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.
A graduate of both the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and Trinity Laban where he won the Gold Medal (the college’s highest award), Alam soon found himself nominated as a finalist for the Worshipful Company Young Jazz Musician of the Year and has gone from strength to strength since.
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.
As a sideman, Alam is an active member of a diverse range of projects. Amongst these is platinum selling UK soul legend Mica Paris’ jazz group, the highly acclaimed Huw V Williams ensemble ‘Hon’, (whose debut record entered the 2016 end of year jazz list for The Telegraph), Portuguese guitarist Vitor Pereira’s quintet, virtuoso UK trombone star Tom White’s jazz ensemble, rising jazz superstar Anthony Strong’s quintet, as well as Canadian bass player/composer Eric Guy’s ‘Egotrip’.
Previous credits: Recorded for Irish hip-hop trio Hare Squead, MOBO nominated (Best Newcomer) Elli Ingram's EP 'Sober', as well as featuring as a soloist on McFly's 'Memory Lane' UK tour, including their 10 year anniversary 'Live at The Royal Albert Hall' DVD.
Dr John, Josh Ritter, performances and radio broadcasts for Giles Peterson in Porto and on BBC Radio1 with the Heritage Orchestra featuring Jose James, various recording sessions for SHYFX and Bodyrocks, touring with Red Snapper and Mercury Prize nominees Friendly Fires, and playing in the award winning production of 'Five Guys Named Moe' starring Clarke Peters ('The Wire', 'Treme').
Jazz Jamaica All-Stars, Nu Civilisation Orchestra, Ollie Howell, Filipe Monteiro, Oriole.
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.
Hannes Riepler actively plays as bandleader and much sought-after sideman in the UK and abroad. He also holds teaching positions at Middlesex University as well as at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
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.
Henrik Jensen's rich bass tone has worked all over world from the Blue Note in Tokyo to concert halls in Moscow while still keeping busy on the London jazz scene.
Jensen has a close working relationship with saxophonist Peter Ehwald from Berlin, they recorded in 2008 the album Songs Of Trees with 'The North Trio' on 33 Jazz and in 2011 the duo album Jensen/Ehwald, recorded in the Union Chapel (London) He is also a part of 'The Mauricio Velasierra Group' (World / jazz), and has recently completed an album with the band. Henrik also plays in the 'New Simplicity Trio' lead by Italien drummer Antonio Fusco and UK pianist Bruno Heinen, and they have just released their debut album 'Common Spaces on BABEL in June 2017.