Mo Foster & Friends: Music of the Great Jazz Composers

Mo Foster & Friends: Music of the Great Jazz Composers

25th September 2022

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This exciting new project, formed by ace bassist Mo Foster, brings together six of the UK’s most sought-after musicians, to celebrate the music of major jazz composers.

These include Gil Evans, Michael Gibbs, George Gershwin, John Lewis and Jaco Pastorius, plus Eddie Henderson, Wayne Shorter, Carla Bley and Charles Mingus, along with some original compositions.

After forming seminal 70s prog jazz/rock group Affinity (managed by the late Ronnie Scott), Mo's career developed into one of the most prestigious of any contemporary bass guitar player. One which has seen him work with Jeff Beck, Gil Evans, Phil Collins, Gerry Rafferty, Van Morrison and the London Symphony Orchestra, while simultaneously establishing himself as a much sought-after and highly respected session musician, record producer, composer, solo artist and author.

Mo has been a fan of Gil Evans’ music since the mid-60s, when he first heard his masterful collaborations with Miles Davis - Miles Ahead, Porgy And Bess, and Sketches Of Spain.

In 1983, Mo was invited to tour with the Gil Evans British Orchestra, which consisted mainly of luminaries from the UK jazz scene, including John Surman, Henry Lowther, Stan Sulzman, Ray Russell, John Taylor and John Marshall.

Gil's sound world left such a lasting impression, that when he assembled this new band, the sound Mo was aiming for was 'Gil Evans in Miniature': structured, with beautiful harmonies and melodies, and with room for great solos.

In Jim Watson, Chris Biscoe, Nic France, Ray Russell and Corrina Silvester, Mo has selected some of this country's finest jazz soloists, who between them have worked, toured and recorded with Manu Katche, Peter Gabriel, Katie Melua, Sting, Patti Austin, Lalo Shifrin, George Russell, Bill Withers, Mose Allison and Yazz Ahmed.

Mo Foster (Bass Guitar), Chris Biscoe (Reeds), Jim Watson (Keyboards), Ray Russell (Electric Guitar), Nic France (Drums), Corinne Silvester (Percussion).

"This session legend, and one-time Jeff Beck cohort, has thumbed his golden address book to assemble a sextet of undoubted virtuosity.” - Andy Rawll, Record Collector

“This is whatever the opposite of 'unwatchable' is.” - Ken Appleby, Pindrop Events

“Beautiful textures and dynamics. Your playing puts the rest of us to shame as usual. . . .” - Joel McIver, Bass Guitar Magazine

“A tonic for the spirit - music like that should be bottled and made available on the NHS." - Chris Mills, PPL


Tickets £16 / £14 Concessions. Students £6
Jazz Express Offer: Book for any three gigs and get tickets for just £10 each!
Doors open 7.00pm, starts 7.30pm

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