Tom Harrison Quartet Featuring Cleveland Watkiss: The Music of Duke Ellington

Tom Harrison Quartet Featuring Cleveland Watkiss: The Music of Duke Ellington

7th February 2016

In a new project from London-based saxophonist Harrison, four unique instrumental personalities will interpret the music of the great Duke Ellington in this chordless lineup.

Since graduating from the renowned Trinity College of Music in 2012, Tom Harrison has performed or recorded with a host of internationally recognised jazz musicians in 12 countries, including Terell Stafford, Joe Lovano, Jason Rebello, Michael Buckley and Jean Toussaint, as well as commercial artists such as Heather Small, M-People, Talib Kweli and The Fall. His debut album was well received by the media, described as "impressive" by Jazzwise and "a strong calling card" by All About Jazz.

The Ellington Project aims to explore the music of the genius jazz composer Duke Ellington. Following a year of intensive study of Ellington's music, Harrison aims to bring some of the jazz giant's more obscure music to light, as well as focussing on better known compositions.

Featuring prominently in the group is internationally renowned vocalist Cleveland Watkiss. Described by The Evening Standard as “The best male vocalist in Britain,” Cleveland famously won the Best Male Vocalist category of the Guardian Jazz Awards for three consecutive years. His performance credits range from Bob Dylan to The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as many jazz legends such as Wynton Marsalis and Art Blakey.

Also appearing will be veteran multi-award-winning drummer and Irish Jazz Musician of the Year David Lyttle, who will bring his own eccentric personality to this well-trodden music. On the bass is rising star Conor Chaplin, soon to be one of the most in-demand bass players on the London scene.

Expect some of the lesser known tunes from the great composer’s repertoire, as well as classic favourites.

"Harrison invests his playing with a mature sensibility...fearsomely excellent musicianship" Bruce Lindsay, All About Jazz.

"Combining simplicity of melody with sophisticated detail and hints of Traneish spirituality...Harrison is one to watch" Dave Foxall, Jazz Journal.

Tom Harrison: Alto Saxophone
Cleveland Watkiss: Vocals
Daniel Casimir: Bass
David Lyttle: Drums

Tickets £12 / £10 concessions.
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Doors open 7pm, show starts 7.30pm.

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