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:



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:


and some footage here:

Neil Metcalfe & Olie Brice – Brackish

I’m pleased to announce the release of a duo album with the great flautist Neil Metcalfe.  The album is called ‘brackish’, and is on FMR.  It was beautifully recorded, mixed and mastered by Sherry Ostapovitch.

Neil and I have been playing together every week for about a year and a half now.  We initially  worked together in a quartet with Mark Hanslip on tenor and Tony Marsh on drums, and also did a quartet gig with Evan Parker and Tony Marsh.  We decided to start playing as an acoustic duo, and the process of developing that together has been one of the most rewarding musical experiences I’ve had.

If you’d like to hear where the process had reached last August, you can buy a copy either from FMR, or directly from me by clicking here (£10.50 inc postage within the UK, for international postage please email olie at riseup.net):

duo with Neil Metcalfe

Here’s some recent footage of Neil & I playing at Mopomoso, John Russell’s long running improv night.

our duo album, ‘Brackish’, should be out any day now on FMR.  Details will of course be on here when its ready…

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