Olie Brice Quartet – Live Recordings

I’ve posted a couple of tracks on the ‘listen’ page of this website from a recent gig by the new Olie Brice Quartet.  They’re not very hi-fi, and Leon is on Rhodes in the absence of piano, but I think they capture some of what we’re trying to do all the same.

If your appetite is whetted and you want to hear the real thing, we’ll be at the Vortex on October 11th.


Mikolaj Trzaska Trio

Looking forward to a tour starting this tuesday, with Mikolaj Trzaska on alto sax and clarinets, and Mark Sanders on drums.

Mikolaj is a fantastic player, works with the likes of Peter Brotzmann and Ken Vandermark.  Anyone reading this is bound to know Mark’s playing!  We did some playing as a quartet with Steve Swell (on trombone) about a year ago – which was great, so I’m sure we’ll have a lot of fun this time round.  Here’s the details:

  • 24/05/11- Krakow, Alchemia
  • 25/05/11 – Lodz, Jazzga
  • 26/05/11 – Dublin, Centre for Creative Practices, 15 Pembroke Street
  • 27/05/11 – Birmingham, The Station, Kings Heath
  • 28/05/11 – London, Cafe Posk
  • 29/05/11 – Newcastle, The Bridge Hotel

Edit after the tour – We had a great time! There’s a nice review here:


and some footage here:

Olie Brice Quartet

I’m very excited about a new band I’ve put together.  This new quartet plays original compositions of mine, with lots of space for open-ended improvisation.  The line-up features 3 of my favourite musicians, Mark Hanslip (tenor), Leon Michener (piano) and Jeff Williams (drums).

Mark has probably been my most regular collaborator since I moved to London. Our main project together was the trio TOM-MIX (with Tony Marsh on drums), and we have also performed in various line-ups including Mark Sanders, Paul Dunmall, Alex Bonney, Neil Metcalfe, Ray Warleigh, Javier Carmona and Alexander Hawkins. He has a beautiful duo record with Javier Carmona out on Babel, this spring.

Leon is probably best known as a virtuosic performer of contemporary classical music, but he is also a wonderful improviser. I play in his trio with Mark Sanders on drums.

Jeff is the newest relationship for me in the line-up, and someone I have wanted to work with for ages. He has appeared with an incredible array of jazz musicians, including Lee Konitz, Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman and Paul Bley as well as younger musicians including Tony Malaby, Bill McHenry and John O’Gallagher. His quartet will release their debut CD ‘Another Time’ in the spring of 2011 on Whirlwind Recordings

We have two gigs in the book at the moment, hopefully with more to be confirmed soon:

  • 08/05/11, The North London Tavern, Kilburn. 7.30pm
  • 06/06/11, The Oxford, Kentish Town, 8.30pm

Catatumbo in Spain

Catatumbo, the trio of Ingrid Laubrock, Javier Carmona and me, will be doing a mini-tour of Spain early this february.  Here’s the dates:

02/02/11 – Madrid: Alabanda, C/ Miguel Servet 15, 9.30pm

03/02/11 – Huesca: Juan Sebastian Bar, C/ Roldan  27, 10.30pm

04/02/11 – Malaga: La Casa Invisible, 10.30pm

06/02/11 – Manresa: El Vermell, Carrer de les Piques 3, 7pm

We´ve added a last minute Barcelona date, too, a house gig, should be fun:

08/02/11 – Barcelona: C/Valencia 358, entresuelo 1, 8.30pm, €5