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I’m really excited to be playing three gigs this May with two of my favourite musicians – Tony Malaby and Jeff Williams.

On the 13th we’ll be at the Vortex, in Dalston, London; on the 14th at Bello Bar in Dublin; and finally on the 15th we’re in Belfast, at the Black Box on Hill Street.

Tony is one of the most incredible saxophonists and improvisers around, I’ve been a huge fan for years.  Playing with Jeff is always a joy and privilege too – should be a fun tour!

there’s a  really nice live recording on Jeff’s website of Jeff and Tony playing trio with the great Michael Formanek in 1999 – check it out here (along with some other gems! Jeff with Konitz…):

http://www.willfulmusic.com/musicandvideo.html

 

The new album by the Nick Malcolm Quartet will be out very soon, on Nick’s label Green Eyes Records.  The album is called ‘Beyond Our Voices’, and features the same line-up as our earlier album – Alexander Hawkins on piano, Mark Whitlam on drums and me – plus a very special guest Corey Mwamba.  I love being in this band, Nick writes fantastic and original music and I’m really proud of the new recording.

Here’s a recent interview Nick did about the release, along with a bit of footage of a gig we did at the Vortex earlier this year.

We’ll be touring to promote the new album, with Ric Yarborough replacing Mark Whitlam on drums for this tour.  The first four dates will be with Corey Mwamba on vibes, the next five Alexander Hawkins on piano, and finally Alex Roth will be on guitar for the final gig of the tour.

This is where/when you can catch us:

20/05/14 – London – The Amersham Arms, New Cross Rd, SE14 6TY

21/05/14Bournemouth, Riviera Hotel, Burnaby Road, BH4 8JF

22/05/14Monmouth, The Queens Head, 1 St James S, NP25 3DL

23/05/14 – Bristol, Colston Hall Foyer, BS1 5AR

27/05/14St Ives, St Ives Jazz Club, Western Hotel, Royal Square, TR26 2LU

28/05/14Cardiff, Dempsey’s, 15 Castle St, Cardiff CF10 1BS

29/05/14Fishguard, Pepper’s Jazz, 16 West St, Fishguard, SA65 9AE

30/05/14Bristol, Bebop Club, The Bear, Hotwell Rd, Bristol BS8 4SF

02/06/14London, The Vortex, 11 Gillett St, London N16 8AZ

07/06/14Shrewsbury, The Hive, Belmont, Shrewsbury, SY1 1TE

 

Played Twice

January 30, 2014

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Really looking forward to a short tour next week, with Dan Wood’s ‘Played Twice’.  This quintet focuses exclusively on the compositions of Thelonious Monk, and features some fantastic musicians – Dan on piano, George Crowley on tenor, Nick Malcolm  on trumpet and Simon Roth on drums.

We’ll be playing at St Ives Jazz Club on Tuesday 4th Feb,  The Queen’s Head in Monmouth on the 5th, and the Fringe in Bristol on the 6th.  Then back to London on the 7th, for our regular more-or-less monthly gig at Servant jazz Quarters.

Some of my favourite musicians to work with, and some of the greatest tunes ever written – should be fun!

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I’m getting really excited about the tour I’ve got coming up with Tobias Delius, the fantastic tenor / clarinet player.  We did a trio gig recently (with Mark Sanders) at the very lovely ZomerJazzFietstour in Gronigen, playing in a lovely old church in what felt like the middle of nowhere, but somehow still to a packed house….  you can see it in the nice but small photo at the top of this blog entry.

Anyway, I’ve done a preview and interview with Toby for the LondonJazzNews website, which you can read here: http://www.londonjazznews.com/2013/09/interviewpreview-olie-bricetobias.html

here’s the complete details of the tour:

19/09/13 – Tobias Delius / Olie Brice / Mark Sanders,  The Vortex, 11 Gillett Square
London N16 8AZ. 8.30pm, £8

20/09/13 – Tobias Delius / Olie Brice / Miles Levin, Ort Cafe, 500-504 Moseley Road, Balsall Heath, Birmingham, B12 9AH. 8pm, £5 (plus very special guest Paul Dunmall!)

21/09/13 – Tobias Delius / Dave Birchall / Olie Brice / Mark Sanders, The Milk Room, Hotspur House, Gloucester St, Manchester M1 5QR. 8pm, £7-£4

22/09/13 – Tobias Delius / Olie Brice / Mark Sanders, Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1R, 8pm, £8/£6

I’ve got two gigs coming up with the Olie Brice Quartet.  My Quartet usually features Mark Hanslip, Alex Bonney and Jeff Williams, but both gigs will be taking place when neither Jeff nor Mark are in town, so I’ve invited a couple of fantastic musicians to stand in for them – Tim Giles on drums and George Crowley on tenor and clarinet.  Really looking forward to hearing them play my tunes!

We’re playing at the Shaftesbury Tavern (534 Hornsey Rd, London) tomorrow – 25th June.  This is a fairly new night, 2 sets, only £5, 8.30pm start.  Then on the 18th of July we’re at an even newer night run by Dee Byrne and Cath Roberts, called ‘Lume’.  This is also two sets for £5 with an 8.30 start.  Information about the night can be found on their rather lovely looking new website - here.

Both gig will feature music from our newly recorded, yet to be released album…

I’m very excited about some gigs this summer/autumn with in a new trio with two of my favourite musicians – Toby Delius (reeds) and Mark Sanders (drums).  We’ll be doing the following dates:

31/08/13 – Groningen, Holland

19/09/13 – The Vortex, London

20/09/13 – Ort Cafe, Birmingham (actually it’ll be Miles Levin on drums for this one)

21/09/13 – St Margaret’s Church, Manchester (with special guest Dave Birchall)

22/09/13 – Bridge Hotel, Newcastle

BABs in Foligno

March 22, 2013

Here’s a couple of clips of BABs in Foligno, in january

On 20th March I’ll playing at the Vortex with two fantastic improvisers – Achim Kaufmann and Roger Turner.  I’ve written a preview of the gig, and interviewed Achim, for the LondonJazz blog – here: http://www.londonjazznews.com/2013/03/preview-olie-brice-achim-kaufmann-and.html

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I’m really pleased to have a couple of gigs coming up with the Olie Brice Quartet, at two of my favourite London venues.  The current line-up of the quartet features Mark Hanslip on tenor, Alex Bonney on trumpet (and pocket trumpet!) and Jeff  Williams on drums.

We’re playing at the Oxford in Kentish Town on the 18th March, and the Amersham Arms in New Cross on the 19th March (a double bill with the Martin Kolarides Trio)

Before then (11th March) Alex, Jeff and I will be appearing as the Alex Bonney Trio, at the Vortex.  Alex writes beautiful music, and his trio is one of my favourite bands to play in.  The evening will be a shared bill, with a solo piano set from the extraordinary Alexander Hawkins, so should be a bit special…

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Had a really fun mini-tour with the Nick Malcolm Quartet this weekend – playing the Bebop Club in Bristol (with the incredible Corey Mwamba depping for Alex Hawkins), Sherbourne Jazz, The Coronation Tap in Bristol again, and then back to London, the the Oxford in Kentish Town (with Josh Arceleo guesting on tenor).  We’re playing quite a bit of new material which we’ll be recording in May, for the band’s 2nd album.

here’s a couple of reviews of the Bebop Club gig:

Tony Benjamin in This is Somerset:  “SOMETIMES even the most chin-stroking jazz audience wants to have a bit of fun.

The trick is to keep up the standards of intelligent contemporary jazz but to imbue the music with energy and a sense of humour and Saturday’s acoustic set at the Bebop Club from Nick Malcolm’s band pulled it off time and again.

The four musicians – Malcolm’s trumpet plus Corey Mwamba (vibraphone), Olie Brice (bass) and Mark Whitlam (drums) – are well-matched improvisers with an easy confidence in their abilities, while the music is mostly drawn from the band’s recently released CD of Malcolm’s tunes Glimmers plus a few of Brice’s compositions.

It was largely about group improvisation, though individuals shine out at times and occasional solos and duos emerge.

The jump-cut structure and angular melody of It’s All Right, We’re Going to the Zoo makes for a breezy opener and gave Mwamba the first opportunity to demonstrate his capacity for co-ordinated frenzy on the vibes.

Brice’s Mad Yak rolled out cool and jazzy, the players mixing and matching, flashing glances and grins between themselves.

There was a bigger picture to Views, a beautiful stream of consciousness melody revelling in Malcolm’s superb tone and technical control, while washes of held vibraphone chords and sympathetic bass created a strong sense of atmosphere, aided by Whitlam’s deft and beatless percussion.

But, slow or fast, every number had the same energising qualities that reflected the fun the band had revisiting these tunes passed on to the audience as enjoyment in the music and, ironically, a sense of just how seriously good this lot are”.

and from the Mainly Jazz in Bristol blog:

“Finally, we went down to the BeBop club on Friday to hear what Nick Malcolm is up to with his quartet. Not of lot of bebop, but lots of interesting new music, is the answer – there’s a new CD set for recording in May which will be a cracker. As on previous outings, the general approach is freebop, with solo inspiration depending crucially on melodic ideas. The themes are getting quite elaborate. Malcolm has not exactly taken a vow to eschew more familiar intervals but he certainly emphasises the other kind, They sound pretty tricky to play. The neatly arranged endings  of several debut pieces here evoked the smiles of relief of musicians who have just successfully negotiated the rapids for the first time. Strong material, from the leader and Olie Brice on bass, and excellent playing from everyone, especially the mercurial Corey Mwamba on vibes, making a welcome return visit. This quartet go beyond the familiar routine of head and solos – which is still rewarding in the right hands but can easily seem merely routine nowadays – to explore music which puts a premium on real, high risk improvisation. Most of the time, they bring it off splendidly. They’ll be energising the free stage at the Bristol Jazz and Blues Fest in a few weeks, so if you missed them, and the turnout was a little thinner than some recent BeBop evenings, come on down to Colston Hall then”.

 

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