathoo has worked with the likes of Friendly Fires and Red Snapper and contributes original music alongside ‘Drummer for the future’ Peter Ibbetson. Their debut record is due in late 2011.
13th – TRISH CLOWES TANGENT
Tangent is Trish Clowes’ innovative group, which features on her debut album for Basho Records. Described as “ambitious, fresh and experimental “ by Julian Joseph, the music – all written by Clowes – takes inspiration from such greats as Wayne Shorter and Joe Lovano.
20th – ACROBAT
‘ A contemporary Hammond trio featuring compositions from all three members, it is Acrobat’s playful interaction and true ensemble feel that distinguishes the group.’
27th – THE WAY THAT YOU DO IT feat PETE WAREHAM
‘Group led by Pianist Arthur Lea ‘21st Century Thelonious Monk’ – John Fordham’. Featuring ACOUSTIC LADYLAND and POLAR BEAR saxophonist PETE WAREHAM. Original music , heavy improvisation, raw sound from this promising new quartet.
4th – JON SHENOYS DRAW BY FOUR
‘Steeped in tradition, they play an infectious mix of groove-based original compositions, enchanting ballads and unique arrangements of tunes by avant-popsters such as The Beach Boys and Björk.’
11th – RORY SIMMONS’ MONOCLED MAN plus RORY SIMMONS & TERJE EVENSEN Duo feat. Elisabeth Nygård-Pearson
Powerful-new trumpet-led project from this rising star. Simmons steps out from his acclaimed Fringe Magnetic nonet to play some fiery post-jazz fusion with Troyka guitarist Montague.
18th – MATT RIDLEY TRIO ‘Combining influences from jazz and middle eastern music, Matt presents an exciting and exhilarating set of original compositions for piano trio.’
25th – BILL MUDGE QUARTET
‘The quartet’s debut album ‘Skylight’ received acclaim for its ‘thoughtful set of contemporary yet instantly accessible compositions, executed with finesse and maturity from all.’
The Amersham Arms, 388 New Cross Rd,London SE14 6TY
Email: sejazzcollective [at] gmail.com
Doors: 8pm. Music: 8.30pm-11pm – £5 Entry
Nearest tube: New Cross/New Cross Gate