Dave Birchall / Olie Brice / Phillip Marks

I’ve recently started playing again with Dave Birchall (guitar) and Phillip Marks (drums).  I used to play a lot with both of them separately when I first started gigging, with Dave in a folk/post-rock/improv band called ‘Our Beautiful Ridiculous Plan’ and with Phil in various jazz and improv settings.  The two musicians I played with most frequently when I lived in Manchester, but last week was the first time we’d done anything together.  Anyway, its great to be working with them again, looking forward to developing the project.

Here’s a couple of zoom recordings of our recent jam:

http://soundcloud.com/davidmbirchall/david-birchall-olie-brice

http://soundcloud.com/davidmbirchall/da

We’ll be touring sometime early next year, info on here as always….

Nick Malcolm Quartet – upcoming gigs

I’ve been really enjoying playing in Nick Malcolm’s quartet the past few months.  The band is Nick on trumpet and flugelhorn, Alexander Hawkins on piano and Mark Whitlam on drums. The material is orginals by Nick, a couple by me, and the odd Monk tune.  A real blend of free playing, structures and more melodic material.

We’ve got a few nice gigs coming up; The Vortex next Monday (11/07/11), and then Manchester (25/07/11) and Ealing (31/07/11) Jazz Festivals.

We’ll be recording an album in August, details on here when it’s ready for release…

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:

http://jazzalchemist.blogspot.com/2011/05/ha-tichona-trio-trzaska-brice-sanders.html

and some footage here: