Cambridge Modern Jazz

The Autumn season from Cambridge Modern Jazz, at the Hidden Rooms is ramping up to speed as we head into October, with two power bands of impeccable pedigree.  The weather might be cooling down but the jazz is definitely hotting up.

On Thursday October 12th at 8:00pm (Doors & Bar 6:00pm), Benn Clatworthy – John Donaldson Quartet will be heading to the Hidden Rooms with a double header quartet delivering the hardest of hard bop. Featuring: Benn Clatworthy (tenor sax), John Donaldson (piano), Simon Thorpe (double bass), Matt Home (drums).

Benn is a tenor saxophonist in the hardbop tradition, drawing stylistic cues from Coltrane’s late 1950s work, also Warne Marsh and Sonny Rollins.  He is currently resident in the UK and US where he worked with a number of jazz greats including the late Cedar Walton, Lionel Hampton and Jimmy Cleveland.  In the UK he has partnered Alan Barnes and John Donaldson amongst many other high profile artists. Like Sony Rollins, he is harmonically adventurous, and is capable of playing at speeds that recall Charlie Parker.

John got hooked on jazz as a Cambridge student in 1978. He was part of the Cambridge Modern Jazz Club’s resident trio, backing visiting guest soloists in the city. In 1980 he won the prize for best soloist at the San Sebastian International Jazz Competition.  In 1982 he moved to California, gigging with local notables including Eddie Henderson, Red Holloway, John Handy and Richie Cole.  He also worked in groups alongside Larry Grenadier, Jeff Ballard, Donny McCaslin, and Louis Romero.  Returning to England in 1993 he has worked with many of the leading musicians on the British scene including groups led by Iain Ballamy, Art Themen, Clark Tracy, Alan Barnes, Don Weller, and Norma Winstone. He has also accompanied visiting U.S. artists.

Next up, on Thursday October 26th at 8:00pm (Doors & Bar 6:00pm), MALIJA will take to the Hidden Rooms stage. Featuring: Mark Lockheart (saxophones), Liam Noble (piano), Jasper Hoiby (double bass)

This sophisticated, genre-bending trio has been delighting audiences since its debut album release ‘The Day I Had Everything’.  Driven by a commitment to in-the-moment improvisation and collective musical banter, the band’s idiomatic sweep through bluegrass, tango, abstract grooves and shimmering landscapes is delivered with flair and playful abandon. Three distinctive compositional voices, all hugely influential in the London scene, combine to form a unique sounding group. Tonight’s concert will feature music from their new album ‘Instinct’ out end of September on the Edition label.

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