Double Dose of Double Bassists; Jazz Diary

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Double Dose of Double Bassists; Jazz Diary


The highlights of the jazz week, for me, will be two double bassists, both from other lands but, lucky for us, now resident in this country.

One of them is in the Warwick Arts Centre's Studio on Saturday evening.The band is called Purpose Built, and leading it is double bassist Michael Janisch.

The first time I heard Janisch in the flesh was in Coventry, in a band led by saxophonist Paul Booth, and Booth returns the compliment here. The rest of the band comprises Jay Phelps on trumpet, Jim Hart on vibes and Andy Bain on drums.

So, a quintet and five very strong reasons for going to hear them.

Janisch, originally from Wisconsin in the US, settled in London in 2005 and has been a force for good in all kinds of bands since then. He has a muscular, highly melodic style which always places him at the driving centre of a band.

This promises to be a very fine gig indeed.

It starts at 7.45pm, tickets are pounds 11 and you can book at warwickartscentre.co.uk or on 024 7652 4524.This is a Jazz Coventry gig.

The other double bassist is Jasper Hoiby, from Denmark, who leads the exceptional piano trio Phronesis, but on Friday is part of the Sam Crowe Group, playing the Rush Hour Blues session at the Symphony Hall foyer bar.

Sam Crowe is a pianist and graduate from Trinity College with a very good debut album out, called Synaesthesia, and the band is a completed by Adam Waldmann on saxophone,Will Davies on guitar and Dave Smith on drums. …

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