Described as 'snortingly evocative of Evan Parker' (John Fordham - The Guardian), and possessing 'a palette that could turn effortlessly from blissy to deep and dense.' (LondonJazzNews.Com), Alam is not an artist that is easily typecast, evident in a truly eclectic body of work as both a leader and in-demand sideman.
Nathoo’s first composition credits came in 2012 on the eponymous trio album ‘MAP’ before releasing his first record as a leader, ‘Quintet’, in October of the same year. 2016 brought along the jazz standards project ‘Fours’, featuring a smorgasbord of some of London’s finest musicians in a totally relaxed, unscripted recording.
Hannes Riepler grew up in Austria, studied jazz guitar in Amsterdam and moved to London in 2006, where he dived into the vibrant scene and played all over the city alongside fellow jazzers young and old. An energetic and inventive guitar player, spirited composer and host of the renowned Vortex Downstairs Jazz Night jam session, he has become a mover and shaker of jazz in London himself.
Riepler’s music is rooted in jazz tradition, contemporary and melodic, but always immediate and hot. Freewheeling at times, it thrillingly swings in New York Downtown style, which is perfectly matched by the fine musicians in his Quintet.
Henrik Jensen came to London from Denmark in 1997 to study electric bass at The Musicians Institute. He later transitioned to the double bass and became a student at the Royal Academy of Music on the Under-Graduate Jazz course.
Jensen now leads his own quartet ‘Followed By Thirteen’ which he founded in 2010. The group released their 2nd album 'BLACKWATER' in September 2016, which features Andre Canniere-trumpet, Esben Tjalve-piano, and Antonio Fusco-drums. 'Blackwater' has received some outstanding reviews including the Guardian and the Evening Standard.
Gavin Broom | Trumpet
Gavin Broom is a regular fixture on both the jazz and commercial scene. He has worked with artist including Jamie Cullam, Pete Tong, the streets, Mcfly, airto Moriara, the heritage Orchestra and many more. He is also a regular on the west end show scene playing in many of the countries top musicial theatre shows.
Matt Ridley | Bass
Matt Ridley is one of the UK's leading jazz bass players, enjoying a career performing with the finest talents of the UK scene and visiting artists from the United States. He has released two CDs of original compositions to critical acclaim and toured the UK with his quartet featuring Jason Yarde and John Turville. His music has been featured on BBC Radio 3 and Jazz FM. His 'MJQ Celebration' CD, featuring Dave O'Higgins and Jim Hart, was lauded by critics and audiences alike. Matt has been a member of Darius Brubeck's quartet for 11 years, and has released 4 CDs and performed internationally with this group.
Dave O'brien | Piano
Dave O'Brien is multi-faceted pianist, bassist and composer born and raised in London. As a band leader he won the prestigious Peter Whitttingham award with Porpoise Corpus, and as a side man has worked with luminaries of jazz (Brian Abrahams, Barak Schmool), Swing (The Man Overboard Quintet, Pete Horsfall), soul (Shadow Writing), rock (The Monroe Transfer), Hip-hop (Lazy Habits) and folk (Mor Karbasi, Ahmed Muktar).
Asha is a singer/actress originally from North Yorkshire.
She has spent the last 6 months at the Liverpool Everyman Theatre as part of their 2017 rep season. Previous to that she has gained many theatre credits (The Queen and I- Arcola Theatre, The Far Pavilions- Shaftsbury Theatre and The Lion of Punjab- Waterman's Theatre) as well as television credits (Coronation Street, Wire In The Blood, Line of Duty and Dr Who).
Her real love lies in singing and she is delighted to be joining the gang at The Bountiful Cow to sing her favourite jazz numbers.