Trumpeter Steve Fishwick (third writes about his forthcoming sextet tour:
Finally, after a lot of organisation and planning, we’re very excited to announce our UK tour dates for February 2016. Our new CD, In The Empire State, was recorded in New York in September 2014 after a run of seven gigs at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, Smalls and Smoke as part of Dave Douglas’ Festival Of New Trumpet (by invitation of Jeremy Pelt who curated that particular event).
This new disc is a follow up to our first sextet CD When Night Falls (recorded 2013) which was nominated for a British Jazz Award for best CD release of 2015. There are some changes to personnel from the first CD as we have, in addition to Frank Basile on Baritone Saxophone, two of the finest jazz musicians in NYC joining us: Mike Karn and Jeb Patton on bass and piano respectively. We’re very pleased to say that we will be touring with the same group that we have on the CD.
Mike Karn established himself in New York in the 1990s as one of the best tenor saxophonists around. However he has been concentrating on his formidable bass talents for the past few years. His credits include The Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Walt Weiskopf and Ray Charles.
Jeb Patton is one of New York’s most treasured pianists having worked with a galaxy of jazz stars but the most relevant feather in his cap is his tenure with the Heath Brothers band for the past 20 years. I believe there isn’t a higher testament to a musician’s abilities than holding a gig with such luminaries for so long.
Frank Basile is one of the best exponents of the Baritone Saxophone in the world today having worked with Joe Lovano, Dave Holland, The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and many others.
My long standing collaborator Osian Roberts will be playing tenor saxophone and my brother Matt Fishwick will be playing drums. Both are playing better than ever. I feel that this is a very special group and this is definitely the most ambitious UK tour we have organised so far, so I’m very much looking forward to sharing the stage with these outstanding musicians again for an extended run of gigs.
3rd February The Cask, Scarborough
4th February Workshop Aberdeen Univirsity, The Blue Lamp Aberdeen
5th February Workshop Leeds College Of Music, Millenium Hall Sheffield
7th February Jazz on a Winter’s Weekend festival, Southport
8th February Ronnie Scott’s Late Show
9th February Ronnie Scott’s Late Show
10th February 606 Jazz Club, London (official CD Launch Party)
11th Hidden Rooms, Cambridge
12th The Verdict, Brighton
Steve Fishwick- Trumpet
Osian Roberts- Tenor Saxophone
Frank Basile- Baritone Saxophone
Jeb Patton- Piano
Mike Karn- Bass
Matt Fishwick- Drums
This tour acknowledges support from Arts Council England.
LINK: Preview of the inaugural tour in 2013