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Alison Rayner Quintet

Described by the Guardian as "spirited, eloquent and graceful" and by the Observer as "purposeful, full-toned and melodic, a beautifully integrated band", ARQ's music is awash with infectious grooves and lyrical melodies - founded in jazz but with influences drawn from folk, rock, classical and world music.

Since their debut album Augus, the group's profile has risen rapidly, promoted both by touring and national and international radio play.Their second album A Magic Life has been welcomed with four and five star reviews in jazz and national press.

Friday, 16 February
Chris Biscoe/Alison Neale Quintet- Then and Now

In their inimitable freewheeling way, fifty years ago Gerry Mulligan and Paul Desmond recorded wonderful interpretations of great jazz standards, as featured on their recordings Blues in Time and Two of a Mind.

And it is this music which inspires alto saxophonist Allison Neale and Chris Biscoe on baritone saxophone to call their album Two of a Mind.

Some of the music tonight uses arrangements from the original recordings, but there are also new compositions and arrangements by Chris and Allison as well as opportunities to incorporate alto clarinet and flute into the improvisations.

Friday, 9 March
John Law Quartet- Re-creations

John Law has put together a stunning new group of young musicians, playing mainly his arrangements of other people's tunes.

In a move away from electronics to acoustic, he will be presenting music taken not just from the standard jazz repertoire but also from pop and indie material such as Beatles, Radiohead, Sting and others.

Friday, 6 April
Kate Daniels Quintet

Singer and songwriter Kate Daniels returned in 2013 to the British jazz scene with her second album 'Atmospherics' featuring many of her own arrangements of standards in a style she calls Jazz Noir.

The album reflects her concern to create a mood and atmosphere for the stories of the songs and she brings this into her live performances. She has earned a reputation for the intimate and engaging relationship she creates with her audiences.

Friday, 20 April
Roger Beaujolais Quartet with Special Guest Tommaso Starace

Roger Beaujolais is a Professor of Music at Trinity College of Music, London. He was a relatively late starter playing the vibraphone at 24, performing his first concert at 28 and making a living as a professional musician by 30.

The quintet was conceived to play mainly original, acoustic music in a classic modern jazz setting. Its influences are the small bands of the Fifties including the hard bop and cool schools of the same era, with a huge nod to the Blue Note label.

Friday, 11 May
Man Overboard Quintet

The Man Overboard Quintet adds its own stamp to a repertoire of tunes made famous by the likes of Billie Holiday, Django Reinhardt, the Mills Brothers, Duke Ellington and Fats Waller. The chemistry between the musicians and their audience makes every performance a magical occasion.

Featured in BBC3's 'Being Human', the band has also appeared several times on BBC Radio 3's 'In Tune' and released their first album in July 2013 and a second 'Down in the Deep, Deep Blue' in August 2015.

Friday, 8 June