The third in our Stoney Lane Live series of double-bills at London’s excellent Kings Place continues next Friday (September 16th) with two superb bands and a special album pre-release performance for both artists. We’re delighted to present the Ben Lee Quintet and the Jonathan Silk Big Band, and very excited to be releasing albums from Ben and Jonathan this autumn – special advance pre-release and signed copies will be available to buy on the evening! There will also be the premiere of a new work written by Jonathan and performed by both bands.
Read Peter Bacon’s interview and preview at London Jazz News.
Ben Lee, the hotly-tipped young guitarist and composer, releases his debut album, In The Tree, this October, featuring ten original tracks inspired by a host of eclectic musicians, from fellow guitarists Wes Montgomery and John Schofield to Nirvana and Radiohead. His beguiling quintet explore the many sounds and combinations of its unorthodox line-up, featuring guitar, alto sax, trombone, organ and drums. The BLQ bring punchy horn lines, groove, invention, plus no lack of warmth and technical prowess.
‘… all that skill, plus a hugely eclectic range of influences and a great dollop of wit and good humour, and which on top of all that sounds thoroughly original… it’s a real treat.’ – The Jazz Breakfast
Drummer and composer Jonathan Silk – dubbed ‘One To Watch’ by Jazzwise magazine – leads his dynamic big band, with strong influences from mentors and world renowned composers Maria Schneider and Vince Mendoza, along with contemporary New York improvisors Jim Black and Dave Binney. Playing music from Jonathan’s forthcoming album, Fragment, the big band will perform a suite composed to explore the contrast between the powerful forces of a big band in full cry, and the more delicate touch of orchestral textures.
Given the performance will feature nearly 25+ musicians, we would like to give a big thank-you to David Maclean and Packt Publishing for their very kind sponsorship of the gig – without whom it would not have been possible.