16 Nov 2016
LONDON 606 Club
90 Lots Rd
8.30pm Kate Williams "4 plus 3" with Special Guest Gareth Lockrane - piano-led modern jazz trio + string quartet feat. Gareth Lockrane-flutes
Pianist Kate Williams has made a name for herself as a performer, composer/arranger and music educator (teaching at both the Guildhall School of Music and Middlesex University). A winner of the John Dankworth Award she was featured in the Steinway 2-Piano Festival in 2010, 2011 and 2013, with two of the concerts broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Kate launched her brilliant seventh album Four plus Three at the 606 in June, featuring her jazz trio along with the absolutely outstanding classical Guastalla String Quartet. The performance, including material by Bill Evans, Cole Porter and Antonio Carlos Jobim as well as Kate’s originals, with a blend of the trio and classical strings combined with Kate’s innovative writing, was quite spellbinding.
10pm - Gareth Lockrane with Special Guests Kate Williams & Mike Outram - flute-led modern jazz quartet + string quartet feat. Kate Williams-piano and Mike Outram-guitar
Kate has invited one of Europe’s finest jazz flute players, Gareth Lockrane – a Downbeat Critics Poll Rising Star with a string of high profile appearances alongside the likes of the James Taylor Quartet, Natalie Williams and the late, great, Bheki Mseleku - to join the band. What made this an inspired choice is that Gareth is also an acclaimed composer and arranger; his own 16-piece big band is considered one of the finest in Europe. To add a further twist, Gareth will play with Kate on her arrangements for the first set, while Kate will guest with Gareth on his arrangements for the second half - arrangements written especially for this performance. And, for even more sparkle, Gareth has asked the brilliant jazz guitarist Mike Outram to join him for his set. This promises to be a wonderfully inventive and satisfying evening.
'Kate Williams writes robustly and fashions clean, cool improvised lines' (MOJO)
'Superbly lucid and inventive pianist and composer' (BBC Radio 2)
'Lockrane’s flute work is exceptional, combining a relaxed fluidity with an acute adventurousness. Very special indeed' (Jazzwise)
'Lockrane is breathtaking, dazzling' (AllAboutJazz)