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RED SKIES TRIO
"Possessed of Norma Winstone-like subtlety and precision". The Guardian
John Turville-piano, Brigitte Beraha-voice & Bobby Wellins-tenor sax
Brigitte Beraha and John Turville have both been receiving growing recognition as musicians and bandleaders in their own right, and this collaboration was a natural result of a long friendship and a deep musical understanding that comes across immediately when you hear them play. Featuring the legendary saxophonist Bobby Wellins their new album “Red Skies” draws on an eclectic range of music, from well-known standards and latin gems through to originals and contemporary songs, such as ‘My One And Only Love’ and ‘This Heart of Mine’ to Chico Buarque’s beautiful ‘Beatriz’, Paul Simon’s ‘Night Game’ and Brigitte’s original ‘Elephants on Wheels’. However, the range of music never takes the focus away from the deep sense of communication and empathy evident from the first note, and Bobby Wellins soulful contributions when he joins them to form this trio add further depth to the music.
''Beautiful. Their sincerity and humour combine with superb musicianship to create a very special atmosphere.' Alison Bentley, LondonJazz
"Sometimes it's the quieter, more intimate albums that really lodge in the memory, and so it proves with 'Red Skies' (...) this collaboration between singer Brigitte Beraha and pianist John Turville exudes a true musical connection from every pore." Jazzwise
Brigitte Beraha-voice, Barry Green-piano, Chris Laurence-double bass & Paul Clarvis-percussion
Babelfish is a collaborative project between the acclaimed pianist Barry Green and vocalist Brigitte Beraha. A mix of their unique originals, songs from the jazz, Latin and popular repertoires as well as music by classical composers Britten and Ned Rorem and literary works by E. E. Cummings and Raymond Carver, the project shows a wide range of influences from Kenny Wheeler, Chico Buarque, British folk music, Norma Winstone and Paul Bley. The album also documents a working relationship of over twelve years between Beraha and Green. The group features internationally renowned musicians Chris Laurence on bass (John Surman, Sarah Vaughan, Peter Gabriel) and Paul Clarvis (Norma Winstone, Matthew Barley, Lee Konitz) on percussion. Their 2012 UK winter tour celebrated the release of their debut album, recorded at the famous Abbey Road Studios and released on Moletone records. They are planning to record their new album later this year.
"The visible joy of this band working together on stage was transferred to the audience. The sensitivity toward the music and each other and the creation of space within the form made it into a unique evening, a moment when magical soundscapes would transport you out of our dreary London." LondonJazz
"Babelfish are a definition of a contemporary jazz class act." John Fordham, The Guardian
DAVE MANINGTON'S RIFF RAFF
Dave Manington's Riff Raff is a dynamic ensemble of young musicians featuring the highly acclaimed musicians Brigitte Beraha (Paul Clarvis/Chris Laurence, Kenny Wheeler, Henry Lowther, L.J.O.), Ivo Neame (Cinematic Orchestra, Fringe Magnetic, Phronesis), Tomas Challenger (Outhouse/Red Snapper), Rob Updegraff (Ronnie Scotts All Stars, Zigaboo Modeliste) and Tim Giles (Iain Ballamy/Stan Sulzmann/Kenny Wheeler/Art Farmer). The starting point for the music is collective improvisation but compositionally it draws on as wide a range of styles as possible. Folk, electronic music and contemporary classical influences are added to the mix with complex jazz harmonies and rhythms. Several new compositions feature fantastic lyrics from Brigitte Beraha and on other tracks she sings wordless vocals, often harmonizing with the sax line to great effect. Their newalbum "Hullabaloo" was released in January 2013 and they are currently touring the UK..
'Inventive, forward looking jazz that subtly pushes the envelope whilst remaining thoroughly accessible to the listener.'The Jazzmann
Tori Freestone-tenor sax & flute, John Turville-piano, Jez Franks-guitar, Brigitte Beraha-voice, Dave Manington-double bass & George Hart-drums
Combining a variety of influences including Hermeto Pascoal, Pierre de Bethmann, Brian Blade’s Fellowship, Dave Binney and Edward Simon’s Oceanos, this new band was recently formed to explore some common influences of contrapuntal writing and to develop a variety of sonorities within the ensemble.
e17Jazz LARGE ENSEMBLE
Brigitte Beraha – Voice, Carlos Lopez-Real – Alto Sax / Clarinet, Tori Freestone – Tenor Sax / Flute, Rachel Musson – Tenor Sax / Flute , Josh Kemp – Tenor Sax, Adam Bishop – Baritone Sax / Bass Clarinet ,Joe Auckland – Trumpet
Robbie Robson – Trumpet, Gavin Broom – Trumpet , John Turville – Piano, Jez Franks – Guitar, Dave Manington – Bass and Nick Smalley – Drums
The e17 jazz large ensemble is a fantastically exciting band, with a line up featuring vocals, 5 saxophones, 3 trumpets, piano, guitar, bass and drums. It brings together some of the key players e17Jazz, together with other brilliant musicians associated with e17 jazz. The band was formed in 2009 by Carlos Lopez Real and John Turville to open the inaugural Walthamstow Jazz Festival.
‘Strong melodies and finely poised interplay’ LondonJazz